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Church News: Dec. 2

St. Vincent de Paul Society's December fundraiser will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Germaine Catholic Church, 7997 E. Dana Drive in Prescott Valley. Homemade baked goods include cookies, muffins, pies, cakes, breads, seasonal specialties, along with many handmade and one-of-a-kind gift items, and a raffle for a chance to win a beautiful hand-painted holiday sleigh.

Prescott Valley Aglow Lighthouse will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sun Gate Villa, 3750 Civic Drive, the second building, in the Tiki Room. The speaker is Dee Rodriguez, the wife of Pastor Al Rodriguez of Ahava B'Shem Yeshua, a Messianic service held each Saturday in Prescott. She will be speaking on the Hanakuk Manorah and how it relates to Jesus. All are welcome to join the Christmas singing and tea. For information, call 775-2040.

The Salvation Army sponsors the Christmas Angel Tree at Gateway Mall during mall hours through Dec. 21. Angel tags for each child (infant through 12 years old) will list their ages 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 one or more tags to shop for a child. In addition to the 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. You get to pick the size of the family you would like to sponsor. 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.

Wednesday evening advent services at Trinity Lutheran Church will be at 4:30 p.m. (liturgical) and 6:30 p.m. (praise) on Dec. 7 and 14, with a freewill offering dinner at 5:30 p.m. Pastor Tim Blau's theme, "The Light of Christmas," will carry through the season. A special Hanukkah Presentation by Jews for Jesus will be on Dec. 14 at both services. The church is located at 3950 N. Valorie Drive in Prescott Valley. Candlelight Christmas Eve services with Holy Communion will be at 4:30 and 6:30 on Dec. 24. For more information, call 772-8845.

All Saints Anglican Church, 1806 N. Savage Lane in Prescott, will host Advent Soup Suppers and a Bible study for the Wednesdays in Advent (through Dec. 21), starting at 6 p.m. The public is invited. For information, call 443-5323.

The music department of the Prescott United Methodist Church will present its annual Christmas Cantata titled "Come Down, Emmanuel" 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 in the church sanctuary at 505 W. Gurley St. in Prescott. Admission is free, as is childcare.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is having a yard sale to benefit the Chino Valley Food Bank from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Chino Valley McDonald's parking lot on Highway 89 and Road 3 North. Food donations will be accepted as cash payment for items. Cash donations will also be accepted. For additional information, call 636-6992 during the day.

"A Night in Bethlehem" is a free family event happening on Dec. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m., presented by Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Drive. This memory-making opportunity is for the entire family. Come experience the wonder of the stable, and the color and excitement of the marketplace. Take home special gifts, keepsakes and have a photo taken at the stable with Mary and Joseph. To pre-register or for more information, call 772-7364.

A "Celebration of Christmas" concert and activity exhibit will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7885 Long Look Drive in Prescott Valley. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the nativity exhibit before or after the concert.

Trinity Lutheran Church will host the annual Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle-Lighting service 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. This special service is to support and bring together all those who have suffered the death of a child at any age. The loss of a child is a tragic experience. Those who suffer such a loss find comfort with each other, no matter the denomination of their church or their faith. We encourage all attendees to bring a framed picture or memento of your child to display. After the service at 7 p.m., we will gather for fellowship, share memories, view the photos and enjoy some refreshments. Trinity is located at 3950 N. Valorie Drive in Prescott Valley, off Lakeshore between Robert Road and Navajo Drive. For additional information, call 772-8845.

American Evangelical Lutheran Church presents Glory to the Newborn King! Christmas Choral Vespers at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1085 Scott Drive in Prescott. Arrive early - open seating. A freewill offering is appreciated. For additional information, call 445-4348 or visit www.americanlutheran.net.

Members of Robert Road Baptist Church will be collecting donations of food for the Yavapai Food Bank through Dec. 18. They will be going around the church neighborhoods, or you can drop your donations off at the church, 5100 N. Robert Road, Prescott Valley, Mondays through Thursdays. For additional information, call the church at 772-0703.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherd's Lane in Prescott, will host its 31st "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" community dinner on Christmas Day. This event provides a full Christmas dinner and fellowship to anyone in the tri-city communities who may be alone on this day. Homebound residents will be visited by someone delivering a meal. In the long history of this tradition, dinners have been served to thousands of people who would have otherwise spent Christmas alone. Last year the church served approximately 850 people. 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. Shuttle transportation for those in need will leave from Albertsons in Prescott on the half-hour from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For additional information, meal delivery or to volunteer your assistance for this occasion, call St. Luke's Church at 778-4499.

Temple B'rith Shalom Chanukah Gift Shop has menorahs, dreidels, Chanukah gelt, and a wide array of beautiful gifts made in Israel. Also available are notecards, bookmarks, decorative Chanukah dripless candles, and books and games for children. Call 708-0018 for information on gift shop hours and location.

Women of Wisdom (WOW) is now taking registrations for the WOW Winter session. WOW is an interdenominational women's ministry for women of all ages and backgrounds. WOW meets on Wednesday mornings from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Scholarships for class materials are available, and free childcare is always provided. Winter WOW will run Jan. 4 through Feb. 22, 2012.

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 Drive, or call 445-4348 to request that a brochure be mailed to you.

The Prescott Zen Center, founded by Charlotte Joko Beck, offers sitting meditation on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 to 7 p.m. On Sundays, meditation is from 9:45 a.m. to noon. Individual interviews and talks/discussions will take place regularly. For additional information and location, call Nan at 717-2717.

Sunday school classes at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, corner of Highway 89 and Ruger Road in Prescott, begin at 10 a.m. and are for children ages 4 to 18. Nursery school for the little ones is available. For additional information, call 778-4499.

All Saints Anglican Church will have a game night after evening prayer service on Wednesday nights. Everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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