Special worship, brunch, reception precede pastor's installation service

The Rev. Dernard D. Newell will be installed as pastor of Logan Street Baptist Church in Batavia at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29 at the Wheaton Christian Center in Carol Stream. The event is the culmination of a week filled with activities.

The predominantly African-American church welcomed Newell in December. Newell, 43, received his Master of Divinity degree from Garret Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston. He also has a law degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and came to Chicago in 1996 to work for the Cook County state's attorney's office. He stopped practicing law to devote himself to the ministry.

"Religion is not only about ritual but about relationships," he told the Daily Herald during a January interview.

The congregation is hosting special worship services at the church at 908 N. River St. in Batavia. The Rev. D. Darrell Griffin from Oakdale Covenant Church in Chicago will preach at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. The Rev. Smokie Norful, Jr. from Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Romeoville is the guest preacher at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, and the Rev. Julian E. Spencer from Main Baptist Church in Aurora will preach at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

A celebration brunch will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at Fox Valley Country Club, 2500 N. Route 25 in North Aurora. Tickets are $35.

There is a 10 a.m. service on Sunday, March 29 at Logan Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Patrick L. Daymond of Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church in Chicago as guest speaker.

Newell's installation service is at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29 at Wheaton Christian Center, 610 E. North Ave. in Carol Stream with guest preacher the Rev. Marcus D. Cosby of Houston, Texas. The service is at the Carol Stream center in order to accommodate more guests. The service follows a reception at 4 p.m.

For information, call Logan Street Baptist Church at (630) 879-7190.

Lots of bargains: Baker Memorial United Methodist Church has its annual rummage sale from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 3 and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4. The church is on Route 64 at Route 25 in St. Charles.

Bargain hunters can take advantage of a $4 bag sale as well as a half price sale on all large items on Saturday, April 4. The sale features furniture, clothing, household items, linens, crafts and more.

Proceeds benefit a variety of local charities, including Lazarus House and Hesed House, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and TriCity Family Services.

The church is also sponsoring refugee families who have fled persecution through World Relief in Aurora.

For information, call the church at (630) 584-6680.

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