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Annual tradition of lighting Advent candles

Advent season has begun…

a five-Sunday sermon series including clips from classic holiday films...

Aurora Methodist pastor stages ‘Christmas at the Movies’

AURORA, Ill., Dec. 3, 2018—An Aurora Methodist pastor is getting creative with his December sermons. “Christmas at the Movies,” a five-Sunday sermon series including clips from classic holiday films, was launched Sunday, Dec. 2, by Rev. Derek Rogers. Rogers, of North Aurora, is pastor of Flowing Forth United Methodist Church which holds worship services at 10 a.m. on Sundays at Aurora Christian School, 2255 Sullivan Rd. in Aurora. He said, “During December, we will make connections between the movies we all love to watch and the familiar Christmas story foundRead More

Food drive finishing up

Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry’s 11th annual Holiday Food Drive concludes Wednesday, Nov. 21

Editor’s Note: Denise Crosby of The Beacon-News has a 11/19/2018 feature story on pantry director Marilyn Weisner. Here’s the story…  Marilyn Weisner leaving food pantry director post to join her husband, Aurora’s former mayor, in retirement 

Helping 150 immigrant women to learn to read, write and speak English.

Aurora Literacy Center seeks donations on Giving Tuesday

Citizenship School

AURORA, Ill., Nov. 15, 2018–Aurora’s Dominican Literacy Center invites donations on Tuesday, Nov. 27, through Giving Tuesday, a national online social movement. Center director Sister Kathleen Ryan, said “Giving Tuesday inspires people to give back after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. DLC donors can do good, quickly and easily.” Donations can be made by visiting, clicking on Ways to Help, clicking on Donate through MightyCause and donating via credit card. According to Sister Ryan, the DLC raised $8,000 in last year’s Giving Tuesday. The nonprofit center,Read More

Proceeds will benefit United Methodist Women mission projects.

Aurora Methodists to host Christmas Coffee Shoppe fundraiser Dec. 1

AURORA, Ill., Nov. 13, 2018–Flowing Forth United Methodist Church, 551 S. Fourth St. in Aurora, will host its first “Christmas Coffee Shoppe” fundraiser from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The public is invited. Admission and parking are free. Holiday crafts, a  cookie walk and fudge shoppe will be among features. Proceeds will benefit United Methodist Women mission projects. Offerings will include handmade crafts, gift baskets, a fudge shoppe, cookie walk and handmade Baskets. The breakfast menu will include casseroles, muffins, coffee cakes, bagels, cinnamon rolls, fruit onRead More

Sponsored by InterFaith Aurora,

Aurora Methodists to host ‘Celebrating Neighbors,’ interfaith Thanksgiving celebration Nov. 18

AURORA, Ill., Nov. 10, 2018—Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May St. in Aurora, will host “Celebrating Neighbors,” an interfaith pre-Thanksgiving celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. The public is invited. Parking is free. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Jesse Torres Boxing Club of Aurora, a nonprofit that teaches physical fitness and the sport of boxing to empower and improve the quality of life of youth and Parkinson patients Sponsored by InterFaith Aurora, a partnership of diverse faiths, the 11th annual celebration willRead More

Refreshments will include free chili.

Aurora church carving pumpkins for peace

AURORA, Ill., Oct. 17, 2018–St. John United Church of Christ, 309 5th St. in Aurora, will hold a second annualPumpkins for Peace, pumpkin carving and painting, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. The public is invited. Admission is free. A limited number of free pumpkins will be offered for carving and painting. The event will take place at the church’s Peace House, 301 Fifth St., adjacent to the church. Other activities will include face painting, a bounce house, games and s’mores over a campfire. Refreshments will include free chili.Read More

Habitat for Humanity to provide information about or prospective homeowners Oct. 24

Learn about Habitat for Humanity home-ownership Oct. 24

MONTGOMERY, Ill., Oct. 7, 2018.— Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity invites Aurora-area families needing affordable shelter to an information meeting about Habitat home ownership. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at  at Genesis Community Church, 1300 S. Broadway in Montgomery. Rev. Jeff Barrett, Genesis pastor and FVHH executive director, said attendance is required to receive an application to become a Habitat partner. “At this meeting, we will explain Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity and its’ mission of home ownership for God’s people in need,” Rev. Barrett said. He said Habitat selectsRead More

Proceeds benefit Habitat's 2018 Faith Build

Geneva church’s chili and chocolate fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity

GENEVA, Ill., Oct. 8, 2018 — Chili and chocolate will be dished in a fundraiser to benefit Montgomery-based Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. Rejoice Lutheran Church, 0N377N. Mill Creek Rd. in Geneva, will host the fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The menu includes a variety of homemade chilis, toppings and chocolate desserts. The public is invited. Admission is a $5 donation for individuals or $20 per family. Thrivent Financial, Oswego, will match donations.   Proceeds benefit Habitat’s 2018 Faith Build, a partnership of about 30 Fox Valley churchesRead More

Rev. Jerome L. “Father Jerry” Leake, 76, pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church, was honored on his 50th anniversary of ordination.

Aurora priest celebrates 50 years of ministry, 38 years as police chaplain

AURORA, Ill., May 27, 2018—An Aurora Roman Catholic priest celebrated 50 years of ministry Sunday, May 27. Rev. Jerome L. “Father Jerry” Leake, 76, pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church, was honored on his 50th anniversary of ordination. Events included a mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by an open house and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to leading St. Joseph for 20 years, he serves as senior chaplain for the Aurora Police Department. He’s been doing it since 1975, except for a few years when heRead More