Many opportunities abound in our community to observe and celebrate the “Reason for the Season,” the birth of Jesus Christ.
The New Life in Christ Baptist Church, pastored by David Shaner, will host a Christmas party for children in first grade through the sixth grade on December 22, which will include snacks and a movie. The children’s program took place on Sunday, December 16. A Candlelight Service is scheduled for Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.
The Congregational Church services have often been led during 2018 by young interns of the Frontier Church of the Bible in LaGrange. Sunday messages have been inspiring and often passionate given by the young students, who aspire to lead a church in the future. The speaker on Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, was Justin Allen. There will be a morning service at 11:00 a.m. on December 23, followed by a Candle Light service on December 24, Christmas Eve, at 5:00 p.m. The Frontier School of the Bible will lead those services as well.
St. George’s Episcopal Church is holding soup suppers at 5:30 each week leading up to Christmas during Advent. They are planning to have a Holy Eucharist service on Sunday, December 23 at 4:00 p.m. and will be having a Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist service at 5:00 p.m. on December 24.
St. Leo’s Catholic Church, led by Father Andrew Duncan, celebrates Mass every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. A special Christmas observance will be the Christmas Vigil Mass on December 24, Christmas Eve, at 7:00 p.m. It will include music by their choir. St. Leo’s Catholic Church will also celebrate Mass for the Holy Day of January First at 11:30 a.m.
Node Sunday School will have their Christmas program on December 23 at 5:00 p.m. in the Node Sunday School building, with the service led by Pastor David Dick of Douglas. Mark Lohr will provide music for the service with lots of singing. It will be followed by a carry-in of finger food and a social time.
The Lusk Alliance Community Church, led by Pastor Joel Richardson, hosts the active Lusk Community Youth group. They will be going Christmas caroling on Wednesday, December 19, in the evening. Regular Sunday services begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Christmas Eve service will begin at 5:30 p.m. to be held in Blish Hall at 120 East Fifth St. “All are welcome.”
The Prairie Hills Community Church, under the leadership of Pastor Ty DesEnfants, holds regular services every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium of Niobrara County High School. They will have a Christmas Eve service there on December 24 that will be begin at 4:00 p.m. He stated “There will be lots of music and singing” included with the Candlelight Service. They also have a Ladies Night Out planned for Monday, January 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to take place at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds and ladies are urged to bring a friend (ages from Middle School through Senior Saints). Speaker for the evening will be Lori Barcus.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church holds regular services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Special services to observe the birth of the Christ Child will be held on Christmas Eve, December 24, at 7:00 p.m. and Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Darren Pflughoeft conducting the services.
The Christmas Eve program on December 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, pastored by Tom Strock, will be an evening of sharing of music such as Carols, readings and maybe poetry by church members. Pianists for the Baptist Church are Donna Gunn and Randi Ross, who share the responsibility of accompanying the singing.
Pastor Steve Kellett, who serves both the Manville Community Church and the Lance Creek Community Church will be holding regular services on Sunday, December 23, at 9:00 a.m. in Manville and at 11:00 a.m. in Lance Creek. A special Christmas activity will be Christmas caroling in the Lance Creek area on Wednesday, December 19.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints conducts regular services every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. under the leadership of Branch President Cropper of Douglas. Elder Holt and Elder Trumeo serve the Lusk community as missionaries.