Your faith:Cook County

 
 
Published: 4/3/2009 12:07 AM

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Women's Passover Seder: Reservations are being taken now for Beth Tikvah Congregation's annual Women's Passover Seder. The event pays tribute to the Jewish observance of Passover from a woman's spiritual perspective. The full-course dinner and service begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the temple, 300 Hillcrest Blvd., in Hoffman Estates. Tickets are $20 per person. Make checks payable to Beth Tikvah Sisterhood. Advance sales only. To reserve your spot, contact Naomi Lee at (847) 359-0814 or mamanheureuse.lee@gmail.com, or Dawn Bernstein, (630) 307-0325.

Rummage sale: Immanuel United Church of Christ is having a Spring Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 3, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4. The church is at 1500 Old Church Road, Streamwood. (630) 837-0190.

Clothing resale: The Barrington United Methodist Women will host a "Like New Spring and Summer Clothing Resale" from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, at Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road, Barrington. On Saturday, shoppers can take advantage of a bargain bag sale, with all the goodies you can fit into either a $3 or $5 bag. Proceeds from the sale will go toward local missions. (847) 836-5540.

For children: A "Walk Through Holy Week," will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 10, for children ages 3 to fifth grade at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. It will follow a vacation Bible school format with stories, music, crafts, snacks and more. Cost is $5 per student. Registration required by Friday, April 3. (847) 827-6656,

Fish fry: St. Raymond de Penafort Church in Mount Prospect will host Friday night fish fry between 5 and 8 p.m. April 3 in the school cafeteria, accessible via the main entrance to the parish's Catholic elementary school at the corner of Elmhurst Avenue at Milburn Street. Both eat in and carryout meals will be featured. Cheese pizza will also be available. Dinner costs are $7 for adults, $4 for children older than 2, and $6 for seniors during the 5 to 6 p.m. hour. A donation-only bar will also be available for adults.

Concert: Cardinal Drive Church of Christ, 2300 Cardinal Drive, Rolling Meadows, is hosting the Memphis, TN, Harding Academy A cappella Chorus at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3. This chorus of 45 high school students is directed by Daniel Burdette. Seven of the students made the All-State Choir. The concert is free. (847) 259-2995 or www.cdfamily.org.

Egg hunt: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Bartlett is having an Easter Praise and Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4. All children, from toddlers through sixth grade, are invited to sing, hunt for candy-filled eggs, and make crafts. The church is east of Route 59 on the southwest corner of Army Trail and Petersdorf Road.

Egg hunt: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is holding an Easter egg Hunt at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 4, rain or shine, in the field outside Good Shepherd's Christian Life Center at Nesler Road and Route 20, Elgin. The event benefits a local family. Groups will consist of 2- to 4-year-olds, 5- to 7-year-olds, and ages 8 and older. A freewill donation for the Easter egg Hunt of $2 per child is appreciated, and all proceeds will benefit families with unemployment issues. Juice and muffins will be available at 8:30 a.m. to raise more funds for families.

Family event: Bunny Breakfast is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Prince of Peace Preschool and Kindergarten, 930 W. Higgins Road, Schaumburg. The event will feature an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, games, crafts, entertainment and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The cost is: $6 per person over the age of 3. Call (847) 885-7036 for details.

Living Single Workshop: "Values, Dating, and Sexuality for the Christian Single" will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at The Chapel, Barrington Campus, 180 N. Hawthorne Road, Barrington Hills. Tickets are $25 at the door. Registration is available online and at all Chapel bookstores. Clinical psychologist and author Dr. Stephen Simpson will give advice on how to establish your identity in Christ, when and how to ask someone out, how to be authentic in your dating relationships, and more. For more information, visit the Web page chapel.org/singles or contact Bernie at singles@chapel.org. In addition, Cache Connections Live! Will be from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at The Chapel, Barrington Campus. Tickets are $15 prepurchased and $20 at the door. This is a separate event from the Living Single workshop. Tickets need to be purchased separately. Caché Connections is committed to providing a connection point for Christian singles for community and matchmaking services and supporting and promoting healthy dating relationships based on biblical standards.

For families: Family Shabbat will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, April 4 and May 30, at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Join for a Shabbat celebration full of songs, snacks, stories and crafts.

Book group: "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See will be the subject of discussion of the book group "Reading is Believing" at North Northfield United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the church, Sanders and Dundee in Northbrook. (847) 272-2250 or visit www.northnorthfield.org

Egg hunt: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 100 S. School St., Mount Prospect, will have an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, (847) 255-0332 or www.saint-paul.org.

Palm Sunday play: Meet Danny the Donkey in "Hosanna in the Highest Heaven," presented by the Sunday school children of Living Lord Lutheran Church, 1044 Congress Drive in Bartlett, at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5. www.livinglordlutheran.org or (630) 830-3630.

Harpist: Karen Banaszewski, Carol Stream, professional harpist will play three numbers at the Palm Sunday Worship, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5, at Christ Community Mennonite Church, 888 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg.

Footsteps to the Cross: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1190 N. Hicks Road, Palatine invites you to see, hear, smell, taste and touch Jesus' suffering, death and resurrection as you follow in his "Footsteps to the Cross" from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5. This program is for all families and their children ages 3 through sixth grade. For details, call (847) 359-3451.

Loving What Is Workshop: Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road in Des Plaines, will present this Byron Katie workshop facilitated by Martha Creek from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 5. This workshop helps teach us how to identify what thoughts are causing us suffering and then how to end them. Lunch is provided with advance registration. To register, call (847) 297-0997.

The economy: Doug Townsey, professor of finance at DePaul University, will discuss "The Current State of the Economy" at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 5, at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2025 S. Goebbert, Arlington Heights.

Faith in Action: Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights, and the Christian Church of Arlington Heights, 333 W. Thomas, kick off plans for Faith In Action with a joint dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at Congregational U.C.C. The four-week program includes daily devotionals, sermon emphasis and small group lessons over a four-week period, April 19, April 26, and May 3. It culminates in Outreach Sunday, May 17, when members of both churches will take on service projects in the community. For details, visit www.CongUCC.org or call (847) 392-6650.

Services: Worship services will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5, at Meadows Baptist Church, 2401 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows. Adult, student ministries and children's church Bible classes will meet at 9 a.m. A second adult Bible class, the Adventure Club for children ages 4 through fourth grade and Club 56 for fifth- and sixth-grade children will meet at 10:30 a.m. The Awana Club for children ages 3 through sixth grade meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays. (847) 255 8764.

Mass: A Catholic Mass will be led by the Rev. Walter of St. Peter Damian of Bartlett at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 6, at Victory Centre of Bartlett, 1101 W. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. (630) 213-0100.

Encounter Labyrinth: Northwest Covenant Church, 300 N. Elmhurst Ave., Mount Prospect, is having an "Encounter Labyrinth" April 6-9. Join for a symbolic walk through the last days of Jesus' life here on earth. Just as Jesus' personal journey changed the course of history, this walk with Jesus will be a significant experience in your spiritual life. Labyrinth hours: Monday through Wednesday 9-11 a.m., 1-4 p.m., 5-8 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Yiddish Club: Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook and CJE SeniorLife present a monthly program, "The Yiddish Club," a morning of Yiddish entertainment and conversation, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook, 755 Huehl Road, Northbrook. (847) 564-8770.

Atheist writers: A discussion about agnosticism, humanism and/or atheism will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church, 1025 N. Smith Road in Palatine. It will be based on a six-part lecture series by Ron Miller of Common Ground, a Deerfield-based center for inquiry, dialogue and understanding. Miller presented a critical view of the newer 2000-2009 atheist writers. (847) 359-8440.

Visitors month: April is visitor's month for Community Bible Study in Mount Prospect. The coed evening class will launch an elementary-age children's program in the fall, along with its 30-week study of Genesis. The class meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in April at Life Community Church, 1500 E. Central. Call Pam at (847) 373-7375.

Prayer class series: The Rev. Diane Venzera facilitates the "Life of Prayer" five-week class series at Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road in Des Plaines, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. Course workbook is required for $10. This class can be taken for SEE Credit, and will be offered on a freewill offering basis. To register, call (847) 297-0997.

Special services: Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1500 Old Church Road in Streamwood, will have a Taize service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, and a Tenebrae service at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9. (630) 837-0190. www.streamwoodiucc.org

Passover services: Congregation Beth Judea, a Conservative congregation, offers Passover services: Wednesday, April 8, Fast of the First Born - Siyum at 6:15 a.m.; Wednesday, April 8, First Seder (in homes); Thursday, April 9, Passover service at 9:30 a.m. and Second Seder (in homes); Friday, April 10, Passover service at 9:30 a.m., Beth Judea Pesach Shabbat dinner at 6p.m. (reservations required), and Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 11, Shabbat service at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, April 15, Passover service at 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, April 16, Passover service and Yizkor at 9:30 a.m. Beth Judea is located on Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. (847) 634-0777 or www.BethJudea.org.

Special services: St. Philip Lutheran, 1609 Pfingsten Road, Glenview, will offer a Seder meal at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8; a service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9; and "The 7 Last Words" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Blessing of the Sun: Northbrook residents from all walks of life will gather at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook, 755 Huehl Road, Northbrook, to recite a blessing known as "the Blessing of the Sun." Local participants will join millions of others across the globe who will perform the outdoor blessing ritual at synagogues, schools, beaches, public parks and private homes. The ritual - called Birkat Hachama in Hebrew - is performed only once each 28 years, in connection with the sun returning to the same position in the sky it occupied at the time of Creation. As this blessing takes place just before Passover, the ceremony will follow the traditional pre-Passover burning of the Chometz (leavened bread) supervised by the Northbrook Fire Department. ChabadNorthbrook.com

Special services: St. Peter Lutheran Church, 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights will have services Wednesday, April 8, Maundy Thursday, April 9, and Good Friday, April 10, at noon, 5 and 7 p.m. At 7 p.m. will be the Tenebrae service, focusing on the Seven Words from the Cross and accompanied by our Voices of Worship choir. (847) 259-4114.

Blessing Over the Sun: Birkat Hachama, The Blessing Over the Sun, will take place on Wednesday, April 8, in front of BAY Shul, 314 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove. Following Shacharis-morning services, we will meet outside of the shul (at about 6:35 a.m.) Hopefully the day will be clear enough to see the sun, participants will recite the appropriate prayers and the Birkat Hachama as a community. This event, which takes place only once every 28 years, is for men, women and children. For information, call Rabbi Pickholtz at (847) 947-4BAY.

Passover: Join Congregation Shirat Shalom in Elgin on the first day of Passover, Thursday, April 9, for festival services at 9 a.m. For information, call (847) 695-6246, or visit www.CongregationShiratShalom.org.

Maundy Thursday: Covenant Church, 301 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, will have a service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9. (847) 605-8334.

Special services: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, 1116 E. Devon Ave., Bartlett, will hold Maundy Thursday, April 9, and Good Friday, April 10, services at 7 p.m.

Special services: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 1044 Congress Drive, Bartlett, will have services at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10. "Passion of Christ" movie will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 10. (630) 830-3630 / www.livinglordlutheran.org.

Living Last Supper: Christ Lutheran Church presents The Living Last Supper at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at 41 S. Rohlwing Road, Palatine. For the 11th year, Christ Lutheran Church members recreate the last meal with words scripted from the Bible. (847) 358-4600.

Special services: Christ the King Lutheran Church, (Wisconsin Synod), 100 W. Michigan Ave., Palatine, will offer services at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10. (847) 358-0230.

Maundy Thursday: A special Maundy Thursday event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 9 with Salem United Methodist Church and St. Paul UCC. Share in a delicious Middle East-themed buffet from 6-7 p.m., receive Communion as the Body of Christ at 7 p.m. and then be brought into the upper room, after the Garden of Gethsemane, through the play Two Faces in the Shadows: Peter and Judas in Dialogue After the Supper. Call the office at (847) 381-1294 to reserve a spot. The deadline for reservations is Palm Sunday. The recommended cost per person for the dinner/theater package is $10. The event will be at Salem church.

Special services: Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road, Barrington, will have a Communion service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9. On Good Friday, April 10, children will learn about Easter through story, music, puppets, and crafts, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; open Communion will be served from noon to 3 p.m.; and a Tenebrae service will be at 7:30 p.m. (847) 836-5540, or www.BarringtonUMC.com.

Special services: St. John Lutheran Church (LCMS), 3020 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, will have services at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10. (847) 296-5727, www.churchinthewoods.org

Special services: St. Matthew's Ev. Lutheran Church, 9081 N. Maryland St., Niles, will have services at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10. (847) 827-4360.

Special services: Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, will have a service at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, and a children's service at 5 p.m. and another service at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10. (847) 437-2666.

Maundy Thursday: A foot washing and Communion will be offered at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines.

The Last Supper: The drama, "The Living Last Supper" will be presented at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S. Wille in Mount Prospect, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9. In addition, a Children's Good Friday service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 10, at the church. Children will go from room to room learning about Jesus' life through dramatic presentations by youth of the church.

Special service: The South Church, 501 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, will have a simple service with the partaking of soup and bread, and serving each other Communion at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the chapel. On Friday, April 10, come for contemplation, prayer and Communion from 5-7 p.m. in the sanctuary. www.thesouthchurch.com.

Special services: Christ Church UCC, 1492 Henry Ave., Des Plaines, will have a service with Communion at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, and a Tenebrae service at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Special services: North Northfield United Methodist Church, Sanders and Dundee roads, Northbrook, will have services at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10. (847) 272-2250 or www.northnorthfield.org.

Tenebrae service: The Community Church of Rolling Meadows. 2720 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows, will have a Tenebrae service at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

Special service: First United Methodist Church, 1903 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, will have a service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9. (847) 255-5112, www.fumcah.com.

Maundy Thursday: At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights, will observe Maundy Thursday and re-enact in an intimate setting, Christ's action, offering the bread and cup of Communion as part of his observance of Passover with his disciples. Good Friday observances, April 10, include an 11:30 a.m. service followed by a light lunch. Good Friday Tenebrae service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., April 10.

Kids fashion: A Spring Fashion Show Fundraiser featuring children ages 2 to 12 will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 3839 W. Frontage Road, Palatine. Donation requested of $15 per adult, $5 for children 6 and older and free for ages 5 and younger. For families of two or more children: first child $5, each additional child $3. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. www.livingfaithcwc.com. Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 10. Call (847) 382-1830.

Cantata: The Chancel Choirs of St. John United Church of Christ, Arlington Heights, and St. Paul United Church of Christ, Palatine, present the Good Friday cantata "Song of the Shadows" at 7:30 p.m. April 10 at St. John UCC, 308 N. Evergreen Ave., Arlington Heights. Communion will be received. (847) 255-6687. www.churchonthepark.com

Special services: Good Friday Services will take place at 7 p.m. April 10 at St. Paul UCC, 301 E. Lincoln Ave., Barrington. www.ccbarrington.org. (847) 381-1294.

Tenebrae service: Christ Lutheran Church, 41 S. Rohlwing Road, Palatine, will have a Tenebrae service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10. (847) 358-4600.

Special service: Good Friday service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Long Grove Community Church. www.longgrovecommunitychurch.org.

Good Friday: Our Saviour Evangelical Free Church, 300 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling, offers a Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.

Easter concert: Cornerstone Bible Church, 400 N. Elmhurst Road in Prospect Heights, presents I See Love, the congregation's annual Easter concert, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11. The concert will be conducted by Dennis Criser, Cornerstone's worship pastor. Free tickets are available by contacting the church office at (847)-577-9340 or by visiting cornerstone-bible-church.org and filling out an online ticket order form.

Special service: A Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines.

German service: A special all-German service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 10, with the Rev. James Kellerman, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Chicago, as liturgist and homilist at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 855 Lee St., Des Plaines. In addition, services will be at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, and at noon and 7 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Soup supper and service: Before the Good Friday Service April 10, Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road in Des Plaines, will have its annual Soup Supper at 6 p.m. Bring a donation of soup, breads, or finger desserts. Call the church office at (847) 297-0997 to let them know what you are bringing. After the Soup Supper, attend the service at 7:30 p.m.

Community service: A Rolling Meadows Community Worship Service will be from noon to 3 p.m. (come and go as time permits) Friday, April 10, at the Community Church of Rolling Meadows. 2720 Kirchoff Road. Pastors from the Kingdom Life House of Prayer, St. Colette Catholic Church, Bethel Lutheran Church, Cardinal Drive Church of Christ, Trinity Lutheran Church, Meadows Baptist Church and Community Church of Rolling Meadows will participate.

Passover: Feast of Pesach/Passover will be Saturday, April 11, at Comfort Inn Suites Hotel, 2480 Bushwood Drive, Elgin, and hosted by Ha Mishkan David. After the seder will be worship/food/fellowship/Israeli music and dance. The cost is $10 for adults, free for children. Registration ends Wednesday, April 8. www.hamishkandavid.org. Make checks payable to: The Tabernacle of David, 876 Clover Lane, Pingree Grove, IL 60140. (847) 464-5477 or www.hamishkandavid.org.

Egg hunt: An Easter egg hunt will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Poplar Creek Church, 300 Schick Road in Bartlett. The community is invited to attend this event with thousands of eggs to be found by kids of all ages. Call (630) 483-1000 for details.

Men's Club Shabbat: The Men's Club of Congregation Beth Judea will lead the Shabbat service at the Annual Men's Club Shabbat at 9:30 a.m. the third day of Passover, Saturday, April 11, at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove. The Kiddish that will follow the service will be sponsored by the Men's Club. (847) 634-0777 or www.BethJudea.org.

In-between: Life Community Church, 1500 E. Central Road, Mount Prospect, offers "In Between ... Celebrating life lived in-between brokenness and redemption" from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 11. (847) 296-3242.

Eggs and more: An egg hunt will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Northwest Assembly Church, 900 N. Wolf Road, Mount Prospect. This free egg hunt will feature 25,000 eggs, a petting zoo, food, balloons and more. www.nwaog.com or (847) 299-2400.

Pancake breakfast: The South Church will host a Community Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. The cost is $5 per adult, free for children ages 12 and younger. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance from 9 to 11 a.m. to pass out goody bags to children and pose for photos. The South Church is at 501 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. www.thesouthchurch.com or (847) 253-0501.

Easter Breakfast: Church of the Cross, 475 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates, will serve breakfast from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 12. Free.

New church: Join Dr. Robb and Linda Thompson at 11:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 12, as they launch the new Sunday morning worship services of City Harvest Church at the Marriott Hotel, 50 North Martingale Road in Schaumburg. City Harvest is a nondenominational, contemporary church. For details, call the Rev. Jacques Jacobs at (708) 614-6000 or visit www.cityharvestnorth.org.

Survivors of Suicide: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago invites those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide to participate in its Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) program from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Catholic Charities Northwest Office, 1717 Rand Road, Des Plaines, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Holy Family Church Counseling Center, 2515 Palatine Road, Inverness. For details, call (847) 376-2118.

Easter breakfast: Youth will serve breakfast from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 12, in Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. All proceeds benefit the youth summer mission trip to New Orleans. Cost is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for families. Menu includes sausage, eggs, cinnamon rolls, juice, coffee and milk.

Egg hunt: Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, will host a free Easter egg hunt for children up to fifth grade after the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, April 12.

Easter egg hunt: All children in sixth grade and younger can search for eggs after the first worship celebration (about 10 a.m.) Sunday, April 12, on the church grounds at First United Methodist Church, 1903 E. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. There will be separate hunting areas for preschoolers and older children. Containers will be provided. (847) 255-5112 or www.fumcah.com.

Seder: A Passover Seder will be led by Ron Raben, education director of Elgin Congregation Kneseth Israel, at 10 a.m. Monday, April 13, at Victory Centre of Bartlett, 1101 W. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. He will talk about the history of Passover and participants will experience firsthand the traditions of Passover. (630) 213-0100.

Men's meeting: Rinkey Dinks Christian Men will meet at 11:30 a.m. April 14 at the Palm Court Restaurant, 1912 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, for lunch. Speaker will be Suzanne Stantis, Honor Flights -Chicago, director, and she will discuss the 2009 flights scheduled for: April 15, May 12, June 17, July 15, and August 12. Visit www.honorflightchicago.org for more information about this group which provides free trips for World War II veterans to Washington D.C.

Drumming circle: In honor of Stress Awareness Month and Day and Celebrate Diversity Month, a Drumming Circle will be led by Registered Music Therapist Rita Lopienski at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at Victory Centre of Bartlett, 1101 W. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. (630) 213-0100

Mother's Celebration: Mothers and Daughters are invited to an early Mother's Day Celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1111 N. Elmhurst Road, Prospect Heights. Gather for ice cream with all the trimmings, other goodies, fun, and entertainment. Tickets are $5 for adults and children 3 and older, $3 for children younger than 3. To order tickets, call (847) 537-4353 before April 16.

Hymn sing: New Hope Community Church, 1023 E. Palatine Road, Palatine, will have a Hymn Sing at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17. (847) 358-4224.

Movie night: Come to Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road, Des Plaines, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, for a showing of "Henry Poole Is Here." A donation of $2 is suggested; bring your own snacks and drinks. The movie starts promptly at 7 p.m., and there will be a discussion about the movie afterward.

Concert: Bethel Lutheran Church, 3839 W. Frontage Road, Palatine, will be hosting a concert by the Spirit of Life Chorus at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in Bethel's sanctuary. Coffee fellowship will follow the concert in the Social Hall. A freewill offering will be taken for the Benevolence Fund in support of Bethel's mission congregation in Elgin. (847) 397-4372.

Concert: First Presbyterian Church presents "Feel the Spirit" by John Rutter at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the church, 302 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Features Chancel Choir, orchestra and soloist Lauren McFayden. Freewill offering. Childcare provided. (847) 255-5900.

Holocaust Remembrance: Yom HaShoah Community Program will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Join for this community service to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. (847) 459-1677 or www.congregation-betham.org

Fashion show: St. Thomas Becket Women's Guild in Mount Prospect presents Ribbons and Rubies fashion show and dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Bristol Court Banquets, 828 E. Rand Road, Mount Prospect. The latest in spring and summer fashions will be presented by Carson Pirie Scott and Cold Water Creek. The $35 admission ticket includes a chocolate fondue fountain, complete dinner, fashion show, door prizes, wine raffle, 50/50, mini raffle, mystery raffle, silent auction, plus the Grand Raffle. This year the Grand Raffle prizes are $1,000, $500 and $250. Call (847) 827-9220 for tickets or more information.

Spring gala: St. Raymond de Penafort, 301 S. Ioka Ave., Mount Prospect, will offer its Spring Gala - Let Your Light Shine, a 60th Anniversary Celebration, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel, Schaumburg. Ticket price: $100/person. Contact: (847) 253-8600.

Reception: Congregation Beth Judea will hold a dessert reception honoring Maureen and David Stolman of Buffalo Grove at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The special guest speaker will be Douglas Bloomfield. Chairman of this event is Howie Goodman. Cost is $9/person. Congregation Beth Judea is on Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. (847) 634-0777.

Becoming More Psychic Through Your Angels: A workshop, facilitated by Wendy Eidman, will be presented from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road in Des Plaines. Suggested offering of $20. Wendy Eidman is a certified angel therapy practitioner, medium, and professional spiritual teacher. For details, call (800) 798-9270, e-mail angelgalwendy@yahoo.com, or visit www.angelgalwendy.com. To register for the workshop, call (847) 297-0997.

Genealogy program: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will present Preserving Your Ancestor's Legacy: Write Their Life Story" by Mike Karsen at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members/guests who want to use the library materials, get help with genealogy Web sites, or ask genealogical related questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. www.jewishgen.org/jgsi or (312) 666-0100.

Film: "Amazing Grace," a full-length feature film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2025 S. Goebbert, Arlington Heights. Based on the true story of William Wilberforce, "Amazing Grace" follows his courageous quest to end the British slave trade and reform society.

Speaker: Archbishop Elias Chacour, world-renowned priest, peacemaker, and author, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights, 1903 E. Euclid Ave. Freewill offering to support the schools he founded in Ibillin, Israel. (847) 255-5112.

Family celebration: Israel's Birthday Bash/Yom Ha'atzmaut Family Celebration will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Drive in Northbrook. Experience Israel through activities and crafts, go for a camel ride, and dance and sing with a DJ. Enjoy a pizza dinner. Receive 50 percent off the price of admission when you register online. Visit www.gojcc.org. Admission: $18.54 per family in advance, $25.75 at the door.

Cantorial concert: The 2009 Melanie Karsen Memorial Cantorial Concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Join for a night of musical theater, liturgical music, Yiddish tunes and more. The annual Cantorial Concert at Beth Am features Cantor Diane Yomtov, along with four other highly esteemed cantors from around the country. Call (847) 459-1677 to receive reduced rates before the night of the concert. Be one of the first 300 to sign up and receive a free CD of this year's concert.

Friendship Day: The Church Women United of the Barrington Area will hold its May Friendship Day celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Barrington United Methodist Church, Barrington. Young women named by various churches in Barrington, Cary, Fox River Grove, Island Lake, Prairie Grove, Lake Zurich, and Wauconda who live up to the motto of CWU, "Agreed to differ, resolved to love, united to serve," will be honored. CWU of the Barrington Area continues its prison ministry by inviting attendees to bring a gift/donation of regular size toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, lotion) and jumbo sized "zip lock bags." (847) 540-5634.

Family bingo: Bingo with Bubbe will be offered at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Can you think of a better way to spend time over Mother's Day weekend than with your family, playing bingo? Join us for a night of bingo games, prizes, food and friends. Cards can be purchased before the event at a discounted rate, call (847) 459-1677 for more details.

Plant sale: Trinity United Methodist Church Women will host its 18th annual Spring Plant and Flower Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9. A variety of plants will be available, including hanging baskets, garden flowers, vegetables, and ground cover. Four master gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions. Baked goods will also be available. The sale will be held at Trinity UM Church, 605 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056. For your convenience, pre-orders will be accepted until March 29. An order form is available at www.trinitymp.org. Call (847) 439-0950.

Lox boxes: The Men's Club of Congregation Beth Judea is selling Lox Boxes for pickup from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 10, at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. The Men's Club also will deliver to locations within a reasonable distance. Orders for delivery need to be received by May 3. A special Mother's Day Brunch can be arranged if ordered in advance. Boxes cost $25 for one, $47 for two, or $40 for one box for you and one for the ARK. Payment may be made by check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). (847) 634-0777, ext. 115.

Beginning genealogy: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will host a Beginner's Workshop led by Judy Frazin at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. This program is designed to help answer the question, "How do I get started researching my family?" jewishgen.org/jgsi or (312) 666-0100.

Preschool registration: Prince of Peace preschool and kindergarten, 930 W. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, is currently registering new students for the 2009-2010 school year. Call (847) 885-7036 for more information.

Preschool registration: The Big Barn Preschool is accepting summer and fall registration. Full-day and part-day preschool are available. There are a limited number of spaces for 3- to 5-year-old preschoolers. For details, call Mary Fisher at (847) 895-3257.

School registration: St. Hubert Catholic School continues open registration for the 2009-2010 school year for preschool through eighth grade, with new student applications being accepted. For registration materials and details, call the school office between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at (847) 885-7702. Tours can be arranged, as well as appointments made to learn more about St. Hubert Catholic School.

New Beginnings: The Ministry of New Beginnings, a Catholic-oriented, nondenominational, social support organization for separated, divorced, widowed and single persons, meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in the Hughes Center in front of St. Matthew's Church, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. The cost is $3 per meeting, with the first visit free. (847) 891-1220.

St. Hubert Job and Networking Ministry, 729 Grand Canyon Blvd., Hoffman Estates, is nondenominational, free and open to all occupations. For details, call Bob Podgorski at (847) 925-6005.

School registration: New Hope Christian Academy is now enrolling for fall classes: preschool and kindergarten. For details or to schedule an appointment, call (847) 359-5482. New Hope Christian Academy is a part of New Hope Community Church, 1023 E. Palatine Road, Palatine.

Moms Bible Study: The Saturday morning Saint Paul Moms Bible Study would like to welcome new members. The group meets one or two Saturdays per month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Restaurant on Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village. The group is currently studying a book about Christian parenting. For details, contact Jennifer at J-Slate@neiu.edu. St. Paul Lutheran Church is at 100 S. School St., Mount Prospect. www.saint-paul.org.

A small group meets to write their life stories from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. To register, call (847) 439-0668 or e-mail princepeaceumc@sbcglobal.net.

Parents Day Out: Registration has begun for the Kingswood Parent's Day Out summer session. This program is for children ages 2 and 3. The summer session of Parent's Day Out will start Tuesday, June 16, and will go until Thursday, July 30. This is a seven-week program. A $25 nonrefundable registration fee is due at time of registration. The balance is due by Friday, May 22. Refunds will not be given after June 1. The church is at 401 W. Dundee Road in Buffalo Grove. Questions and applications will be received by Barb Symonds, minister of children and family life, at (847) 398-0770, ext., 16.

Congregation Beth Judea's Gan Shabbat program, for children ages 9 and younger along with their families, will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. After Gan Shabbat, all participants will be encouraged to join the main service and the community Kiddush. Beth Judea is on Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. (847) 634-0777.

Rainbows Grief and Support sessions will meet Mondays at 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. The classes are for children (as young as preschoolers) and adults who have experienced the loss of a family member through death, divorce, deployment or even absence due to a serious illness. Classes are facilitated by trained adults. For details, call Shirley Laube or Lynn Manning at (847) 253-4839.

Basic Buddhism classes continue at Rissho Kosei-Kai Buddhist Church the first Sunday of the month at the church, 1 W. Euclid Ave., Mount Prospect. (847) 259-3018.

Virtual Book Fair: Congregation Beth Judea will have a Virtual Book Fair. In conjunction with Amazon.com, they have set up a selection of books and music that can be purchased online. The Beth Judea Religious School receives a portion of all purchases made. Direct your Web browser to CBJ School Book Fair and follow the link. When you shop from this link, a portion of all purchases goes to Beth Judea. On the cbjschool.com Web site, you will see a link that takes you directly to amazon.com. This Web site will be up and running for a number of months. Beth Judea (Conservative) is on Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove. For details, call Anna Besser at (847) 634-0777.

Jewish Yoga: Offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. The class is open to nonmembers. (847) 459-1677 or congregation-betham.org.

Beth Am Food Pantry's food distribution: Offered the last Sunday of the month from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nonperishable food donations are always welcome. Congregation Beth Am is at 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. (847) 459-1677.

Preschool: Registration has begun for Mother's Day-Out Preschool Program at Prince of Peace UMC, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. The hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day for children ages 2 to 5. Contact Lynn Cooper at (847) 439-0668 for a registration packet or more information.

Play group: Parents and tots are invited to join a new play group the first Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at Park Ridge Community Church, 100 S. Courtland Ave., Park Ridge. The play group is designed for parents with children ages 5 and younger. Parents must remain with their children at all times. (847) 823-3164 or parkridgecommunitychurch.org.

Tell your story: Writing your story is a new small group at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church in Elk Grove Village that meets the second Wednesday of the month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 1400 Arlington Heights Road. Call (847) 439-0668 or e-mail princepeaceumc@sbcglobal.net to register. There is no cost to attend. All are welcome.

A free beginning yoga class: From 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays at Rissho Kosei-Kai Buddhist Church, 1 W. Euclid Ave., Mount Prospect. Bring your yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. (847) 259-3018.

Preschool registration: The Preschool/We-e Care programs at First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, 1903 E. Euclid Ave., are currently enrolling students for the 2009/2010 school year. The preschool has openings for children turning 3 on or before Sept. 1, 2009. Classes meet September through May Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The We-e Care Program has opening for children ages 16 months to 2 1/2 years. Classes meet October through May Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (847) 255-5119.

St. Edna Church, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, offers several support groups, including ones for those who have been widowed, a group for mothers who have lost a son or a daughter and a group for those struggling with divorce. (847) 398-3362, ext. 318.

Women's Bible Study: Led by laypersons, meets Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights. Newcomers welcome. www.congucc.org or (847) 392-6650.

CoffeeHour is a women's Bible study and outreach of Arlington Countryside Church in Arlington Heights. A variety of studies are offered at different times. For details, visit www.acchurch.org.