BLUE CHRISTMAS: The pastoral staff and Caring Ministry invite you to come just as you are to the “Blue Christmas Service: A Service of Hope and Comfort” at 7 p.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1804 Highland Ave.
A “Blue Christmas” worship service is a service of quiet reflection, prayer and hope. It is for those who are having a hard time feeling joyful as they enter the holiday season; for all who are grieving the loss of a loved one, struggling with a fragile or broken relationship or adjusting to bad news; or for those who want to usher in the season with others who understand these struggles and/or seasonal sadness.
Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.
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CONTINUING EDUCATION: The planning group for the Oct. 29 “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017” prayer service scheduled four sessions of Catholic/Lutheran continuing education after the prayer service.
The last session is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1314 E. Lexington Blvd.
Presenters for the session are Michael Van Hemert, a religion teacher at Regis High School, and the Rev. Charles Gavin, retired Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor. The subject is baptism as the basis for unity. The public is invited.
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FEAST OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Friday, and Sacred Heart-St. Patrick Catholic Church is holding Mass at 8 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 418 N. Dewey St., and at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish, 322 Fulton St.
The Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation when Catholics are required to attend Mass.
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PRAYER FOR LIFE: The National Night of Prayer for Life begins at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 322 Fulton St.
The purpose of the evening is to unite the prayers of Catholics throughout the country in an effort to bring the world back to Christ and bring about an end to abortion.
The schedule for the evening is:
• 8 p.m. to midnight: Exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
• 8 p.m. to midnight: Hourly pro-life prayer services.
• 8 to 10 p.m.: Sacrament of Reconciliation available.
• Midnight: Closing benediction.
The hours are chosen to coincide with Our Lady of Guadalupe’s appearance to Juan Diego.
For more information, contact Michelle at 715-835-2693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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YOUTH PROGRAM: Messiah Lutheran Church, 2015 N. Hastings Way, is hosting an event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, where youth will learn six different accounts about the birth of Jesus.
There also will be crafts and music.
The event is open to youth age 4 to eighth grade.
To RSVP, call 715-829-2000 or send an email to email@example.com.
From staff reports