Church news: Oct. 29

By on October 28, 2009

Evangelical Fellowship
changes name

Elburn—What used to be known as Evangelical Fellowship Church, and then for a short time as Elburn Community Church, has changed its name to Elburn Hill Church.

The second name change was made to avoid confusion with another Elburn church.

“In deference to our friends at another church in town, we have modified our new name to Elburn Hill Church,” said the church’s pastor, Gary Augustine.

He said that due to the church’s location in town, the new name would help identify not only who the church is, but where it is located.

“Jesus called his disciples a ‘city set on a hill.’ It meant they were to bring light to a dark world,” Augustine said. “The rallying call ‘take God seriously’ is reverberating in our church; becoming a ‘light on a hill’ is exactly how to do that.”

Sanctuary of Batavia
offers Halloween
alternative event for kids

Batavia—Sanctuary of Batavia will continue its tradition of hosting an Oct. 31 alternative.

The County Fall Festival is a family event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Kids will enjoy games, prizes and an American Castle hopper plus take home a bag of candy. In addition, the church will have face painting. The community is invited. There is no cost. Costumes are not necessary. A free hot dog dinner will be served.

Sanctuary is located at 1S430 Wenmoth Road, north of Main Street in Batavia. For additional information, call (630) 879-0785 or visit

Rejoice Lutheran offers
Trunk-Or-Treat event

Geneva—Rejoice Lutheran Church in Geneva will host Trunk-Or-Treat, a free event for families with children who want to have all the fun, without the scariness, of Halloween.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 2 to 4 at Rejoice Lutheran, located at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive, Geneva.

Children are invited to trick-or-treat from the trunks of cars parked along a safe, supervised parkway. Cars will be decorated with fun Halloween themes. Children and their families are welcome inside the church to enjoy free hot chocolate, apple cider and popcorn. Participants may also bring carved pumpkins to display inside the church.

For more information, call (630) 262-0596 or visit Rejoice is located in southwest Geneva within the Mill Creek subdivision at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive.

Bethany Lutheran Church offers grants
BATAVIA—Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia offers grants once each year to the community to improve the lives of people living in the Fox Valley area. Emphasis is given to supporting ministry to and within special populations with unmet needs.

To apply, visit Applicants can also call the church office at (630) 879-3444 to have an application mailed.

Applications must be in to the church office by Monday, Nov. 2.

Grace UMC
hosts pork loin dinner

Maple Park—Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St., Maple Park, will serve a pork loin dinner at the church on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

The menu will consist of pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, salad, roll, beverage and Amish pie. The meal will be served family style, and there will be two seatings.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the 5 p.m. seating, with the second seating following at 6:15 p.m.

The charge for adults is $9, $4 for children under 12.

Call (815) 827-3359 or (815) 827-3191.

Fox Valley Jewish
Neighbors offer

St. Charles—The Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors will hold its Party-at-the-Pub and Pledge Drive Kickoff at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at McNally’s Irish Pub in St. Charles.

Reservations are $45 each, and include dinner. Please mail reservations including the number of people, dinner choice(s), and a check made out to FVJN for $45 each to: FVJN, PO Box 8, Geneva, IL, 60134. The cost of the dinner is solely the cost of the evening, and does not provide funds for FVJN.

For information, call (847) 622-8855 or e-mail McNally’s Irish Pub is located at 201 E. Main St., in St. Charles.

Immanuel Lutheran offers
chorus performance

Batavia—The 110-voice Spirit of Life Chorus will present “A Baby Changes Everything” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Family Life Center of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia. Admission is free; there will be an offering.

The fall schedule began Oct. 17 at The Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights. Additional programs are scheduled at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley; Christ Church, Des Plaines; Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Wood Dale; Lutheran Church of the Master, Carol Stream, and St. Walter Catholic Church, Roselle.