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Faith Briefs for Dec. 13

Support group starts Jan. 13

Beginning Experience of SW MN/Marshall, a peer ministry support group for widowed, separated and divorced people is offering its “Coping With Life Alone” Series for 10 weeks beginning Jan. 13, 2020.

This series is designed for those wishing to work through the grieving process following the loss of a loved one. The Monday night sessions begin at 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church on Church and A streets in Marshall.

Registration will start at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, and Jan. 20. Registration is then closed for that session. The support group is open to people of all denominations. There is a $75 fee to cover the cost of materials. To register or have questions, contact: swmnbe@gmail.com or call: Laurie W. at 507-829-4004, Tim L. at 507-530-6379 or MaryAnn S. at 507-828-2866.

Holy Redeemer hosts Christmas dinner for community

Christmas dinner will be served from noon-1:30 p.m. Christmas Day at Holy Redeemer Church Carlin Hall, lower level, 503 W. Lyon St., Marshall. Everyone is welcome. Carry-out meals will be available and need to be ordered by Friday, Dec. 20. Call 532-5711. Plan to pick up carry out meals at the south side entry at 11 a.m. Christmas Day.

Jesus Cares to have Christmas program Thursday

The Jesus Cares Ministry Bible Class invites the Marshall community to its Christmas program where they will present “God’s Promises in Color” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 208 W. Marshall St. Fellowship, treats, and gifts will follow in the basement. The church is fully accessible.

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church desires to share the gospel with the community of Marshall and surrounding areas in a way that everyone can understand. Jesus Cares is for individuals who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. They usually meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month September-May for Bible class, songs, and craft. Contact Melanie Werner for further information at 507-532-0460 or mel.werner21@gmail.com.

There will also be a free will donation opportunity: Everett Guerts, a little boy in Marshall, is in need of a special chair to make life more comfortable and make it easier for his family and caregivers to care for him. More information about Everett will be offered Thursday evening.

Candlelight service is Sunday at St. James

The annual candlelight service,“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. James Episcopal Church, 101 N. Fifth St., Marshall.

Since first introduced by King’s College, Cambridge, England in 1918, the service begins with the singing of “Once in Royal David’s City.” It is one of the signature liturgies of any Anglican or Episcopalian parish.

Traditionally the first verse is sung by a young person. Readings of the Nine Lessons will be members of the congregation and community. Carols sung by the congregation and choir and youth musicians offerings will accompany each of the 9 Lessons.

The King’s College service was adapted from an order of worship used on Christmas Eve in 1880, “a little service for Christmas Eve — nine carols and nine tiny lessons.” The lessons and prayers have remained virtually unchanged since that time. Readers of the Nine Lessons begin with the traditional chorister reading from Genesis telling of the Fall in the Garden of Eden and continues with readings that tell of the unfolding of the great mystery of the Incarnation and the birth of Christ.

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