Church news: Nov. 12

By on November 12, 2009

St. Peter offers Nativity exhibition
Geneva—St. Peter Church in Geneva will host its annual Nativity exhibition on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15. The public is invited to stroll through a large collection of Nativity sets. More than 100 sets are loaned to the church by parishioners and community members. Last year, 1,000 people visited the exhibit over the two days.

During the event, visitors have an opportunity to support two charitable causes. Items that make lovely gifts, as well as practical products for the home, are available in a mini bazaar from a Catholic Relief program, The Work of Human Hands. All products are made by the poor of developing nations. One hundred percent of these proceeds will be returned to them.

The church will also accept a free-will donation, and this money will be given to the St. Peter Community Food Pantry. The pantry feeds more than 300 families from the Fox Valley twice a month. For the convenience of visitors who like to have Advent reminders in their home, new Nativity sets, Advent calendars, prayer books and candles will be available for purchase. Net proceeds from these sales will be also be given to the Food Pantry.

The event hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

St. Peter is located at 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. For information, call (630) 232-0124.

St. Gall hosts Da Capo Duo
Elburn—With its blend of contemporary and classical styles, The Da Capo Duo will present an afternoon of music on Sunday, Nov. 15, at St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn.

Much of the program will feature Ben Westfall’s original arrangements for flute and guitar. A set of American film music includes the Forrest Gump Suite and selections from The Hours soundtrack composed by Phillip Glass. Concert goers will also hear two premier performances: Westfall’s arrangements of Claude Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1, and Frederic Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu.

For information, call (630) 365-6030.

St. Mary, Grace UMC, pair up for Turkey Drop
Maple Park—St. Mary Catholic Church and Grace United Methodist Church, both in Maple Park, will hold the annual turkey drop on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by Grace UMC, 506 Willow St., and drop off a turkey, ham or any other items to complete a holiday meal for an area family that is experiencing financial difficulties this year. Please enter through the south doors at the back of the church.

Full holiday meals will be delivered to families in the Maple Park area and Kaneland School District. Any items received above and beyond the needs of these families will be delivered to area food pantries.

Coffee, hot chocolate and desserts will be offered to all those who stop by to donate.

Elburn community offers Thanksgiving worship service
Elburn—The Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at St. Gall Catholic Church at 7 p.m.

Calvary Episcopal offers day of folk music
BATAVIA—Pete Norman of the Fox Valley Folk Music Society will perform at Calvary Episcopal Church on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The afternoon of food, fellowship and folk music will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in an informal setting. The public is invited and there is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be taken.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-3378 or visit

Hosanna! Lutheran works with Operation Christmas Child
St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will be a regional drop-off site this year for “Operation Christmas Child.”

This ministry project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse has collected and hand-delivered more than 68 million shoe box gifts to hurting kids in over 130 countries since 1993. This ministry helps to spread the word about the hope and brings joy to millions of needy boys and girls throughout the world during the holiday season.

Shoe boxes filled with small gifts can be dropped off at Hosanna! through Monday, Nov. 23. Hours for the drop-off are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. On Monday, Nov. 23, drop-off hours are from 10 a.m. to noon.

Gift selections to put in the shoe boxes include small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, hard candy and gum (double bagged) and a special note of encouragement. A donation of $7 would also be appreciated to help cover the shipping cost.

For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail or visit Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.