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.

Public announcement of the scholarship and prize winners will be made at a community Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, currently scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 27, 2013.

First Presbyterian Church holding additional Christmas Eve service

PLATTSBURGH — The First Presbyterian Church of Plattsburgh at 34 Brinkerhoff St. will hold an all-ages service at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve in addition to its traditional 7:30 p.m. candlelight service.

The afternoon service will feature the lighting of the Christ candle on the Advent wreath, hearing the story of Jesus’s birth from Luke’s gospel, reading a special Christmas story for all ages, singing favorite Christmas hymns and a “battery-operated candle-lighting” service. Afterward, there will be a birthday cake for Jesus for all to share in the fellowship hall.

The 7:30 p.m. service will feature an anthem by the Chancel Choir, a sermon and a candle-lighting service with “real” candles.

For more information, contact the church at 561-3140. The services are open to all.

Episcopal church announces special service times

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Church of the Good Shepherd at 10 Williams St. is holding several Christmas services.

At 4 p.m. Christmas Eve, the Family Service will include a children’s pageant and celebrating Holy Eucharist. At 11 p.m. Christmas Eve, there will be a Candlelight Service celebrating Holy Eucharist.

The 9 a.m. Christmas day service will include celebrating Holy Eucharist.