CHRISTMAS CHORAL SERVICE: First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Chancel Choir will perform “Gloria” by Luigi Boccherini during the annual Christmas choral service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 310 Broadway St.

The five-movement work will be conducted by choir director Gary Schwartzhoff and feature sopranos Marcia Van Beek and Annelies White, tenor Ryan Simmons and baritone Andrew Joyal. They will be accompanied by an eight-member chamber orchestra, including church organist Lynn Emmons.

A brass ensemble will also perform music during Sunday’s worship service.

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SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Drawing Closer Ministries, featuring chalk artist and Bible teacher Randy David of Ottumwa, Iowa, will be the guest at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at Baptist Evangelical Church, 125 Illinois St.

David uses a unique visual method to convey biblical principles and how they can be applied to everyday life. A chalk drawing concludes the presentation, which is enhanced by special lighting.

For more information, contact the church at 715-830-5005.

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CHRISTIAN WRITERS GUILD: The Western Wisconsin Christian Writers Guild (WWCWG) invites writers to its 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave. The Guild will celebrate Christmas.

People are invited to join WWCWG members for an informal, fun-filled evening with the annual exchange of gently used books. Snacks and inspiration will accompany readings from members. Bring a friend, bring a story, bring a snack and enjoy time with fellow writers.

The WWCWG meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month from September to May at the church. The group offers Christian fellowship, practical advice, networking and training opportunities for writers.

For more information about membership and fees, go to, contact Sheila Wilkinson at 715-839-1207 or email

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INCLUSIVE MINISTRY: IM Church is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Lake Street United Methodist Church, 337 Lake St.

IM Church is an ecumenical, inclusive ministry created by a coalition of several faiths working together to provide a monthly message of God’s love and a meal for people with cognitive and other disabilities.

Unlike a traditional church service, IM Church is broken up into three components: a short interactive learning session that previews the sermon message; a short worship service with music, where people can participate as they choose; and a simple meal and fellowship afterward.

IM Church meets at 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month at Lake Street United Methodist Church. Services for the coming months will be on Sundays, Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 17.

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SOUND OF SOUL: Eckankar invites the public to experience Sound of Soul from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in the Chippewa Room at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.

A spiritual discussion and light refreshments will follow. Organizers invite the public to discover their inner guidance, healing for the body, mind and spirit, and a higher form of creativity by chanting the sacred sound of HU.

From staff reports