The turkey is all gone, thanks was given, and now people will look toward the next big holiday. Christmas brings with it a season of giving, sharing, and more importantly worship. After all the birth of Christ is the reason the holiday is celebrated.
Area churches have arranged for their holiday programs and special worship services. Highlighted in this article are programs presented by churches in Cherokee this season. An additional article will be published highlighting programs from other area churches.
St. Paul's United Methodist Church will start their holiday spirit with a presentation of a Christmas concert performed by their Chancel Choir. The performance will be on Dec. 4 at the 10:10 a.m. worship service. See press release on page 3 for more details. On Dec. 11 a needy children offering will be hosted. Stan Sitzman will return to St. Paul's to invite the congregation to share his desire to provide clothing for Cherokee area children at Christmas. Also on Dec. 11 the Sunday school Christmas program, "One Star" will begin at 4 p.m. On Christmas eve candlelight services will be at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. with the choir singing during the 5:30 p.m. service.
The Bethlehem Lutheran Church will present a children's Christmas program at 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 and a Christmas Contada later that evening at 9 p.m. On Christmas eve they will also have a two candlelight services with the first one at 5 p.m. and the second at 10 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church will present their children's program on Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. Then on Dec. 21 the Confirmation class will be caroling in the community beginning at 6 p.m. The Christmas eve service will consist of a candlelight service at 9 p.m. followed by regular worship services on Dec. 25.
Calvary Chapel of Cherokee will hold a Christmas eve candlelight service tied in with the children's program and caroling among the congregation.
Crossroads Christian Church is keeping things simple with a Christmas eve communion service at 6:30 p.m.
Faith in Christ Fellowship will begin their holiday season this Sunday, Dec. 4 with a Trimming of the Church and Christmas party where members of the congregation will share a potluck meal and chachki exchange. They will then have a Christmas day worship service during regular worship hours.
Memorial Presbyterian Church began their Advent Tryst Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. with subsequent ones following each Wednesday, Dec. 7, 14, and 21. The programs last until 10 p.m. and all churches and the public are invited to attend. Refreshments follow each of the programs. On Dec. 11 the children's program, "A Shepherd's Story" will be presented in place of the regular worship service at 9:30 a.m. On Christmas eve they will hold their communion and candlelight service at 7 p.m.
The Advent/Christmas celebrations for the Vineyard Cluster, which includes the Immaculate Conception (I.C.) Parish in Cherokee, St. John's in Quimby and Maryhill begin on Dec. 11. At 1:30 p.m. Reconciliation Service will be at the I.C. for the Cluster and at 6:30 p.m. Advent by Candlelight at I.C. for women of the Cluster will be held. On Dec. 18 at 4:30 p.m. a children's program and dinner will be at I.C. The youth Christmas service projects will take place on Dec. 21 at 7:15 p.m. at the I.C. On Christmas eve at 5 p.m. there will be mass in Cherokee for the Cluster followed by another mass at 10 p.m. On Christmas day at 10:30 a.m. mass will be held at I.C. in Cherokee and then at 8:30 p.m. there will be mass at St. John's in Quimby and at Maryhill.
The First Church of Christ will host a Christmas party for the residents of Country Side Estates on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Members of the congregation will share gifts with the residents, as well as sing carols and enjoy refreshments. The children's program will presented on Dec. 18 at the 10 a.m. worship service. The Bible Buddies will present their Christmas program on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Then on Christmas eve the congregation will enjoy the communion and candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. and the Christmas worship service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 25.
The Iowa House of Prayer on West Main Street in Cherokee is also currently open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for anyone, including shoppers to stop in and participate in prayer and worship.