La Marque’s Trinity Lutheran Church will have its annual Christmas Eve candlelight communion service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2024 12th Ave. Thelma Fowles, who has been a member for 56 years, said that this candlelit event has been going on continuously for much longer than her tenure.

“We start with Advent decorations and a Chrismon tree and, this year, with 25 red, memorial poinsettias,” she said. “After the communion service we have the lighting of the candles, beginning with the Christ candle on the Advent wreath and spreading into the dimly lit sanctuary.”

Traditionally the congregation then faces each other across the center aisle at the end of the service and sings “Silent Night.”

Call 409-935-6004.


Seabrook’s Living Word Church will have its Christmas Eve Candlelight worship service at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 2900 E. NASA Parkway, Suite 230. Milk and cookies will be served at 5:15 p.m.

“I am thrilled to gather and celebrate on Christmas Eve because God made Christmas with you and me in mind,” said the Rev. Brad Heintz, pastor. “It is all about his love for us, our joy to receive him and the light of his good news. He even gave his life on the cross with you and me in mind. Truly, he is our gift this Christmas. We’d love to celebrate with you.”

Call 281-532-9000.


Pope Francis turned 77 this week. He’s been seen driving himself around Vatican City and chatting up tourists. Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, the pontiff has attracted a great deal of media attention with his frank and provocative comments on a wide variety of topics.

At his birthday celebration, the pope invited four homeless men — and one of their dogs — in for breakfast with him. The men live on a Roman street just outside the Vatican City’s walls.


A new Gallup survey suggests that clerics may be losing trust with the public. Nurses were listed as the most trusted professionals.

Car salespeople and Congress came in with the lowest rankings. The clergy slipped to No. 8 in the ratings, which put them just below teachers, but just above psychiatrists on the poll’s list of trusted professionals.

Other health pros such as pharmacists, doctors and dentists, did much better than the clergy, coming in just after nurses.

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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