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Church News: Week of Dec. 16, 2017

All are welcome to join with Beit Torah Jewish Congregation ( in celebrating Chanukah with song and good food at various homes. Candle lighting continues through Dec. 20!

Please call for details and directions: 928-237-0390, 928-227-0582 or email

Christmas Gift Shop, over 20 vendors, candles, Christmas décor, jewelry, toys, art and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Living Faith Church, 7225 N. Coyote Springs Road, Prescott Valley, AZ, 928-775-3025.

The Christmas Journeys, Sunday mornings in December, Pastor Randy Vanesian, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for children of all ages, 7225 N. Coyote Springs Road, Prescott Valley, AZ, 928-775-3025. See us online at Facebook @ LivingFaithChurch PrescottValley.

“Christmas in Harmony” is the title of one of two short plays to be presented by the Silver Tales Readers’ Theater Ensemble at the 11 a.m. service of Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 945 Rancho Vista Drive, Prescott. A rural Indiana Quaker congregation decides to give a progressive nativity scene, complete with shag carpeting and geese, producing surprising results. The play was written by a Quaker minister and adapted by Elaine Jordan. A second play, entitled “The Christmas Police” will also be performed. Mark Mathewson will add festive music of the season to the service.

The Ensemble’s mission is to bring humor and nostalgia to senior audiences. Silver Tales has performed its 2017 holiday program recently at Highgate, Brookdale, and Granite Gate. It has upcoming performances at the Arizona Pioneers’ Home and for OLLI at YC Library Community Room. Contact Dyan Harper for information at

Emmanuel, PV United Methodist present musical

Two directors, two choirs, two accompanists, two churches combine this Sunday for one beautiful musical in Prescott Valley.

Gene Fougner, music director at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and Mary Roberts, choir director at Prescott Valley United Methodist, have been working since October with their respective choirs to perform Joseph M. Martin’s “Invitation to a Miracle” at both churches this Sunday.

Fougner explained each choir is a little light in certain sections. By coming together with 17 singers from each church, the choirs have strong four-part harmony, plus it’s fun to work together. He said it’s been a goal of his to have joint performances with several churches and music groups.

The first performance will be at 8:15 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7743 E. Long Look Drive, and the second is at Prescott Valley United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer Drive, Prescott Valley. The choirs are accompanied by two talented keyboard players: Cathy Namock at Emmauel, and Laura Taylor at PV United Methodist. Four Emmanuel handbell ringers, and two Emmanuel narrators, Kathy Austin and Peter Steele.

Nine musical numbers are interspersed with scripture readings and other narration, so the 45-minute musical will be most of the worship service at both locations. All are invited to come and enjoy at either service.

Circle of Healing Light and Love

Come to heal and be healed at the Stoneridge Community Center at 10 a.m. on the third Sunday of most months.

From Highway 69, take Stoneridge Drive to the end. The Center is on your right at the corner of Destiny Dr. We meet in the large room downstairs.

Come to heal and/or be healed at Stoneridge Community Center! Sunday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m.

Let your soul come to life in our Loving Spiritual Healing Light Circle ... in Prescott valley, with a beautiful outdoor view. Our circle features healing affirmations, meditation, music and energetic healing (some hands-on, like they did in the days of Jesus) this coming Sunday and the third Sunday of most months, from 10 to about 11 a.m. ... or so.

At the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 17, the choir at Mingus View Presbyterian Church in Prescott Valley will present the cantata “Season of Praise” by Joseph M. Martin. Pastor Lois Hildenbrand’s advent message for the third Sunday of Advent is “Restored to Joy” (Psalm 126).

At the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 24, Pastor Lois Hildenbrand’s advent message for the fourth Sunday of Advent will be “Restored to Love” (Psalm 96).

On Christmas Eve, there will be a candlelight service of Lessons and Carols beginning at 5 p.m. All are invited to all of these services. The church is located at 8340 E. Leigh Drive in Prescott Valley.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 N. Valorie Drive in Prescott Valley will be holding Christmas Eve Services on Sunday, Dec. 24. The times are as follows: 9:15 a.m. Christmas Cantata Choir presents “Bethlehem Morning,” 3 p.m. Children’s Christmas Service, 5 p.m. Liturgical Candlelight Christmas Service with Holy Communion, 7 p.m. Praise Candlelight Christmas Service with Holy Communion.

St. Germaine Catholic Church — Christmas Mass Schedule. Christmas Eve – Sunday, Dec. 24 – 4 p.m. (Children’s), 6:30 p.m. (Spanish), and 9 p.m. Christmas Day — Monday, Dec. 25 – 9 a.m. The church is located at 7997 E. Dana Dr. in Prescott Valley. For additional information, please call 928-772-6350.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane in Prescott, will be holding two services on Sunday, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. At our 9:30 a.m. service which is the fourth Sunday in Advent, Rev. Dale Skurla’s sermon will be “Your House” and the choir will be singing “Glory Be to God on High.” At the Liturgical Candlelight Christmas service with Holy Communion at 5 p.m., Rev. Skurla’s sermon will be “Your House.” Several special Christmas musical selections will be performed by the church choir. All are invited to be a part of this glorious day.

Emmanuel celebrates Advent, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 25-hour stretch Advent in the morning, and Christmas at night. It’s strange, but true.

Every year, the dates for Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas, fluctuate because Christmas falls on different days of the week. This year, Advent started as late as possible, Sunday, Dec. 3, so the last Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve morning.

At Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley, that means five worship services from Sunday to Monday morning: one combined Sunday morning service at 9:30 a.m., and three Christmas Eve services at 5:30, 8 and 11 p.m. In addition, the church will gather for Christmas Day worship at 10:15 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch for all who worship that morning.

Each of the evening services is a candlelight service, meaning the service closes with the celebration of Jesus’ birth by the light of candles held by each worshiper. The 5:30 p.m. early Christmas Eve worship is typically more family friendly, with special music at 8 p.m., and the final service ending at midnight to bring in Christmas Day.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7763 E. Long Look Drive, Prescott Valley, is a Reconciling in Christ church--an inclusive faith community that seeks to live the Word and Way of Christ’s unconditional love. This means that, like Christ, we believe each person is a beloved child of God regardless of shape, size, economic status, religious background, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, or anything else that could divide us. We give thanks to God for the unique identities with which we are created, and have found here a fellowship of believers that accepts us just as we are. Come worship with us and enjoy full participation in all aspects of our life together, including baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage and burial.

Women of Wisdom, an interdenominational Christian fellowship of Bible teaching and Bible studies for women of all ages and backgrounds, is now taking registrations for the Winter 2018 session. The new session begins on Wednesday Jan. 10, and meets for eight weeks, until Feb. 28, 2018. WOW meets on Wednesday mornings from 8:15AM to 11:15AM at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Full and partial scholarships for class materials are available, and free childcare is always provided.

The program for WOW each Wednesday morning includes coffee time, praise & worship music, prayer, a first-hour Bible teaching and your choice of a second-hour Bible study or a “Fun, Faith & Fellowship” class.

Detailed brochures with registration forms may be obtained from the American Lutheran Church office, 1085 Scott Drive, or by calling 928-445-4348, to request that a brochure 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. Remember that this program is for all women, and free childcare is provided along with full and partial scholarships for class materials.

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