Church News for Oct. 13

By on October 13, 2011

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, will be 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.

Arts, crafts show features
holiday decorations

ST. CHARLES—The annual Arts and Crafts Show sponsored by the St. Charles Episcopal Church features handmade items and a bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The juried show also includes jewelry, holiday decorations, fashion items, baby items and purses.
Admission is free. The church is at 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) and is handicapped accessible. Visit, e-mail or call (630) 497-8799 for more information.

Free spaghetti dinner
with Two Guys

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti continue to provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner for anyone who shows up on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25).
Guests come from all over the Fox Valley to enjoy the fellowship and great food. Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible. For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Open House
for Pastor Arne Walker

ST. CHARLES—An open house and luncheon will be held for Pastor Arne Walker on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, 5N600 Hanson Road in St. Charles. The open house and luncheon will follow the second worship service and dedication of a tree in his honor.
All are welcome to join Walker in celebrating his 50th anniversary of Ordination. Walker will be the guest pastor at that morning’s worship services.
Pastor Arne Walker, the former pastor for 20 years at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, is a staunch believer in evolution. This is not the kind that produces lively conversation among Christians but rather the evolving conviction of God’s will for his life.
Arne came to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., after sharing his elementary and high school years in Chicago. He was a relatively new Lutheran Confessing Christian and came to pursue a pre-med course of study.
The “call” to ministry found him for a while in a dual pursuit of majors, but the evolution toward a more pronounced path toward ministry prevailed. It was strong enough to cause him to pursue the discerning process of that call. This took place as he served a large parish in Minnesota to relieve a pastor who was returning to strength after a heart attack. The evolution continued in a conflicted United Methodist Parish in Iowa. The evolution reached its peak when he served a parish in New York. He then completed his theological studies at Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Seminary and was approved for ordination on June 18, 1961, in Seattle, Wash.
From 1957 to the present time, Walker has invested himself in the avocation of reaching out to male youth who have been removed from their homes by the juvenile court. This has taken place in institutions in New York and Illinois and in group homes in Knoxville and Sevierville, Tenn.
As an ordained pastor, Arne served 46 years full-time in Wisconsin, Illinois and Tennessee. He is now in his fourth year of serving part-time in Newport, Tenn.
He has held a variety of church-wide and community leadership positions. Youth ministry has had a special place in his heart. He has led bike retreats over 31,000 miles of roads in the USA and Europe, hiking retreats in Colorado, Washington and Tennessee, and canoe retreats over a span of 20 years in the boundary waters of Canada.
To mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination, Walker gave 18 $50 gifts to family and former parishes with the challenge to multiply the funds to expand the mission of Christ’s Church and further evolve ministry in Jesus’ name to serve the needs of others.
The evolution of that call to ministry continues as another chapter is being written on the pages of time.

Congregational offers
annual Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—In the aftermath of a successful Elburn Days back in August, there were a number of comments that folks missed the Community Congregational Church’s food tent at Lion’s Park—specifically, the homemade pie. Well, another opportunity for pie and good food is quickly approaching.
The church will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Carry-outs will also be available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, K-6th grade, and free for preschoolers.
The dinner is a fundraising event to benefit church-supported missions such as Lazarus House, Hesed House, Mutual Ground, Emmaus House, and UCC Outdoor Ministries.
In addition to the dinner, the Church Crafty Crafters will offer hand-made gift items and a holiday White Elephant sale. Proceeds from these sales will be used toward local and area missions. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 365-6544.