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Published: 9/13/2008 12:07 AM

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To include your church in the free listings, e-mail to foxvalley@dailyherald.com, fax to (847) 608-0849, or mail to 385 Airport Road, Suite A, Elgin IL 60123.

McHenry County Jewish Congregation: The McHenry County Jewish Congregation is now accepting registration for the Religious School, which meets Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning Sept. 7. MCJC offers two-times a week (Wednesday afternoon and Sunday morning) instruction of students in second through seventh grades. Classes for eighth-graders and high schoolers and students in kindergarten and first grade are offered Sunday morning. A preschool program and Parent-Tot program is also offered on Sundays. Adult Education is offered Sundays and throughout the week. For details, consult the MCJC Web site at mcjc-online.org.

An open house for prospective members is planned for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 as part of the Shabbat services. All interested in learning more about MCJC are welcome to attend.

MCJC's observance of the High Holidays will begin Monday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m., with Erev Rosh Hashana services, followed the next two days by services that begin at 9 a.m. Yom Kippur will be observed with a Kol Nidre service on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with the observance continuing the next day with services at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The holiday will conclude with a Break-the-Fast on Thursday, Oct. 9. Contact MCJC at (815) 455-1810 for more information on High Holiday tickets. Shabbat services are at 6:30 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m. Saturdays at the synagogue, 8617 Ridgefield Road in Crystal Lake. Shabbat services are led by Rabbi Maralee Gordon and are free and open to everyone. This is the only Conservative Jewish congregation in McHenry County. Interfaith families are welcome. It is located on Ridgefield Road in unincorporated Crystal Lake, accessible from Route 14. For information, call (815) 455-1810 or visit mcjc-online.org.

First Congregational: On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Rev. Michelle McNamara's sermon will be "'Freedom From' became 'Freedom To'" based on Exodus 14:19-31, at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services at the First Congregational Church, 11628 E. Main St. in Huntley. The Sunday school children will begin their fall program of lessons and activities after attending the first part of the 9 a.m. service.

The Second Saturday Contemporary Service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. The service features praise and worship music for children and adults.

A special mission offering will be collected for September's Mission of the Month, which is PADS for McHenry County. This is also Pack-a-Sack Sunday for the Grafton Township Food Pantry. Special needs for September are: laundry detergent, toothpaste, bath soap and toilet paper.

On Monday, Sept. 15, there will be a History Night Potluck at 6 p.m. for church members and friends who have signed up for that evening, to focus on each person's place in the living history or story of the church.

The Knit/Crochet Group, now called "Clickin' Sticks, will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. At 7 p.m., the Chancel Choir will practice. The choir sings on the first and third Sundays of the month and welcomes new members.

On Thursdays, the Genesis Bell Choir (beginning adults) will practice at 6 p.m. and the Whitechapel Bells (advanced adults) will practice at 7 p.m. The Sunday Am's handbell choir (grades 7-12) practices at 9 a.m. Sundays. Each choir plays once a month. New members are welcome. For details, call the church at (847) 669-3691 or visit www.firsthuntley.org.

St. John Lutheran: This weekend, the Rev. William Stroup will deliver the message, "Not Able to Pay?," based upon Matthew 18:21-35, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 Jefferson St., Algonquin. Adult Bible class is at 8 a.m. Sunday with no Sunday school. A supervised nursery is offered at the 9 a.m. service.

The Mission Resale Shop, located on Washington Street, is open on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gifts and good quality used clothing, and small household items can be purchased at reasonable prices. Donations are gratefully appreciated, and proceeds benefit mission work locally and afar. Call (847) 658-9300 or visit www.stjohnsalgonquin.org.

St. John's Lutheran School offers a day school program for first to eighth grade; all-day kindergarten and morning and afternoon preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. Church membership is not required. To register or schedule a school tour, call Principal Ralph Peterson at (847) 658-9311.

Shepherd of the Prairie: On Sunday, the Rev. Mark Boster will preach at both services at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church. The 9 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary services are held at the Cosman Cultural Center, 12051 Mill St., Huntley. Holy Communion will be celebrated at each service. Nursery care is available at both services. At 9 a.m., it is the start of Adult Sunday school at the Cosman Center with "Faith at Work" as the topic. At 10:30 a.m. the first session of Small Group Study will be "ELCA Social Statement on Sexuality" at the Cosman Center. The second session will be Sunday, Sept. 21.

Shepherd's Voices Choir will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at Citizens Bank.

On Tuesdays, the first music team will meet at 5 p.m. and the second music team at 6 p.m.

Small Group Study will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Sept. 14 and 21, at the Cosman Center. The topic is "ELCA Sexuality."

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Prairie Points Quilting Group will meet at 9 a.m. at Citizens Bank.

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, a parent/student orientation will be held for the 2008-09 confirmation class at Citizens Bank.

First service greeters are needed for the 9 a.m. Sunday service. Sign-up sheets are on the Welcome Table.

New Bible study group will be starting on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Regular confirmation classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, with pizza at 6 p.m.

The study will be "Unspoken." The sessions will be held at Citizens Bank. Sign-up sheets are on the Welcome Table.

The church office is in Citizens First National Bank, 12101 Regency Square, Huntley. Call (847) 515-3711 or visit www.sotp.org.

Faith Community: On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Rev. Bruce Cole will lead worship at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at Faith Community Church, 10547 Faiths Way in Huntley. Holy Communion will be celebrated. Nursery for children up to age 3 is available at both services as well as Sunday school for children from age 4 through middle school.

The Silver Saints will have their monthly lunch and fellowship at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15 at Nick's Pizza in Crystal Lake. All seniors are invited to attend.

Awana meets every Monday with a family dinner at 5:30 p.m. and Kids Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Children from preschool through fifth grade are invited to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous holds a weekly "closed" meeting at noon Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Gentle Hata Yoga classes for adults are given each Tuesday at 9 a.m. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a floor mat. Advance registration is not needed. On Tuesdays, TOPS meets at 11:30 a.m.

The "Friends" Bible study meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the church. Study the book of Revelation through "Be Victorious" by Warren Wiersbe.

Adult Bible studies are offered Wednesdays. At 9 a.m., study the text for the upcoming Sunday. At 7 p.m., they will study the book of Mark.

The middle school kids for sixth- to eighth grades meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays for a program and dinner. The high school youth will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at an off-site location. Call the church office at (224) 569-6501 for details. Ladies Bunco is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Join them for some fun. No experience necessary. Call (224) 569-6501 or visit www.fccwired.tv.

Preschool registration is now open. Call Michelle Sullivan at (224) 569-6512 for information or a tour.

Unitarian church: On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Congregational Unitarian Church, 221 Dean St. in Woodstock, begins a two-part series on scarcity and abundance at 10:45 a.m. The message from the Rev. Dan Larsen will be "Moral Guidance in a Tumultuous World."

The adult choir, led by musical director Tom Steffens, will sing "What A Wonderful World." Sue McCowin will have the Children's Story. For information, call the church at (815) 338-0731, e-mail office@cucw.org, or visit www.cucw.org.

First Congregational: On Sundays, the Rev. Budd Friend-Jones preaches at 9 and 10:45 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson St. in Crystal Lake. Stephen Ministers will be commissioned at both services.

Each Sunday at 9 and 10:45 a.m., all children, age 2 through seventh grade, will begin worship with their family. Following the children's message, they will be excused to their appropriate Sunday school class. Nursery care and Toddler Time is provided for infants, and toddlers at each service.

On Sundays, the Alleluia Sound High School Choir rehearses at 12:15 p.m. The Good Vibrations High School Bell Choir begins rehearsals at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the Pilgrim Fellowship high school youth group will meet in the youth room. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Prayer Shawl Ministry meets at 1:30 p.m. in the Banner Library

On Wednesdays, Seasons of the Spirit meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Banner Library. Also on Wednesdays, the Cherub Choir for second- and third-graders and Carol Choir for fourth- and fifth-graders begin rehearsals at 3:45 p.m. The Chancel Choir for sixth- to eighth-graders begin the rehearsal year on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, FCC's Young at Heart Group begins the new season with lunch at the Crystal Lake Country Club at noon. Lunch will be followed by a program titled "Ancient Essential Oils from the Bible," presented by church member, Carolyn Grobe.

On Friday, Sept. 19, music classes begin for infants/toddlers from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and preschoolers from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Robin Restrepo is the instructor. Also Sept. 19, FCC and the Niagara Foundation are hosting a Ramadan Interfaith Dinner in the fellowship hall. Reservations are required. Call the church office for details.

Visitors are welcome to any church activity. The church is accessible to persons with disabilities. Large print bulletins and assisted listening devices are available at Sunday Services an entrance for people with mobility impairment is on the Lake Street side of the church. For details, call (815) 459-6010 or visit fcc-cl.org.

Bethany Lutheran: On Sundays, the Rev. Harold J. Hoekstra, senior pastor, lead worship at 7:45, 9 and 10:45 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave. in Crystal Lake.

Child care is offered during the 9 and 10:45 a.m. services. Faith Quest Sunday school is at 9 a.m. An Eco Fair is planned for Sept. 14 during the coffee hour. Seven ways to be more "Green" will be lifted up, including carpooling with other Bethany neighbors. Updated maps of your Bethany neighbors and directories will be available.

The confirmation classes on Wednesdays at 4:30 and 7 p.m. The seventh- and eighth-grade youth also attend an overnight retreat at the Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Camp in September. The State Mixer, a way to get to know more of the Bethany family, is planned for Sunday, Sept. 21 during the coffee hour. What state(s) are you connected to? Different states will be featured on third Sunday throughout the year. This month's featured states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas and Hawaii.

Welcome Back Panama Mission Trippers is planned for Sunday, Sept. 21. They will be recognized during worship and displays of their work will be available in Luther Hall during the coffee hour.

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the annual Ministry Fair will offer an opportunity to "gift" Bethany's ministry with their special time and talents. And the third-grade Bible presentation will be during the 9 a.m. worship.

CROP Walk registration is well under way. The annual walk will start from Bethany Lutheran Church at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Bethany is a Book of Faith Congregation. This Bible study will be presented at 10:15 a.m. Sundays, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23 and Jan. 25.

For details, call (815) 459-2690 or visit www.bethanylc.com.

Preschool registration for fall 2008 continues. Programs are available for 2- to 5-year-olds. For details, call Marcia Baker, preschool director, at (815) 477-7463.

McHenry County Church of Religious Science: On Sundays, the McHenry County Church of Religious Science, Center for Spiritual Evolution recognizes September as a natural time of reflection, renewal and recommitment to life. The topic on Sept. 14 is "Pond of Reflection" with the Rev. Anne Muelleman. Music this week is provided by Tricia Alexander.

Everyone is welcome to attend the 10 a.m. Sunday Celebration Service at 204 Spring St., lower level in Cary. There is a children's program and toddler care. If you arrive early, there is a meditation at 9:45 a.m.

The children's curriculum is "Spiritual Practices for Kids." This week's topic for kindergarten through fifth grade is "Castles of Creation."

There is a Tuesday morning mediation with Bhanta Sujatha at 10 a.m. for a $10 donation. The weekly healing service is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Healing services at The Center for Spiritual Evolution are popular and known for their uplifting effect with concentrated high vibrational energies revealing spiritual perfection in all areas of our life. The pastor will deliver a short message leaving ample time for prayer, meditation, and spiritual mind treatment by she and the church's professional practitioners in response to your healing requests.

As a trans-denominational church, all services and activities are open to everyone without obligation. For details, call (847) 516-1950 or visit www.newthoughtmchenry.org.

Trinity Lutheran: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11008 N. Church St. in Huntley, announces fall/winter worship hours are 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. There is adult staffed child care during the 10:30 a.m. service. Sunday school classes for third grade through high school and adult Bible study are at 9:15 a.m. Preschool through second grade Sunday school is at 10:30 a.m.