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Religion Briefs: Dec. 19

‘Blue Christmas’ event is Saturday

WORTHINGTON — American Lutheran Church, 915 Winifred St., will host a “Blue Christmas” worship service at 5 p.m. Saturday.  

The worship service, “Hope for the Weeping,” recognizes that not everyone feels like celebrating. The holiday season brings an emotional heaviness for those who have recently lost loved ones or who are living with life-altering circumstances. Even those who are not struggling with these kinds of losses feel stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas.

American Lutheran will also offer a festival candlelight worship service, “Hope for the Willing,” at 4, 6 and 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

For more information, contact the church office at 376-5264.

Jubilation Choir performs Christmas concert

LUVERNE — The St. Catherine Church Jubiliation Choir, under the direction of Ron Rother, will perform its third annual Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Catherine Church, Luverne.

Guest instrumentalists Mistyn Iveland Kozisek, Anette Bailey and Tracy Schutt will also perform.

Doors open at 3:15 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.

Grace Lutheran hosts Living Nativity

LUVERNE —  Grace Lutheran Church on North U.S. 75 will offer a Live Nativity presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event will include live animals, live music, caroling around fire pits and free hot chocolate and popcorn outside. Inside the church there will be a free-will chili supper, free children’s activities and more live Christmas music.

First Baptist plans community service

WORTHINGTON —  A Community Christmas Eve service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, 1000 Linda Lane.

The service will include special musical, a message titled “Light for Your Dark Days,” a gift for all children in attendance and homemade refreshments. Nursery care is available for children age 3 and younger.

For more information or directions, visit; or phone 376-9735.

First UM offers Financial Peace course

WORTHINGTON —  Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a nine-week course providing practical tools toward long-term financial success, will be offered on Sundays beginning Jan. 5 at First United Methodist Church, 408 11th St.

Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. Each week a different lesson is presented by Ramsey via DVD, followed by small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

For more information or to register, phone 376-5520.