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Grundy County area church briefs


Confessions and stations of
the cross during Lent now listed

The Confessions and Stations of the Cross observance will be every Friday during Lent at St. Mary Immaculate Church, 15629 S. Route 59 in Plainfield – except Good Friday, April 14. Confessions are at 6 p.m.; English stations at 7 p.m. in the narthex; Spanish stations at 7:30 p.m. in the narthex; and Polish stations at 7 p.m. in the cana.

Midweek Lenten Workshop scheduled for Wednesday nights

Grace Lutheran Church will gather Wednesday evenings, through April 5. This year, its Lenten focus will be “The Truth About Forgiveness.”

Visitors can come to hear Pastor Steve Heilmann speak about the Biblical idea of forgiveness. He and the church hope to see friendly faces each Wednesday evening as well as at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday for Holy Communion, and at 9:30 a.m. for Easter Sunday.

Wednesday evenings begin at 6 p.m. with a light supper followed by worship at 7 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church is located across from the Morris Airport, north of Morris on Route 47. For information or questions, call 815-942-2252 or visit

Eighth annual A Nite at the Races scheduled for Saturday

St. Lawrence Church will be hosting the eighth annual “A Nite at the Races” on Saturday at the Gardner American Legion Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. for social activities, with the first race beginning at 6:30 p.m. Everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome to attend.

Admission is $10 a person and tickets may be purchased at the door. The night includes a live auction the last race. There will be raffle items, food and a cash bar. Proceeds will be used toward Rectory improvements. Call Tammy Peterson at 815-545-8911 with any questions.

Immanuel Lutheran Church
offering services for Lent

• Soup Supper Wednesdays: Held every Wednesday from through April 5. Soup suppers at 6:30 p.m. followed by midweek Lent Service at 7 p.m.

• Palm Sunday: One service at 10:30 a.m. April 9, with breakfast, an egg hunt and games.

• Maundy Thursday: Service with communion 7 p.m. April 13.

• Good Friday service: 7 p.m. April 14.

• Easter Sunday sunrise service: 6:30 a.m. and a second Easter service at 9:30 a.m. April 16. Breakfast will be served between services.

All are invited to Immanuel Lutheran Church for the Lenten season as the church prepares for the death and resurrection of the Lord. Throughout Lent, we will worship through scripture, song, fellowship and communion as we reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice made on our behalf so that we might all find feeling and wholeness.

Immanuel Lutheran Church, a congregation with roots in the surrounding community and a sense of tradition, actively is responding to what God has begun in the area: new people, new needs and new opportunities for faith in action. They invite all to visit and explore worship services, Sunday school programs or the many ministries and fellowship groups that aim to make Immanuel a wonderful and exciting place to grow and be a part of. 

For information, call the church office at 630-553-5368 or visit The church is at 10104 Immanuel Road, Yorkville, just a few minutes from Route 47. Immanuel is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Joliet Jewish Congregation
Shabbat services listing

• Friday evening services, unless otherwise stated, are at 7 p.m. Saturday services are at 9 a.m. at Joliet Jewish Congregation, 250 N. Midland Ave. To RSVP, call 815-741-4600. For information, visit

• Sunday school (ongoing): Visitors are encouraged to join Joliet Jewish Congregation’s children every Sunday at 9 a.m. for religious school at 250 Midland Ave. The children’s religious school includes age-appropriate Jewish education, celebration of holidays, introductory Hebrew classes, participation in our Friday night family services and potluck and more. We also have adult education available. For information, call 815-741-4600.

• Gift shop (ongoing): Joliet Jewish Congregation’s gift shop will be open during Sunday school hours. Visitors are encouraged to consider shopping at the store. All proceeds benefit Joliet Jewish Congregation. For information, call 815-741-4600.

• Joliet Jewish Congregation’s Hadassah book club meets monthly at a congregant’s home to discuss Jewish works and authors. To RSVP, call 815-741-4600. For updated information, visit our Facebook and web page.

• Joliet Jewish Congregation’s Lunch and Learn is one way to study the Torah, the Hebrew Bible. We meet every Thursday at synagogue, unless otherwise stated, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $5 a week. Join us for a lively discussion, friends and great food. Tentative dates are Thursdays in March and April. All are welcome. To RSVP, call 815-741-4600. For updated information, visit our Facebook and web page.

• Joliet Jewish Congregation collects inkjet/laser cartridges and cellphones to recycle. Please drop them off at the office. We take part in the Food4Less program and receive a 4 percent rebate on purchases by congregation members and friends. We have a newspaper/magazine recycling container at the Campbell Street entrance. Thank you to all who participate in these various programs. For information, call our office at 815-741-4600.

• Pesach/Passover: Joliet Jewish Congregation will hold a congregational Passover meal during the week of Passover, but the date has yet to be determined. For information, call the office at 815-741-4600.

• March Board meeting: Joliet Jewish Congregation’s next board meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the synagogue. The monthly board meeting usually meets on the third Tuesday of every month. For information, call our office at 815-741-4600.

• Hadassah Book Club: Joliet Jewish Congregation’s Hadassah Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Michelle Rubovits. We are planning to read “Save Me,” a book by Lisa Scottoline. This book is about mother-child relationships, as well as about bullying and the trauma it causes. The book is available in hard cover or paperback; interested parties can contact Judy B. for a book bag copy. For information, call our office at 815-741-4600.

• Dairy Potluck and Family Service: Join us for our family service and dairy potluck at 6 p.m. March 17 at Joliet Jewish Congregation, 250 Midland Ave. in Joliet. We always have a great time and the children enjoy taking part in services with Rabbi Rubovits. All are welcome. To RSVP and to let us know what dairy dish you will bring, call the office at 815-741-4600.

• Sunday School Purim Party: Join Joliet Jewish Congregation for the children’s Purim Sunday School Party at 11 a.m. March 19. To RSVP, call the office at 815-741-4600.  

• Megilla Reading: Visitors are encouraged to join Joliet Jewish Congregation for the Megilla reading at 6 p.m. March 22. Visit us and celebrate Purim. We are located at 250 Midland Avenue. For information, call the office at 815-741-4600.

• April Dairy Potluck and Family Service: Join us for a family service and dairy potluck 6 p.m. April 15 at Joliet Jewish Congregation, 250 Midland Avenue, Joliet. Open to all. To RSVP and to let us know what dairy dish you will bring, call 815-741-4600.

• Board meeting: Visitors are encouraged to join the Joliet Jewish Congregation for its next board meeting 7 p.m. April 19 at synagogue. The monthly board meeting usually meets on the third Tuesday of every month. For information, call our office at 815-741-4600.

United Methodist Church to hold ‘Hallelujah’ soup supper April 1

Coal City United Methodist Church invites the community to join them for their final “Hallelujah” Soup Supper of the season on from 4 to 7 p.m. April 1 at 6805 E. McArdle Road in Coal City.

They will be serving homemade chicken noodle soups and stuffed green pepper soups. Each meal includes a choice of soup, a sandwich, crackers, a beverage, ice cream and dessert. Carry-outs are available.

The cost will be $8 for adults and children ages 13 and older; $4 for children ages 12 to 6; $2 for children age 5 to 3; and children ages 2 and younger can eat for free. Tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds will go to the church building fund.

– Morris Herald-News

West Lisbon Church

After 20 centuries of missions work, where are we in reaching the world for Christ?

We at West Lisbon Church hope you are planning to be with us either from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday night or 9 a.m. to noon Sunday for this year’s missions conference. We are privileged to have Dr. Greg Parsons of Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Missions) with us.

Frontier Ventures describes its mission as tracking the progress of the gospel among the world’s unreached people groups, as well as to enable those ministering in these fields. Parsons travels the world to encourage and learn from people on the missions frontiers. He has more than 30 years of missions experience and a multitude of stories about how God is sending the saving news of Jesus to people who still have not heard it.

Saturday night’s message will focus on what God is doing today among the unreached. Sunday morning’s message will explore how we can be involved in God’s work among these unreached groups. Sunday morning during the Bible school hour, we will offer three sessions with people involved in home and foreign missions. The missions conference is for families.

Saturday evening, we will have activities for kids ages 5 and younger; all other children are welcome to attend the main meeting. On Sunday morning, junior high- and high school-age children are invited to join the adult sessions at 9 a.m., while younger children can attend their regular classes. Join us next Saturday and Sunday for this opportunity to learn about what God is doing in the world.

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