Originally published Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 06:00a.m.

Show Time Community Theatre performs Dec. 2 at St. Luke’s. The Christmas Season is fast approaching; start it off with a fun-filled modern rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Come see A 21st Century Christmas Carol, presented by Show Time Community Theatre, on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Eleanor Scrooge, the bitter hard-hearted owner of a successful gift shop, must learn to be a nicer person and re-appreciate the joys of Christmas if she wants to escape the terrible end fate of her old business partner, Mr. Marley. Follow Eleanor as she encounters a germophobic Spirit of the Past, the Christmas-fanatic Spirit of the Present, and the retirement-ready Spirit of the Future, who all work to change Eleanor’s ways.

Show Time Community Theatre, a youth theatre group for kids, ages 7 - 17 years old, has met twice weekly at St. Luke’s this fall to prepare for December’s show. We hope you can come out and support them!

Tickets for A 21st Century Christmas Carol are sold at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for students 20 and under, and $25 for a family 4-pack. Come join us and get into the spirit of the holidays!

Free clothing giveaway. 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 2, First Southern Baptist Church, 1524 N. Highway 89. Look for the signs and join us! Everyone welcome.

The Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society Christmas Craft Fair is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Agua Fria Christian Church, 2880 S. Second St., Humboldt. Call 928-277-5609 or 928-499-9972.

Christmas decorations will be available to purchase, and a bake sale with yummy goodies.

Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $6 for a drink, chips, and choice of roast beef or meatball sandwich.

Join Santa for pictures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and enjoy cocoa and cookies.

“Jingle Bells” Christmas Gift Faire and Bake Sale Saturday Dec. 2, 9 am. to 3 p.m. Great variety of arts and crafts from Prescott, Chino Valley, Dewey, Cornville, Prescott Valley and delicious Bake Sale items, too. Prescott Valley United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer Drive, Prescott Valley. Nearest cross streets: Navajo Drive/Sommer Drive. Contact Jeannie 772-6760.

Cookie Walk 2017

The second annual Cookie Walk featuring a huge assortment of home-baked treats will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. The event will be held in Esther Hall of the church and is sponsored by the United Methodist Women. Shoppers will buy a box for $10 or $15 and then select the cookies they wish to fill it. Candy, jams and bread will also be on sale. For more information, call the church office at 778-1950.

“Prescott Good Governance Committee - Working to build the Prescott We Want.” Is the topic at the 11 a.m. service at Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Lindsay Bell, co-chair of PGGC, and former city council member will speak about the work of Good Governance and its efforts to educate and involve citizens in their local city government. PGGGC was founded by Prescott historian Elisabeth Ruffner. Lindsay will share some of PGGC’s thirty-five year history of making a difference in the local political scene in Prescott.

Lindsay Bell came to Arizona in 1968 to attend college at ASU, eventually earning a bachelor of science in sociology and a master’s in public administration. Lindsay retired from full time employment in 2008 after working 30 plus years in the non-profit sector.

Lindsay has been active in community and civic affairs throughout her 40 years as a resident of Prescott. She was elected to the Prescott City Council in 1995 and served in that capacity until 1999. She has served on various City of Prescott planning committees over the years including: the 1993 Strategic Planning Committee, the Transportation Advisory Commission, the 1997 and 2003 General Plan committees, the Downtown Master Plan Committee, the Acker Park Master Plan and the Prescott 2050 Visioning Committee. In 2009 Lindsay worked with Elisabeth Ruffner to re-establish the Good Governance Committee, a group dedicated to promoting civic participation and involvement among Prescott voters.

Family Service

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will focus on youngsters in a special service the first Sunday of each month. Our next service for youngsters will be 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. You do not need to be a member of St. Luke’s to join us for this simple, but heartwarming, service. All Are Welcome! We will be meeting in the Meditation Room at St. Luke’s, which is located at 2000 Shepherds Lane, Prescott (near the airport, at 89 and Ruger Road). For questions email info@slecp.org, or call 928-778-4499.

Holiday Gift Concert, Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott.

Featured performers include international tenor, Efren Puig; Dyan Harper, formerly with KAHM radio; Dan Boyce, on French Horn.

Admission: $20/suggested donation

Plus an item of canned or boxed food or an unwrapped toy (for the Yavapai County Food Bank)

Complimentary beverages and appetizers at intermission

The Rev. Patti Blackwood will be presiding over the seventh annual “Service of Solace and Hope” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the sanctuary of the Prescott United Methodist Church at 505 W. Gurley St.

The service, sometimes referred to as “Blue Christmas,” focuses on a quiet time of worship, meditation and candle lighting, and offers an opportunity for remembering and healing for those challenged by loss of any kind.

If you have experienced life challenges in recent or past years, and the approach of the holiday season feels more like a time of sadness than one of joy and celebration, you are invited to share in the spirit-led time of music, scripture, and hope. The service is open to the entire community, and all are welcome.

Stephen Ministers will be present and available to support any who desire prayer and comfort, and worshipers will be encouraged to remain in the sanctuary as long as they wish at the conclusion of the service.

All are welcome to join with Beit Torah Jewish Congregation (www.onetorah.org) to brainstorm on plans for our Chanukah party [ies]. Please call for directions and details: 928-237-0390, 227-0582 or email ansheitorah@cableone.net.

Blood Drive at St. Luke’s on Wednesday, Dec. 6

Give Blood, Get Pizza!

Make your appointment now to donate blood 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. When you give blood, you will receive a voucher for a free 14” cheese pizza, donated by Streets of New York. To schedule an appointment, please visit www.bloodhero.com (Sponsor code: StLukesEC). If you have questions, please Contact Charlotte Willman at 928-778-4499 or Darrell Anderson at 928-710-8932. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 2000 Shepherds Lane, Prescott (near the airport, at 89 and Ruger Road).

Mt. of Faith Lutheran Church in Cordes Lakes, will begin Advent services each Wed, starting on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. through Wed. Dec. 20. Christmas Eve candlelight service will be on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to worship our King, Jesus Christ.

Christmas Craft and Bake Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 at Faith United Community Church 1061 Old Chisholm (Dewey in Prescott Country Club). Turn at Highway 69 and Maverick and follow signs.

35+ vendors with craft & gift items, sewn goods, seasonal items, hats, aprons, goat milk soap products, jewelry, baked goods, wood items, blankets, T-shirts, books, and much more! 50-50 cash raffle. Chili, hot dogs, beverages.

For more information, call Andrea at 928-775-6866.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 N Valorie Dr., Prescott Valley invites all to the Wednesday evening Advent services. The services will be Dec. 6, 13, and 20 at 5:30 p.m. with a light supper to follow. You are also invited to the following special services during the Christmas season:

Holiday Joy – 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, Two Shows!

Once again, the Prescott Chorale has prepared a wonderful holiday gift. Holiday Joy - Two Christmas concerts, 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, both held at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, will uplift the spirits of audience and performers alike. The earlier concert is specifically designed to appeal to multi-generational audiences with many carols, a children’s choir, and delightful, tuneful Christmas music. The evening concert will still feature carols and melodies to make the heart glad, but will also feature repertoire of a slightly meatier nature. Both concerts will have music by the premier brass players in the area. And don’t forget the homemade Christmas cookies that have become a signature of this happy event.

A very special element in both performances will be two settings of “O Magnum Mysterium.” Conductor and artistic director Dennis Houser says “So often Christmas focuses on the tinsel and garland of Christmas, joyous though they are. These two pieces focus on the mystery and wonder of the Virgin Birth which is the true centerpiece of Christmas. Come and be enthralled.”

Tickets are also available from members of the Prescott Chorale. These concerts normally sell out, so don’t delay.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 2000 Shepherds Lane, Prescott (near the airport, at 89 and Ruger).

Free Christmas concert and nativity display Sunday, Dec. 10

Capture more of the Christmas spirit this season by attending the 6th Annual Community Christmas Concert and Nativity Display. The live concert will feature traditional music celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

This free concert and singing celebration is hosted by the Prescott Valley Arizona Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 in the LDS Stake Center Chapel located at 7073 Pronghorn Ranch Parkway in Prescott Valley near the intersection of Highway 89A and Viewpoint Drive.

The program will include a choir and orchestra under the direction of Glennis Miller. The public will be invited to join the choir in the singing of traditional Christmas carols.

The doors open at 5:45 p.m. to view nativity sets from around the world. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Sam Rotman, renowned international concert pianist, will perform at the Prescott Community Church, 3151 Willow Creek Road, 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10.

Mr. Rotman is a Juilliard trained pianist who has performed in the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and has won numerous competitive piano awards, including Laureate Winner in the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna. He has released several classical recordings and media presentations on his life and testimony have been produced.

The public is invited to this performance by Mr. Rotman, a pianist whom reviewers have described as “an exceptional virtuoso” and “a thoughtful interpreter whose playing is convincing and alive.” Mr. Rotman takes a moment before each work to explain the piece, thus heightening the audience’s appreciation of the music. There is no admission charge; a free will offering is suggested. For more information, please see pccaz.org.

Sunday, Dec. 10, Sunday School Christmas Program at 8, 9:15, and 10:45 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24, 9:15 a.m. Christmas Cantata Choir presents “Bethlehem Morning”, 3 p.m. Children’s Christmas Service, 5 p.m. Liturgical Candlelight Christmas Service with Holy Communion, 7 p.m. Praise Candlelight Christmas Service with Holy Communion.