Faith fea­tures

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News of a re­li­gious na­ture may be sub­mit­ted for Faith Fea­tures to ed­i­[email protected]­ald.com; The NewsHer­ald, 7085 Men­tor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; or faxed to 440-975-2293. Dead­line is the Tues­day be­fore the Satur­day of pub­li­ca­tion. We can­not guar­an­tee pub­li­ca­tion.

Wor­ship can­dle light­ing cer­e­mony:

Chris­tian Assem­bly in­vites ev­ery­one to join for a Wor­ship and Can­dle Light­ing Cer­e­mony as we “Share the LIGHT by Be­ing a Light.” It will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church, 25595 Chardon Road, Rich­mond Heights. Cook­ies and hot co­coa in the Café’ will be of­fered af­ter the ser­vice to any­one in­ter­ested in stay­ing. For de­tails, call 216-261-4214.

Pro­gram, ser­mon se­ries:

First Church, Con­gre­ga­tional in Painesville will host a 2018 Ad­vent Study Pro­gram and Ser­mon Se­ries based on “The Gift of the Nutcracker,” the clas­sic book and video by Matt Rawle. It will be the theme for stud­ies and ser­mons, Thurs­days and Sun­days through a Christ­mas Eve Ser­vice. Lead­ing dis­cus­sions on Thurs­days at 7 p.m. and de­liv­er­ing his ser­mon se­ries at 9 and 11 a.m. on Sun­days will be Se­nior Pas­tor Tom Cofer. “No ques­tion, the Christ Child is the most ex­tra­or­di­nary gift of all time, and Matt Rawle uses this iconic tale to con­vey that mes­sage,” says Rev. Cofer. The se­ries will in­clude, Sun­day Wor­ship, Dec. 9 – “God the Fa­ther’s Love” Scrip­ture Lessons: Ge­n­e­sis 1:1-4, Isa­iah 40:1-5, Luke 1:34-38 God de­sires to wel­come us into His king­dom and of­fers us ev­ery­thing we need to wel­come Christ into our lives; Thurs­day Evening Ad­vent Study, Dec. 13, “The Gift of the Nutcracker”, 7 p.m., North Room; Dec. 16 – Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Ser­vice/ Pro­gram in the Sanc­tu­ary and “A Jour­ney to Beth­le­hem” in the So­cial Room from 10 a.m.- to noon; Thurs­day Evening Ad­vent Study, Dec. 20: “The Gift of the Nutcracker”, 7 p.m., North Room; Sun­day Wor­ship, Dec. 23 – “Moun­tains and Mole Hills” Scrip­ture Lessons: Isa­iah 53:4-5a & 8a, Luke 3:1-6 Be­cause we all look at the world through our own in­di­vid­ual eyes, what may seem mi­nor to some may be over­whelm­ing to oth­ers. We will ex­am­ine why this is; Christ­mas Eve Wor­ship, Dec. 24 – “Joy­ful All Ye Nations Rise” Scrip­ture Lessons: Psalm 137, Luke 2:10 Join us as we cel­e­brate the birth of Christ with mu­sic and lessons! 9 p.m. in the Sanc­tu­ary. First Church Con­gre­ga­tional is at 22 Lib­erty St., Painesville. For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 440-357-7518 or email De­bra Ethan, of­[email protected] firstchurch­con­gre­ga­tional. org.

Church switches Christ­mas Eve ser­vice site:

Good Shep­herd Lutheran Church will be cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas Eve at Faith Lutheran Church, 8125 Men­tor Ave, Men­tor, at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The change is nec­es­sary as Pas­tor Guynn can’t cel­e­brate Christ­mas Eve in two dif­fer­ent places in roughly the same time frame.

When Christ­mas Hurts ser­vice:

Grace Epis­co­pal Church will hold its an­nual “When Christ­mas Hurts” ser­vice at 7 p.m. Dec. 19, at the church, 36200 Ridge Road, Willoughby. This ser­vice is de­signed for per­sons strug­gling with grief, lone­li­ness, or other dif­fi­cul­ties dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. This marks the fourth con­sec­u­tive year the church has held this spe­cial ser­vice, which is open to the en­tire com­mu­nity. “When Christ­mas Hurts” was orig­i­nated by the Rev. Rose Anne Lon­sway, rec­tor of Grace Epis­co­pal. She says the ser­vice has con­tin­ued be­cause many peo­ple find it mean­ing­ful. “Peo­ple find peace and strength to cope with the dif­fi­cul­ties of the Christ­mas sea­son through be­ing a part of this ser­vice,” said Rev. Lon­sway. For de­tails, con­tact the church at 440-942-1015 or at GraceWil­loughby.org.

Break­fast with St. Nick:

The Holy Name So­ci­ety at Di­vine Word Catholic Church will host a Break­fast with St. Nick from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9 at the church, 8100 Ea­gle Road, Kirt­land. Call 440-2561412 or log on to www. di­vineword­kirt­land.org for in­for­ma­tion.

Sup­port for life’s chal­lenges:

It’s as sim­ple as stop­ping in and post­ing your needs on one of our prayer boards or post­ing on the out­side board at the WELL — Willoughby House of Prayer, 4091 Erie St., down­town Willoughby. Vol­un­teers will then pray over your re­quest each day. Our mis­sion is to share the peace and seren­ity of God’s prov­i­den­tial care. Ex­pe­ri­ence peace; let go & let God! The WELL is open Tues­day to Satur­day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thurs­day and Fri­day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Yoga of­fered:

Yoga is of­fered at Chardon United Methodist Church Wed­nes­days from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A gen­tle, pro­gres­sive style of yoga suit­able for all ages and body types will be of­fered. On the floor, or on a chair, this class in­cludes Asana (pos­tures), Pranayama (breath prac­tices), and re­lax­ation. No ex­pe­ri­ence is needed. The class is con­ducted by mas­ter teacher and in­struc­tor Su­san Gun­der­sen. This is a do­na­tion class (sug­gested do­na­tion $10) with pro­ceeds go­ing to­ward the church’s Gu­atemala mis­sion. To learn more about our Gu­atemala mis­sion, visit www.chardonchurch. org and click on World­wide mis­sions. Please bring a yoga mat, light blan­ket and wear com­fort­able cloth­ing. Chardon United Methodist Church is at 515 North St. in Chardon. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the of­fice at (440)285-4581.

Reiki ther­apy of­fered:

Men­tor Pres­by­te­rian Church, 5885 Hop­kins Road, Men­tor, will of­fer free Reiki Ther­apy at 2 p.m. the third Sun­day of each month in the newly ren­o­vated heal­ing cen­ter. Help for phys­i­cal, emo­tional and spir­i­tual pain. The heal­ing is also avail­able by ap­point­ment by call­ing Barb at 440-478-2151.

Sun­day ser­vices:

Men­tor Pres­by­te­rian Church, 5885 Hop­kins Road, Men­tor, hosts Sun­day wor­ship ser­vices at 12:30 p.m. Pot luck and wor­ship ser­vices are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the first Wed­nes­day of the month and Bi­ble study is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day morn­ings.

Women’s Fel­low­ship:

Fel­low­ship and shar­ing is the fo­cus for women from 5 to 7:30 p.m. one Sun­day a month at St. Mary Mag­da­lene Catholic Church, 32114 Vine St., Wil­low­ick. Please call the Parish of­fice for de­tails at 440-943-2133.

Faith Ex­pe­ri­ences:

Cafe-Catholic Adult Faith Ex­pe­ri­ences is held from 9:15 to 10:45 Sun­day morn­ings, at St. Mary Mag­da­lene Catholic Church, 32114 Vine St., Wil­low­ick. Adults share their faith ex­pe­ri­ences and thoughts on the Sun­day scrip­tures. No reg­is­tra­tion is nec­es­sary. Free babysit­ting is avail­able. De­tails: Ter­rie Bald­win at 440943-2133, ext. 6179.

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