Church News; Nov. 30

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Lutheran bazaar Saturday


EVANSTON  – The annual Christmas Bazaar at St. John’s Lutheran Church near Evanston, located one-half mile west of New Boston, is scheduled for Saturday Dec. 2, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Homemade candy, apple dumplings, cheeseballs, and turnip slaw will be available, as well as baked goods, including springerles. From 6 to 9 a.m., breakfast will be served. Lunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome.


Public invited to archabbey services


ST. MEINRAD – The public is welcome to join the Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey as they celebrate Christmas in the Archabbey Church. All times are Central.

On Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, vigils will begin at 7 p.m. and Mass will be celebrated at 10 p.m.

The Mass of Christmas Day will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 25.

Mass is celebrated each day in the Archabbey Church at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday and feast days. However, during the Christmas season, Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 26-27.

The Mass on Monday, Jan. 1, for the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Also, the Archabbey Library will be closed Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1.


Hanging of the greens service Sunday


LYNNVILLE – Old Friendship Church invites everyone to join with us in our hanging of the greens service. The service will be on Sunday, Dec. 3. It will start at 5 p.m.  There will be fellowship after the service.

Old Friendship Church is located 4 miles east of Indiana 61 on Indiana 68 in Lynnville.


Nikolausfest Saturday


SANTA CLAUS – Das Nikolausfest will take place on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 in the lower level of St. Nicholas Church in Santa Claus.

On Dec. 2, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the Feast of St. Nicholas Mass beginning at 4:30 p.m.

There will be Mexican food such as frijoles charros, homemade steak tacos and Mexican style baked goods.

On Dec. 9, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be brats, kraut, pulled pork, German fries and fresh baked goods. Activities will include kids crafts and cookie decorating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a quilt raffle, a visit by St. Nicholas before the parade and goody bags for the children from 11 to 11:45 a.m., a performance by the Heritage Hills High School Christmas Choir from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. there will be Rejoice: An Advent/Christmas Celebration performed by the St. Francis of Assisi Music Ministries.

Krautballs and homemade pretzels will be served each day.


Service of the Longest Night set for Dec. 16


ST. MEINRAD – Abbey Caskets, a work of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, will host a Service of the Longest Night on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Guest House Chapel.

Many people find the holidays a challenging time. Instead of celebrating, they are struggling with grief. They miss loved ones and find that the usual traditions and bright lights serve only to heighten their struggle.

Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB, will lead the service with prayer and Scripture that acknowledge those who mourn and struggle with loss during the Christmas season.

Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will follow. RSVP requested, but not required, for planning. Reply to info@abbeycaskets.com or call (800) 987-7380 for further information. Parking is available in the Guest House parking lot.


Advent carols service planned for Dec. 10


ST. MEINRAD – Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology will present an Advent lessons and carols service on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Central Time in the school’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, St. Meinrad.

Lessons and carols is a service of scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. Nine scripture lessons recount the fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. A carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message follows each lesson.

Nearly 50 seminarians, monks and Saint Meinrad community members will participate. 

The service is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Heritage Gallery on the first floor of St. Gregory Hall.