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Church News: Week of Dec. 23, 2017

Mingus View Presbyterian Church

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 4th 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.

Christ Lutheran Church, 3300 N. Navajo Drive in Prescott Valley, will have a special Children’s Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. The theme is “The Heart of Christmas.”

The community is invited to a Christmas Eve Candlelight service, 5 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 24 at Prescott Community Church, 3151 Willow Creek Road. Come join in the familiar carols of Christmas in the beautifully decorated sanctuary. There will also be opportunities for morning worship on Christmas Eve, with a contemporary service at 9 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Please see pccaz.org for more information.

The First Southern Baptist Church of Prescott Valley has a Sunday Christmas Eve service at 10:30 a.m. and a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5:30 p.m. The church is located at 2820 N. Pleasant View Drive, Prescott Valley. For more information, call 928-772-7218 or visit our webpage at www.firstsouthernpv.org.

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.

All are welcome to join with Beit Torah Jewish Congregation (www.onetorah.org) in learning about the minor fast days such as of the tenth of Tevet in the afternoon on 12/28, Thurs. Please call for details and directions: 928-237-0390, 928-227-0582 or email ansheitorah@cableone.net.

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