Church news for Nov. 17

By on November 17, 2011

‘Operation Christmas
Child’ helps
kids worldwide

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road, will be a regional drop-off site for “Operation Christmas Child,” an international ministry project.
Shoe boxes filled with small gifts can be dropped off at Hosanna! through Sunday, Nov. 20, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Gift selections to put in the shoe boxes include small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, hard candy and gum (double-bagged) and a special note of encouragement. A suggested donation of $7 would also be appreciated to help cover the shipping cost.
For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail or visit at

Operation Christmas Child
at Rejoice Lutheran

GENEVA—Elburn now has a closer drop-off site for the annual international Operation Christmas Child campaign at Rejoice Lutheran Church in the Mill Creek subdivision. Local churches, organizations and individuals can bring completed shoe boxes to Rejoice during National Collection Week, now through Monday, Nov. 21.
Operation Christmas Child, an outreach sponsored by the Christian group Samaritan’s Purse, gives shoe boxes filled with gift items to some of the neediest children around the world. The project collected more than 8 million shoe box gifts in 2010, which were distributed to children in 108 countries.
Rejoice will accept shoe boxes during the following times:
• Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18, noon to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 19, noon to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Shoe boxes may be wrapped and decorated, but the top must be wrapped separately and then rubber-banded to the bottom. Ideal items to pack inside include hygiene products, such as toothpaste and soap, toys, school supplies, T-shirts, socks and hard candy. Samaritan’s Purse asks donors to also pitch in $7 per box for shipping. If donors pay online and print a pre-marked label for the box, Samaritan’s Purse will e-mail donors the name of the country to which their box was sent.
In addition to filled shoe boxes, they also accepts cash donations to cover shipping costs, as well as individual items, such as toothbrushes, pens/paper and small toys, which could be added to others’ shoe boxes.
For complete instructions on how to pack a box or to make an online donation, visit
Rejoice Lutheran Church is at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive. For more information, visit or call (630) 262-0596.

Geneva Steeple Walk
offers holiday
music concerts

GENEVA—For the third year, the Geneva Cultural Art Commission will host the Steeple Walk on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., featuring a variety of seasonal music concerts at four Geneva churches, all within a comfortable walking distance.
The Geneva High School Jazz Choir, led by Roxanne Curtis, will perform at the Lutheran Church on Third Street. The chamber orchestra from Larkin High School Visual & Performing Arts Academy in Elgin, Ill., will appear at the United Methodist Church on Hamilton and Second streets.
At the First Church of Christ Scientist on Second and James streets, the Kristin McFadden trio will present a concert of Christmas carols. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva on Second Street will host the Misty River Music Makers, a chorus of women whose style originates in four-part barbershop harmony.
Two audience groups attend 20-minute concerts played simultaneously at the Methodist and Lutheran churches, and change places. They then move to the last performances in the Unitarian and Christian Science churches opposite each other on Second Street. Guides will lead each group.
Cost is $12, and tickets are on sale at the churches and at the Geneva History Center after Nov. 15.