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CHURCH NEWS

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Local church slates huge nativity display this Friday, Saturday

Nativities collected from around the world will again be featured during a two-day open house Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 310 Calhoun Drive in Rockdale.

Admission is free. Hours on Friday, Dec. 3 will be 5 until 9 p.m. Hours on Saturday, Dec. 4, will be 3 until 7 p.m.

Area residents are invited to loan their nativities for the display. “We would love to display your nativity,” said Chanda Sanderson, spokesperson. “To participate, contact Sanderson at 446-2822 or bring your nativity to Rockdale Veterinary Clinic before Friday, Dec. 3.

St. Paul’s Christmas musical Friday at 6:30

THORNDALE—Students of St. Paul Lutheran School will present their annual Christmas musical on Friday, Dec. 3, entitled “Christmas Hangups.”

“Imagine that your Christmas tree ornaments could talk,” said Cindy Melcher, principal who directs the annual musical. “This play tells us how Christmas is for everyone and that everyone has a place in God’s plan.”

She said the students have worked hard to again provide a special holiday event. A rehearsal matinee will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, and the main performance will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Doors to the St. Paul Family Events Center will open at 6 p.m.

Refreshments will be served by the St. Paul PTF following the Friday performance.

Peace Lutheran plans ‘blue Christmas’ event

Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale will host a non-denominational “Blue Christmas” services at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the sanctuary.

“This service is designed to comfort those who don’t feel like celebrating this year, due to the loss of loved ones, the loss of gainful employment, the loss of health, or other reasons,” Pastor Jan Campbell said.

“Our culture tells us we must be happy during the holidays, but happiness cannot be forced and sometimes it escapes us altogether,” she noted.

The service is open to anyone.

Peace Lutheran plans Christmas Eve service

Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale will holds its traditional services of lessons and carols at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Pastor Jan Campbell has announced.

“This service includes Holy Communion and ends in candlelight with the singing of ‘Silent Night’ in German and English,” she said.

No ser vice w ill be held on Christmas Day at Peace Lutheran, but regular worship will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, she said.

Hand bell choir sets concert December 12

THORNDALE—St. John Lutheran Church “Sounds of Grace” hand bell choir will present a Christmas concert, “Go Tell It,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 with the public invited.

The church is located at 315 North 6th Street in Thorndale. Refreshments will be served.

Pleasant Retreat sets Ling concert Dec. 11

THORNDALE—Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church will present an informal musical evening with David Ling at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, according to Peggy Wise, spokesperson.

The public is invited. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for students, with children under age 12 admitted free. Refreshments will be served.

“Mr. Ling is a classically trained pianist and will be playing popular music, Christmas songs, a classical piece and will also take requests,” Wise said.

Directions to Pleasant Retreat UMC: At US 79 traffic light in Thorndale, turn south on FM 486 to CR 458, turn left on CR 458 and the church will be the first building on the right.

Next men’s breakfast Jan. 11 at Presbyterian

Next monthly second-Tuesday communit y men’s fellowship breakfast will be 7 to 8 a.m. Jan. 11 at First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.

No breakfast will be held in December.

Purpose of the meetings are to allow men of all denominations to gather for food, fellowship and a brief devotion. These breakfasts rotate between several local churches.

Coleman to speak at Aglow Lighthouse

Paulette Coleman will speak on “Walking in the Spirit” when she addresses the Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at Rockdale General Store.

Mrs. Coleman has been married for more than 50 years, has four children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Coleman’s prophecies have been used at Norvel Hayes Bible College, and she has prophesied on Friday nights at Dr. Bill Hamon Church, Christian International, and at other churches in Florida, Alabama, Texas Georgia and Louisiana.

Live nativity slated by Taylor churches

TAYLOR—A live nativity will be presented by members and friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18-19 at Immanuel Lutheran, 411 CR 401 (behind Maxwell Dodge west of Taylor).

For questions or weather cancellations, call 512-365-9494.


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