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Faith & Spirituality

December 21, 2012

Faith Briefs: Dec. 21, 2012

First Congregational Church announces Christmas services

CROWN POINT — The friends and members of First Congregational Church of Crown Point invite those looking for a traditional Christmas Celebration to services over Christmas week.

At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, Christmas Sunday will be celebrated with traditional carols, prayers, lighting of the Advent wreath and a timely message by the Rev. David Hirtle.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, the Christmas Eve Service will include piano and organ duets by Patricia Knapp and Shari O’Bryan, singing carols, the retelling of the Christmas story from the scriptures, a Christmas Eve message by Hirtle, and a Candlelight Service celebrating the birth of Jesus. Both Hirtle and the Rev. Gregg Trask will lead the service.

For those looking for a late night service, the pastors would encourage the community to attend the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve Service at the United Methodist Church of Crown Point located on Creek Road.

Ecumenical Council announces scholarship opportunity

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council will sponsor scholarships for Saranac Lake High School and Middle School students to honor and raise awareness about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributions to peace, justice and human rights.

A scholarship of at least $500 will be awarded to the college-bound senior whose essay about King’s work and legacy is judged to be best of all applicants. In addition to the essay, the student is expected to evidence core life values of King, including principled behavior, academic achievement and service to the community. Students can contact the High School guidance office for an application and more information.

In addition, the council will award a prize of $200 to the Middle School student whose poster best celebrates some of the core values that King embraced. This year’s poster themes are: service, equality, non-violence and dreams. The poster competition will be held during the month of January. Interested students are encouraged to contact faculty liaison Val Patterson for an application.

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