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Grundy County area church briefs

Community Blue Christmas
at Coal City United Methodist Church

The holidays are not always cheery for those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, facing life separation, coping with the loss of a job or facing health issues. It is a season of nostalgia and festive gatherings, but when life hits us hard, those cheery sentiments only bring us further down.

If this describes you this season, we encourage you to join us for a Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road in Coal City. With music, scripture, prayer and a timely message, we will create a sacred space for all who are struggling with dark times. This service is open to everyone. Come as you are and hold on to hope.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

• St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Seneca will hold confessions from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. Saturday evening Mass will be at 4 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 24, morning Mass will be only at 8 a.m. Christmas Eve Masses will be at 4 and 10 p.m. There will be only one Mass on Christmas Morning at 9:30 a.m.

• New Year’s Eve weekend Masses will be at 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

• Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, and at 7:30 and 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1.

Coal City United Methodist

holiday worship schedule

Coal City United Methodist Church at 6805 E. McArdle Road in Coal City, invites the community to join them for their special holiday worship services.

Everyone is welcome and invited to attend any of their worship services. For information, call the church office at 815-634-8670.

• Christmas Eve – Sunday, Dec. 24: One morning worship service at 9 a.m. (Sunday School will not take place on Christmas Eve)

• Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Services: 6 and 11 p.m.

• Christmas Day – Monday, Dec. 25: One morning worship at 9 a.m.

• New Year’s Eve – Sunday, Dec. 31: One morning worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday School will not happen on New Year’s Eve.

First United Methodist
Church of Morris

The First United Methodist Church of Morris, 118 W. Jackson St., invites you to join us to come and hear some of our talented members share Christmas songs and your favorite Christmas hymns. Stay for cookies and fellowship afterward.

Join us for our Christmas Eve services. A family-oriented service will be at
5 p.m., and a traditional candlelight service at will be at 9 p.m.

United Lutheran Church of Gardner

The church’s Christmas Eve Service will be at 9 p.m. at the church, located at 309 E. Jefferson St. in Gardner.

Coal City United Methodist Church ‘Hallelujah’ Soup Supper

The first “Hallelujah” Soup Supper of the new year will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 6, at Coal City United Methodist Church, at 6805 E. McArdle Road in Coal City. They will be serving homemade cheesy potatoes and stuffed green pepper cups. The cost will be $8 for adults and children ages 13 and older; $4 for children ages 12 to 6; $2 for children ages 5 to 3; and children age 2 and younger can eat for free. Proceeds will go to the church’s building fund. Tickets will be sold at the door. Each meal includes a choice of soup, a sandwich, crackers, a beverage, ice cream and dessert. Carry-outs available.

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