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Today

• A celebration of the 240th anniversary of Revolutionary War soldier Israel Warner's birth and grave dedication will be held at 3 p.m. today at Big Woods Cemetery, Eola Road south of Butterfield Road in Aurora. Guest speaker is Lt. Col. John Amberg, director of the Midwest Branch of the Army's Public Relations. The ceremony includes Revolutionary War re-enactors and active service men. For details, call (708) 567-6794.

• Wesley United Methodist Church's Women will hold their second annual Tea Time at Wesley from 2 to 4 p.m. today 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. today 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. today at the church, 1S071 Luther Ave., Lombard. For details, call (630) 627-7411.

• The First United Methodist and Congregational Church of West Chicago will hold a Country Fair and Barbecue from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at 643 E. Washington St., West Chicago. Donation is $12.50 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-10. The event also includes games and prizes until 8:30 p.m.. A wristband to play the games is $5. For details or tickets, call (630) 231-3344.

• St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish will feature the Rev. Darrell Rupiper, a leading voice on the environment, during EcoMission: Growing Our Souls and Saving Our Planet from today to June 12 at the church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville. Rupiper will speak at Masses during both weekends at 4:30 p.m. today and June 7; 7:30, 9 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Sunday and June 8; 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and June 10, 11 and 12. For details, visit www.stapostle.org or call Chari Rosales at (630) 355-8980, ext. 138.

• The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale and the Wheaton Park District Silvertones will present a concert at 3 p.m. today at Blanchard Alliance Church, 1766 S. Blanchard Road, Wheaton. First Presbyterian Church and Gary United Methodist Church will sponsor the musical to benefit the older adults' program at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream. Tickets are $15. For details or tickets, call (630) 668-6506.

• Holy Spirit Catholic Community will offer a weekly interpreted Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays for those who are deaf or hard of hearing at the church, 2003 Hassert Blvd., Naperville. For details, visit www.HolySpiritNaperville.org or call (630) 922-0081.

• 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.

• Congregation Kneseth Israel holds services are 9:30 a.m. Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the synagogue, 330 Division St., Elgin. Judaism 101 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Understanding Hebrew at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

For details, visit the Web site at www.ckielgin.org or call (847) 741-5656.

Sunday

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

• College Church will present the Agape Ringers at 3 p.m. Sunday 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.

• St. Paul Lutheran Church will focus on Old Testament readings from Genesis at services at 8 and 10 a.m. Sundays to Aug. 17 at the church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton. For details, call (630) 668-5953.

• Grace Lutheran Church is sending 11 high school youth and five adults on a second mission trip to New Orleans with a special service at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. The group will be there from June 8-13. For details, call (630) 469-1555.

• St. John United Church of Christ will hold its German language service at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the first Sunday of the month, at the church, 1190 Olesen Drive, Naperville. The Rev. Wolf Knappe will lead the service; childcare is provided. A reception will follow. For details, call (630) 355-5208.

• 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. The congregation is collecting items for a Thailand Mission trip until Sunday including food items, medicine, clothing, children's supplies. A trip is planned to tour national parks in the southwest including the Grand canyon from Oc. 13 to 19. Deadline for applications is June 10. Prices are $1,400 for a single, $1,040 for a twin or $925 for a triple room. For details, visit the Web site at www.rivervalleycommunity.org or call (630) 907-2992.

• 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 www.ctcchurch.org or call (630) 529-1282.

Monday

• The Billy Graham Center Museum will exhibit Cross/Purpose through Aug. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday in the Billy Graham Center, 500 College Ave., Wheaton. Suggested admission is $4, or $3 for students and seniors, $1 for children and $10 for a family pass. For details, visit the Web site at www.billygrahamcenter.org/museum or call (630) 752-5909.

• Addison Aglow International hold a praise and worship titled "One Hour with Jesus" from 10 to 11 a.m. the first Monday of the month, at Addison Presbyterian Church, 233 N. Mill Road, Addison. The service is open to women, men and teens. Baby-sitting is not available. For details, visit the Web site at www.aglow.org or call Nancy at (630) 543-3016.

• 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 First United Methodist Church will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church, 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Appointments are available by calling (630) 968-7120; walk-ins are welcome.

• St. Paul Lutheran Church is taking registration for vacation Bible school, Rainforest Adventure, for children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade for $25 at the church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton. 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.

• 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. Donation is $3. For details, call (847) 891-1220.

Tuesday

• Family Life Christian Center will hold a Biblical Healing Class from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ Community Church, 602 Geneva Road, Wheaton. For details, call Roger Flanagan at (630) 873-0737.

• 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 www.newbeginningsil.com or send an e-mail to cml525@gmail.com.

• 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 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at (630) 627-2435.

Thursday

• 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.

Friday

• Our Saviour's Lutheran Church will hold its 2008 Mega Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday 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. Proceeds will benefit the Refugee Family Fund, Katrin Relief, Back to school Backpack Program, World Relief Emergency Fund and the church's ministries. For details, visit www.oursaviours.com or call (630) 355-2522.

• St. Luke Lutheran Church will hold an Italian feast Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, 410 S. Rush St., Itasca. The event is thanksgiving for Deborah Morocco's kidney transplant. A free will offering will benefit the Deborah Morocco Benefit Fund at Itasca Band & Trust. For details, e-mail Lawsec43@aol.com or call the church at (630) 773-0396.

• The Tandem Club will meet at noon Friday for lunch and a program at First United Methodist Church, 424 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. The program sponsored by the Illinois General Assembly is Road Scholar Rick Pickren and his "Illinois: Gateway to the American West in Song and Story." The program is open to the community. Reservations for lunch are required by calling (630) 469-4075..

• 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.

June 7

• A Career Transition Workshop will meet from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays, June 7 to Aug. 2, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 919 S. Washington St., Room 203, Naperville. The sessions will cover the entire process of a successful career search during the drop-in course. The course is free and a workbook is included. The workbook fee is $20. For details, call Tom Schneider at (630) 357-2008.

• Ss. Peter and Paul will feature Timothy Gray, professor of Sacred Scripture at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, at 6:15 p.m. June 7 at the church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville. His program is "The Keys & the Sword: Peter and Paul and the Church's Apostolic Roots." The program is opne to the community. For details, call (630) 355-1081.

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 www.stcharlessingers.com or call (630) 513-5272.

• St James the Apostle Parish will celebrate the Golden Sacerdotal Jubilee of their Pastor Emeritus, the Rev. John M. Sebahar, at 2:30 p.m. June 8 at the church, 480 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Reception follows until 5 p.m. For details, call (630) 790-1764.

• Congregation Etz Chaim will celebrate Shavuot beginning at 7 p.m. June 8 at 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard. The service celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai and bringing first fruits to the Temple of Jerusalem. For details, call (630) 627-3912.

• Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors will hold a Mitzvah Day by Isaac Marshall at 1 p.m. June 8 at 121 S. third St., Geneva. The event is for volunteers to bring fabric, scissors and rulers to create blankets for those in need. For details, call (847) 622-8855.

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 www.gracechurchofdupage.org or call (630) 393-7344.

June 10

• Good Shepherd Church offers parents of teenagers time to get together and Talk Teens from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, June 10 to July 29, at the church, 1310 Shepherd Drive, Naperville. The discussion is based on the book "Let's Talk Teens" and led by Diane Overgard who co-authored the book with Janice Rubin, director of Family Life- Student Ministries at Good Shepherd. Fees are covered by the church as a gift to the community. Participants may purchase the book for $15. For details, visit www.welcomegrowserve.org or call (630) 961-9220.

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. Childcare 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.

• Hope Among the Flowers is the Downers Grove garden walk sponsored to benefit Bridge Communities sponsored by First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. The walk features six gardens and lunch at Carrabba's Italian Grill, 75th and Lemont streets, Downers Grove. Gardens include Detmer's, 6580 Davane Lane; Reid's, 121 4th St.; Paddock's, 8629 Brookeridge Road; Buehrer's at 4537 Linscott Ave.; Andersen's at 4500 Downers Drive; and Stulgin's at 3684 Downers Drive. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of. Lunch tickets are separate and $10. Tickets may be purchased at the church or online at www.dgfumc.org/gardenwalk. For details, call (630) 968-7120.

• Calvary United Pentecostal Church will hold its yard and flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 at the church, 19W701 Army Trail Road, Addison. For details, call Shawn Cook at (630) 671-9665.

June 16

• Faith Baptist Church's vacation Bible school, God's Big Backyard: Where Kids Have a Blast Serving Jesus, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon June 16-20 at the church, 27W010 Parkway Drive, Winfield. The school is for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Registration is available at the web site at www.faithwinfield.com. For details, call Lori Bode at (630) 653-5320.

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 www.bloomingdalechurch.org or call (630)894-0090.

June 22

• St. Matthew United Church of Christ will hold its summer picnic at 11 a.m. June 22 at the church, 1420 S. Gables Blvd., Wheaton. The event includes games. For details, visit stmatthew-ucc.org or call (630) 665-1236.

June 23

• Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will present the Shalom Youth Choir of Preston Meadow Lutehran Church from Plano, Texas, at 7 p.m. June 23 at the church, 4501 Main st., Downers Grove. The concert is free and open to the community. For details, call (630) 968-6231.

July 5

• The Cenacle Retreat House will present these programs during July at the retreat, 29W012 Batavia Road, Warrenville. The Rev. Charles Miley will present With Grateful Hearts as a weekend workshop about gratitude from July 18-20. The fee is $175 for a single room, $160 for a double. A $40 deposit secures the reservation. After July 5, add $20.

Susan Lincoln will lead the experiental retreat for women, The Healing Power of Song, July 19-20. The fee is $240 for a single room, $225 for a double room, $210 for commuters and includes meals. A $50 deposit secures the reservation. After July 5, add $20.

James Finley will present Little Things that Fill the Whole World: Gospel Metaphors of Spiritual Awakening based on his book from July 25-27. The fee is $275. A $50 deposit secures the reservation. After July 11, add $20. For details, visit www.cenacle.org or call (6300 393-1231.

July 21

• Gary United Methodist Church and its affiliate Winfield Community United Methodist Church sponsor a senior high youth fellowship of 50 youth. The youth travel in the United States for construction ministries including Habitat for Humanity. To support their trip, the 11th annual Gary/Winfield Golf Classic is planned July 21 at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club, 3N441 Route 59, West Chicago. Sponsors are sought. For details, call Jeff Whitcomb at (630) 853-1991.

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.

Ongoing

• 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.

• St. Thomas the Apostle Teens with Character, a youth ministry, is selling premium car wash tickets for $20 for the wash at Lexus of Naperville, 2480 Aurora Ave., Naperville. Lexus is donating the services so proceeds will benefit the teens' community service project to buy glasses for the needy at Scott Eye Care in Oswego. Tickets can be purchased at the parish, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville or by calling Corinne Seguin at (630) 305-6318.