Church news for Dec. 10

By on December 10, 2009

Tanzanian band to perform at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
DeKalb—New Life Band from Tanzania will perform in concert Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 1915 North First St., DeKalb.

A potluck supper will begin at 5:30 p.m., giving participants a chance to enjoy a meal and visit with band members. The concert will follow at 6:30 p.m.

New Life Band, a mission to Tanzanian youth, was established in 1976 by Fortunatus Mabondo at the age of 15, when he recognized the need to bring hope to the youth of Tanzania, who were caught up in an atmosphere of poverty, unemployment, substance abuse and lack of direction for their lives.

Over the years, the New Life Band, Mission to Youth and Students, has developed an active and vibrant ministry to Tanzanian youth, primarily teenagers, through school visits, national youth camps and conferences, outdoor Christian rallies, concerts and performances, and one-on-one counseling and guidance.

These musicians reach out through their wide range of music from traditional African drum rhythms and close harmonies, to modern western style instruments with an African flare. They have toured in the United States and United Kingdom since the mid-1990s with concerts, discussions of their ministries and cultural exchange programs.

There is no admission charge for the concert; a free-will offering will be taken to support the New Life Band youth ministry.

For more information about the New Life Band, visit For potluck and/or concert details, contact Mary Lasits at (815) 758-3203 or visit

St. Mary’s of Maple Park hosts annual Christmas cookie sale
Maple Park—The St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas cookie sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center on County Line Road in Maple Park. Homemade cookies will be sold for $6 per pound.

Advance orders may be placed until Thursday, Dec. 17. For more information or advance orders, call (815) 827-3302.

St. Peter Church offers Advent Mission
Geneva—St. Peter Church in Geneva will host an Advent Mission Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 15-17.
The mission will focus on Advent as a season of hope and anticipation. Advent sets the tone for all seasons of the Catholic Church calendar. Fr. Aduquo will discuss how this season permeates in a profound manner, and the reality of what it means to be a good and joy-filled Christian in all the circumstances of everyday living. The last day of the mission is focused on Catholics who wish to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Several priests will be available for the sacrament of Confession.
St. Peter Church is located at 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Inquires can be directed to the parish center at (630) 232-0124.