Topaz churches host Christmas services
One morning I awoke to see snowflakes softly coming down covering everything with a blanket of white. I looked out my window at the Sweetwater Mountains in the distance covered with snow and clouds in colors of blue and gray, sometimes geese can be seen migrating south flying in perfect formation; a constantly changing masterpiece, a gift painted by Mother Nature herself.
Giving gifts at holiday time is a tradition. The best gift to give this holiday season is the gift of you. Pray for peace, help your neighbor, volunteer, or just listen. You would be surprised how much these simple acts of kindness mean to someone.
There are several churches in the Topaz area that will be having special Christmas services this holiday season. Bring your family to experience hope, peace, love and joy in the worship of our Lord.
Services for area Churches
First Baptist Church of Topaz Ranch Estates, 1441 Agate Road, 266-3309. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday worship service, 11 a.m.; Sunday evening worship, 5 p.m.; midweek service, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Pastor Don Chambers.
Smith Valley United Methodist Church, 44 Rivers Road, Smith, 465-2452. Adult Sunday School 8 a.m.; Sunday Service and children’s Sunday school begins at 9 a.m.; Monday Adult Bible study 7 p.m.; Thursday Men’s Study Group Heyday Inn, 7:30 a.m.; Friday, Women’s Bible study 9:30 a.m.; United Methodist Choir Christmas Cantata “Once Upon a Night,” words and music by Pepper Choplin, is Sunday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m., led by Billy Bolt. Pastor Tom Walburn.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Ð Located on the corners of Highways 208 and 338 in Smith, 465-2220. Mass time for the month of December is 1 p.m., on Sunday. Mass on Christmas day, Dec. 25, is at 1 p.m. If you need to reach a Priest please call (775) 463-2882.
Topaz Community Open Bible Church Sunday services are held at the park building in Topaz Ranch Estates. Christian education 9:15 a.m., fellowship 9:45 a.m., morning worship and children’s Sunday school 10 a.m. A candlelight Christmas Eve service is Friday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Pastors Ron and Nanci Carter, 266-0020.
— Veterans of Foreign Wars Topaz Post 3630 and Auxiliary have announced the winners of the Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay contest. The theme this year was “What Service to our Country Means to Me.” The essays are judged by address of theme, theme development, and clarity of ideas. First place went to William Snider. Second was Jared Neely and third place Emerald Davis all students at Yerington Middle School. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. William Snider also competed at the District level.
— Veterans of Foreign Wars Topaz Post 3630 donated 2000 pounds of potatoes and 250 pounds of onions to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.
— Carolyn Purkiss can be reached at 266-9482 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.