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The Twin Falls LDS South Stake presents international Nativity scenes at their 10th annual Nativity Festival.

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Methodists hold holiday bazaar

TWIN FALLS — The Twin Falls First United Methodist Church will hold its annual holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at the church, 360 Shoshone St. E., Twin Falls. The event will include craft items, baked goods and small businesses. Boy Scout Troop 67 will sell hot food including a potato bar, cinnamon rolls and breakfast burritos.

More information: 208-733-5872 or tffumc@gmail.com.

Burley First Christian Church hosts lunch and bazaar

BURLEY — The First Christian Church will host their Holiday Lunch and Mini-bazaar from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the church, 1401 Oakley Ave., Burley. All are welcome to come eat soups and cinnamon rolls with us. There will also be craft items, baked goods and Christmas gifts available for purchase. Free-will donations will also be accepted.

Burley Presbyterian women hold luncheon and sale

BURLEY — The Presbyterian women will hold a sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the church, 2100 Burton Ave., Burley. Home-made noodle soup, chili, dinner rolls, fresh vegetables, desserts, pies and beverages will be served. For sale will be home-made noodles, pies, cakes, cookies, candy, other goodies and some crafts. There will also be a silent auction for baskets. Free-will offerings are welcome.

Gifts of Love in-gathering at Ascension

TWIN FALLS — The November in-gathering at Ascension Episcopal Church will be for Gifts of Love, a local non-profit program in its 20th year. Gifts of Love provides a wide variety of books and decorative or smaller items — in new or like-new condition — to four local care-facilities, from which residents are able to select gifts to give to family members. Gifts for all ages are welcome, as well as gift-wrapping supplies and monetary donations.

Ascension will celebrate Holy Communion at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 371 Eastland Drive N., Twin Falls. Canon Lucinda Ashby, transition minister for the Diocese of Idaho, will preside. Healing prayer stations will be available during the service. Nursery care for children under seven years will be available from 8:45 a.m. until after the service. A fellowship coffee-hour will follow worship. Ascension Café, the adult discussion group, will also meet then — beginning a three week discussion of “Myths, Miracles and Metaphors,” led by Dave Duhaime. Ascension Episcopal Church is handicapped-accessible.

A limited number of Ascension steamed puddings is still available for $10 each. To reserve one, call 208-733-1248 or come to the church from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Rising Stars Therapeutic Riding program and Ascension Church needs.

Djembe Drumming — simple drumming in community — will be offered from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m Monday at the church. More information or if you need a drum supplied: call 208-961-1349. More information about Ascension Episcopal Church can be found at www.episcopaltwinfalls.org or call 208-733-1248.

Unitarian Universalists present “Stone Soup”

TWIN FALLS — Members of the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present a reading and performance of the story “Stone Soup” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Ave. W. near the old hospital, Twin Falls. This is an inter-generational service — suitable for all ages. Attendees are asked to bring a can of food to donate to the Idaho Food Bank, for which a special donation will also be taken. Following the service, there will be a soup potluck.

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.

LDS South Stake presents “Come to Bethlehem”

TWIN FALLS — The Twin Falls South Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present their 10th annual Christmas Concert and Nativity Festival — titled “Come to Bethlehem” — at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at the church, 541 Orchard Drive, Twin Falls. The Dec. 7 performance will be a dress rehearsal to which families with small children can come and go as needed. The performances on Dec. 8 and 9 will be for ages eight and older.

The local-talent 50-voice choir and 20-piece orchestra — conducted by Carson Wong — will combine to commemorate and honor the birth and life of Jesus Christ through music, video, pictures and narration. This year’s performances will include more audience singing of Christmas hymns. The choir and orchestra have been rehearsing since early October. Last year, many attendees said, “Our hearts were deeply touched by the performance. We had no idea this would be so good!”

Nativity Festival hours will be 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 and 2 to 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. Dec 9 in the same building. It has been a very worthwhile activity for families in the past. Hundreds of Nativity scenes from around the world will be displayed in an atmosphere of reverence, serenity and beauty. The Nativity Festival will include live background music performances and light refreshments. It will be open to all ages.

Organizers hope these events will greatly add to the joy, light and hope that Christmas brings to Magic Valley residents. More information and audio soundbites: facebook.com/cometobethlehemtwinfalls/.

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