Unitarian Universalists open their hearts to light

TWIN FALLS — In the poem “The Buddha’s Last Instruction” by Mary Oliver, we learn it is possible to become something of inexplicable value when we make of ourselves a light: a light of hope, compassion, peace and joy; a light that brings healing by falling first upon our own story and then spreading out to all stories.

As we enter the Yuletide season — a celebration of warmth and light in many traditions — may we take time to consider, appreciate, welcome and open our hearts to light in all its forms.

Please join us at the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 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 we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support and challenge one another as we continue on our 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. We are handicapped-accessible. Parking is in the rear of the building.

More information: call Ken Whiting at 208-734-9161 or email mvuuf83301@yahoo.com.

Ascension Episcopal collects items for CASA

TWIN FALLS — During December, Ascension Episcopal Church will be collecting hats, mittens, scarves and other warm clothing to be donated to the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. These items will decorate a Giving Tree in the gathering area at the church. The Fifth Judicial District CASA program is a non-profit organization committed to speaking for the best interests of abused and neglected children. It recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide the highest quality Guardian-ad-Litem services. CASA’s primary goal is to ensure that every child grows up in a safe and permanent home.

Worship of Morning Prayer will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 371 Eastland Dr. N., Twin Falls — with readings for the first Sunday of Advent and the lighting of the Advent wreath. Nursery care for children younger than seven will be available from 8:45 a.m. until after worship. A fellowship coffee hour will be held after the worship service. Ascension Café — the adult discussion group — will meet then, also; a representative from CASA will present more information about the responsibilities of Guardians ad Litem and who they serve in our community.

Sunday afternoon religious study will not meet in December, but will resume after the first of the new year.

On Wednesdays, Knit-Us-Together handwork group meets from 1 to 3 pm. All are welcome for worship, study and fellowship at Ascension.

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

Children’s Christmas program

TWIN FALLS — Children of the Magic Valley Bible Church will present their Christmas program during the 9 a.m. worship service on Dec. 17 at the church, 204 Main Ave. N., Twin Falls. The public is welcome to see “Christmas: It’s About the Cross.” Teens will lead the worship before the program, and Pastor Bear will preach a special Christmas sermon. The morning will conclude with a time of fellowship, coffee and goodies.

More information: contact: Veronica at 208-733-5248 or email mvbc@mvbible.org.

Christmas Eve services

TWIN FALLS — The Magic Valley Bible Church will celebrate the birth of our Savior during the regular morning service at 9 a.m. Dec. 24 at the church, 204 Main Ave. N., Twin Falls. Pastor Bear’s sermon will be “The Ultimate Gift.” The public is also invited to attend a Christmas Eve candlelight Communion service at 5 p.m. that day.

More information: call 208-733-5248 or email mvbc@mvbible.org.

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