Church news: Sept. 2, 2009

By on September 3, 2009

St. Charles Episcopal Fun Fest Sept. 13
ST. CHARLES—St. Charles’ Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Avenue (Route 25), St. Charles, will host its annual Fall Fest from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The event will feature children’s activities, silent auction, musical entertainment and a special spit-roasted pork dinner included in the admission.

Pre-event tickets for the pork dinner are $10, and $5 for a hot dog plate.

All tickets sold at the event are $10.

Information on this event, education activities, fall worship, outreach, and the outdoor labyrinth is available from, or by calling (630) 584-2596.

Calvary annual picnic Sept. 13
BATAVIA—Calvary Episcopal Church will host its annual church picnic and outdoor worship service on Sunday, September 13.

The service will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the Bear Cage at Fabyan Forest Preserve on Route 31 in Geneva. The picnic follows immediately.—Bring a dish to pass.

Because of the event, there are no worship services at the church that day.

For further information, call Calvary at (630) 879-3378.

Bring a can, get some gumbo Sept. 26
GENEVA—Rejoice Lutheran Church in Geneva is offering a bowl of gumbo to anyone that brings non-perishable foods, paper goods or cash donations to the church on Saturday, Sept. 26. All donations will go toward stocking and transporting goods to a food pantry in Biloxi, Miss., in conjunction with an adult mission trip Rejoice Lutheran is hosting to Biloxi in October.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 26, donors may either drop off donations in a special drive-through lane set up outside the church at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva, or they may enter the church between 3 and 6 p.m. to receive a free bowl of authentic cajun gumbo. During the gumbo giveaway hours, Rejoice members will also have a packing party as they load the donations in a truck heading for Mississippi.

“Four years ago, when Hurricane Katrina hit, there was a huge outpouring of love and donations for the people in Mississippi and Louisiana who lost their homes, businesses and so much more,” Amy Frazer, a Rejoice member and one of 27 missionaries going on the mission trip, said. “Unfortunately, many people in the storm areas are still suffering, and a large percentage of Biloxi residents live below the poverty line. We want them to know we still remember them and will do what we can to help.”

Recommended food donations (no glass, please) include: canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, canned ham, rice, pasta sauce, noodles, peanut butter and jelly. Diapers, baby wipes and toilet paper also top the list of needed items. Any cash donations will go toward stocking and transporting goods to the food pantry.

While in Biloxi, Rejoice missionaries will work on various projects to repair and rebuild homes for area residents.

Faith family reunion is mission-minded
GENEVA—On Sunday, Sep. 13, Geneva Lutheran Church will host a Faith Family Reunion to kick off fall programs and Sunday School.

Guests, visitors and members are invited to celebrate Holy Communion at 8 a.m. in the main sanctuary. After the worship service at 9:15 a.m., mission-minded activities for all ages will begin, staged in and out-of-doors, weather-permitting, with coffee, beverages and treats provided by the Missions CoffeeHouse.

Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army Food Shelf.

Among the many activities that morning will be a Lazarus House Homeless Shelter Lunchmaking Station, Thrivent Builds for Habitat for Humanity Nail-Hammering Challenge, and a CROP Walk Carry-a-Bucket-of-Water Challenge. Families can design a quilt square for a community quilt that will be sent to Lutheran World Relief and anyone can try their hand at crocheting or knitting a row on a Prayer Shawl. The Third Street Mother’s Garden will feature the opportunity for individuals to Plant a Bulb in honor of a loved one.

Those who are musically inclined can play “Name That Hymn” and try ringing a hand bell or two. Children can enjoy playing Fun Fair games for prizes and zoom down the inflatable slide on the front lawn. Delicious treats will also be available during an All-Ages Cookie Walk.

Group Games will start at 10:30 a.m., including bingo under the tent on the lawn. The culmination of the morning will be a Capital Campaign Victory Celebration, and Reunion Picnic, which is free to everyone.

Anyone interested in attending may call the church office, (630) 232-0165.

Geneva Lutheran Church is located at 301 South Third Street in downtown Geneva; the building is ADA compliant

Women’s inter-denominational Bible study
ST. CHARLES—Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF International) will begin a 32-week study of the Book of John from 9:10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 16, at Riverside Community Church, 37W130 Crane Road, St. Charles.

The class includes personal study, group discussion, lecture and written notes.

A children’s program is available for ages 2-5 for registered members.

Interested women are invited to attend an introduction/registration class on Sept. 16 or Sept. 23 (childcare unavailable).

For information on BSF International, visit

For information about the St. Charles Women’s class, contact Charlene Neidlinger, Class Administrator, at (630) 365-3488.

Cry Out America Sept. 11
GENEVA—Christians nationwide will unite together in prayer on 9/11 at county courthouses across all 50 states to pray for their community and for the spiritual condition of our nation.

Now eight years later, as part of the Awakening America Alliance (, Christians are issuing a spiritual wake call through Cry Out America, a historical, nationwide prayer gathering, on Sept. 11, 2009.

To learn more about the Awakening America Alliance, how you can get involved in Cry Out America, or to become an Alliance partner, please visit or call 1-888-9-AWAKE-US.

Begining Sept. 15
9:15-11:15 a.m.;
Tuesday & Thursday
7-9 p.m.

Lord of Life Church
Route 38 & LaFox Road
(630) 513-5325 x31