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Church News: Week of Dec. 9

First Southern Baptist Church in Prescott Valley presents the musical play "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" 7 p.m. Saturday. The singers and players will be in 1880s costumes. The performance is free and all are welcome. The church is located at 2820 N. Pleasant View Drive. For more information, call 772-7218.

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 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 Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., presented by Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Drive. Come experience the wonder of the stable and the color and excitement of the marketplace. Take home keepsakes and have a photo taken at the stable with Mary and Joseph. To pre-register or for more information, call 772-7364.

The Prescott United Methodist Church's annual Christmas cantata "Come Down, Emmanuel" will be presented 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary at 505 W. Gurley St. in Prescott. Admission is free, as is childcare.

Willow Hills Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra present "Down from His Glory, A Christmas Musical" at 3 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday, at 1071 Mogollon Road in Prescott. For information, call 445-5520.

Trinity Lutheran Church will host the annual Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle-Lighting service 7 p.m. Sunday. This special service is to support and bring together all those who have suffered the death of a child at any age. 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.

Wednesday evening Advent services at Trinity Lutheran Church will be at 4:30 p.m. (liturgical) and 6:30 p.m. (praise) on Dec. 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 additional information, call 772-8845.

All Saints Anglican Church in Prescott will host Advent soup suppers and a Bible study for the Wednesdays in Advent, starting at 6 p.m. The public is invited. For additional information, call 443-5323.

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.

Faith United Community Church, 1061 Old Chisholm, Prescott Country Club, is having a Christmas craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. For information, call Andrea at 775-6866.

Members of Robert Road Baptist Church will be collecting donations of food for the Yavapai Food Bank through Dec. 18. Drop your donations off at the church, 5100 N. Robert Road, Prescott Valley, Mondays through Thursdays. Call the church at 772-0703.

Not everyone looks forward to the holiday season filled with joyful singing, happy greetings and colorful lights. People might be coping with the loss of a loved one or loss of a job or a home. They might be struggling with serious illness or an uncertain future. If so, they may find this time of year particularly difficult. To help those who need relief from typical holiday festivities, a special program called Longest Night Service for Solace and Hope will be offered 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. All community members are welcome to attend the service, which will feature quiet music as well as stories of solace and peace. The Rev. Kathleen Stolz will lead the service.

Lighthouse Baptist Church's Christmas cantata "Even Unto Bethlehem" will be 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 8558 Valley Road in Prescott Valley. On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Missionary Jim Davison from Rock of Ages ministry will be speaking at 7 p.m. On Christmas Day, there will only be an 11 a.m. service. Saturday, Dec. 31, is church movie night at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 848-3181.

All are welcome on Monday, Dec. 19, at 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. for the free Beit Torah monthly study session. Topics are "Microloans in the U.S." followed by "Over 27 Years of Maccabees" at the Prescott Public Library Bump Room, 215 E. Goodwin St. For details and information, call 237-0390 or email ansheitorah@cableone.net. Visit www.onetorah.org to learn more.

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.

Celebrate the season with Beit Torah's annual Hanukkah dinner party. Candle-lighting is at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, at the StoneRidge Community Center in Prescott Valley. To RSVP or for details and information, call 237-0390 or email ansheitorah@cableone.net.

Saving Grace Lutheran Church, 2607 S. Highway 89 in Chino Valley, invites the community to "Celebrate the Birth of Our Savior" during a candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will have services on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, at 4:30 p.m. with the Children's Pageant, and at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Day service will be at 10 a.m. St. Luke's Church is located at 2000 Shepherd's Lane in Prescott off Highway 89 and Ruger Road, just north of the airport. For further information, call the office at 778-4499.

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 Hanukkah Gift Shop has menorahs, dreidels, Hanukkah gelt, and a wide array of beautiful gifts made in Israel. Also available are notecards, bookmarks, decorative Hanukkah 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. The first-hour teaching will be led by Harriet Mauritsen and will cover "Treasures of the Old Testament," following the path of Jesus and developing a deeper understanding of the New Testament. 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.

GriefShare is a seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar and group discussion. The videos feature top experts on grief recovery, and real-life stories of those who have experienced losses. The group uses a workbook, which assists with note-taking, journaling and grief study. The non-denominational GriefShare group meets at Prescott Christian Church 501 Senator Highway, Room 202, Saturdays at 10 a.m. To sign up, call Margie at 775-5501 or the church office at 445-0680. Cost of the workbook is $15.

AWANA, a weekly school-year Bible club for children in grades six and under, meets from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. most Tuesdays throughout the school year. The meetings include a handbook time (consisting primarily of Bible memory), Bible story and game time. Awards are earned by the children as they make progress through their workbooks.

Open Door Baptist Church is located at 8451 E. Stevens Drive in Prescott Valley. For more information, call the church at 772-9206.

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.

People who are concerned about the direction the U.S. is headed are welcome to join "community prayer" at Bethel Baptist Church every Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Everyone is invited regardless of church affiliation. This is not a ministry of Bethel Baptist, but is a layperson-led group. To get there, take Highway 69 to Glassford Hill Road. Go north on Glassford Hill, west on Florentine, and south on Pleasant View Drive to Bethel Baptist Church, on the corner of Pleasant View and Horizon. The meeting takes place in the smaller education building.

Bethel Baptist Church Singles Fellowship and Bible Study Group meets on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Call Jan at 772-1725 for more information.

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 have a game night after evening prayer service on Wednesday nights. Everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served.

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