Church news for Sept. 15

By on September 15, 2011

St. Peter Barn Sale returns
Geneva—The St. Peter Barn Sale will be held at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18.
The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. The fairgrounds are at 525 S. Randall Road in St. Charles. Admission is free, although a $1 per vehicle free-will donation for parking is requested.

Bridging the interfaith
International Day of Peace

Geneva—A network of Fox Valley faith communities invites you to a community-wide celebration of the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982, after being established by a United Nations resolution to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.
The local celebration of the International Day of Peace will kick off with a gathering at 10 a.m. for the dedication of the recently installed Peace Pole at Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN), located at 121 S. Third St. in Geneva (just across from the old Kane County courthouse, at the yellow awning).
This Peace Pole is part of the international Peace Pole Project. It bears a phrase “May peace prevail on earth” in Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Algonquin (Native American language indigenous to the area), and Swedish, along with “May peace be in our homes and communities” in English.
Activities will continue a block east at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva (UUSG), located at 110 S. 2nd St., in Geneva.
At 10:30 a.m., come attend an enlightening, interactive program titled, “Have you heard the one about: How to respond to hate language,” presented by nonviolent communications trainer, Thom Thomas.
Ask questions of religious leaders in a panel on Building Bridges, from 11:45 to 12:45, with representatives from the Islam, Unitarian, Jewish and Christian faiths. A panel discussion with young adults will follow at 1 p.m.
Children of all ages will be treated to puppet shows about diversity, craft projects, along with the opportunity to meet and greet children from other religions and ethnicities, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Additionally, the UUSG sanctuary will be open throughout the Day of Peace event for meditation and reflection.
Preceding Saturday’s event will be a free public screening of “Divided We Fall,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the UUSG. This prize-winning documentary features stories of Sikhs, Muslims and Arabs in America, and interviews with scholars, lawyers and legislators about race, religion and security in post-9/11 America.
This local celebration of the International Day of Peace is a secular event, open to everyone of all ages and faiths.
For a complete schedule of this event, please visit or or call (630) 232-2350. Information on the International Day of Peace is available at

St. Gall to hold
annual golf outing

ELBURN—St. Gall Church, Elburn, will host its third annual golf outing on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m. at Hughes Creek Golf Course in Elburn. Cost is $85 per player and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch at the turn, and dinner. There will also be fabulous prizes and many fun golf contests.
Single and double players are encouraged to register, as the committee will make up foursomes. To register, visit, download the registration form and mail it to the Parish Office at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn, IL 60119, or call (630) 365-6030. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; contact the Parish Office for details.

Caring for the Caregiver Conference at Hosanna! Lutheran Church
ST. CHARLES—A conference focusing on the caregiver and their needs will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, hosted by Hosanna! Lutheran Church.
Over 40 professional organizations and service providers from across Chicagoland will be on site to answer questions on topics including legal and financial issues and family conflict, care receiver living options and self-care options for the caregiver. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Call (630) 584-6434, e-mail or visit Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.