EXPANSION COMPLETE: This weekend, Jacob’s Well Church, 3211 N. 50th Ave., Chippewa Falls, is opening its new 19,200-square-foot worship center for three worship services — 5 p.m. today and 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

The project was partially funded by donations through the Live It Well campaign, which was launched at the church more than 18 months ago. Construction began on May 17.

Both this new addition and two previous Jacob’s Well buildings have been built largely by volunteers — working with the Builders for Christ organization, along with local volunteers and skilled tradesmen from the Chippewa Valley.

The new building addition includes a 750-seat auditorium, a new welcome center, a prayer room, a resource library and a family worship room. It expands the full campus size of Jacob’s Well Church to more than 76,000 square feet.

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Grace Lutheran Choir and Pacibells will present “Lessons and Carols From Around the World” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave.

The traditional Lessons and Carols service will feature carols, anthems, bell pieces and an organ prelude from a diverse range of countries and cultures.

Featuring pieces such as a medley of Christmas spirituals, a 17th century Peruvian hymn to the Virgin Mary, a 20th century Chinese hymn and a bell choir arrangement of West Indies Carol, the musicians of Grace Lutheran will tell the Christmas story through the beloved songs of people all over the world.

The congregation’s strong Scandinavian heritage will be featured in the service.

The service is free and open to all. Those in attendance are invited to sing along during the congregational carols.

A freewill donation will be collected to benefit the music program at Grace.

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HOUR OF REFLECTION: Did the Season of Advent pass you by? At 7 p.m. Monday, St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 2502 11th St., is hosting “Word and Music for Days of Holy Darkness.”

This hour of reflection is intended to draw the participant into the spirit of Advent. There will be no preaching, just selections of readings old and new with songs the assembly is invited to sing in response.

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SERVICE OF SOLACE: First Presbyterian Church and Hope United Methodist Church are co-hosting a Service of Solace (Blue Christmas) on Wednesday, beginning with light refreshments at 6 p.m., at Hope United, 2233 Golf Road.

The worship service at 6:30 p.m. is a quiet and contemplative service designed to care for those who are sad or struggling with any kind of pain or loss.

From staff reports