Santa Fe’s Aldersgate United Methodist Church will present its Christmas celebration “The Night of the Father’s Love” at 11 a.m. Sunday at 13217 FM 1764.

“This musical tells of a night that prophesies were fulfilled, angels announced the birth of Jesus Christ, and a brilliant star led others to see this awesome gift from God,” said Janet K. Hornbeck, who does communications work for the church.

“The music is in a variety of styles, including a four-part round with a descant. Favorite Christmas carols are included along with beautiful new songs by prolific composer Pepper Choplin.

“The narrators and songs weave a thoughtful story for our reflection during this Christmas season.”

Call 409-925-2552.


Galveston’s Wild Wild West Cowboy Church will celebrate a Cowboy Christmas at 5 p.m. Sunday at 7402 Stewart Road.

“Howdy, are you tired of the usual Christmas musical events?” asked Susan Adams, wife of the Rev. Wess Adams.

“Wess has entertained audiences from coast to coast this Christmas Season with this concert.

“Come, enjoy the great music and Christmas treats. Let’s roundup a house full.”

Call 615-516-8054.


Galveston’s Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) recognizes that not everyone can greet the holidays with joy.

So, its members will have their “Blue Christmas” service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 for those who are grieving this season.

“Christmas and its surrounding holiday madness was always a joyful time for me, until suddenly, it wasn’t,” said the Rev. Elizabeth Grasham-Reeves, who leads Central.

“Three years ago, grief intertwined itself with all the usual Christmas regalia of my life. In the midst of all that, I found that the usual joyful and bright church services didn’t truly reflect my heart during the holiday season.”

That is when she came across the concept of a “Blue Christmas,” also known as a “Longest Night” service.

“These are geared specifically toward those who are grieving during the holiday season,” Grasham-Reeves said.

“Whatever the root of the grief happens to be, ‘Blue Christmas’ services are a time for people to lift up laments and to seek the comfort of God’s presence.”

Call 409-762-4884.


Galveston’s Live Oak Baptist Church will have 300 turkey baskets to pass out to island residents (ID is required) beginning at 8 a.m. Dec. 21 at 1020 32nd St.

“We are taking our faith off the seats and out of the sanctuary, putting smiling faces on it and putting it in action to serve the hungry and needy in our community,” said Sharon Lewis on behalf of the church.

Each basket includes a turkey as well as canned goods.

Call 281-910-2685.

Rick Cousins’ Faith Focus column appears each Saturday. Have a unique or unusual event? Email details to rick.cousins@galvnews.com at least two weeks in advance.

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