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Church services and activities are offered in the coming weeks

Staff reports

Christmas services and activities for the whole community to participate in are offered at churches in Carson Valley over the next two weeks.

Two community functions are an effort put forth by a combination of area churches and will be held at St. Gall Catholic Church.

– St. Gall Catholic Church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

– Dec. 11. Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish Mass, 7 p.m., parish hall.

Carson Valley Ecumenical Christmas Concert, all denominations and school music groups, 7 p.m. at the church. Relaxed Fit, a Valley a cappella singing group, will host the third annual community concert, A Carson Valley Christmas.

“The St. Gall Catholic Church has generously provided us with their building for this community event for the entire family,” said spokesperson Jody Jarvis.

Christmas music will be performed by the choirs from many area churches, including St. Gall, Carson Valley United Methodist Church, Coventry Cross Episcopal Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Second and Third Wards.

Also performing will be the Madrigals from Douglas High School, the Music Makers from the Carson Valley Middle School and various other individuals.

This concert is free to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and the doors will open at 7 p.m. Children are welcome, but there will be no babysitting provided.

KGVM 99.1 FM will broadcast the concert on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.

n Dec. 12. Carson Valley eighth annual Ecumenical Messiah Sing, a community event where all denominations sing Handel’s Messiah, 7:30 p.m. at the church.

“This evening of music, inspiration, joy and fellowship is something to be shared by one and all,” said spokesperson Len Frueh of the Unity Church.

Numerous solos will be performed by community members, and all who attend will be invited to join in singing several selected choruses.

As in years past, the finale will be what is probably the most well known piece from the “Messiah,” “The Hallelujah Chorus,” Frueh said. For information, call Frueh at 265-3304.

n Dec. 15. Advent communal penance service, 7 p.m. at the church. The sacrament of Reconciliation will be available for those who desire a personal confession.

n Dec. 24. Children’s Mass with children’s choir, 4:30 p.m. at the church. Christmas Eve Mass with contemporary music, 7 p.m at the church. Midnight Mass, carolling begins at 11:30 p.m., with traditional choir, at the church.

n Dec. 25. Christmas Mass, with traditional choir, 10:30 a.m. at the church.

n Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve service, 8 p.m., with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until New Year’s Day.

n Exciting First Baptist Church, 1696 Highway 395N. , Minden (across from Douglas High School).

n Dec. 24. The church invites the community to its special candlelight communion prayer service on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m.

“Come for a unique time of worship as we celebrate the meaning of Christmas,” said Associate Pastor Mark Richardson.

n Christ Presbyterian Church. 1701 Lucerne, Minden.

n Christ Presbyterian will present an evening of carol singing, special music and a choral reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Sunday, Sec. 12, 7 p.m. Child care will be provided.

n To submit an activity for the R-C’s annual Christmas church services calendar, please call Joyce Hollister at 782-5121 or fax your item to 782-6132 by Dec. 14 at noon.