Your faith: Cook County

Published: 4/17/2009 8:29 PM

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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.

Rummage sale: The Presbyterian Church of Palatine Spring Rummage and Bake Sale will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at 800 E. Palatine Road, The Presbyterian Women will distribute all proceeds to charities, many of which are local.

Reading room: First Church of Christ, Scientist, Arlington Heights, invites all to come to our April Reading Room Open House Friday to Sunday, April 17-19. The Reading Room is located at 402 S. Arlington Heights Road. Explore our publications that can give you spiritual answers to your questions about the economy, family relationships, employment and healing. Also take advantage of the huge book sale and get a free gift with every purchase. Regular Reading Room hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Special Open House hours are 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, featuring a book talk on "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18; and 11:15 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19. (847) 255-4853.

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.

Anniversary celebration: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 1044 Congress Drive, Bartlett, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in worship at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18, and at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19. Participants will enjoy a multimedia presentation of the congregation's history, an inspiring message, and special music. Cake, coffee, and other goodies will be served before, between, and after services., (630) 830-3630.

Installation: A celebratory weekend is planned to install the Rev. Hilary Landau Krevchenia as Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church's new settled minister. On Saturday, April 18, there will be a community dinner, with members and friends contributing special homemade vegetarian food. A jazz ensemble will provide entertainment. On Sunday, April 19, the 5 p.m. installation ceremony will be followed by a large reception supper. Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church is a liberal, creedless religious institution, founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and encouraging each to seek his or her own spiritual path. Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m. The facility is handicap-accessible and is located at 1025 N. Smith Road in Palatine. (847) 359-8440,

Walk on water: Would you like to "walk on water?" Come to Barrington United Methodist Church at 9 a.m. starting Sunday, April 19, for a six-session DVD-based study: "If You Want To Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat!" This study by John Ortberg, based on Matthew 14, helps answer Christ's call to greater faith in facing "risky waters," by knowing his will for you. Coffee and conversation begins at 9 a.m., followed by class from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Barrington United Methodist Church is located at 98 Algonquin Road (at Route 59) in Barrington. (847) 836-5540, www.BarringtonUMC.

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. An offering will be taken for the Benevolence Fund in support of Bethel's mission congregation in Elgin. (847) 397-4372.

Adult education: The Presbyterian Church of Palatine, 800 E. Palatine Road, will offer a new six-week adult education class beginning April 19 from 8:45-9:30 a.m. each Sunday. The Rev. Paul Palmer will be leading "Hidden Personalities of the New Testament." This course will be a study of selected men and women of the Bible. Palmer will explore the history and the legends of Peter, Paul, Mary, King Herod, James and John. (847) 358-4650.

Book discussion: Book group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, to discuss "And the Shofar Blew" by Francine Rivers at Bethel Lutheran Church, 3839 W. Frontage Road, Palatine.

Concert and quilts: The youth at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 1044 Congress Drive, Bartlett, will host a special Anniversary Concert and Quilt Silent Auction at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19. The concert will be one hour long, followed by a yummy dessert buffet. A freewill offering will be collected. Participants are also invited to bid on the beautiful quilts on display. All proceeds will benefit the senior high youth mission trips. (630) 830-3630.

Youth musical: "Heroes of the Bible: Then and Now" will be presented by the Junior Youth Choir of First Congregational Church of Des Plaines at the church, 766 Graceland Ave., during the 9:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, April 19. (847) 299-5561.

Earth Day: A purse made from VHS tape, a pillow made from a men's shirt, candle holders and many other items made from recycled and repurposed materials are on display at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 401 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove. The church's east hallway has been transformed into an Earth Day reminder. Kingswood's young Sunday School artists and adult leaders through the Peacemakers group have decorated the hallway with posters, banners, artwork and signs as a reminder of how we can be good stewards of our planet. The display will be up through Earth Day, April 22. A special Earth Day Celebration is planned for Sunday, April 19, during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. The Earth Day committee will be handing out reusable grocery bags. (847) 398-0770,

Craft show: One Hope Ministries is sponsoring a Craft Show from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, to benefit Hope Center, a transitional home for young women in Guatemala. The show will be held at Living Hope Church, 777 Meacham Road, Elk Grove Village.

Cyber safety: Internet Safety Night for parents and students in grade 7 and above will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Representatives of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office will provide a comprehensive Internet safety presentation for parents about online predators, social networking sites, and tips on talking with children about Internet safety issues. Madigan's staff also will address cyber bullying with students and discuss the hazards of posting personal information online. For more information, contact parish nurse Margie Mayfield at (847) 253-919 or at

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. 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 or call (847) 392-6650.

Talent show: The first Beth Judea Talent Show will take place in Beth Judea's Social Hall on at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Starring in the show are young budding artists and more accomplished performers. Admission is $5 per person with a maximum of $15 per family. Proceeds will assist Beth Judea in financing their kiddushim. (847) 634-0777.

Holy humor: The Congregational UCC, 1101 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights, will celebrate "Holy Humor Sunday" on Sunday, April 19, with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. focused on laughter and joy. The celebration is based on the European tradition of observing "Bright Sunday" on the Sunday following Easter. or (847) 392-6650.

New service: Faith RiZing, a new contemporary service, will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Sundays at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. (847) 437-2666.

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.

Home front: Pastor Tim Haugen will preach on the subject "Home Front" at the 9 and 10:30 services Sunday, April 19, at Meadows Baptist Church, 2401 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows.

Adult, student ministries and children's church Bible classes 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 meet at 10:30 a.m.

The Awana Club for children ages 3 through sixth grade meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. (847) 255-8764.

Holocaust remembrance: Congregation B'nai Shalom of Buffalo Grove will host a Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) program at 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the synagogue, 701 W. Aptakisic Road, Buffalo Grove. Professor Phyllis B. Lassner, who teaches Holocaust studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, will discuss "Innocent Monsters: The Kindertransport." Lassner's talk, which is free and open to the public, is based on her newly published book, "Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust: Displaced Witnesses."

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

Holocaust survivor: Beth Judea's Youth Group United Synagogue Youth will welcome Holocaust survivor and Beth Judea congregant Joseph Koek to speak to them about his experiences at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Youth Lounge directly after evening services. Cost: free for members; $10 donation for Jewish nonmembers to Tikun Olam. (847) 634-0777, ext. 114. Beth Judea is located on Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove.

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.

Rummage sale: Glenview United Methodist Women present the annual rummage and plant sale from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 24 ($3 admission fee Friday only) and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Glenview United Methodist Church, 727 Harlem Ave. (847) 729-1015. Refreshments available.

Spring luncheon: The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America will hold its annual Spring Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, followed by flower arrangements by Gigi's. Cost is $10. Reservations may be made by calling Beverly Johnson at (847) 296-5315 or at the church, (847) 827-6656.

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.

PDO registration: Parents' Day Out at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 916 E. Central, Arlington Heights, will hold open enrollment for children between 12 months and 5 years old for the 2009-2010 school year at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 25. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Parents may chose one day per week or two days per week depending on availability. The cost of this program is $78 per month for one day or $156 per month for two days. Call (847) 392-2025 for more information.

Saturday Club: Junior Chefs is the theme of the Saturday Club meeting on Saturday, April 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Sponsored by the Lambs of Faith Ministry, this event will teach healthy eating from the food pyramid and give children the opportunity to prepare a snack. The morning's activities also include arts and crafts and "Jesus Time." Different groups will meet for age 3 preschool through third grade. Adults are welcome to stay, cook and play. Suggested donation is a nonperishable food item to support Uptown Ministries in Chicago and $5 per child to cover costs. Walk-ins welcome, but advance registration appreciated. Call (847) 253-4839 for more information and to register.

Alternate worship: Experience Worship is a new alternative worship service at Christ Lutheran Church, 41 S. Rohlwing Road, Palatine. Come gather at 5:30 p.m. Sundays, April 26, May 10 and 24, and June 14 and 28 at CLC's Holy Grounds coffee shop. (847) 358-4600.

Blood drive: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26, there will be both a bone marrow drive and a blood drive at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove. The National Marrow Donor Program Registry urgently needs Jewish donors of Ashkenazi descent. Eligible donors must be 18 to 60 and in general good health. Registration involves a simple swab of cells from inside the cheek, and there are no needles or blood at this stage. If you are ultimately contacted as a match, medical professionals will advise. Please remember to bring a driver's license or other valid ID. There also will be a blood drive on this date, organized by the Men's Club. Life Source requires a photo ID when you fill out your paperwork and there must be an eight-week time period between donations. To make an appointment to give blood, call (847) 634-0777.

Puppet ministry: The Kingswood UMC Glory Fingers Puppet team will celebrate 15 years of ministry with its spring musical, "Louisiana Jones." Follow the adventurous twosome of Louisiana Jones and his sidekick Elkhart in their latest adventure, "The Forgotten Path." Will they find the right path? Will Elkhart escape the jaws of the monkey loving croc? Will they ever escape Lafayette's Lair? Will they finally find the treasure of all treasures? Find out all the answers when you join them on their globe-trekking trip at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the sanctuary at Kingswood UMC, 401 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove. The presentation is open to the public and admission is free. Donations of a nonperishable food item for the Kingswood emergency food pantry would be appreciated. (847) 398-0770 or

Wine tasting: St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church will present its first Wine Tasting and Auction Saturday, May 30, at the church, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights. Tickets are $40 per person if purchased by April 26, $50 if purchased in May, and $60 at the door. It begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Proceeds help support St Alphonsus Church and School. Everyone 21 years and older welcome.

Hymn fest: A festival of glorious hymns and songs of the Easter season will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St. Glenview. Guest Conductor, Paul Leddington Wright (Coventry Cathedral and British Broadcasting Corp. Songs of Praise) will lead an old fashioned singalong hymn fest. Free.

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 per 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, or visit 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 and 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. 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.

Concert: The Ensemble Choir of the Harper College Festival Chorus, with Ed Kemp, director, will be in concert at Congregational United Church of Christ at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The program will feature sacred songs, spirituals and patriotic numbers, as well as the Northwest suburban premiere of a new choral suite in tribute to Abraham Lincoln titled "A Lasting Peace." The concert is part of the church's 50th anniversary celebration. Admission is free. The church is located at 1001 W. Kirchhoff Road in Arlington Heights. (847) 392-6650 or

Rummage sale: The Women's Guild of Christ Church UCC, 1492 Henry Ave., Des Plaines, is having its spring rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 29. This fundraiser includes everything from knickknacks to clothing. Donations will be accepted at the church from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 27. Wednesday is $3 per bag day. The proceeds will benefit the church and missions.

The Office: Beth Judea's USY will become the TV program "The Office," with participants wearing office gear, dressing like their favorite characters or even coming as a pad of paper. The event will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 28. Cost: free for members; $10 for Jewish nonmembers. For information, contact Youth Director Aaron Polonsky at (847) 634-0777, ext. 114, or e-mail him at Beth Judea is located on Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove.

Scripture study: Join Holy Family Parish for "Catholic Scripture Study - Quest for the Historical Jesus," from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 29, May 6 and 13. In these sessions Friar Bill Burton will trace the history of The Quest by highlighting the names and works of various scholars. Contact the parish office for information or to register: (847) 359-0042, or visit Holy Family Catholic Community is at 2515 W. Palatine Road, Inverness.

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. An offering will be accepted 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 Admission: $18.54 per family in advance, $25.75 at the door.

Church Women United: May Friendship Day will be celebrated by Church Women United in Northwest Cook County at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Living Word Center, 800 N. Fernandez, Arlington Heights. The program "Building on Our Stories", was inspired by Joshua 4:1-9. There will be a potluck salad luncheon, so bring a favorite salad to share. Fellowship of the Least Coin offerings will also be gathered in. No reservations are necessary unless child care, provided at no charge, is needed. Contact Nancy Duel, (847) 259-3793.

Spaghetti dinner: St. John United Church of Christ, 1475 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, will have its annual family-style spaghetti dinner, prepared by chef Bill Davenport, May 2, with 5, 6, and 7 p.m. seatings. Tickets cost $7.50 per person, or $30 for five tickets; children under 3 eat free. Seating is limited. Call (847) 202-5562 or e-mail for information or reservations. Dinner includes choice of spaghetti with meat sauce or fettuccini Alfredo, meatballs, sausage, salad, garlic bread, homemade desserts, coffee and soft drinks. Proceeds will help provide handicapped accessibility at one of the church entrances.

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 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 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.

Restaurant coupon: The Tamar-Modin Hadassah group will have a Dining for Dollars Dinner fundraiser from 4-10 p.m. Monday, May 11, at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria's 30 locations. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Hadassah organization with each order received with a fundraiser flier. Proceeds will benefit the Hadassah Medical Organization. (847) 675-6790.

Flower sale: The Boy Scout troop sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, 657 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, will have a flower sale May 14-15, in cooperation with Pesche's Flower Shop, 170 S. River Road, Des Plaines. Mention the group at checkout and a portion of the purchase price will benefit the Scouts.

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

Church security: On May 30, Grace Baptist Church, in partnership with the Christian Security Network, will host a full-day Security and Emergency Planning seminar, designed for church leaders. Jeffrey Hawkins, executive director of the Christian Security Network, will be the featured guest speaker. The Security and Emergency Planning seminar will take place at 1900 Nerge Road, Elk Grove Village. To register, or for more information, visit General admission is $75 and $45 for Christian Security Network members. Lunch will be served. Group discounts are available.

Hearing Men's Voices: Congregation Beth Judea's Men's Club will host the second "Hearing Men's Voices" program at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 31. Breakfast will be provided. This year's event will feature three topics: "Parent or Pal - Finding the Right Balance," "Dealing with Reverses and Losses at Work," and "Aging and Illness in Parents and Loved Ones." For details, call (847) 634-0777. Beth Judea is located on Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove.

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?" or (312) 666-0100.

Vacation Bible school: Kids ages 3 years old through fifth grade are invited to attend Crocodile Dock VBS. There is no cost for admission. This VBS will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 20-24 at Grace Community Church, 431 N. Quentin Road, Palatine. Contact Gia Miller at (847) 776-1900 or to register.

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 St. Paul Lutheran Church is at 100 S. School St., Mount Prospect.

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

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, 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 Web site, you will see a link that takes you directly to 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

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

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 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. 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