Church news for Dec. 1
St. Gall hosts Nativity sets
during Christmas Stroll
ELBURN—The parishioners of St. Gall Catholic Church will display various nativity sets in the parish hall during the Elburn Christmas Stroll Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
St. Gall is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47. The public is invited.
Bethany Lutheran offers Swedish Christmas,
St. Lucia Festival
Batavia—The Swedish American Children’s Choir presents the 13th annual Swedish Christmas and St. Lucia Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.
The festival will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia, and feature music by the choir as well as Ernie Sandquist, Swedish accordionist, Shirley Fox, pianist and Marguerite Karl, soprano. This year’s St. Lucia, Queen of Light, is Alexa Johnson-Roach of St. Charles.
Following the concert, a Swedish Christmas sweet table will be served, and Jul Tomte—Swedish Santa—will visit with the children. Also available for purchase will be baked goods and Scandinavian gift items and books. The Swedish American Children’s Choir is the largest choir of its kind in the Midwest.
Proceeds from the concert will fund a choir tour to Door County, Wis., in the summer.
Tickets are by reservation only and are $15 for adults and $8 for children 6-12 years old. Reservations can be made by calling (630) 414-9700.
Immanuel Lutheran offers
annual Christmas concert
BATAVIA—Music ranging from George Frederick Handel to the contemporary English composer John Rutter will be performed at the 18th annual Lessons & Carols program at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Two identical concerts will be presented at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the church, 905 Hart Road.
A Mass choir will sing music of Advent and Christmas, interspersed by nine Biblical readings by choir members. There will also be congregational singing. The children’s and pre-teen choirs, Celebration Singers and Tongues of Fire, will also participate. Admission is free; an offering will be received. The offertory music will be by Immanuel’s Hand Bell Choir, directed by Anna Sedberry.
Lord of Life Church
invites community for
breakfast, crafts, pictures
La fox—Lord of Life Church in La Fox invites the public to visit the church anytime between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, for breakfast, crafts and pictures with baby Jesus. Gather for music and a story at 10:45 a.m. For information, call (630) 513-5325, ext. 40, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.lolchurch.net.
on display at Sugar Grove
SUGAR GROVE—Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations and “Come to the Stable.”
The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a display of a variety of Nativity scenes during Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. The display includes a “hands-on” area for children. The church is located at 176 Main St. Admission is free. Call the church at (630) 466-4501 for more information.
ELGIN—Browse a wide selection of menorahs, candles, dreidles (holiday tops) and many other holiday items at the Chanukah Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 4, Sunday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Traditional chocolate gelt (coins) are also in stock. In addition to holiday items, the CKI gift shop contains a wide variety of Judaica and Jewish themed gifts.
The bazaar is hosted by the Sisterhood of Congregation Kneseth Israel. Contact Tina Wolf, at (630) 377-1287 or Sue Johnson, co-chair of the event, at (847)-695-7160.
Geneva Steeple Walk
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.
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.
The cost of the work is $12, and tickets are on sale at the churches and at the Geneva History Center.
Hosanna! Lutheran Church
ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will celebrate the season of Advent with a special message series—“Countdown to Christmas Through the eyes of Others,” every Wednesday evening through Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The series focuses on “Mary and Joseph” on Dec. 7, “The Shepherds” on Dec. 14, and “The Stable Keeper” on Dec. 21. Holy Communion will be celebrated at all services.
Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@ HosannaChurch.com or online at HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road).
Annual cookie walk,
HINCKLEY—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (UCC) in Hinckley will host its annual cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Homemade cookies and candy are $6 per pound. Along with the cookies, there will be a bazaar and mini-craft show including but not limited to beautiful silk arrangements, wreaths, bows, jewelry, handmade cards, crocheted items, Mary Kay cosmetics, candles, etc.
St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible and has lots of parking.
St. Paul’s UCC is located on the corner of View and McKinley streets in Hinckley.
For more information, call Donna at (815) 286-7228 or the Church at (815) 286-3391.