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Published: 5/17/2008 12:16 AM

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• To submit your listings, e-mail M.J. Porter at or fax items to (630) 955-0895. Mail should be sent to Daily Herald, 4300 W. Commerce Ct., Lisle, IL 60532.


• Grace United Methodist Church will hold its 7th annual Blessing of the Bikes service at 9 a.m. today at the church, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville. The event begins with a catered breakfast, blessing at 10 a.m. followed by a ride. To attend, RSVP to (630) 355-1748.

• Trinity Episcopal Church will hold a Deanery Confirmation service for new members from 11 area churches at 11 a.m. today at the church, 130 N. West St., Wheaton. The Right Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee and Right Rev. Victor A. Scantlebury of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago will confirm the new members and reaffirm baptismal covenants. A reception will follow. For details, call (630) 665-1101.

• Downer Grove Friends Quaker Meeting will welcome Tim Barner, director for leadership development for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, at 4 p.m. today at the meeting house, 5710 Lomond Ave., Downers Grove. His focus is "Toward Peace in Iraq and Funding Peaceful Alternatives to Military Action". A potluck supper will follow the talk.

• St. John United Church of Christ will present The Prodigal Son Coffeehouse featuring Andrew Calhoun from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at the church, 309 Fifth St., Aurora. Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit Peace Player Performing Arts Summer Camp for Youth and Children. For tickets visit the Web site at or call (630) 892-1932.

• First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton will hold a breakfast with Archbishop Elias Chacour, archbishop of Galilee, at 8:30 a.m. today at the church, 715 N. Carlton, Wheaton. Tickets are $10 and include breakfast. For reservations, call Janet at (630) 668-5147.• For details, visit or call (630)) 668-5147.•

• St. Thomas United Methodist Church is offering a new service, CrossPoint, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Saturdays at the church, 2S511 Route 53, Glen Ellyn. A monthly Movie Night with Popcorn is planned. For details, call (630) 469-1214.•


• St. Paul Lutheran Church's book group will discuss "The Zookeeper's Wife" at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton. For details, visit the Web site at or call (630) 668-5953.

Registration for vacation Bible school, Rainforest Adventure, for children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade will be $20 before Sunday, $25 after Sunday. The school will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 16 to 20 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. For registration, call Cherie Schumm at (630) 668-5953.

• Faith World Outreach Church will feature recording artist Daniel Eric Groves at 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1280 S. Route 59, Bartlett. For details, call (630) 830-0196.

• Sunshine Preschool at Wheaton Evangelical Free Church will honor retiring teacher Karen Schrader from 10:10 to 10:40 a.m. Sunday at the church, 520 E. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton. Former and current students and families are invited to attend a formal worship service when she will be honored. For details, call (630) 668-6490.

• The One Voice Interdenominational Outreach Choir, comprised of area high school students, will present Sounds of Spring at 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, 41 N. Park, Glen Ellyn. The concert is free but a goodwill donation will be taken. Auditions for the choir's 2008-09 season will be from 2 to 5 p.m. May 27-29 at First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn. For concert details, call (630) 469-2361.

• First Church of Christ, Scientist will present "What, me worry?" at 3 p.m. Sunday outdoors under the tent at the church, 1108 Oswego Road, Naperville. Lorenzo Rodriguez of Florida, a member of the Christian Science board of lectureship, has earned awards for his work in the field of employment of people with disabilities. Admission and child care are free. For details, visit or call (630) 527-8716.•

• First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton's youth will lead worship services for Youth Sunday at 8:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday• at the church, 715 N. Carlton, Wheaton. For details, visit or call (630)) 668-5147.•

• First Congregational United Church of Christ will present a musical concert at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 235 Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst. A brunch is planned at 11:15 a.m. prior to the concert. For brunch reservations or details, call (630) 832-2580.

• Lombard Assembly of God Church will have guest speaker David Isabelli at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 447 W. North Ave., Lombard. A fellowship luncheon will follow the service. Guests are welcome. Upcoming speakers include Gary Blanchar, May 25. For details, call (630) 629-3388.

• Grace United Methodist Church is offering two parenting workshops at the church, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville. A free six-week class for parents of junior high students meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays to May 26. For details, call Rev. Carol Madalin at (630) 355-1748, ext. 246. For details or child care, call Margaret Harrison at (630) 355-1748, ext. 241 or visit the Web site at

• Harvest Bible Chapel will feature senior pastor, The Rev. Ron Zappia, and his series One on One with Jesus at 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays at the church, 1805 High Point Drive, Naperville. For details, call (630) 281-4800.

• Christian Tabernacle Church will hold services at 8 and 11 a.m. Sundays at 100 S. Park St., Roselle. For details, visit the Web site at or call (630) 529-1282.


• Grace Lutheran Church will be the site of a non-denominational prayer ministry of the West Suburban Healing Rooms of Chicago from 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at the church, 950 S. York Road, Bensenville. Appointments are not necessary; first come, first served. For details, call Carolyn Aiello at (630) 860-0566 or (630) 766-3030.

• The Ministry of New Beginnings St. Hubert Church will meet at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at St. Matthews Church, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Donations are $3. For details, call (847) 891-1220.


• Coffeebreak, a women's interdenominational Bible study, meets at 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Evangel Baptist Church, 1900 Manchester Road, Wheaton. This year's study will focus on the book of Isaiah. Child care is provided for ages 6 months to 5 years. For details, call Debby France at (630) 462-7605.

• New Beginnings, a non-denominational self-help group for those experiencing separation, divorce, death of a spouse or loss of a significant relationship, meets at 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1215 Modaff Road, Naperville. For details, visit the Web site at or send an e-mail to

• St. Margaret Mary Parish will study the Letter to Romans during a session from 9 to 11 a.m. or 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church, Naper Boulevard and Green Trails Drive, Naperville. The fee is $30. For details, call (630) 369-0777.••

• St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church will sell copies of its 50th anniversary cookbook at the church, 547 N. Main St., Lombard. The cost is $12.50. For details, call the church between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at (630) 627-2435.••


• First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn will present an evening of music at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 535 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. A free will offering will benefit the church's music ministry. For details, call (630) 469-3096.

• St. Peter the Apostle will hold its first State of the Parish Forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 524 N. Rush St., Itasca. For details, call (630) 773-1272.•


• St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish will present a lighthearted message for job seekers with "SHEIFGAB the World: Eight Building Blocks to Successful Transition" by Conor Cunneen at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville. The drop-in program is open to the community. For details, call Jim Breen (630) 355-8980.•

• DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church will present Exploring UU Hisory at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 4S535 Old Naperville Road, Naperville. The program will focus on the origins of separate Unitarian and Universalist movements. Child care is available with a reservation a week in advance. For details, visit or call Rose Riccio at (630) 505-9408.

• River Valley Community Church's Singles FOCUS, Fellowship of Christians United in Spirit, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning with a light meal at 6:30 at River Valley Community Church, 1655 Bowman Drive, Aurora. Church services are at 10 a.m. Sundays. For details, visit the Web site at or call (630) 907-2992.

• Congregation Etz Chaim will focus on Questions of Revelation to the world at 7 p.m. Thursday at 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard. Ashley Rose will use the writings of Heschel and Buber. For details, call (630) 627-3912.

• Faithful Living for Dummies is a weekly Bible study about the Book of Sirach that will meet from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through June 5 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish, 36 N. Ellsworth, Naperville. The fee is $6. For details, call Christine Kancewick at (630) 718-2154.

• Grace Lutheran Church will be open as a Praying Place at noon and 7:20 p.m. Thursdays at the church, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. For details, call (630) 469-1555.


• A new Christian social group for single, divorced and widowed members in the Addison area will begin meeting at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at a local restaurant. The group will plan activities. For details, call (630) 202-0333.

May 31

• Wesley United Methodist Church's Women will hold their second annual Tea• Time at Wesley from 2 to 4 p.m. May 31 in Fellowship Hall, 21 E. Franklin, Naperville. The event will feature a dramatic presentation by Pam Welcome, Linnea Taylor-Riveter, Welder. Tickets are $5 per person and available at the church at (630) 355-1834.

• Wheaton Franciscan Collaborative Ministries will present "Circle of Compassion and Hope: The Gifts of Grief, Tears and Lamentation that Lead to Healing" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 at 26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch and item, poem or picture that represents loss and hope. For details, call (630) 462-4936.

• York Center Church of the Brethren will hold a Pet Blessing at 2 p.m. May 31 at the church, 1S071 Luther Ave., Lombard. For details, call (630) 627-7411.••

June 1

• Calvary Episcopal Church will welcome the Rev. Emily Mellott as its new full-time pastor with services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. June 1 at the church, 105 W. Maple, Lombard. For details, call (630) 620-8899.

• College Church will present the Agape Ringers at 3 p.m. June 1 at the church, Seminary Avenue and Washington Street, Wheaton. The concert is free but tax-deductible donations are welcome. For details, call (630) 668-0878.

June 6

• Our Saviour's Lutheran Church will hold its 2008 Mega Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 6 and from 8 a.m. to noon June 7 at the Celebration Center, 919 S. Washington ST., Naperville. Saturday is half-price day. The sale includes furniture, baby clothes, garden equipment and kitchen supplies. For details, visit or call (630) 355-2522.•

June 8

• The St. Charles Singers will present "Just as the Tide was Flowing: Chansons and Folk Songs," at 4 p.m. June 8 at 315 W. Illinois, Wheaton. Tickets are $35 for premium seating, $25 for general admission and $20• for seniors 65 and older and full-time students 23 and younger. For tickets, visit or call (630) 513-5272.

June 9

• Grace Church of DuPage will hold its vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon June 9-13 at the church, 27W344 Galusha Ave., Warrenville. Amazon Expedition offers songs, games, crafts and the Seven C's of History. For details or registration, visit or call (630) 393-7344.

June 11

• Wheaton Franciscan Collaborative Ministries will present "Mirroring God: A Franciscan Approach to Quantum Imagination" at 7 p.m. June 11, 18 and 25 at 26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton. The donation is $5. For details, call (630) 462-4936.

June 13

• Lombard Assembly of God will present its Marriage Seminar beginning at 6 p.m. June 13 and continuing at 9 a.m. June 14 at the church, 447 W. North Ave., Lombard. The event includes a continental breakfast. Child care is available. For details and reservations, call (630) 629-3388.•

June 14

• Faith Community Church will hold a rummage sale and flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at the church, 910 Main St., West Chicago. A portion of the proceeds will fund a mission trip to Chiapas, Mexico. For details, call (630) 231-0623.

June 17

• Bloomingdale Church will hold its free day camp 2008, Passport Around the World, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 17-20 at the church, 264 Glen Ellyn Road, Bloomingdale. Registration is at 9 a.m. June 17. For details or registration, visit or call (630)894-0090.

Aug. 2

St. Andrew United Methodist Church is seeking crafters for its Corn Fest Aug. 2 at the church, 250 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream. Crafters or artisans may call Vicki Wright at (630) 510-0145.


• A Parents Day Out Program will be offered in the fall for children ages 2-4 years at the First United Methodist Church, 424 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. Applications will be taken beginning today. The program is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. A $50 fee is due at enrollment and the charge is $25 a day. Children's activities include a Bible story. For details, call (630) 942-0226.•