Local churches to host ecumenical breakfast, program

Posted January 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The 15th annual local observance of the ecumenical Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being co-sponsored by women of four local churches: St. John’s Catholic Church, Faith Congregational Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, all in Wilton, and United Methodist Church in Norwalk.

Members of all congregations are invited to attend.

A continental breakfast and brief program will be held for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wilton at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. This year’s theme is “Has Christ Been Divided?”

All are welcome, and no reservations are needed.

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    The Knights of Columbus St. Christopher Council of Elroy, Wonewoc and Union Center hosted its free-throw contest on Jan. 12 at Royall High School. The following were first-place winners:

    • 10-year-old boys — Bryce Gruen

    • 11-year-old girls — Emma Gruen

    • 11-year-old boys — AJ Wilcox

    • 12-year-old boys — Dawson Miller

    • 13-year-old girls — Dani Wilcox

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    By PASTOR MICHAEL T. GJEFLE

    Faith Independent Baptist Church, Ontario

    Matthew 2:1 — “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.”

    Did these men come out of curiosity or boredom? No, the Scriptures, likely out of the Old Testament Book of Daniel, directed them to Israel. They came to

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    Contributed by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

    The Ecumenical Blue Christmas Service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 401 Mill St., Wilton, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

    For some, this may be a difficult time of year. Feelings of sorrow and grief due to a loved one’s death, a job loss, a broken relationship, a loss of physical health or any other challenges that life may bring are often accentuated during this season of celebration and merriment. Or perhaps you are

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    Free community supper set for Dec. 18 in Elroy

    A free community supper will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Elroy United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 204 Royall Ave.

    This community supper is offered on the last Wednesday of each month and, according to event organizers, “gives individuals and families a chance to share a meal and build relationships within the community.”

    The public is invited.

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    Elroy United Methodist Church will put on a live nativity from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

    The interactive drive-through nativity on the church grounds will be free. The nativity will depict ancient Bethlehem and the stable where Jesus was born. Scenes will feature live actors, sheep and cattle.

    Cider, coffee and cookies will be available in the narthex of the church at 125 Royall Ave., Elroy. For more information, call

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    The women of the Joy Circle at Grace Lutheran Church in Elroy will have their Ecumenical Advent Breakfast at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

    All area women are invited to the breakfast, which will also feature a short program and the singing of traditional Christmas carols.

    This will mark the 37th consecutive year that the breakfast is offered. A freewill offering will be taken.

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    Faith Independent Baptist Church, Ontario

    I do business with a store that regularly sends me a $5 coupon to apply to future purchases. I pointedly put that coupon in my pocket, fully planning to apply it to my purchase that day as I shopped. Well, I had shopped and paid for my purchase only to remember my $5-off coupon when I was back home. I had forgotten to use it.

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    Faith Independent Baptist Church, Ontario

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    A free community supper will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Elroy United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 204 Royall Ave.

    This community supper is offered on the last Wednesday of each month and, according to event organizers, “gives individuals and families a chance to share a meal and build relationships within the community.”

    The public is invited.