Religion briefs: TU holds Advent Christmas service on Sunday
BY BILL SHERMAN World Religion Writer
Saturday, December 01, 2012
12/01/12 at 3:11 AM
Remodeled sanctuary opens at Will Rogers UM
Will Rogers United Methodist Church, 1138 S. Yale Ave., will hold its first worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday in its remodeled sanctuary.
The congregation has been meeting for several months in the church's multipurpose center while the sanctuary was remodeled.
It is the seventh major construction project - a facelift and modernization of the sanctuary - in a building that originally opened in March 1959.
The church began in 1943 and has been meeting at its present location since Easter 1944, when it began holding services in a one-car garage with a dirt floor.
TU sets Advent Christmas service for Sunday
The University of Tulsa will hold its Advent Christmas service, "A Festival of Lessons and Carols," at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Sharp Chapel on campus.
The free annual event is modeled after the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols developed in Cambridge, England, in 1918, and now an Advent tradition throughout England.
TU Sharp Chaplain Jeffrey C. Francis will officiate. Traditional hymns and carols will be presented by the TU Cappella Chamber Singers under the direction of Kim Childs, accompanied by Ron Pearson of First Presbyterian Church. Readings will be by Frank Christel. Refreshments will follow.
Lebanese Christmas Lunch scheduled for Dec. 9
St. Therese Maronite Catholic Church, 8315 S. 107th East Ave., will hold its annual Lebanese Christmas Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.
The church will serve traditional Lebanese food, including marinated chicken, kafta (beef patties), hummus, salad, hashwa (rice, ground beef and almonds), dessert and beverage.
Bake sale items will be available, and Santa Claus will bring gifts for the children. For tickets, call Jackie Abraham at 918-627-0271 or 918-461-9450.
Guts Church celebrates 20th anniversary Sunday
Guts Church, 9120 E. Broken Arrow Expressway, will celebrate its 20th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by a churchwide rally at 6 p.m.
Pastors Bill and Sandy Scheer started the church in 1992 with eight people. Thousands now worship in services in Tulsa and at the Skiatook campus.
The church will hold its annual Guts Girls Give Back at 9 a.m. Saturday, a service project that benefits the Laura Dester Children's Shelter, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Glory House, Tulsa Boys Home and Hope Pregnancy Center.
Some 400 to 500 women and girls, ages 12 and up, will distribute gifts to the agencies, based on their needs, and also will take gifts to fire and police stations in the Tulsa area, church spokeswoman Sarah Tucker said.
Take a tour Sunday with Cascia Christmas Walk
The annual Cascia Christmas Walk, a tour of four holiday-decorated midtown homes, will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
The tour is sponsored by Cascia Hall Preparatory School, 2520 S. Yorktown Ave., and the Cascia Hall Parent Faculty Association. Free transportation from the school will be provided.
Tickets are $20 at the door. The tour raises money for student financial aid and other projects.
More than 60 vendors will offer holiday items at the school. Lunch will be available.
Drive-through Christmas pageant set in Owasso
The Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, Owasso campus, 12700 E. 76th St. North, will have its annual free drive-through Christmas pageant 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday through Dec. 9.
Guests will be given a CD to play in their vehicles as they drive through the outdoor Christmas scenes. The CD has a narration recorded by the children at the home.