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Church News: Week of Dec. 12

The Salvation Army sponsors the Christmas Angel Tree at Gateway Mall during mall hours through Dec. 24. Angel tags for each child (infants through 12 years old) will list their age and sizes for clothing as well as their wish for a special toy.

Anyone in the community may participate in The Salvation Army's mission of "Doing the Most Good" by picking out one or more tags to shop for an individual child.

In addition to the Angel Tree, there is a Teen Tree at the mall for those from 13 to 18 years old. Pick a tag and purchase a $35 gift card to be given out to a needy teenager.

Volunteers are needed to sponsor entire families with gifts and food for the holidays. The Salvation Army distributes your gifts to the family the week before Christmas. This is a great volunteer opportunity for individuals as well as groups and organizations. You get to pick the size of the family you would like to sponsor.

Last year 597 families signed up for the Christmas Angel Tree program, which included 1,680 children and teens receiving gifts.

For more information on the Christmas Angel Tree program or adopting a family, call 779-0150, or stop by 237 S. Montezuma St. in Prescott.

A collection of over 1,000 sacred relics of Shakyamuni Buddha and other Buddhist masters is on exhibition from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona. Individual blessing ceremonies with the relics will take place. Interfaith Opening ceremony will be Friday. Pets blessed Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 928-634-0583.

Special Christmas music highlights nearly every church service in December, and that is certainly true for Prescott United Methodist Church, which will pull out all of its stops for an engaging 90-minute Christmas cantata.

More than 130 performers will tell the joyous Christmas story in two programs on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Both performances are free and open to the public in the church sanctuary at 505 W. Gurley. Nursery care will be provided as well.

The story includes wise men, shepherds, an innkeeper and the holy family who help bring the traditional story to life. Vignettes based on a narration, "So What if it is Christmas?" by the Rev. Stan Brown, will unify the selections.

The music will include such favorites as "O Holy Night" by the choir, "Silent Night" by the handbell choir and "The Little Drummer Boy" by the combined choirs and orchestra. Patty Newton is the organist.

Prescott Valley United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer Dr., is sponsoring a fundraiser for Elle's Jewelry Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. All jewelry is $6. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Aglow of Prescott meets 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Quality Inn, Highway 69 in Prescott. This month's speaker will be Rev. Gloria Tarkington. For additional information, call Bev at 710-7366.

"A Thrill of Hope," a Christmas musical by Claire Cloninger and Camp Kirkland, will be presented 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Willow Hills Baptist Church Worship Center, 1071 Mogollan Road, Prescott. The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call 445-5520.

Unity Church of Prescott is having its annual Holiday Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, from at 145 S. Arizona Ave. There will be arts and crafts, jewelry, wearables, baked goods, etc. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 445-1850.

Youngsters ages 3 to 12 may sign up for the Children's Christmas Workshop at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. This annual event will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Participants must register with the church before the end of November. While the children make craft projects to give as gifts, parents can complete some last-minute shopping. All of the craft materials will be provided as well as a snack. For more information, contact Leisa Geiler at tlgeiler@cableone.net.

Tri-Cities Respect Life & Rachel's Vineyard Ministries offer a Day of Reflection with music by Catholic recording artist Michael John Poirier and testimony by Mary Poirier on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including continental breakfast and lunch, at St. Germaine Catholic Church, 7997 E. Dana Drive, Prescott Valley. Goodwill offerings are appreciated.

The music of Poirier continues at the 8 and 10 a.m. masses on Sunday, Dec. 14. The retreat concludes Sunday evening at 7 p.m. with An Evening of Song, Prayers and Real Life Stories by Poirier. Benediction follows.

For information and RSVP, call Gaye Shaffer at 928-759-0501 or shaffer51@mindspring.com.

Youngsters ages 3 to 12 may sign up for the Children's Christmas Workshop at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. This annual event will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Participants must register with the church before the end of November. While the children make craft projects to give as gifts, parents can complete some last-minute shopping. All of the craft materials will be provided as well as a snack. For more information, contact Leisa Geiler at tlgeiler@cableone.net.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting will be 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 N. Valorie Drive, Prescott Valley and Around the Globe.

This special remembrance service commemorates and honors children, siblings and grandchildren of all ages who have entered eternal life. Each attendee can bring a picture of their loved one(s) and light a candle "that their light may always shine." Refreshments will follow the service. This service is open to the public and you are encouraged to invite friends who you feel need the support and unity in remembering the lives of their precious children. For information, call Donna Voss at 772-7078 or Trinity Lutheran Church at 772-8845. The service will be in our sanctuary at the north end of our campus.

"Sing We Now of Christmas," a Christmas Choral Concert, will be presented by the Shepherd Singers Choir of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, as Director Jean Dueppen and the Shepherd Singers provide this opportunity to look into the face of God's perfect Lamb through instrumental music, song and narration.

The public is invited to hear and enjoy an afternoon of music and song in a quiet retreat at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 1202 Green Lane, Prescott. The service is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Shepherd Singers may also be heard at the 15th annual Acker Musical Showcase on Friday, Dec. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Chase Bank Lobby, corner of Gurley and Granite.

For information concerning these and other Christmas Services at Shepherd of the Hills, call 778-9122.

Robert Road Baptist Church Choir musical presentation will be 10:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. God's Little Voices musical presentation will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

Chino Valley Bible Church started with a weekly men's Bible study early in 2008. They have recently initiated a weekly women's Bible study. Both Bible studies meet on Thursday evenings at different locations.

Approximately 40 people from the Prescott to the Chino Valley area met Sept. 7 to formally discuss starting a church. The first service was in Pastor Nolan Montgomery's home the following Sunday.

The church has outgrown the pastor's home and will have its first services at the Heritage Middle School cafetorium on Dec. 14. A family fellowship breakfast starts at 9 a.m. Toddler care is provided. Teen worship services starts concurrently with the adult services at 9:30 a.m.

The congregation is a spirit-filled group of people who meet to worship and praise the Lord. The church has also initiated a prison ministry, which has been warmly embraced by the Yavapai County Jail.

If you have any questions, call 636-4750 or visit www.cv-bc.com.

The LDS Church Stake Center, 1001 Sandretto Dr. in Prescott, presents a Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 14. The community is invited to participate in the choir and in the performance. The concert will include Handel's "Messiah." The guest conductor will be David Lunt, who taught music and choir at Prescott High School in the 1970s and '80s. Choir rehearsals will be each Sunday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 443-3066.

CrossPoint Free Will Baptist Church is having a live nativity from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, and Tuesday, Dec. 16. The Christmas play will start at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. For more information call Pastor Chris Fannin at 499-1754.

Trinity Lutheran Church Advent services will be Thursday, Dec. 18. Traditional services are at 4:30 and Praise services at 7 p.m. Soup Suppers are 5:30 in Trinity's lower level fellowship hall.

Candlelight Christmas Eve services will be 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 3950 N. Valorie Drive in Prescott Valley. For information, call 772-8845.

Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 19 and 20 at American Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Sanctuary will be filled with the sounds of voices singing, handbells ringing, instruments playing, and a harp stringing for the annual Christmas Choral Vespers service. The public is invited to attend these Advent worship services, which begin at 6 p.m. The prelude begins at 5:50 p.m.

The church is located at 1085 Scott Drive in Prescott. For more information contact the church office at 445-4348.

Stroll through "A Night In Bethlehem," a reenactment of how Bethlehem was the night Jesus was born, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Chino Valley United Methodist Church. There will be hands-on activities for all ages (woodworking, weaving, pottery and name translations). Also, experience a live Nativity, an angel choir singing beautiful music, and live animals. Refreshments will be served as well. This is a free community event. For information, call the church office at 636-2969.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Christmas services offer many opportunities to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The annual Children's Christmas service will be 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, in the sanctuary of the church. Each year, the children at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church provide an opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with parents, grandparents and friends. "The Christmas Present" is this year's program and highlights the special meaning of Christmas by children sharing the news of the birth of Jesus through song, story and familiar Bible verses.

The now-traditional German Christmas service, for the many residents in the Tri-City area, who are of German descent and who would like to worship in their mother tongue, will be 3 p.m. Dec. 21. Two special guest soloists, Savannah Coffin and Alicia Bauer, will sing German Christmas songs. Kaffee and Kuchen will be served after the service.

Special Christmas services will begin at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve with a Candlelight Communion service. Christmas Day Matins will be 10 a.m. Dec. 25 and a New Year's Eve service will be 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Visitors are welcome to

all services.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is located at 1202 Green Lane, Prescott. For information, call 778-9122, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Mythbusters: Christmas Edition," an illustrated sermon series, will be featured for the Sundays in December at LifePointe Church at Bradshaw Mountain, 10100 E. Highway 69, Prescott Valley. Pastor Leigh Metcalf will speak on several myths of the Christmas season. Join the church family at either the 8:30 or 10:30 a.m. services.

LifePointe Church at Bradshaw Mountain will host a Candlelight service on Christmas Eve from 6 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to this community service.

Mingus View Presbyterian Church presents its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, including a special musical gift from Dean and Bonnie Hollister. The worship service will follow with scripture, carols, special music and the lighting of the candles to welcome the birth of the Messiah.

For information, call the church office between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday at 775-4606. Mingus View is located at 8340 E. Leigh Drive, Prescott Valley.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will host its 28th "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" community dinner on Christmas Day. This event will provide a full Christmas dinner and fellowship for anyone in the tri-city communities who may be alone on this day. Someone will visit the homebound and deliver a meal so they too may feel a part of this community celebration.

Last year approximately 700 people were served. Some were new to the community; others could not be with family members for various reasons; some had no homes; and others simply felt alone.

Members of other congregations, social service agencies and individuals who have volunteered their services will assist members of the church. Fire personnel from the Prescott Fire Department will deliver meals to the homebound in Prescott as they have done in the past.

The church is located at 2000 Shepherd's Lane in Prescott. Shuttle transportation for those in need will be provided, leaving from Albertson's in Prescott from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, meal delivery or to volunteer your assistance for this occasion, call St. Luke's Church at 778-4499.

Free tickets are available now for the annual Nazarene Church Christmas production. This year it is "A Time For Christmas," a Broadway-style musical drama. The church is located at 2110 Willow Creek Road in Prescott. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 445-1136 for information, tickets and performance dates.

Pastor George Cushman leads a study on "The First Christmas" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Douglas room. For more information, call 778-1950.

The Hanukkah gift shop has many different menorahs, dreidels, Hannukkah gelt and a wide array of gifts made in Israel, including collectible dreidels. There are note cards, bookmarks, decorative Hanukkah dripless candles and books and games for children. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. Temple B'rith Shalom is located at 2077 Brohner Way, off Willow Lake Road, near Highway 89. For more information, call 708-0018.

White Mountain Education Association's new class explores New Dimensions in Healing 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through December. To register or for additional information, call the WMEA office at 778-0638. Classes take place at the WMEA Center, 543 Eastwood Drive in Prescott.

Prescott Healing Rooms are open every Thursday in December from 6 to 8 p.m. Come and ask Jesus for a Christmas gift of healing, help and answers. Then, beginning Jan. 6, we will also be open on Tuesdays from 10 to noon. Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you know someone who needs intensive work in healing, we also host healing retreats - a week of intensive interaction with God with the goal of complete healing. Learn all about it at www.prescotthealingrooms.org under Blessing Retreat Healing Home. Come and be blessed!

Sam Rotman will perform a piano concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at the Miller Valley Baptist Church, 815 Whipple St., Prescott.

Mr. Rotman started his musical career before an audience of 6,000 people at the age of 16. He has performed in over 56 countries, with more than 1,800 performances in the United States.

The concert is free. A freewill offering will be appreciated.

Women of Wisdom, an interdenominational Christian fellowship of bible teaching and bible studies for women of all ages and backgrounds, is now taking registration for their new session, which begins on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, and meets for eight weeks until Feb. 25. WOW meets on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Dr., Prescott. Scholarships for class material are available, and free childcare is always provided.

The program for WOW each Wednesday morning includes coffee time, praise and worship music, prayer, a first-hour bible teaching and your choice of a small-group bible study or fun "potpourri" class.

Evening classes are held in conjunction with American Lutheran's Soul Café Wednesday evening family night. An inexpensive family meal is served beginning at 5 p.m.; everyone is welcome.

Detailed brochures with registration forms may be obtained from the American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive or call 445-4348 and a brochure will be mailed to you.

The Women's Ministry at Willow Hills Baptist Church is starting another Bible study from 10 a.m. to noon and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 8 through March 12. The topic of the study is "Miracle of Life Change" by Chip Ingram.

In The Miracle of Life Change, Chip Ingram unpacks Ephesians 4 and shares how life change can happen to you. You'll learn how to become the person you've longed to be. You'll also learn to identify barriers that have held you back from receiving God's best.

For more information, call Connie Hanson at 925-7768. Childcare will be available during the morning session.

The new Prescott Area Women's Shelter (PAWS) is for women and children who need a place to sleep in warmth and safety, and who are going to have a hot meal in their stomachs before they go to sleep. The following items are things that you can donate to the shelter or donate funds for their purchase: office, laundry and kitchen supplies, children's art supplies and hygiene products. Your donations will help pay the rent and utilities and the salary for the shelter coordinator. All donations are tax-deductible. The address of the new shelter is 336 Rush St. in Prescott. For additional information or if you would like to help, call Jennifer Maynard at 708-0100.

"New Outlook Recovery," hosted by Pastor Dave Stegner, is a Ministry of Bikers for Christ and is meeting at Mountain Valley Church on Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. It provides relevant biblical teaching for everyday strength and encouragement. 

The Children's Clothes Closet and Food Pantry is now open from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2980 Willow Creek Road, Prescott. Items are free to all those in need. For more information, call 273-3252.

First Baptist Church of Prescott continues the ministries that have defined their passion to serve the lives of the community members over the years. The Soup Kitchen is open at 5 p.m. every Monday for those needing a meal. The Master's Clothes Closet, 114 Union St. in Prescott, is open from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays for those needing clothing. The Women's and Men's Recovery Meetings are 7 p.m. Mondays. For information, call 541-9088 for the men's group and 713-1294 for the women's group. For those needing financial or utility assistance, call 771-7592 between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Mondays or stop by 114 Union St. Monday afternoons.

Prescott Healing Rooms volunteers are needed. If God is calling, hurry and answer! The need here is great. We've had more visitors than we can easily handle, so we need more volunteers - another receptionist, and more folks who have a gift of compassion and would like to learn how to minister healing. Jesus does the hard part; all you have to do is love and pray, and He even gives us the love to love with and the prayers to say. Qualifications include being a follower of Christ, an ability to love, and teachability.

Training sessions in healing prayer, open to the public, will be Saturday, Jan. 10. Registration is required. For information, call Linda at 771-1735, blessingretreat@gmail.com or visit www.prescotthealingrooms.org.

AWANA is returning to Open Door Baptist Church of Prescott Valley. The club meetings will be from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, through the school year. Groups offered are Cubbies (preschoolers age 3 and up), Sparks (grades K-2) and Truth and Training (grades 3-6).

AWANA is an international Bible club for children. AWANA emphasizes Bible memory and includes handbook time, recreation time and a Bible lesson.

Open Door Baptist Church is located at 8451 East Stevens Drive in Prescott Valley, the first building south of Mountain Valley Splash. For further information or to arrange transportation, call 772-9206 or 759-3751.

Church services are being offered at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday at Orchard Ranch R.V. Park, located at 11250 Highway 69, between Dewey and Prescott Valley. Pastor Ken Swenson and his wife Sharon conduct the services.

Justfaith class meets through the middle of May 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Fleury Ave. in Prescott. There will be a morning and an evening class on Mondays. There will be retreats, films, speakers and personal one-on-one contact with those who suffer from racism, poverty and injustice. You will also learn more about purchasing your food from local farmers and ranchers and feeding your family without worrying about pesticides and hormones that are used in the large corporate farms. For more information, call Sister Anne at 445-3141.

Everyone is invited to one or more sessions of teaching on the healing scriptures, growing in faith, how to pray for the sick, the role of fasting, testimonies of healing and more. Sessions are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at Blessing Retreat in Williamson Valley. To learn more, contact Linda Riley at 771-1735 or blessingretreat@gmail.com.

Worship Kidstyle, a new ministry of Robert Road Baptist Church for preschoolers and children, meets 9:30 a.m. to noon each Sunday.

Worship Kidstyle is worship through music, videos, dramatic play, games, arts and crafts and Bible exploration and discovery.

Robert Road Baptist Church is located at 5100 N. Robert Road in Prescott Valley. For additional information, call 772-0703.

The Heights Church of Prescott is offering a Bible-based support group to women struggling with the after effects of abortion. All information is confidential. If you are interested, or know someone who needs God's healing, contact Debby at debomom95@yahoo.com or call 443-5889. You can also call the Heights Church at 445-1421.

Beit Torah, Independent Jewish Synagogue, 6287 E. Copperhill Dr., Prescott Valley, is dedicated to bring the wellspring of Torah to the nations. They study and teach from the Tanakh, the only inspired Scriptures. The congregation is an independent Jewish community. The worship is mostly English with a little Hebrew. Beit Torah is not affiliated with any other Judaic movement, although they have the utmost respect for other forms of Judaism. The belief is that the Tanakh holds all the guidelines for a righteous life and the truth of Torah is available to all. There is an open forum question and answer at all services. The Synagogue is open to all people, Jew or not, all are welcome. For more information, call 775-3441.

Mountain Valley Church of God Christ-Centered 12-Step drug and alcohol recovery program and cancer support group entitled Redeeming Grace meets Saturday evenings with a short church service and sermon, including music. Pastors Tom and Nova Forrest will lead the service. Immediately following the service, attendees will break into separate male and female groups for the 12-step program and the cancer support program.

The Redeeming Grace service will be 6:30 p.m. each Saturday at Mountain Valley Church of God, 8123 East Manley Dr. in Prescott Valley. Childcare will be provided as needed. For more information, call 772-5713.

The Firehouse, an after-school program and a ministry of "En Fuego," the Youth Group at Prescott Free Methodist Church, is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. The Firehouse gives students a place to go after school to work on homework or class projects and to have fun with friends. There are monitored computers for homework and research, games and quiet rooms for studying. There will always be a minimum of two or three adults on the premises.

Prescott Free Methodist Church is located at 2797 Willow Creek Road. For additional information, call Pastor Aaron Rosberg at 445-4780 or e-mail pastoraaron@prescottfmc.com.

Brother Bill Davis, a trained and certified Biblical counselor, is available for counseling with personal and domestic issues. He is a member of the Open Door Baptist of Prescott Valley and a member of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors. Brother Davis is the director of Biblical Family Guidance, a ministry, which applies Biblical answers to today's problems. For information, call Brother Davis at 925-7384.

Korean Community Church invites all those interested to come by at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and hear Rev. So Jung Il. The church is located at 901 E. Horizon Lane in Prescott Valley. For more information, e-mail the church at jungso@hotmail.com, or call 499-9139.

Hand-knit caps and scarves will keep homeless people warmer this winter thanks to the efforts of the knitting and crocheting group at Prescott United Methodist Church. They meet the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the Upper Room. Any community member is invited to join them. All anyone needs to bring is knitting needles or a crochet hook since all the yarn is provided. Knitting skill is not even a requirement because group leaders are happy to teach the basics to newcomers. The church is located at 505 W. Gurley. For more information, call 778-1950.

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