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Church News: Week of Dec. 4

A nativity exhibit titled "Crèches, Carols and Christmas Splendor" is Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, at the LDS church, 7885 E. Long Look in Prescott Valley. For further information, contact Barbara or Bill Hawes at 772-1669.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church is hosting an arts and crafts fair on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be hand-made Christmas gifts, jewelry, soaps and lotions, foil art, angels, quilts, knitted gifts, wreaths, hand-crafted wooden items, photography, pastries, and much more. Have your picture taken with Santa Claus and the Grinch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A hot lunch is available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Raffle prizes will be given away every 45 minutes.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church is located at 7763 E. Long Look Dr. in Prescott Valley (corner of Long Look and Loos). For more information and directions, call 772-4135.

The Prescott Valley Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Sun Gate Villa Senior Community Apartments, 3850 Civic Dr. in Prescott Valley. Aglow looks to encourage and to establish a network of praying women.

The speaker will be Mary Magill, an energetic, humorous, insightful and entertaining presenter. She will share details of her own life and will perform "Mary the Mother of Jesus" during the program. Magill's mission statement is "Encouraging everyday women to find the joy in everyday life." For more information, call Jean Tidwell at 775-2040.

Why we celebrate Christmas will be the central theme of a DVD-based study and discussion on three consecutive Saturdays in December at Prescott United Methodist Church. The sessions will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Douglas room of the church. Rebecca Koppin will lead the discussions that will explore the importance of Christmas and how it can change lives forever. The discussion on Dec. 5 will clarify why Christmas is a time for celebration; on Dec. 12, class members will analyze why Christmas is a time for salvation; and on Dec. 19, they will interpret why Christmas is a time for reconciliation.

In addition to regular Shabbat study and services at 10 a.m., the public is welcome to join the Beit Torah Jewish congregation for the pre-Chanukah Party and Religious School Inauguration at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at 8306 E. Highway 69 in Prescott Valley, www.onetorah.org. A Chanukah celebration and Kabbalat Shabbat potluck is at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in Prescott near Willow Creek and Rosser. Rabbi Levertov's next study session will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. For directions and/or additional information, call 227-0582, 759-0110, or e-mail ansheitorah@cableone.net.

St. George Orthodox Church of Prescott, 609 W. Gurley St., plans a holiday event for the public highlighting the life and deeds of St. Nicholas of Myra, the man who became known as Santa Claus, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Church tours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. For additional information, visit prescottorthodox.org or call 777-8750.

Visit the indoor used book, DVD toy and bake sale to benefit the Prescott Healing Rooms 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Blessing Retreat Bed and Breakfast, 2640 Glenshandra.

Homemade baked goods and raffle tickets for chances to win a delicious home-cooked dinner for six delivered to the winner's door will also be available.

Visitors should park off-street in the large parking area and bring their own boxes to carry home their purchases.

For more information, visit www.PrescottHealingRooms.org or call 771-1735.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Rev. John M. Kohlenberger will present "You As Creator: Exercising Your God-given Genes for Creativity" at the Mystical Spiritualist Church monthly Inspirational Service. He will give his perspective, as an artist, about the creative gene that people possess. The services feature spiritual healing, inspiration, meditation and music and will take place at the Peaceful Heart Healing Center 3147 N. Robert Road in Prescott Valley near Florentine. Parking is available in the lot off Florentine on Tani. A short garden path leads to the front door.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church greets the Christmas season with weekly Wednesday evening Advent services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the services and the supper that takes place at 5:30 p.m. between the services.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Shepherd Singers will sing the anthem "Alleluia, Christ Has Come" at the 8:15 a.m. service while the Praise Team leads the worship music at the 11 a.m. service.

On Friday, Dec. 11, the Shepherd Singers will be a part of the Acker Music Festival in downtown Prescott, performing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 104 N. Montezuma.

On Sunday, Dec. 13, a Children's Christmas Service will be at 11 a.m. At 4 p.m., carolers will gather at the church to carol in the community and to shut-ins. The public is welcome to join the carolers. Call the church office at 778-9122 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to register for caroling.

The church is also planning a German Service for 3 p.m. on Dec. 19, with conversation and fellowship afterward. The Shepherd Singers will perform its annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 20. Christmas Eve services are at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

For more information, call 778-9122 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is located at 1202 Green Lane in Prescott.

A memorial candle-lighting event and communion will highlight the next meeting of Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have lost a child. They meet the second Tuesday of the month in Mary's Parlor of Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. Their next meeting on Dec. 8 will also include a Christmas party at 1:30 p.m. All bereaved parents and grandparents are invited to attend and bring pictures, a special memory or story to share, a wrapped gift valued at $5 to $8 to exchange and a snack or treat to share. Gifts should indicate if they are suitable for a man or a woman. Beverages will be available. Pastor Carol Mumford leads this group.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 N. Valorie Dr. in Prescott Valley, will be celebrating the Christmas season with Wednesday night Advent services on Dec. 9 and 16. A liturgical service will be at 4:30 p.m. with a soup supper for everyone at 5:30 p.m. in the Lower Level Fellowship Hall. A praise service will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by bible studies and groups for all ages at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in this blessed Christmas season.

How to get personal money matters under control will be the topic of a new video course, "Financial Peace University," taught by Dave Ramsey. The class begins Jan. 10 and will run from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sundays for 13 weeks at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. Marilyn DeVan will coordinate the class. Those who are interested may attend a free preview of the class at 4:15 p.m. on three Wednesdays, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Jan. 6, in the Douglas Room of the church. Childcare is available with advance notice. For more information, contact DeVan at 445-0580.

"A Night in Bethlehem," a free family event, is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, presented by Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Dr. in Prescott Valley. This memory-making opportunity is for you and your family. Come experience the wonder of the stable and the color and excitement of the marketplace! Take home special gifts and keepsakes, and have a photo taken at the stable with Mary and Joseph. To pre-register or for more information, call 772-7364.

The Willow Hills Baptist Church choir will present "Come, Let Us Worship the King" in performances at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, in the church's worship center. The church provides signing for the deaf at all its services. For more information, call 445-5520. The church is located at 1071 Mogollon Road, Prescott.

Robert Road Baptist Church, 5100 N. Robert Road in Prescott Valley, presents an adult Christmas musical at 10:50 a.m. and a student Christmas musical at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. All are welcome. For more information, call 772-0703.

The adult choir at First Southern Baptist Church of Prescott Valley invites the public to the Christmas cantata "Glorious Impossible" 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2820 Pleasant View Dr. This cantata retells the Christmas story. For more information, call the church at 772-7218.

Willow Hills 1st Southern Baptist Church is having a winter Women's Bible Study Jan. 7 through March 11 at 1071 Mogollon Road, Prescott.

The study will be on Revelation, Jesus' message to the church.

International Bible teacher and award-winning author Kay Arthur will lead the study using the Precept Inductive Bible Study Method.

Signups begin Dec. 13. Workbook cost is $20. For more information, call Connie Hanson at 925-7768.

The Salvation Army sponsors the Christmas Angel Tree at Gateway Mall during mall hours through Dec. 22. Angel tags for each child (infants through 12-year-olds) 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 our Angel Tree, there is a Teen Tree at the mall. Pick a tag and purchase a $35 gift card to be given 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.

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.

Temple B'rith Shalom Chanukah Gift Shop has many beautiful and fun gifts, including a variety of menorahs, dreidels, Chanukah gelt, notecards, bookmarks, dripless candles, and books and games for children. Call 708-0018 for information on gift shop hours and location.

Informative sessions about how to cope with the challenges of being out of work are available through the Tough Times support group at Prescott United Methodist Church. The group meets Mondays at 11 a.m. in the Upper Room of the church at 505 W. Gurley. The group will not meet on Dec. 28.

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 the winter session. The new session begins on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and meets for eight weeks until Feb. 24. WOW meets on Wednesdays from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. and from 6 to 7:30 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.

Detailed brochures with registration forms may be obtained from the American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Dr., or call 445-4348 and a brochure will be mailed to you. Make plans now to join us for a wonderful Christ-centered fellowship, make new friends and grow in grace and wisdom of God.

Prescott Healing Rooms no longer has set hours but is taking appointments by phone or e-mail. The website (www.PrescottHealingRooms.org) was recently updated with several exciting new testimonies of healings and answered prayer. E-mail BlessingRetreat@gmail.com or call 771-1735 for an appointment.

Volunteers who want to provide one-on-one confidential Christian care to those experiencing a life crisis may consider becoming Stephen Ministers. A new training session for those who hear this call begins Jan. 11 at Prescott United Methodist Church. The class takes 20 weeks so that those who complete it are adequately prepared to share with another person his or her journey through a life crisis. The need for these ministers is growing. Those who are interested are invited to contact Bob Peters or Kay Keeley through the church office at 778-1950.

Orchard Ranch RV Park is having church services at 4 p.m. every Sunday with Dr. Norman P. Anderson, retired Baptist Minister, conducting the services. Everyone is welcome. Orchard Ranch is located between Dewey and Prescott Valley on Highway 69.

The directors of the Prescott Healing Rooms, Pastor Jay Riley and Linda Riley, have just started a "church for folks who don't like church," Living Word Fellowship, an un-church alternative. The Rileys provide a 45-minute session of worship and weekly communion in an atmosphere of fellowship. Details can be found at www.PrescottHealingRooms.org, or call Jay or Linda at 771-1735.

First Southern Baptist Church of Prescott Valley, 2820 Pleasant View Dr., is offering AWANA Bible Club to children 2 years old through sixth grade. The program meets from 6 to 7:45 p.m. every Wednesday. The trained leaders offer excitement, affirmation and adventure. All children are welcome. For more information, call the church at 772-7218.

First Baptist Church of Prescott's AWANA program is 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. The three age groups for boys and girls are Cubbies for 3 years through Pre-K (a parent must remain on the church campus for Cubbies group); Sparks for kindergarten through second grade; and T&T for children third through sixth grades. For a registration form or more information, visit www.firstbaptistprescott.com or call 778-9790. First Baptist Church is located at 148 South Marina, Prescott.

Join fellow sisters in Christ for a time of intimate worship at the Academy of Performing Arts, 392 Butterfield Road in Chino Valley from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. This class is free to all women ages 10 to adult. For more information, call 636-2007.

Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation takes a special Seeds of Support collection one Sunday each month. More than $5,000 was donated this past year to the following nonprofit organizations: Open Door, Turning Point, Q-Squared Youth, the Pride Center, Stepping Stones, Quixote's Garage, Northern Arizona Interfaith Council, and Prescott Area Women's Shelter. Granite Peak UU Congregation collects non-perishable foods each Sunday for Open Door.

Producing warm hats and scarves for the homeless is a year-round project for the knitting and crocheting group at Prescott United Methodist Church. The group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays each month in the Upper Room of the church at 505 W. Gurley St. Everyone is welcome, and group members are willing to coach beginners. Donations of yarn are always welcome.

Victory Worship Bible Church, 8200 E. Jacque Dr., Prescott Valley, will be teaching on healing and ministering to the sick at 7 p.m. Wednesday nights. For information, call 775-3314 or visit www.victoryworshipcenteraz.org.

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

A men's Bible study at First Southern Baptist Church, 2820 Pleasant View Dr., Prescott Valley, will meet at 1 p.m. Mondays. For additional information, call Keith at 772-5427 or the church office at 772-7218.

Eastern Orthodox Church of Prescott invites all who seek to deepen their faith in Jesus Christ to Prayer for Vespers at 5 p.m. Saturdays and the celebration of the Holy Liturgy in the ancient tradition of the early church at 10 a.m. Sundays. The church is located at 609 W. Gurley St., Prescott. For more information, call Fr. John Peck, pastor, at 777-8750 or visit www.prescottorthodox.org.

Younger adults at Prescott United Methodist Church have formed a weekly focus group that will discuss how the Scriptures relate to issues today. They meet at 6 p.m. Mondays in the Bartholomew Room of the church, 505 W. Gurley St. The group's acronym, IDEAS, stands for "individuals discovering everything and sharing."

The Chino Valley and Paulden Area Ministerial Association works in conjunction with St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Salvation Army to help people in need. Volunteers staff the organization, and they welcome any help from new volunteers. The association helps people with various critical housing and living conditions. Referrals are strictly confidential. For more information or to make a donation or volunteer, call 636-0276. The office is located behind the Chino Valley Community Church, 1969 N. Highway 89.

Elementary school-age youngsters are welcome to attend the Wednesday afternoon Kids Care program at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St. They will meet at 3 p.m. each week in Mary's Parlor of the main church. Students who have homework will be able to complete it in the study corner, and the sessions will end in time for them to attend bell choir rehearsals if they wish. Snacks will be available. Parents are welcome to stay and work on projects with the children, but their presence is not necessary for children to participate. Kids Care is co-sponsored by the Children's Ministries of the church and Outreach Caregiving. For more information, contact Pastor Carol Mumford at 778-1950. Following each session, the Wonder Full Wednesday program for the entire church convenes in Agape Hall.

The Ladies Bible Study at Alliance Bible Church is at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays. The title of the study is "Empowered by Praise" by Michael Youssef. For more information, call Yvonne Bush at 443-5218, Karen Underwood at 778-3569 or Janene Bentley at 636-5334.

CrossPoint Free Will Baptist Church hosts the "Friendship First" program on Wednesday nights for grades one through 12. Families and their friends are welcome. For more information, call Pastor Chris Fannin at 499-1754.

The Children's Clothes Closet and Food Pantry is 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 help people in the community. The Soup Kitchen is open at 5 p.m. every Monday for those needing a meal. The Master's Clothes Closet, 114 Union St., 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 help, call 771-7592 between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Mondays or stop by 114 Union St. Monday afternoons.

Worship Kidstyle, a ministry of Robert Road Baptist Church for preschoolers and children, meets from 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 aftereffects 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.

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 at 6:30 p.m. each Saturday at Mountain Valley Church of God, 8123 E. Manley Dr., Prescott Valley. Childcare will be available 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 from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. 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.

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