Christmas VBS offered Saturday at Samuel Lutheran School
Christ Lutheran Church of Marshall will be the host of a one-day VBS titled "Christmas for Kids" from 11-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Samuel Lutheran School, 500 Village Drive. It is open to all children ages 3 years old through fourth grade. The children will learn about the birth of the Savior, make a Christmas craft project, decorate cookies and enjoy Christmas music. Lunch will be provided. Registration is recommended but not required. For more information or to register call 532-2162.
Marshall EFree reschedules Christmas program to Sunday
Marshall Evangelical Free Church has rescheduled its Christmas program, "The Angels Message," for 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2667 County Road 7.
Candlelight service Sunday at St. James
The annual candlelight service, "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols," will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at St. James Episcopal Church, 101 N. Fifth St., Marshall. Following the candlelight service, hot cider and Christmas cookies will be served in the undercroft where one may enjoy a last look this season of the Wendel Victorian Village and visit the nativities at the home of Marilyn Leach.
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; this year the soloist will be 12-year-old chorister Keelin Louwagie. The Youth Tone Chime Choir will be ringing. Emily Lodine, a mezzo-soprano and member of the award winning Conspirare Ensemble in Austin, Texas and member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Luverne, will serve as soloist. Readings of the Nine Lessons will be members of the congregation and community.
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.
Holy Redeemer cookie walk Saturday
Holy Redeemer Church is having a Christmas cookie walk Saturday in Carlin Hall. It will start at 10 a.m. and will last until the cookies are gone.