Religion Briefs, Dec. 14, 2013
‘Overcoming Obstacles’ at Yoga West
“Overcoming Obstacles,” a Buddhist meditation class in the Developing Our Compassion series, will be given from 1–2:30 p.m. today at Yoga West Collective, 1025 Main St.
Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.
Santa Lucia Carolers to perform Sunday
The Santa Lucia Festival of Lights concert, presented by American Lutheran Church’s Santa Lucia Carolers, will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at American Lutheran Church, 631 26 1/2 Road.
Gabby Bucher will sing the lead role of Santa Lucia. The concert opens with Santa Lucia coming into the procession as a young girl wearing a crown of candles, followed by several other girls, each of whom has a lit candle in her hand, singing in English and Swedish. The traditional “Little Christmas” concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the concert featuring saffron buns, freshly baked by the girls, and Juleglögg, a non-alcoholic version of the traditional Scandinavian punch. Coffee and juice and other treats will also be served.
Annual Christmas program in Olathe
Holy Guardian Angels School in Olathe will present its annual Christmas program, “The Toy Maker and Christ Child,” at 6:30 p.m. today at the Delta County Performing Arts Center, 822 Grand in Delta.
Call 323-5057 for information.
‘Bethlehem Morning’ today in Fruita
The 14th annual Community Christmas Cantata, “Bethlehem Morning,” will be performed at 4 p.m. today, at the Fruita United Methodist Church, 405 E. Aspen Ave.
The cantata choir, directed by Beth Nelms, comprises multi-denominational churches of the Grand Valley.
Call 274-6732 for information.
Christmas story at Fruita Christian
The Christmas story in Bible verse and music will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Fruita Christian Church, at the corner of Pabor and Maple streets in Fruita.
The program, “Happy Birthday, Jesus,” will feature both old and new Christmas carols sang by children. A birthday cake and refreshments will be served after the program.
Special party for Jesus at St. Paul
The Birthday of a King, a special birthday party for Jesus, will be from 3:30–5 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 632 26 1/2 Road.
There will be music, stories, entertainment, projects, balloons and birthday cake. Children, their friends and family are invited.
Call 243-3626 for information.
Blue Christmas service at American
The public is invited to attend a Blue Christmas service, offering healing prayer and Holy Communion, at noon Tuesday at American Lutheran Church, 631 26 1/2 Road.
The service makes space for quiet reflection in this season that can often seem too noisy, too busy or too lonely.
There will be a time during the service for personal prayers for healing and renewal.
Call 242-7774 for information.
Service for those struggling with loss
The Community Blue Christmas Service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1425 N. Fifth St.
The ecumenical service is especially for those who are struggling with loss, sadness or grief during the holiday season. It is both a somber service, and one that offers hope and healing.
Worship leadership will be shared with First Congregational UCC and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley. Mary Ellen Ireland, chaplain at St. Mary’s Cancer Center, will speak on grief; Rev. Scott Houge, chaplain at HopeWest, will speak on loneliness; and Rev. Susan Barton, chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital, will speak on hope.
Christmas sing-along at Crossroads
Crossroads’ Shining Stars Music Academy will host its first Christmas sing-along at 4 p.m. Friday at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 599 30 Road.
Refreshments and fellowship will follow.
Call 242-0577 for information.