Some of the local churches hold Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day services.
Community Fellowship Church 28W240 North Avenue, Candlelight Christmas Eve services are at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street, Christmas Eve service is at 9:30 a.m. and the Candlelight service is at 6:00 p.m.;
First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street, Christmas Eve services are at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Glen Arbor Community Church, 204 Church Street, Christmas Eve service is at 10:00 a.m.
Hispanic Church of the Nazarene Christmas Day service is at 1:30 p.m. at the Methodist church, 643 East Washington Street.
New Jerusalem House of Prayer, 100 Wycliffe Drive, Christmas Eve service is at 10:00 a.m. New Life Bilingual Church, 468 Ann Street, Christmas Eve service is at 10:30 a.m.
Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) Christmas Eve service is at 11:15 a.m. The church meets at Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street.
Real Life Church, 525 North Neltnor Boulevard, Christmas Eve service is at 10:00 a.m.
Renewal Church has a Christmas celebration beginning with the singing of Christmas carols followed by a free Breakfast with Santa, which is open to the community.
St Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, has two morning Christmas Eve services, 10:00 a.m. in English, noon in Spanish. The contemporary service is at 4:00 p.m., the Spanish service is at 7:00 p.m. and the traditional candlelight service is at 9:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 140 North Oakwood Avenue, regular Sunday Mass schedule is followed. Christmas Eve services begin at 4:00 p.m. with an English Mass, the Spanish Mass is at 6:00 p.m. and the Latin Mass is at midnight. On Christmas Day, the English Mass is at 9:00 a.m. and the Spanish Mass is at 11:00 a.m.
St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, 400 West Washington Street, Christmas Eve services are at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 328 George Street, Christmas Eve services are at 9:00 a.m. in English, at noon in Spanish and at 7:00 p.m. The Christmas Day service is at 10:00 a.m.
Water’s Edge Bible Church, 209 South Oakwood Avenue, holds its Christmas Eve service at 9:30 a.m.
West Chicago Church of Christ, 350 James Street, Christmas Eve services are at 9:00 a.m. in English, at noon in Spanish and at 7:00 p.m.
Wheaton Bible Church, 27W500 North Avenue, Christmas Eve services, both English and Spanish, are at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 23, and at 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Sunday. There are no morning services Christmas Eve.
AROUND AND ABOUT
Persons can view a social glimpse of the past during the month of December in the lobby display case at the West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street. The exhibit highlights the tea pot collection and vintage hostess books of West Chicago resident, Jaclyn Latham. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, is closed for some repair work from Friday, December 22, 2017, through Monday, January 11, 2018.
John’s Restaurant and Tavern, also known as John’s Buffet, closes its doors Saturday, December 23, 2017, at 29W482 Jewell Road in Winfield. Northwestern Medicine purchased the property. The following is a correction to my information in the December 6, 2017, column. I wrote it was for a parking lot area. However, this is not the case. It is not yet known what the plans are for the site, but could include redevelopment plans for the Town Center.
Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services offers hour-long computer classes for senior citizens at Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue. Not only do seniors learn basic skills, but also have the opportunity to socialize. The fee is $2. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (630) 231-7166. “Texting on Smart Phones” class is at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27. “Downloading Games on Your iPad or iPhone” class is at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 29.
As part of its Business Round Table, the West Chicago Public Library District holds Score: General Business Discussion Round Table at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. Score mentor George Safford, a West Chicago resident, is the moderator. It is geared for those starting a new business or owners of existing small businesses. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
“Small Gifts of Art” is the exhibit at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street, for the month of December. The artwork of the 17-featured artists is perfect for holiday gifts, plus reasonably priced. Hours are noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, noon to 8:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. Sunday
The Friends of the West Chicago City Museum presents its 2018 ornament, Washington School. The price is $9 and it is available at the City Museum, 132 Main Street, and Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fridays. Prior ornaments also cost $9. For further information, call the Museum at (630) 231-3376 or email email@example.com.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Wilbur L. Krupp, who at the age of 102 passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2017.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Patrick John O’Shaughnessy, who at the age of 89 passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Phyllis Morelli, who at the age of 80 passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Two students from West Chicago Community High School won awards in the Upper Eight Conference Art Show on November 29, 2017. Earning second place in the Mixed Media/Printmaking category was Yori Alarcon, a senior. Earning third place in the Mixed Media/Printmaking category was Quan Truong, a senior.
Other participants selected to represent WCCHS were J.J. Bangert, Digital Photography; Melissa Gonzalez-Ramirez, Ceramics; Leslie Huerta, Mixed Media; Breanna Kanak, Sculpture; Ashley Oda, Mixed Media; Madeline Romolt, Digital Photography; and Ajani Taylor, Ceramics/Pottery.
Each school in the Upstate Eight Conference was allowed to submit up to ten pieces in the following categories: Drawing, Painting, Ceramics/Pottery, Mixed Media/Printmaking, Sculpture/Jewelry, Photography, Digital Photography, Digital Illustration, Digital Art/Graphic Design, and Time Arts. The show was judged and awards given for first through fifth place in each category, along with some Honorable Mentions. (www.merleburl.com)
Alejandro Munoz, a senior at West Chicago Community High School is the Student of the Month for November. His selection is due to his outstanding work ethic and being an inspiration to his peers.
He has been on Honor Roll or High Honor Roll every semester and has a cumulative weighted Grade Point Average of 4.762. Munoz is a member of National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society. He earned the Blue Ribbon of Excellence in Mathematics, named Physics Student of the Month, and earned “Best of the Best Featured Presentation” in Challenge to Change.
For the second year, Munoz is French Club president. He serves as a Student Ambassador. Other extracurricular activities involve Student Council, Compass, WeGo Buddies, Future Business Leaders of America and Business Professionals of America.
Outside of school, Munoz is an active volunteer, regularly helping at food banks and Feed My Starving Children, volunteering at local community events, and encouraging others to volunteer.
After graduation, Munoz plans to attend a four-year university to major in business administration and management. (www.merleburl.com)
This is a continuation of various individuals and organizations that reap the benefits from the giving spirit of the community.
Each year Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill “adopts” two underprivileged families in the community to purchase gifts for through the West Chicago Police Department. Their customers use some creativity and a giving spirit to contribute to this cause. Throughout December they decorate stockings and put cash donations in them. Right before Christmas, all the donated money is collected and the owner Lou Kopinski matches the amount to buy presents for these families.
Community Fellowship Church organizes the Christmas Store, an opportunity for low-income families in our neighborhood to purchase several gifts for their children at a reduced price in a dignifying manner. Neighborhood families receive a special invitation to the one day Christmas Store where they can purchase Christmas gifts at a savings of 75 percent off the retail price. Parents select several new gifts per child, which have been donated by members of the church and several other churches in the area. Then, volunteers provide gift-wrapping while the parents enjoy Christmas music and refreshments.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 Auxiliary sponsored “Wreaths Around West Chicago” placing wreaths on the grave sites of 933 Veterans at Glen Oak Cemetery, Oakwood Cemetery, Calvary cemetery and St. John’s Cemetery in Winfield. Persons who would like to make a donation toward the purchase of these wreaths should make the check payable to VFW Auxiliary Post 6791, writing Wreaths for Veterans in the notation and mail to VFW Post 6791, 431 N. Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago, IL 60185.
Through its Winter Coat Drive, the West Chicago Lions Club distributed more than 160 coats to those in need on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at First United Methodist Church of West Chicago. The Club received 300 coats at its various collection locations. Club president Lori Chassee said the remaining coats would be distributed at PADS and Neighborhood Food Pantry.
At the game Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the WeGo Wildcats Special Olympics team was “trounced” by Naperville District 203 with a score of 68-17. Club president Dave Hempe said, “Our athletes never gave up and played very hard but we were just out manned.”
Former West Chicago resident Terry R. Yormark II recently published his first children’s book, “A Snowflake Kiss.” It is available on line and at book stores.
At the Monday, December 18, 2017, meeting, City Council approved the appointment of Matthew E. Garling to the position of Fifth Ward Alderman effective Monday, January 15, 2018, through April 30, 2019. He replaces John C. Smith Jr, who resigned September 2017.
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