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Habitat officials  will discuss how churches and other faith communities can support construction of the third annual Faith Build

Learn About Aurora-area Habitat for Humanity 2019 Faith Build at information meeting Saturday, Jan. 19

Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity project

MONTGOMERY, Ill., Jan. 14, 2019–Area faith communities are invited to learn about Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity’s 2019 Faith Build, a local home building project sponsored by churches. An information meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Genesis Community Church (Habitat offices),1300 S. Broadway in Montgomery. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. Habitat officials  will discuss how churches and other faith communities can support construction of the third annual Faith Build, a Habitat home at 1530 Solfisburg Ave. in Aurora. Past Faith Builds have includedRead More

Benefits World Relief DuPage/Aurora

Aurora chili cookoff to benefit refugee agency

AURORA, Ill., Jan. 11, 2019–Eight Fox Valley restaurants will compete in a second annual Chili Bowl cookoff to benefit World Relief DuPage/Aurora, an agency that serves refugee and immigrant families.   The cookoff is Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Gillerson’s Grubbery and Endiro Coffee, 33 W New York St. in Aurora.   The public is invited. Ticket sales will benefit World Relief’s life-changing services for refugee and immigrant families in DuPage and Kane Counties. The goal is to raise $5,000 to support a citizenship clinic to help immigrantsRead More

Rev. John Bell, Wesley pastor, thanked Chase for her service...

Musical retirement tribute: Surprise concert salutes 15-year Methodist music director

AURORA, Ill., Jan. 8, 2019–Lucinda “Cindy” Chase of Aurora was surprised Sunday (Jan. 6, 2018) with a concert by congregants at Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora. Chase had been invited to a reception marking her retirement as the church’s praise music director for 15 years. Instead of relaxing in the audience, she was called to the stage in the Gathering Place room where she sang several numbers and played guitar. Pieces included “Twenty Naked Pentacostals in a Pontiac,” a Chase favorite. Other performers were Chase’s sons Dan and Nathan,Read More

January sermon series at Flowing Forth UMC

Aurora Methodist pastor opens ‘Fake News’ sermon series

AURORA, Ill., Jan. 6, 2019–Rev. Derek Rogers, pastor at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora, says the bible contains some untruths. On Sunday he opened his January sermon series, “Fake News: Things the Bible Doesn’t Really Say.” His first of four sermons was themed “Everything happens for a reason.” The series continues with: Jan. 13: God helps those who help themselves. Jan. 20: God won’t give you more than you can handle. Jan. 27: Do good and God will bless you. The public is invited to 10 a.m. worship servicesRead More

The dedication ceremony culminates work on Thursdays and Saturdays by 300 volunteers from the Chicago area.

Aurora Habitat for Humanity to dedicate 62nd home Jan. 13

MONTGOMERY, Ill., Dec. 28, 2018—With music, presentations and an open house, Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its 62nd home on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at 1551 Solfisburg Ave. in Aurora The public is invited. The program will feature presentation of house keys to the future homeowners Juventino and Marisa Marrufo of Aurora, and children Manuel, Soledad and Alexis. Habitat officials and volunteers will also present a family bible and housewarming gifts to the Marrufo family. An open house with refreshments will conclude the dedication. The homeRead More

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

Giving Tuesday helps 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

Cookie walk at Wesley UMC

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