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Second Baptist: On Monday, Dec. 31, join Second Baptist Church, 1280 Summit St. in Elgin, for New Year's Eve Watch Service celebration beginning at 10 p.m.

This celebration of Watch Services -- also known as Freedom's Eve -- in the black communities can be traced back to Dec. 31, 1862. President Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation -- the promise that all slaves of the Confederate States were legally free -- set the stage for this yearly celebration. The slaves gathered at the churches awaiting the stroke of midnight. On Jan. 1, 1863, when the slaves received news of their freedom, they prayed and fell to their knees giving thanks to God.

Bus and child care services are available. Visit

St. John Lutheran: St. John's Lutheran Church, 115 N. Spring St. in Elgin, will celebrate the First Sunday after Christmas at its worship this weekend. Services are at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The Rev. Hannibal Frederich's message, "Anna and the King I Am," will center on the Gospel account of the prophetess Anna greeting the infant Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:22-40). For information, call (847) 741-0814.

St. Charles Episcopal: St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave., will celebrate the First Sunday after Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 30, with one service only at 9 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II. There will be no Sunday school. On Sunday, Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, it will go back to the three services: 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday school resumes at 10 a.m. Visit

Immanuel Lutheran: On Dec. 29-30, the Rev. Phillip Baerwolf will share the message "A Visit from Simeon," based on Luke 2:27-29, at 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 310 E. Main St. in East Dundee. The Rev. William Yonker will preach at the New Year's Eve worship at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. The Piano, Prayer and Preaching midweek services continue Wednesday, Jan. 16. Visit

St. Hugh of Lincoln: On Sunday, Dec. 30, St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church, 36W957 Highland Ave. in Elgin, invites individuals and families to come and worship at 8 or 10:30 a.m. This week, the Rev. Bill McLemore will officiate. While there will be no Sunday school, coffee and light refreshments will be available in the fellowship hall after the second service. For information, visit or email

First Presbyterian Church: On Sunday, Dec. 23, worship will be at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 240 Standish St. in Elgin. The Youth Christmas Pageant will be at 9:15 a.m. during worship. At 9 a.m. Sunday, the Advent study continues on four chapters from the book, "A Room Called Remember," and placing them in the context of the lives of Zechariah, Joseph, Mary, and the angels. Celebrate the coming of savior Jesus Christ with the Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Visit

Hosanna! Lutheran: On Dec. 29-30, the theme will be "Growing in Our Father's House" at Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road in St. Charles. On Saturday, the 5:30 p.m. worship is an informal style with piano and contemporary songs. On Sundays, a traditional service is at 8 a.m., contemporary service at 9:30 a.m., and blended service at 11 a.m. On

Jan. 5-6, it will be "Welcome to God's New Year." On Jan. 12-13, it will be "Why I Accepted the Call to Hosanna!" and includes a service of installation for Associate Pastor Jason Ginsburg Visit

Church of the Redeemer: On Sunday, Dec. 30, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 40 Center St. in Elgin, will offer Holy Eucharist Mass at 9 a.m. in English and noon in Spanish. All are welcome to attend and participate. Visit or call (847) 742-2428.

Fox Valley Presbyterian: Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive in Geneva, will hold a single worship service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30. There will be no Sunday school, no youth group meetings and no adult education classes, due to Christmas break. For details, visit

Lord & Savior: At 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, the congregation at Lord & Savior Lutheran Church, 9300 Ridgefield Road in Crystal Lake, will recognize the new year even as they bask in the glow of Christmas. Violin music will be included in the service. The New Year's sermon will be based on this verse: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (II Corinthians 5:17). Renew your activities, like prayer, joy, service, witnessing, etc. for the new year. The sermon theme will be "In Christ ... The Old Is Gone, the New Has Come!" Visit www.

St. Paul UCC-Elgin: On Sunday, Dec. 30, the third annual Pajama Worship will be held at 9:30 a.m. on the Sunday after Christmas at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 40W720 Plank Road in Elgin. Come to church in your comfiest coziest holiday themed PJs or a family worship service of carols and stories. Stay for coffee hour, featuring an oatmeal bar! The Mitten, Scarf and Glove Tree is up through January for the Community Crisis Center in Elgin. Visit

First Congregational-Dundee: On the First Sunday after Christmas, Dec. 30, the Rev. Paige Wolfanger, associate pastor, will lead worship at 8:15 and 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Dundee, 900 S. Eighth St. (Route 31) in West Dundee. A time for coffee and fellowship follows each service.

The infant son of Jason and Katherine McReynolds, Brody James McReynolds, will be baptized during the 10 a.m. worship. The Ministry of Music at the 10 a.m. service will feature Linda Gilmore, organ/piano; and songs and music by Mark Frystak, guitar and vocals.

In December, the Mission Ministry is collecting canned and dried fruits for FISH Food Pantry. Cash donations are also welcome. Through the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the pantry can almost triple their buying power.

The church office will be

closed Jan. 1-2.


Bethlehem Lutheran: On Sunday, Dec. 30, there will be a 9 a.m. traditional service and the 10:30 a.m. contemporary service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 340 Grand Blvd. in Elgin. Holy Communion and healing will be offered at both services. Youth in middle school and high school will host the hospitality hour after the first service. For information, call the church at (847) 741-8434 or visit

King of Glory: On Sunday, Dec. 30, there will be one combined worship service at 9:30 a.m., with no Sunday school or adult Bible class at King of Glory Lutheran Church, Randall and Hopps roads in South Elgin. Regular Sunday services of traditional worship at 8:15 a.m. and contemporary worship at 10:45 a.m. will resume Jan. 6 with adult Bible class and children's Sunday school from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. "Explore God" Chicago 2019 is a Community Outreach Initiative involving hundreds of churches throughout the Chicago area, intended to invite conversation about God among the people of our communities. It's an effort to come together to look at "The 7 Big Questions" through a sermon series and discussion group opportunities. It starts Jan. 13 and runs through Feb. 24.

For information about the church and its involvement within the community, contact (847) 931-1520 or Visit

St. Catherine of Siena: St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Dundee and St. Mary in Gilberts continues the Holy Week schedule. The Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation) will be at St. Catherine of Siena Church only at 5 p.m. Mass on New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day Masses at 9 and 11 a.m.

St. Catherine of Siena Church is located at 845 W. Main St. in West Dundee. St. Mary is located at Matteson Street and Galligan Road in Gilberts. For details, call (847) 426-2217.

Bethany Lutheran: On Sunday, Dec. 30, Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia, will have one service only "Lessons & Carols" at 10 a.m.; no Sunday school. For information, visit

St. Thomas More: New Year's Masses will be at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1 at St. Thomas More Parish, 215 Thomas More Drive in Elgin. For information, visit

Our Lady of Mercy: On Monday, Dec. 31, Our Lady of Mercy, 701 S. Eola Road in Aurora, will hold its Vigil of Mary Mother of God service at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. The Solemnity of Mary worship will be at 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1. For information, visit

St. Laurence Catholic Church: On New Year's Eve, the daily Mass will be at 8 a.m., followed by the New Year's Vigil at 4 p.m. in English at St. Laurence Catholic Church, 225 Jewett St. in Elgin. The New Year's Day Mass will be at 9 a.m. bilingual. For information, visit

St. Margaret Mary: On Holy Family Sunday, Dec. 29, there will be a 4:30 p.m. Mass in English and 6:30 p.m. Mass in Polish at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 111 S. Hubbard St. in Algonquin. On Sunday, Dec. 30, Masses will be at 7, 9 and 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in English and 1 p.m. in Polish. On Solemnity of Mary, Monday, Dec. 31, Mass will be at 4:30 p.m. in English and 6:30 p.m. in Polish. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Masses will be at 7, 9 and 11 a.m. in English and 1 p.m. in Polish (no 4:30 p.m. Mass). Visit
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Date:Dec 28, 2018
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