Church News

Humboldt Beacon

1. Seventh-day Adventists relive nativity scenes

Fortuna's annual drive-through living nativity celebrates its 10th year on Dec. 10 and 11 from 7 to 9 p.m., in the parking lot between the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Community Services Center in Fortuna. Nine scenes portray the birth of Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. This event commands a cast and crew of around 100 volunteers of all ages from various congregations. Actors don period costumes and portray each scene through still-life acting, remaining virtually immobile for half an hour at a time. For details, call 786-9601.

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fortuna has offered a live nativity drive through to the community.

2. Ferndale Assumption Church to hold annual fundraising dinner

On Sunday, Dec. 18, the 7th Annual Old-Fashioned Chicken Dinner in Ferndale will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Ferndale Community Center, Firemen's Park, end of Main Street. Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward the Assumption Church Building Fund.

Prior to the Ferndale Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade, treat yourself to a comforting hot dinner of baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, homemade French bread, beverage and dessert. Tickets available at the door; reservations advised. For reservations, call 786-9717.

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photos by Pat Cahill

photo no. 1. Many hands make light work as these ladies get ready for the annual Chicken Dinner Fundraiser at Ferndale Assumption Church.

photo no. 2. On KP on duty are, from left: Joe Toste, Francis Christen, Jack Russ, Mike Ring, Bob Martella, Lee Tomasini and Dick Cahill.

3. Christ Lutheran Church, Fortuna

Christ Lutheran Church women will be hosting their annual Advent Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. The luncheon will be held in Luther Hall at Christ Lutheran Church, 2132 Smith Lane in Fortuna. The cost of the lunch is $12 and will be catered by Lori Cook.

The guest speaker will be Sean Swanson, Founder of River Life Foundation. The proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to River Life Foundation to help “continue to be a hopeful organization by being a light to those in need.” Reservations can be made by calling Bernice Reynolds at 725-4851.

4. Fortuna United Methodist Church

Sunday, Dec. 4, Pastor Ted Pecot's message will be from Isaiah 40:1-11 and what poverty creates in a world out of balance. After the service and a potluck lunch, the annual church conference will be held. The Health Ministries of the church provide blood pressure checks the first and fourth Sundays of each month and the adult class is continuing with the book, “The Walk” by Richard Paul Evans and invites others to join them. The children are busy working on a reader's theatre, “The Quilt Maker's Gift” which they will be presenting Dec. 18 at the 10 a.m. service. Sunday School begins at 9 a.m. Child care is provided. The church is located at 10th and N streets.

5. Goings on at Rohnerville Assembly of God

by Doris Osburn

Christmas holiday's festivities are starting, so scheduling is in the change mode. The Women's' Missionary Society had their Holiday Bake Sale after service last Sunday. Thursday Morning Prayer and Share Ladies will meet at 10:30 a.m., led by Linda Mason, continuing videos in the Beth Moore series, “Summoned from the Sheepfold.”

The Men's Thursday Night meeting is at 7 p.m. Bible Study will be held in the Evangelist Quarters.

On Friday, 5:15 p.m., the van will leave the church for our Women's' Ministry Group Christmas Party in Rio Dell. Bring a favorite Christmas desert goody to share!

Sunday school for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. Deher Neher will lead the Adults Class in Jean Nichols absence. The class is conducted in the sanctuary. Classes for all ages are offered.

First Sunday Boys and Girls Missionary Council special offering will be taken so don't forget your Buddy Barrels. We'll meet and greet at 10:30 a.m., followed by worship in song. Communion will be offered following the sermon.

The church starts at 5:30 p.m., for private prayer. 6 p.m. service starts with congressional worship in song followed by sermon and testimonies.

Tuesday, 2 p.m. the Quilting Ladies will meet in the Sewing Room.

Wednesday 7 p.m., Bible Study will continue in the Book of Luke, led by Interim Pastor, the Rev. Dee Neher. Karen Nichols will treat the kids to Likeable Learning in Kids Club.

The Rohnerville Assembly of God Church is at 1530 Rohnerville Road, Fortuna. For information, call 725-4341. For transportation to any service, call John Bagley at 725-9756.

6. Fortuna Church of the Nazarene

Pastor Richard and Cheryl Gatlin will be on stage after their return from visiting family in Ohio. The 9:30 a.m., service at Fortuna Church of the Nazarene opens with contemporary music and congressional singing. We invite you to come join us in our study of Psalms 5:11-12, "But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy.”

Sunday School for all ages follows refreshments in Solid Grounds Cafe. Our Christmas Potluck will follow Sunday School. We'll put our nativity scene, hang the wreaths, set up and decorate the tree. So bring your favorite Christmas dish, roll up your sleeves and let's make the light on Fortuna's Church Hill shine brighter than ever. Many Hands Make Light Work!

Small groups continue their Sunday Night meetings, call 725-3151 for information.

Tuesday Sisters will meet at 10:30 a.m., in the Book Room. Fellowship Dinners resume this Wednesday Night at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m., by Bible Study with classes for adults couples and Jackie Lipscomb the ladies group. We have classes for the children, mid-teens/hi-school, ending promptly at 8 p.m.

Don't forget your Samaritan Shoe Boxes must be completed and ready to ship on Monday, Dec. 4. Church of the Nazarene is at 1355 Ross Hill Road, Fortuna.