In Our Towns: Community-based church events

Honoring saints: Montgomery resident Marilyn Michelini, center, was among those lighting memorial candles for deceased loved ones Nov. 3 at Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora. During the annual All-Saints Sunday observance, a ceremony named the honored dead and participants lighted memorial candles. | Courtesy of Al Benson
Leading Posada--Aurora resident Tom Carter, left,  leads a posada procession from Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora Sunday night. The posada procession is a Hispanic tradition featuring a neighborhood walk by carolers in which biblical figures Mary and Joseph seek shelter. Co-sponsors were Fourth Street UIMC, New Hope Lutheran Church and Iglesia Luterana Nueva Esperanza. |  Coutesy of Al Benson photo)
Lighting Advent: Yorkville resident Sara Klemm, 9, left, lighted a candle on the Advent candle wreath at Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora Sunday. From left are Sara, brother Adam Klemm, 6, and grandmother Janet Klemm. During the four-week Advent period leading up to Christmas, a Fourth Street UMC family is selected to light a blue candle to open worship services. |  Courtesy of Al Benson


Hope Chest Resale Store

Wayside Cross Ministries’ Hope Chest Resale Store, 36 N. Lincoln Ave., Aurora, offers bargains for the holiday shopper. The store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sunday. The Hope Chest provides the community with inexpensive clothing and household items and also helps WCM in its ongoing outreach ministry.

Donations of clothes and other items may be dropped off at the donation truck in the store parking lot on Lincoln Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday or call 630-892-4239, ext. 243 for a pickup.

To learn more, visit


World-class pianists at Wentz Hall

Pianists William Phemister and Brian Lee will perform during the 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, celebration of service at Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center on the campus of North Central College.

“This remarkable event is a mini-Christmas concert within our Sunday Celebration Service,” says Brian Werner, Community Christian Church Naperville downtown pastor. “We love meeting in Wentz Concert Hall. It allows us to host world-renowned artists at our Christmas celebration, and to make it available to everyone for free is wonderful!”

Community’s Naperville downtown location launched in Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center in August 2010. Visit to learn more.

Sugar Grove

Longest Night Service

Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., will host “The Longest Night Service” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

The Longest Night is a service of scripture, special music, silent reflection and healing prayer. It is a time to recognize that Christmas can be a bittersweet time of the year. The constant refrain about getting together with family reminds many people of what and whom they have lost, or what they never had.

Learn more at 630-466-4501 or

Part-time accompanist needed

United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., in Sugar Grove, is looking for a part-time accompanist for services on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evening rehearsals.

Commitment is six to eight hours a week. Send a resume via email to


Bake sale

Trinity Church United Methodist, corner of Route 47 and Cannonball Trail, Yorkville, will host a bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Requests for specific baked goods or large amounts can be made by calling 630-553-7645.

Enroll in Yorkville Christian High School

Enrollment at the new Yorkville Christian High School is open for students in ninth through 12th grades. Apply online at The new high school will be on the corner of Route 126 and Ashley Road on the south side of Yorkville. Complete details about tuition, discounts, administration, academics and athletics can be found at

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