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16 | April 12, 2018 | The Lockport Legend Faith FAITH BRIEFS Joliet Seventh-Day Adventist Church (21514 W. Division St., Lockport) Prayer Meeting 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Attendees can share their praise reports and prayer requests. The call-in number is (530) 881-1200. When prompted enter the access code: 761835 then the # key. The prayer line is free, and there is no additional cost beyond regular phone charges. FUNERAL SERVICES DIRECTORY Kim O’Neil Golob Kelli Hartseil Mores Kelly Furlong Foresman, Secretary It was easy to decide on cremation. Now, what about the rest of the decisions? Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Private, On-site Crematory 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, Illinois Family owned for 40 Years 708-532-5400 The Cremation Experts. St. Dennis Church (1214 S. Hamilton St., Lockport) Daily Mass Times 8 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:15 a.m. Wednesday 8 a.m. Friday with communion service Saturday Mass 4:30 p.m. Sunday Mass 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 2017 WINNER "BEST FUNERAL HOME" ©2006 Copyrighted Material 11:15 a.m. All are welcome. Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (15625 S. Bell Road, Lockport) Sunday Services 8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10 a.m. Sunday School. For more information, call (708) 645- 0652. THRIVE Church (1605 Washington St., Lockport) Worship Services 10 a.m. service; Meet and ADVERTISE YOUR FUNERAL SERVICES. Contact Jessica Nemec @708.326.9170 ex.46 visit us online at greet with coffee at 9:30 a.m. and Children’s Church — infant to fifth grade — also at 10 a.m. New summer hours; all are welcome to join for coffee, fellowship, worship and the word. Women’s Bible Study 7-8:30 p.m. Every other Monday. The group meets at Charity McCarthy’s home in Lockport. For more information you can reach her at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church (925 E. 9th St., Lockport) Keeping the Faith: Sisters of Story 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 13. Come listen to exceptional storytellers share stories from their own faiths, such as Christian, Muslim and Jewish. They will transcend differences through their shared belief in the power of connection, compassion and unity. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Vacation Bible School: Splash Canyon God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride 9 a.m.- noon, July 16-20. Registration is now open for In Memoriam Serena M. McCanna (nee Etchison) Serena M. McCanna (nee Etchison), 88, of Lockport, died March 31. She was a co-founder of the rosary rally, the phone prayer line and Daybreak food collection at St. Dennis Parish. She was 2012 woman of the year for the Council of Catholic Women. She also volunteered for the Lockport food pantry. She is survived by her children; Sandy (Mark), Mike (Karen), Patti (Joe) and Peggy (Hani); grandchildren, Claire (Brian), Tony, Steve (Rachel), Bud, Robyn (Eric), Rachel, Michelle, Alexis, Bridget and Kate; great-grandchildren, Gwen, Kenzy, Lily-Anne; and multiple nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Serena to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation or the Joliet Community Hospice. Amber D. Hamende Amber D. Hamende, 38, of late Ottawa, died March 28. She was raised in St. Anne, and lived in both children age 4 through fifth grade. Cost is $15 per child, or $35 per family. Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Caregiver Group Meetings: Fourth Thursday of every month at noon. Please call the church at (815) 838-0708 to RSVP. Lunch is always served. Have something for Faith Briefs? Contact Assistant Editor Jacquelyn Schlabach at j.schlabach@22 or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 15. Information is due by noon Thursday one week prior to publication. Kentucky and Lockport for a short time. In 1998, she graduated from Carl Sandburg High School. She attended the University of Illinois Chicago where she received her bachelor’s degree in history. Amber loved hiking in the Garden of The Gods in southern Illinois. She also enjoyed cooking, music and attending worship service at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park. Most of all, she cherished every moment with her three sons. She is survived by her three sons, Tev and Ari Elmayan and Jax Rivera; parents, Nancy Cain and Henry Hamende; step-father, Leslie “Red Beard” Dunstan; sister, Angi (Jeff) McCarthy; paternal grandmother, Brenda Dunstan; niece, Madisen; nephew, Brody McCarthy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email j. schlabach@22ndcenturymedia. com with information about a loved one who was a part of the Lockport community. Life & Arts the Lockport Legend | April 12, 2018 | 17 Lockport family plays important role in youth running program Jacquelyn Schlabach Assistant Editor The Esquivels from Lockport all have one thing in common: running. Robert participates in halfmarathons and marathons, and his wife, Rebecca, joins him on Saturdays for their running club. In the last year, their 5-year-old daughter, Graysen, began to follow in their footsteps and lace up her own sneakers to participate in the Healthy Kids Running Series in Homer Glen. The series, which features five races over five weeks, began Sunday, April 8, and will continue for the next four Sundays at Stonebridge Park. “My husband was running marathons and half-marathons, and [Graysen] loved to go watch,” Rebecca said. “She always runs with him to get his medal, so she’ll run the last 75 feet or so, whatever she can. So when [the Healthy Kids Running Series] came up, it was like, ‘This is yours, you can do this for yourself,’ and she loved it.” Graysen participated in the series’ inaugural year in Homer Glen in 2017, competing and winning her division in the 50-yard dash. Children in pre-K run the 50-yard dash, while kindergartners and first-graders run a quarter of a mile. Secondand-third-grade students run a half mile, with the fourthand fifth-graders running a full mile. “I know when I was a kid, it was always, ‘Well, when you’re older;’ everything was for when you were older,” Rebecca said. “We were in sports, but just things like running, running races and stuff that was more for when you got older. I think just instilling that in a lifestyle in The trophies designed for this year’s Healthy Kids Running Series will go to the top finisher in each age division at the end of the five races. a family environment makes it something that’ll stay with them forever that it’s got to be done.” Homer Glen resident Cindy Flores is the community coordinator for the event and helped get it started last year. The series is held twice a year, once in the spring, and once in the fall. In 2017, there were 130 children who participated between both. Currently, there are about 70 children signed up for this year’s spring series. “The kids love it, and I just wanted to provide an opportunity for them to be healthy and experience running and get excited about it,” Flores said. Flores, an avid runner herself, is excited to see the same children return from last year and see the progress they have made since they Five-year-old Graysen Esquivel crosses the finish line at the spring 2017 Healthy Kids Running Series race held in Homer Glen. Photos submitted last participated. “It’s really a way to get the community together and get to know people, and you know, parents love it,” she said. The Healthy Kids Running Series has brought the Esquivel family together, as Rebecca, Robert and their two older children, 14-year-old, Brayden, and 16-year-old, Sebastian, volunteer together to help put on the races. “Cindy and her husband put so much work into this already, just to hold it, and we’re so grateful that she does do it,” Rebecca said. “If we’re there anyway, we might as well help out, if they need it.” The family will help with timing the races, setting up the course and registering children the day of the race. “We always need volunteers — always,” Flores said. Those who volunteer can also get service hours for helping out with the Healthy Kids Running Series. Among the various tasks the Esquivels help out with, volunteers will also direct the children along the routes and lead stretching exercises before each division race. At the end of the fifth race in the series, parents are welcome to participate in a free, one-mile race, where their children can cheer them on from the sidelines. Graysen’s father, Robert, did just that last spring and fall. “For [Graysen], [running] is us,” Rebecca said. “This is what we do. She doesn’t really know anything different than that, because we’ve always done it that way.” Parents can register their children online at www. healthykidsrunningseries. org/race_locations/homerglen-il-2/. The cost is $35 for the whole series, or $10 per race. “It’s a lot of work for just those five days, but [Flores] does a great job with it,” Rebecca said.