The spirit of the season |

The spirit of the season

Churches wrap up Christmas campaigns, prepare to worship

Rob Gebhart

The Christmas spirit still is alive, and the signs are everywhere.

During the past weeks, Calvary Baptist Church sent 20 local volunteers to work in the Denver processing center for Operation Christmas Child, a program that provides gifts to needy children in other countries.

Hundreds of people in many local Craig churches filled shoeboxes with gifts and sent them to the Denver center, said Cheryl Ivy. The gift boxes will be shipped to Mexico and Russia.

The Salvation Army kettle drive has met with so much success that with one week to go before the drive ends, the drive is three-quarters of the way toward meeting its goal of $5,000, drive organizer LuAnn Kline said.

So many people have volunteered for the drive that the organizers added another day to the drive schedule. Bell ringers will be posted at kettles by Kmart and City Market on Dec. 23.

First Baptist Church’s Angel Tree program also has been a success. The church collected 70 presents to give to children whose parents are in jail.

Area churches will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate Christmas this year.

n Craig Assembly of God will host its Christmas program, Signs of Christmas, at 10 a.m. Sunday. The program is geared toward children and will feature a puppet show.

n Yampa Valley Baptist Church will host a Christmas program, The Life Changer, at 6 p.m. Sunday. It’s a churchwide program hosted mostly by the church’s youths.

n Calvary Baptist Church will host its Christmas program, Christmas at Calvary at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. On Christmas Eve, Christian musicians Nicole and Rhonda Walmer will perform. The couple is originally from Craig. The Lord’s supper and a candlelight service will follow the performance.

n First Baptist Church members will be caroling on Sunday. They plan to carol at The Memorial Hospital and at the homes of shut-ins. The church hosts a candlelight service at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve.

n St. Michael’s Catholic Church will celebrate Mass several times on Christmas Eve. At 4 p.m., Mass will include a performance of the Christmas story by children. At 7 p.m., a priest will celebrate Mass in Spanish. Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 10 p.m., and on Christmas Day Mass is at 9 a.m.

n Lutheran Church of Grace will host a 6 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Child care is available for this service.

n St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host a 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service.

n Members of First Congregational Church, First Christian Church, Lutheran Church of Grace and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will be caroling Dec. 21. Anyone interested in caroling should meet at First Congregational at 6 p.m.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or

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