Church news: Sept. 9, 2009

By on September 9, 2009

ECCC changes worship times; to take part in Tri-Cities CROP walk
ELBURN—The Community Congregational Church announced that its regular worship schedule will resume on Sunday, Sept. 13, with Sunday school, adult Bible study, and choir meeting at 9 a.m. Worship will follow at 10:30 a.m., with Holy Communion celebrated on the first Sunday of each month.

After worship, all are welcome to coffee hour in the Fellowship Hall directly below the sanctuary.

Sunday, Sept. 13, is also Rally Day for the Sunday school, and all children are welcome.

Adult Bible study is held on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. in Carrie’s Parlor, next to the sanctuary.

The church youth group meets each Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Under the direction of a dynamic young woman, Jessie VanDevelde, this group explores the place of faith in the lives of young people and includes food, fun and a variety of weekly and special activities.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and continuing each Wednesday, a Bible study and prayer time will be held at Community Congregational Church. Under the direction of pastor Dr. Jeffrey Dire and Rev. David Kletzing of Hope Anglican Church in Elburn, the group will study scripture and apply the precept to “pray without ceasing.” All are welcome, regardless of church affiliation.

The Community Congregational Church is taking part in the Tri-Cities CROP Walk, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18, starting at the Batavia United Methodist Church on Route 31 in Batavia. If you wish to be a walker in this event to raise funds to battle world hunger, please contact Linda Miller, Ministry Assistant, at (630) 365-6544 or stop in at the church office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit the church’s revamped website,

St. Charles Episcopal Fun Fest Sept. 13
ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (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, a 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, Sept. 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.

Faith family reunion is mission-minded
GENEVA—On Sunday, Sept. 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 Coffee House.

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 at (630) 232-0165.

Geneva Lutheran Church is located at 301 S. Third St. in downtown Geneva; the building is ADA compliant.

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.
Beginning 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

Hosanna! Lutheran Church Garage Sale
ST. CHARLES—Want to get more for your money and support your community? From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, Hosanna! Lutheran Church will have its first-ever garage sale.

Items for sale include household goods, tools, electronics, outdoor items, small appliances, books and toys.

Twenty percent of all proceeds will go to support Lazarus House, the St. Charles-based homeless and transitional living center. This event will be held rain or shine.

Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Payment terms are cash and carry only.

For more information, call the (630) 584-6434 or visit

St. Peters Barn Sale bigger than ever
GENEVA—The 2009 Barn Sale hosted by St. Peters Catholic Church in Geneva, will be the largest barn sale in history.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20.

The barn sale features over 90,000 square feet of department store-style shopping at the Kane County Fairgrounds, located at the corner of Randall Road and Route 38 in St. Charles.

All items are pre-owned and are discounted heavily.

A country breakfast will be available at 7 a.m., with the sale starting at 9 a.m. on both days.

New to the Barn Sale this year is the Taste of Geneva. Barn Sale visitors will be able to purchase prepared food from a variety of vendors in the Geneva area, Gen Hoe, The Knights of Columbus, Aurellio’s Pizza, Little Owl and Tia Maria’s and much more.

Traditionally the Barn Sale auction was held on Sunday. This year, the Harvest Moon Auction and Barbecue will be held the evening of Sept 18.

To purchase auction tickets or for more information, visit

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,” said Amy Frazer, a Rejoice member and one of 27 missionaries going on the mission trip. “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.