Ascension welcomes the Rev. Bob Spencer

TWIN FALLS — Ascension Episcopal Church invites the community to celebrate the first Sunday of Christmas season at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 371 Eastland Dr. N. The Rev. Bob Spencer will preach and preside at Holy Communion. Spencer currently serves regularly at Grace Episcopal Church, Glenn’s Ferry, and also serves at other parishes throughout the Diocese of Idaho as a supply priest.

Child care will be available from 8:45 a.m. until after the worship service. A fellowship coffee hour will follow the service. Ascension Café will not meet this Sunday.

It will be the final Sunday for the in-gathering of hats, mittens, scarves and other warm clothing — to be donated to the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children program. These items decorate a Giving Tree in the gathering area of the church.

Ascension Episcopal Church is handicapped-accessible. More information: call 208-733-1248 or go to

Unitarian Universalists look forward with hope

TWIN FALLS — Hope is something that can be as bright as the sun, yet sometimes as dim as a flickering flame. We use hope as a means for a brighter tomorrow. How we bring about and hold onto hope can have a tremendous influence on our future.

The public is welcome to learn about hope at the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Meet at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Ave. W. near the old hospital, Twin Falls.

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths individuals travel. Congregations are places where people celebrate, support and challenge one another as they continue on their spiritual journeys. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Newcomers of all religious paths, or none at all, are always welcome. Child care is available. The center is handicapped-accessible. Parking is in the rear of the building.

More information: call Ken Whiting at 208-734-9161 or email

Rupert Methodists invite public to organ practice

RUPERT — Brown-bag it at the pipe-organ practice session from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Rupert United Methodist Church, 605 H St.

Enjoy Judy Graham-Barnes’ performance on the historic 80-year-old Kimball pipe organ. Eat your sack lunch, knit, balance your checkbook, do a crossword puzzle or just relax while listening.

A free-will donation is always appreciated. More information: call 208-436-3354.

United Methodists hold fifth-Sunday worship

HAGERMAN — The six churches of the United Methodist Magic Valley Ministries — Wendell, Jerome, Hagerman, Filer, Buhl and Twin Falls — will worship together for the fifth Sunday in December. The service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Hagerman United Methodist Church, 270 E. Salmon St.

A potluck lunch will follow. Out-of-towners should bring a salad or dessert. Hagerman members will provide the main dish.

More information: call Rev. Mike Hollomon at 208-733-5872 or email