Church news for Sept. 29

By on September 29, 2011

Celebrate Jewish High Holidays services in Geneva
Geneva—Observe Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) with a full slate of religious services in Geneva. All services will be led by Rabbi Fred Margulies of Geneva.
Last year, Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) held the first ever service in the Tri-Cities for this holiday season. Approximately 100 people attended the service at FVJN in Geneva. This year offers complete services for the High Holidays, and in a location better equipped to accommodate the larger number of people expected.
Etz Hasadeh Learning Center of Pushing the Envelope Farm and FVJN will host this year’s upcoming High Holiday services. All services are open to everyone, regardless of affiliation, and will be held at FONA, located at 1900 Avrill Road, Geneva. No tickets are needed.
Following is the complete schedule of services:
Thursday, Sept. 29: 10 a.m. Rosh Hashanah service; 10:30 a.m. Torah reading; 11 a.m. Sounding of the shofar; Noon, Tashlich (“casting our sins upon the water”) at the FONA pond. Kiddish and lunch following the service, childcare will be provided for children of service attendees. Anyone interested in having an honor (aliyah) or participating in the service, please e-mail Lunch will be vegetarian/dairy. Main dishes, water and coffee will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, if able. For planning purposes, please RSVP for service and/or lunch to
Friday, Oct. 7: 7 p.m. Kol Nidre service.
Saturday, Oct. 8: 10 a.m. Yom Kippur service; 11:30 a.m. Yizkor service; 5:30 p.m. Mincha service: Reading of Book of Job; 6:30 p.m. Ne’ilah “closing of Yom Kippur” service; 7 p.m. Havdallah and sounding of the shofar marking the end of Yom Kippur; 7:15 Break the Fast. Childcare will be provided for children of service attendees. Feel free to bring refreshments for your own children, as children under the age of 9 are not permitted to fast. Break the Fast will be vegetarian/dairy. Main dishes, water and coffee will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, if able. For planning purposes, please RSVP for service and/or Break the Fast to
FVJN is a nonprofit Jewish community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families located in central Kane County and nearby towns. The goal of this group is to develop a cohesive Jewish community in the Fox Valley area for religious, charitable and educational purposes.
For additional information and upcoming events, visit

Rejoice Lutheran Church
mid-week youth groups
to begin Oct. 4

GENEVA—Rejoice Lutheran Church’s mid-week Christian education youth groups for all children in second through fifth grades will begin Tuesday, Oct. 4. Mid-week groups meet the first three Tuesdays of each month, 6 to 7:15 p.m.; a separate group for girls in third through fifth grade meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at that same time. Activities in each group include Bible study, skits, games, crafts and prayer.
Children are divided by grade into separate groups, which focus on specific Christian fundamentals.
All classes are free of charge.
Rejoice Lutheran Church is located at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva. For more information about mid-week youth groups or other Rejoice children’s ministries, call (630) 262-0596 or visit

Calling all local Catholics
who no longer participate
in the Catholic Church

GENEVA—“Nobody is perfect—not me, not the Catholic Church, or the people who serve in it, or the people who left it,” said Jerry Marcec, member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva, and Director of the Catholics Returning Home Program. “Churches are like families, sometimes imperfect, other times filled with wonderful, grace-filled and joyous memories. If the church has let someone down, or the person simply drifted away, we want those people to know, whenever they are ready to join the Catholic family—be it St. Peter in Geneva or somewhere else—we would be honored to have them, or help them connect to their local parish.”
The Catholics Returning Home Program kicked off at St. Peter Church in Geneva on Wednesday. The program is designed to reach out to those baptized Catholics who no longer practice their Catholic faith. They are invited, regardless of their present status in the church, present religious affiliation, family or marital situation. The first two sessions are designed to provide a program overview, listen and answer questions. Those who wish to explore further will find the last four sessions an informative and interactive update on the church, sacraments and the Mass.
• Oct. 5: Stories of Faith, Church Tour
• Oct. 12: The Church Today, Q & A
• Oct. 19: Explanation of the Mass, Q & A
• Oct. 26: Explanation of Sacrament of Penance/Confession
• Nov. 2: What Catholics Believe
All sessions take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Contact Jerry Marcec at (630) 232-4439 or for more information or to register.

Grace Lutheran
Church Octoberfest

LILY LAKE—Join Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, 5N600 Hanson Road, for Octoberfest from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. There will be a pig roast, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and s’mores. Bring the family for apple-bobbing, hayrides, moonwalk, Bingo, face painting, DJ, crafts and vendor show, and a bonfire. Call the church at (630) 365-6751.

Faith Baptist Church
celebrates 175 years
with anniversary concert

GENEVA—Faith Baptist Church celebrates its third year at the Mill Creek location and 175 years with an anniversary concert on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by Prairie Echoes, a women’s choral group. A free-will offering will be taken, and cookies and beverages will follow the concert. Call (630) 845-2535 for more information.

Beef supper, bazaar
at Kaneville UMC

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will host its annual Beef Supper and Bazaar Saturday, Oct. 15. The bazaar begins at 4 p.m., carry-outs can be picked up beginning at 4:30 p.m., and supper is served from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for K-Sixth grade and pre-schoolers are $1.
Dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberry relish, rolls and homemade desserts. The church is located at 46W764 Main Street Road. Call (630) 365-1175 for information.

Elburn Hill Church
announces events

ELBURN—The following events are scheduled to take place at Elburn Hill Church:
Living Room Concert
A Living Room Concert with Derek Webb of Caedmon’s Call and his wife, Sandra McCracken, in the Elburn Hill Church sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $20 each and will be limited to 90 seats. If interested, please contact Mark Moring at
Boys Life Plan Weekend
A Boys Life Plan Weekend is scheduled Oct. 21-22 for eighth through 11th grade boys to help them plan for what they will do after high school. The weekend includes career and interest testing, career process development, a bags tournament, an overnight campout with a bonfire and three meals included. Visit for details and pre-registration sign up.