New pastor to be installed at Yorkville church

The Rev. Elizabeth Hartung will be installed as the new settled pastor at Yorkville Congregational United Church of Christ at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Hartung began conducting services at the church in October. She had previously been the associate pastor and led youth and children ministry at Glenview Community Church in Glenview. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Valparaiso University, a master’s degree in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a master’s of divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Before entering the seminary, she taught history at Elmwood Park High School.

She and her husband, Bob McGee, have moved to Yorkville. They have five daughters.

The Rev. Dr. Stephanie Perdew from the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ will conduct the installation service on Sunday. The Rev. Dr. Kent Ulery will deliver the sermon.  

A reception will follow the service of installation at the church at 409 Center Parkway in Yorkville.

The community is invited to attend both the installation service and the reception, church officials said.

In recognition of National Heart Month, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the Kane County Health Department and Advocate Sherman have teamed up to offer free CPR classes in February.

Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest, officials said.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, heart disease is the number one cause of death among Americans and has been since 1950.

There are currently 24 classes available that will be held in February with 720 open slots, organizers said. Classes taught to the public will follow the American Heart Association’s Heart Saver CPR course and will not provide certification.

To register for a free CPR class, go to

Memory Cafe Fox Valley, an organization that welcomes people who are beginning to experience memory loss or other symptoms of decreasing cognitive ability, will hold its first meeting of 2023 at 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia.

Now in its seventh year, Memory Cafe works to provide enjoyable social and educational encounters for those whose social skills may be in decline because of memory loss.

There is no charge to participate.

The Memory Cafe Fox Valley website contains a schedule of upcoming meetings and activities for the group. Anyone who might benefit from attending is welcome, officials said. Advance notice of attendance would be appreciated.

For more information, contact Barbara at 630-643-2263 or email [email protected], or call John at 630-879-0684.

The St. Charles Public Library will present a program on edible flowers at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Huntley Community Room at the library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. in St. Charles.

More than 20 flowering plants will be discussed and shown with harvesting, preserving and preparing information, organizers said.

Plant lists will be included with a few recipes at the event. The program will be presented by Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh, owner of Backyard Patch Herbs, who has more than 20 years of experience growing and using herbs, according to library officials.

For more information or to register, go to or call 630-584-0076.

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