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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

Methodist men raised walls at 1553 Solfisburg Ave. in Aurora .

Methodist men raise Habitat for Humanity walls 

AURORA, Ill., May 25, 2018—Methodist men raised walls at 1553 Solfisburg Ave. in Aurora last weekend to launch Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity’s latest project. The three-day effort by a dozen volunteers from Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville supported Montgomery-based Fox Valley Habitat’s Faith Build 2018, a second annual collaboration of 30 churches in Kane, Kendall and DuPage counties. Leading Faith Build volunteers Friday through Sunday (May 18-20) was Naperville resident Rick Loufek, a member of Grace UMC. Loufek managed Faith Build 2017 construction last year at 1551 Solfisburg Ave. Selected as theRead More

Fourth St. United Methodist Church Celebrates Ministry to Aurora

Fourth St. United Methodist Church Celebrates 125 Years of Ministry in Aurora

Celebrating 125 Years–Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, second from right, posed with a proclamation declaring Sunday, May 1, as “Fourth Street United Methodist Church Day” in Aurora. From left are Ralph Brian, church lay leader; Rev. Deborah Tinsley Taylor, church pastor; Weisner, who offered remarks; and Bill Donnell, Fourth Ward alderman, who read and presented the proclamation during a worship service that opened a daylong 125th anniversary celebration. (Al Benson photo)

Author Karen Kaplan of Highland Park will discuss “Descendants of Rajgrad: Learning to Forgive.”

Aurora Holocaust Memorial Wednesday, May 4

Temple B’nai Israel, 400 N. Edgelawn Drive in Aurora, will hold a Yom HaShoah– Holocaust memorial–service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. The public is invited. The service will open with a welcome by Rabbi Amitar Adler. After a selection by St. John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church of Aurora choir, a candle lighting ceremony will take place. Poet Karen Christiansen of Aurora, a member of Aurora Jewish Renewal congregation, will read her poem “A Prayer for the Obvious,” with Rev. John Bell and Emmy Lou John, both of Wesley UnitedRead More