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Church News: Week of December 1, 2018

Annual Christmas Cookie Walk — Drop by after the parade at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott. Purchase your plate of goodies from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Esther Hall.

“Jingle Bells” Christmas Gift Faire and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Prescott Valley United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer Drive, Prescott Valley (nearest cross streets are Navajo Drive and Sommer Drive). There will be a great variety of arts and crafts from the Quad-Cities and delicious bake sale items too. For more information, contact Jeannie at 928-772-6760.

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John Stumbo

John Stumbo, president of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) will be visiting Alliance Bible Church, 2601 W. Iron Spring Road, Prescott, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. John first responded to the gospel of Jesus as a 7-year-old boy. He received his BA from Crown College and his MA in missiological studies from Columbia (South Carolina) International University. He earned a DMin in leadership from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in 2011.

Most of John’s 35 years of ministry have been as pastor, including Salem Alliance Church in Salem, Oregon. Through the years, he was an active sportsman and was often found with hiking boots, running shoes, tennis rackets or fishing poles.

In June 2013 at the Alliance Council in Tampa, Florida, John was elected the 12th president of the U.S. C&MA.

He recently stated, “The hand of God is obviously on The Alliance. He raised up The Alliance to be one of His end–times families to bring the Gospel of Jesus to the least-reached places of the world through Spirit–filled, Bible–preaching, God–honoring, people–loving churches. I’m deeply honored — and feel it a holy trust — to lead this family at this time. Our work is not complete until Christ returns.” Who the Christian & Missionary Alliance is and who we become matters! Our faith and work has direct impact upon souls, generations, people groups, churches, nations and even our understanding of God.

Living Faith’s Christmas gift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. We have a nice selection of Christmas decor, toys, jewelry, candles, soaps and lotions, art work and so much more. Come and see. Plus we will be raffling off some nice gift items you could win. Drawings will be held at 2 p.m. Tickets are $1 each. All proceeds go toward Living Faith’s food pantry. Living Faith Church is located at 7225 N. Coyote Springs Road, Prescott Valley.

Temple B’rith Shalom Saturday Morning Shabbat service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. We will discuss this week’s Torah portion: Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1 - 40:23. The Joseph narrative begins. Shabbat evening service at 6 p.m. each Friday preceded by an Oneg Shabbat at 5:15 p.m. (a time to socialize). Friday night, Dec. 7, we will celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah with a special service. Rabbi Cohn will also be blessing those who have a December birthday as it is the first Shabbat of the month. Call 928-708-0018 for further information or email Rabbi@brithshalom-az.org. Temple B’rith Shalom, 2077 Brohner Way, Prescott. Spiritual Leader: Rabbi Holly Levin Cohn.

Trinity Presbyterian Church of Prescott present the Cantata: “Christmas Dreams” by Joseph Martin and Heather Sorenson. Performed by the Trinity Chancel Choir and Orchestra. At 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at 630 Park Ave. 928-445-4536.

Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomes Vision of Vets, Inc. Founder and Board President Bruce Roscoe to speak at their 11 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 2.Prescott U.U. Fellowship is located at 945 Rancho Vista Drive, Prescott.

Vision of Vets - Portraits of Courage is a new and innovative program for veterans and their families that preserves the patriotism and courage of our past and present heroes as viewed in image and narrative.

In 2014, Bruce Roscoe had a vision on a plane ride back from Rhode Island after photographing his best friend of 58 years, Joe Rowe. Doctors had told Joe he had only six months to live due to complications brought on by exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Bruce offered to professionally photograph Joe so his family and friends would have something to remember him by when he was gone. His idea was to create a nonprofit organization whose mission was to memorialize the stories of U.S veterans and share that history with the family and the world. He envisioned using a digital method for bringing photographs of combat veterans to life with the use of Live Portrait technology.

In early 2015, Bruce quickly gained support for his idea in the local community of Prescott, Arizona. This was no surprise because Prescott and the surrounding towns host the largest number of veterans per capita in Arizona. With a wonderful Veterans Administration (VA) hospital and the large veteran population, he started gathering stories with the help of experts, now his board of directors. In June 2017, the IRS recognized Vision of Vets as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and Bruce’s vision became a reality.

“Welcoming the Stranger” is presented by Granite Peak U.U. Congregation Sunday. New members of the congregation will sign the membership book. Board of Trustees’ President, Marianne Erickson, will serve as the Worship Associate.

Prescott Area Shelter Services will be the recipient of the “Seeds of Support” collection at Granite Peak U.U. Congregation during the month of December. The mission of PASS is to serve women, children and veterans by providing temporary housing, resources, individualized case management and a pathway to permanent housing. Contributions provide a new chance for a guest in need, a chance to feel safe, a chance to feel supported and a chance to start the process of getting back on their feet. For more information about Prescott Area Shelter Services, please visit: https://prescottshelters.org/.

All are welcome to join Beit Torah Jewish Congregation (www.onetorah.org) for our annual Chanukah party, 5 p.m., in Prescott, Dec. 6. Chanukah first candle is Sunday evening, Dec. 2. For details, call 928-237-0390 or 928-227-0582 or email ansheitorah@cableone.net.

Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St., is pleased to welcome to worship The Liberty Voices. Appearing as the Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World since 1982 the group has been described as “America’s vocal ambassadors” and “America’s premier a capella group.” Over the years they have sung from every U.S. President since Nixon, at Super Bowls, and for millions of Epcot guests. The group is returning to Prescott UMC to present a special Christmas music program during worship at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. For more information, call the church office 928-779-1950.

December happenings at Living Faith Church: Come see what “The Gift” is on Sunday mornings in December as Pastor Randy Vanesian brings another revealing message throughout the month. Sunday morning services are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. You may watch the 10:30 am service live on Facebook @livingfaithchurchprescottvalley. Past messages can be viewed by going to https://www.livingfaith.co (not .com).

Pastor Ann Wilson brings powerful scripture filled messages on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.

Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Pastor Randy goes “unplugged” to pick us up with a mid-week encouraging message.

Sudden Impact Youth Wednesday evening events: Dec. 5-“Pass The Stocking Night.” Nachos will be served. Dec. 12-“PJ Night.” Doughnuts will be served. Dec. 19-“Ugly Sweater Night.” This will be the Youth Christmas Party with pizzas, Left Right Game and Ugly Sweater Contest.

Pastor Ronnie Petkovich leading the worship on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings brings our hearts into the right position for hearing the word of the Lord.

Kidz Club meets for Sunday School at the Sunday 10:30 a.m. service and the Wednesday 7 p.m. service. Nursery care is available on Sunday mornings at the 10:30 a.m. and the nursery room is available unstaffed during other services.

Christmas Gift Shop featuring various craft vendors will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Youth Building, Living Faith Church, 7225 N. Coyote Springs Road, Prescott Valley, 928- 775-3025. Food Pantry is open after every service if you need a bag of food.

There will be an Advent Worship Service at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church, 440 W Palomino Road, Chino Valley. 928-636-9533.

Ebenezer Scrooge Radio Drama will be at 7 p.m., Dec. 5 at First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St., Prescott. Dickens’ classic, timeless tale of a miserly old man convinced to change his ways by the visit of three spirits comes to life as a one-hour Radio Drama. Free admission.

There will be a Chino Valley Community Choir Concert at 2 p.m., Dec. 8 at Heritage Middle School Cafeteria, 1076 N. Road 1 W., Chino Valley. The entire community, schools, churches, businesses and surrounding areas are welcome to sing in the choir and attend this free event.

Begin the 2018 holiday season creating new memories. Rehearsals scheduled at the Heritage Middle School Cafeteria from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6. For more information, contact cvazcommunitychoir@gmail.com.

This year’s production of Walk Through Bethlehem, American Lutheran Church’s Christmas gift to the community has begun. Visitors experience the sights, sounds and smells of the town of Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago through 30-minute interactive, guided tours. This year’s expanded performance schedule is: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 1:30 to 3:30 Friday, Dec. 7 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. For more information on Walk Through Bethlehem, contact the church office at 928-445-4348 or visit TheWalkThroughBethlehem.net.

Jews in the quad city area are invited to celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, at a Shabbat service at Temple B’rith Shalom, Prescott, at 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

Chanukah is an eight-day observance that commemorates the successful revolt, ca. 200 BCE, of the Maccabees and their allies against the oppression of Antiochus IV, a Greco-tyrant of the Selucid Empire who massacred Jews and attempted to wipe out Jewish practices. The Holy Temple in Jerusalem was desecrated under Antiochus.

“The Festival of Lights enables us to bring a much needed ray of light to the darkness that envelops so much of the world today,” said Rabbi Holly Cohn, spiritual leader of Temple B’rith Shalom. “The Maccabees overcame the darkness of their time and fought for their religious freedom.“

A tradition holds that, when the victorious Maccabees entered the Holy Temple, they couldn’t find any pure olive oil to kindle the menorah, a sacred candelabrum used in the Temple in Jerusalem. Their search turned up a small jar that contained only enough oil to burn for one day. “Instead it burned for eight days, providing the light and the hope that they needed to rebuild and rededicate their holy space,” Rabbi Cohn added. “The Jews considered it a great miracle.”

To commemorate the miracle, Jews light candles in their menorahs for each of the eight days that the jar of oil burned. “Chanukah means to dedicate—and helps us to recall the moment-- when the Maccabees rededicated the Holy Temple,” Rabbi Cohn added.

Chanukah is a special, joyous, time for Jewish children. “Many families give children a small gift for each night of Chanukah,“ Rabbi Cohn noted. “We also eat special foods, such as potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiot—jelly doughnuts--because they’re made with oil, reminding us of the oil that burned for eight days.”

This year, Chanukah begins on the evening of Dec. 2. Candles are added to menorahs for each night of the eight-day holiday. Temple B’rith Shalom’s Chanukah Shabbat service on Dec. 7 will be preceded by an Oneg Shabbat at 5:15 p.m. For further information, contact the Temple at 928-708-0018.

Join us for our first meeting of Prescott Harvest of Care Gardens. This regional initiative of Arizona Interfaith Power and Light is committed to engaging the faith community in the spiritual act of caring for the earth, the community and those experiencing hunger through the hands-on act of growing vegetable gardens. We will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Center for Spiritual Living, 3755 Willow Creek Road.

Come learn about exciting workshop plans for gardening on your church property; explore how your faith community might become a participant in this local pilot project; and be a part of a growing, national movement of faith ministries dedicated to food justice. Let’s explore together the connections of spirituality through gardening! For further information, contact Patrick Grady, AZIPL Regional Coordinator, at 480-262-7827.

All Saints Anglican Church will host a Cookie Walk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The Ladies Guild is holding its’ first ever Cookie Walk. What is a Cookie Walk? Want homemade cookies for Christmas but have no time or desire to bake? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Come select from a large variety of homemade cookies. Pay by the weight of your box at the end of your walk. Homemade peanut brittle also available for purchase. We will also debut our “Heavenly Fudge” made by the Ladies. Great for last minute gifts, stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, or your own enjoyment. We are located at 1806 N Savage Lane, Prescott.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, All Saints Anglican Church will have a service of confirmation celebrated by Bishop Robert Giffin, followed by a luncheon reception in the parish hall. All are welcome. We are located at 1806 N Savage Lane, Prescott.

Nashville, Tenn - cutting edge Southern Gospel group, New Legacy Project, will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Grace Baptist Church, 2010 South Hwy. 89. Admission is free to this non-ticketed event.

The popular award-nominated group have just released a new lyric video of their breakout song “I’ll Stand,” which was written by tenor singer, Paul Secord, in support of all the Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our great country. This concert is part of their 2018 “I’ll Stand” tour.

“Candlelight Service of Solace and Hope” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Agape Hall at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 West Gurley St., Prescott. Presented by the Stephen Ministers of Prescott United Methodist Church and the Prescott Chapter of The Compassionate Friends. This is a new annual event that combines the December Remembrance and Worship services of these two groups. The service will provide an opportunity for remembering and healing for those coping with loss of any kind. This will be a time for quiet meditation and prayer.

The service is open to the entire community – all are welcome.

Prescott Valley United Methodist Church presents a Christmas Cantata “Come Now to Bethlehem” during regular Sunday worship at 10:15 a.m. Dec. 9. at 8944 E. Sommer Dr. in Prescott Valley, just east of Navajo Drive. Come hear the words and music of Advent.

There will be an Advent Worship Service at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church, 440 W Palomino Road, Chino Valley. 928-636-9533.

Come bring your friends and neighbors to our service of Lessons and Carols at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. It is sure to enrich the Advent/Christmas season with music and the telling of the Christians’ story of faith from the fall of Adam to the coming of the Word Incarnate. Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 N Valorie Drive, Prescott Valley.

Yule Fest at American Lutheran Church has become a traditional Advent celebration that provides a fitting opportunity for ALC to proclaim the Good News of Christ’s birth in word and song. The 2018 Yule Fest, Christmas, Pure and Simple, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 in the church sanctuary. Yule Fest incorporates congregational singing while continuing a celebratory thematic narrative. This year’s presentation will join a 55-voice choir, handbells, pipe organ, full chamber orchestra, and the congregation to create the most beautiful selections of Christmas music you will hear this holiday season. Seating is open, so arrive early. Free admission, with a freewill offering received. Yule Fest is directed by Minister of Music, David Sherman. Make Yule Fest at ALC an annual Christmastime tradition for your family! www.americanlutheran.net; 928-445-4348.

American Lutheran Church’s Family Ministry invites all to a Family Christmas Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, featuring crafts, games, food, and fun for the whole family. Admission is free. Put this event on your calendar now so you don’t miss out! Questions? Contact Tricia Sokoloski, Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, 928-445-4348, ext. 318, or tricia@americanlutheran.net.

There will be an Advent Worship Service at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church, 440 W Palomino Road, Chino Valley. 928-636-9533.

Family Christmas wish list with Prescott United Methodist Church. Family Christmas provides children from low-income families (birth through 18 years) with new Christmas gifts. Your donations help make this possible. Family Christmas served 1,400 children in 2017.

The 12 most needed gift items are: teen purses, jewelry and makeup, gift cards, sports equipment (skate boards, razor scooters, balls, bats, gloves, bike helmets and sleeping bags), kid’s books, dolls of all kinds, plastic or wooden building blocks, toy cars, planes and trucks, kids’ pajamas, kid’s winter clothing, art and craft kits, games (Pick Up Sticks, Cootie, Jenga, Twister, Dominoes, Connect 4 Scrabble, etc.) and wrapped candy and stocking suffers.

Please bring unwrapped gifts by Dec. 19 to Prescott United Methodist Church at 505 W. Gurley St. For more information, email pastormity@prescottumc.com.

There will be a Christmas Eve Candelight Service at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church, 440 W Palomino Road, Chino Valley. 928-636-9533.

The Doane University Choir under the direction of Dr. Kurt Runestad will be presenting a concert of classical, folk, and spiritual music on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at American Lutheran Church. www.americanlutheran.net; 445-4348

Jane’s Hope is a Christian ministry open to anyone who has relinquished a child through abortion or adoption, to share, heal, support each other, and experience forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We meet on the fourth Saturday of every month (excluding November and December). The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at The Porch, 226 Montezuma. For more information, please contact Mary Ann at maryannwinslow1@gmail.com or Prescott Christian Church at 928-445-0680.