Fundraisers Feature Women of the Bible Stories

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* On Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20, the United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St., welcomes actress Anita Gutschick for two fundraising events to benefit Grace Children's Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The Friday fundraiser, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church, is titled "Not To Be Forgotten." Gutschick will be performing some of her character sketches of biblical women. Her performance is titled "Water Jars" and includes the characters of Rebekah, Woman at the Well and Ruth. Donations will be accepted.

The Saturday fundraiser will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20. The event includes two different performances by Gutschick, characterizing six different biblical woman, including Eve and Bathsheba. The performances are separated by a box lunch served in the fellowship hall. Reservations are suggested, but not required unless you are having lunch or require child care.

Tickets are $15 for the two performances including lunch or $10 for the performances only.

All proceeds from the performances will benefit Grace Children's Hospital in Haiti. For details, visit or call (630) 232-7120.

* Michael Moore's movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story," will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 110 S. Second St. Moore looks at the price Americans pay for "loving" capitalism. The movie tells the stories of ordinary citizens who have lost their jobs, their homes and their savings.

The film is part of the free monthly third-Friday Film programs, which are sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva.

The public is encouraged to register at to receive e-mail notices of future programs. For details, visit

* Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host its annual Spring Bread and Soup and Salad Benefit Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at 141 Main St. The community is invited to enjoy a variety of soups, salads, breads, and desserts.

The luncheon seeks to raise funds and awareness of hunger and poverty in the world, and to learn about some of the United Methodist programs designed to alleviate these hardships.

There is no cost for the luncheon, and a freewill offering will be received. For details, call (630) 466-4501.

* Local children and families are welcomed to an Easter Celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Herget Middle School, 1550 Deerpath Road in Aurora. The Flowing Grace Worshipping Community, which meets weekly at Herget, is sponsoring the egg hunt and lunch. Activities will begin at noon with an egg hunt for children ages 10 and younger. A lunch at 12:30 p.m. will be available to all participants. There is no cost and no reservations are needed.

* The Council of Catholic Nurses, Diocese of Joliet, would like to invite all nurses, health care workers, caregivers, families and friends to a Lenten Day of Reflection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27. The theme is "Nursing with the Hands of Jesus: A Guide to Nurses for Divine Mercy." It will be held at the Portiuncula Center for Prayer in Frankfort, Ill. Cost for the day with meals is $30. For details, call Jan Salihar (630) 629-1717, ext. 6118.

* Faith Baptist Church at Mill Creek will host its second annual Easter egg Hunt at 3 p.m. Palm Sunday, March 28, at 1S455 South Mill Creek Drive, Geneva. The day's event will include a family craft and storytime. This event is free to children of all ages and will commence rain or shine. Bring a basket. For details, call (630) 845-2532 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

* The senior high youth of the Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave., present "The Prayer Path," a personal time of contemplative prayer and reflection, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 2, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. …