Church news: Sept. 24, 2009

By on September 24, 2009

Grace UMC Fall Fest Oct. 3
MAPLE PARK—Grace UMC of Maple Park, 506 Willow St., will host its annual Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 3.

There will be a craft walk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a craft and game time for children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the praise band will perform from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the REACH Program.

For more information, call (815) 739-4168.

Kaneville UMC annual beef supper and bazaar Oct. 3
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville United Methodist Church, located at 46W764 Main Street Road, will host its annual Beef Supper and Bazaar from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Supper is served from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and features roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, homemade cranberry relish, coleslaw, rolls and homemade pie, all served family-style. Carry-out dinners will also be available beginning at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children grades K-6, and $1 for preschool-age children. 

A bazaar featuring homemade baked goods, candies and crafts, as well as numerous gift basket drawings, will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Some of the basket themes are Chocolate Lovers, Hills Country Store, Fall, Christmas, Boyds Bears, and Pet Lovers. Raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5.

For more information, call (630) 365-1175.

Bread and Soup Luncheon to benefit Mutual Ground Oct. 4

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church invites area residents to enjoy a variety of hot soups and baked breads at its annual Bread and Soup Luncheon hosted at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove.

The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Mission’s Committee, will carry out the annual Bread and Soup Luncheon beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. Soup bowls and dining service will be provided.

The annual Bread and Soup fundraiser seeks to raise voluntary contributions for Mutual Ground of Aurora, a shelter whose mission is to provide care and assistance to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Monetary donations can be made by sending a check to the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, designating your gift to Mutual Ground. You can mail a donation to P.O. Box 226, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

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 will host 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.

Christ Community welcomes Newell and Colleen Cerak
ST. CHARLES—Christ Community Church announced recently the upcoming visit of Colleen and Newell Cerak to their St. Charles Campus on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27, and via video at their DeKalb and Blackberry Creek locations, and in Aurora Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4.

Newell and Colleen are the parents of Whitney Cerak, who was mistakenly identified as deceased at the scene of a car accident in the spring of 2006. A month later, it was discovered that Whitney was in fact alive, and another family, thinking she was their daughter, had been caring for her all that time. While the Ceraks were overcome with joy that Whitney was alive, they soon found that their happiness was met by the despair of the other family, newly grieving a month-old loss of their own daughter.

In March 2008, the Ceraks, along with the Van Ryns, released a book about all these events and their emotional struggle called “Mistaken Identity.” This New York Times No. 1 Bestseller brings to life the joy and pain of two families who have overcome so much, and in the midst of it all, point to God’s love as the source of their strength.

Matt Lauer, of NBC’s Today and Dateline said, “This is one of the greatest stories I’ve ever seen. It’s incredible in the twists and turns; it’s almost unimaginable in the tragedy of it, and through it all, these two families are remarkable people. I think they’re extraordinary in their forgiveness, their faith and their spirituality.”

Dateline NBC received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine for the coverage of the Cerak story. Newell and Colleen Cerak will be interviewed at three services in St. Charles, Saturday evening at 5 p.m. and Sunday morning at 9 and 11 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit

Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors feature program for ages 10-14

GENEVA—A new program developed by the Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors, called Contemporary Jewish Learning for Young People, is designed to explore and enhance a child’s Jewish identity through movies, music, literature, art, and above all, a fun experience.

Children ages 10 to 14 years old may be enrolled in this unique opportunity offered in the Tri-Cities. Topics to be covered include: Jewish identity, ethics, Jewish literature, Jews in the arts and media, and more. In addition, participants will be given opportunities to discuss events and experiences from their own lives, within a Jewish context.

Field trips, community service projects, crafts and games will also be included.

Jeff Zolitor, an experienced educator of Jewish ‘tweens and teens, will lead this program, which will meet the second Sunday of each month, October 2009 through May 2010, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at FVJN: 121 S. Third St., Geneva.

Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 2. There is a $40 fee for the first child, and $20 for each additional child in the same family. All interested Jewish youth are welcome to participate in this program, regardless of affiliation or membership in a synagogue.

To register, e-mail Barb Anderson at, or by calling (630) 584-3491, with each child’s name, age, grade, parent’s name, address, phone and e-mail.

FVJN is a Jewish community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families living in central Kane County and nearby towns. The goal of this group is to develop a cohesive Jewish community in the Fox Valley area for religious, charitable and educational purposes.

FVJN is a tax-exempt organization pursuant to Internal Revenue Code section 501c3. Five percent of proceeds from all FVJN events is donated to local charities.