15 Dec 18
Unity Church of the Redwoods
Eureka (1619 California St.): At the 11 a.m. Sunday service, the Rev. Molly Cate will speak to the December theme, “Joy,” with a talk titled “Darkness to Light.” Special music is by Sharon Rice and Lori Davenport. After the service, join in for snacks and beverages and the opportunity to ask questions. 707-444-8725 (message), www.unityoftheredwoods.com.
United Congregational Christian Church UCC/DOC
Eureka (900 Hodgson St.): Worship is held Sunday in the sanctuary beginning at 10:30 a.m. Continuing on the December theme of “The Story of Christmas,” the Rev. Cindi Knox’s message is “A Story of Joy,” based on Luke 3:7-18. Everyone is invited to the open communion table. Zen meditation will be held Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. A “Blue Christmas” service will be held on Friday. This is an immigrant-welcoming fellowship. 707-445-5488, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eureka First United Methodist Church
Eureka (520 Del Norte St.): The Rev. Kathryn Dunning will lead a single worship service at 9:30 a.m. on this Third Sunday of Advent. Her message is titled “What then should we do?” The Bella Norte Bells will perform during the service. Child care is provided from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Bible study will continue on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the library, Room 16, in Christie Hall. The study, “First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God,” was filmed on location throughout Galilee and Jerusalem.
Ferndale Community Church
Ferndale (712 Main St.): Worship service is Sunday at 10:30 a.m. This week, Sadie Scales, who has served with YWAM, will share her personal testimony. There’s a nursery for small children during the Sunday service. Sunday school for children is held during the sermon. YouthConnected is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Adult Bible study is not meeting in December, and will resume in January. http://www.ferndalecommunitychurch.org.
Fortuna Seventh-day Adventist Church
Fortuna (2301 Rohnerville Road): Sabbath School begins at 9:45 a.m. today with Becky Chapman in charge. The mission story, “Living by Faith,” comes from Thailand. Elder David Perry will lead the Bible study focusing on unity in worship, which continues the topic “Unity in the Church.” Pastor Dan Freedman’s sermon is titled “Joseph-A Just Man.” http://www.fortunaSDAchurch.org
Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer
Fortuna (1431 Ross Hill Road): Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. with the lighting of the third Advent candle. This is the candle of joy and good news. Pastor Lance Anderson will preach the message. The Tuesday Evening Bible Study will meet at 6 p.m. at the church with the study of Ephesians.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Ferndale (425 Shaw Ave.): Worship service is at 9 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school is available for children. Fellowship follows the service. 707-786-9619.
Christ Lutheran Church
Fortuna (2132 Smith Lane): Worship service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school is available for children. Fellowship follows the service. 707-725-2995.
Christ Episcopal Church
Eureka (625 15th St.): On Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, Christ Episcopal Church will hold Eucharist services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Daniel London will celebrate and the Rev. David Shewmaker will preach at both services. Sunday school for preschool through elementary-age children will be held during the later service. Gluten-free wafers are available. A choral compline service will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. in the church. The Tuesday evening Advent program, “Taking Angels Seriously,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Lewis Hall, with a soup supper, will conclude this coming Tuesday. A Blue Christmas compline service will follow at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Our Merciful Saviour.
Calvary Lutheran Church
Eureka (South and Prospect streets): Services are at 10 a.m. Sunday. The third Sunday of Advent’s message by Pastor Pat Higgins is titled “He’s Coming.” Holy Communion is available to all with bread and wine or grape juice, or a blessing. Refreshments will follow the service.
United Methodist Church of the Joyful Healer
McKinleyville (1944 Central Ave.): Pastor April Sousa continues her sermon series based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This week’s topic is “Scrooge Experiences Repentance with Christmas Present.” Children may go to Joyworks after the children’s sermon. 707-839-5691, www.umc-joyfulhealer.org.
First Baptist Church
Fortuna (1976 Scenic Drive): Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m., with classes for all ages. Sunday worship is at 11 a.m. http://www.fortunabaptist.church.
Fortuna United Methodist Church
Fortuna (10th and N streets): On Sunday morning, Pastor Linda Ford’s message will be “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Scripture from Luke 2: 7-14. Church begins at 10 a.m. with a favorite hymn sing. Sunday school is held during the service. Bible study is on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Noon Caregivers for Dementia Support Group meets Thursdays. 707-725-4914, http://www.fortunaumc.org.
Assumption Catholic Church
Ferndale (546 Berding St.): Reconciliation Services are Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mass is offered on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and at 5 p.m. with music and hymns. Weekday Mass is held at 8 a.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday in the rectory. Eucharistic Adoration is after the Friday Mass. Religious Education for children is offered. The pastor is the Rev. Mario Laguros. 707-786-9551.
St. Francis’ Episcopal Church
Fortuna (568 16th St.): Holy Eucharist is Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mother Geri Cunningham is preaching and presiding and Dana Christian is the accompanist. This is the third Sunday of Advent, All Ages Sunday, and everyone is asked to bring donations for the Wood Street Chapel Food Bank. Holden Evening Prayer — a contemplative service composed by Marty Haugen with vocalists Susan Diehl McCarthy and Earl Cunningham — is Sunday at 6 p.m. Helen Winfrey is on clarinet and Dana Christen is on piano. Refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall. Morning prayer is Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Prayer Group Meeting. The Kraft Group meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Ferguson House next door to church on 16th Street. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., there will be an Advent Study Group on “Journeying the Way of Love and Preparing to Become the Beloved Community.” On Friday, Bible study is at 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to review in depth the Bible lessons that will be read on Sunday and which are the basis for the sermon. St. Francis’ is walker/wheelchair and hearing impaired accessible. Gluten-free wafers are available. http://www.stfrancisfortuna.org, 707-725-4686.
Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Bayside (24 Fellowship Way): “The Wondrous Sloth” will be the topic examined by Maya Kaup at the 11 a.m. service Sunday. The service will focus on the mysteries of the sloth. Kaup, an Arcata native who grew up at the fellowship and now attends Ole Miss to earn her master’s degree in biology, will discuss her trips to Costa Rica to study the secrets of sloths and the unusual micro-organisms that live in their fur. She will share stories of her sloth-catching adventures and discuss how these mysterious mammals can teach one a thing or two. Child care and Religious Education are available. This month’s third Sunday Social Action brunch after the service will benefit the Arcata House Partnership.
Bayside Community Presbyterian Church
Bayside (2023 Old Arcata Road): At the 9:30 a.m. service, the Rev. Dan Link will deliver a sermon titled “The Great Sorting.” Fellowship and refreshments will follow.
Healing Rooms of the Redwood Coast
Eureka (3400 F St.): Healing Rooms meets each Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is a Biblically trained group of Christians who believe they are healed body, mind and spirit by Jesus’ atoning blood. There is no need for an appointment. 707-834-5800, healingrooms.com. Healing Rooms will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (LCMS)
Ferndale (795 Berding St.): Sunday Bible study for all ages begins at 9 a.m. followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, soup will be served at 6 p.m. followed by an Advent service at 7 p.m. The sanctuary is open for prayer and meditation when the sign is out, which is most weekdays. The pastor is the Rev. Tyrel Bramwell. 707-786-9353, stmarksferndale.com.
Blue Lake Presbyterian Church
Blue Lake (241 H St.): This is the Third Sunday of Advent. Elder Milton Abbott will preside at worship. Eric Leong, staff member of the CRV program at Humboldt State University, will deliver the message.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Arcata (1690 Janes Road): Mass is celebrated Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. with a Latin Mass celebrated at 1:30 p.m. (except the first Sunday of the month when the Latin mass is celebrated at 3:00 p.m.). Confessions are Saturday at St. Mary’s at 2 p.m. or by appointment. 707-822-7696, stmarysarcata.com.
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Blue Lake (340 Greenwood Ave.): St. Joseph is a mission of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arcata (see above listing). Mass is celebrated Saturday at 4 p.m. 707-822-7696, stmarysarcata.com.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Mission Church
Hoopa (Pine Creek Road): St. Kateri is a mission of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arcata (see above listing). Mass is celebrated Sunday at 11:30 a.m. 707-822-7696.
Christ the King Catholic Church
McKinleyville (1951 McKinleyville Ave.): Mass is celebrated Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. 707-839-2911.
Holy Trinity Catholic Mission Church
Trinidad (at Parker and Hector streets): Mass is celebrated on the first Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m. 707-839-2911.
Wesleyan Church of the Redwoods
McKinleyville (1645 Fischer Ave.): A Christmas music prelude with coffee starts at 10 a.m. The Advent reading is by Associate Pastor Doug Brower and the traditional worship will be led by Lou Agliolo at 10:30 a.m. Special Christmas music is by Vee Sorenson and friends. The message by Pastor Chuck Clark is “Christmas Foretold.” Bible Study, focusing on Hebrews 12, is on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. 707-839-2625.
Christ the Redeemer Reformed Presbyterian Church
Eureka (1427 California St.): Come sing Christmas hymns on the Third Advent Sunday. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., the church service starts about 10:55 a.m. and the third service starts at 12:45 p.m. The sermon topic is from Romans 13:8-10, “A Call to Fulfill the Law Through Love.” The weekly Wednesday Bible study group is studying the emergence of Moses as a leader, within Exodus 3, at 6 p.m. (enter the church through the church alley entrance). 707-599-5394, http://www.christtheredeemerrpc.com.
First Presbyterian Church of Eureka
Eureka (15th and I streets): Interim Associate Pastor Russ Scholta’s sermon is “Grace, Mercy, Peace,” taken from Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 3:7-18. The Praise Band leads the music during the contemporary service at 9 a.m., with the Chancel Choir singing an anthem during the traditional 10:30 a.m. service. Sunday school is held during the early service. Child care is available during both services.
Eureka (1032 Bay St.): Celebrate the third weekend of advent as Pastor Matt Messner brings a sermon titled, “Unexpected People. The new youth pastor, John Salmon, and his wife, Sara Salmon, who will be serving as NextGen assistant, will be introduced. Adult and children’s services are on Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m and live at http://www.eurekafaithcenter.org. Youth services are on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Celebrate Recovery is every Monday with a meal at 6 p.m. and a meeting at 7 p.m.
Fortuna Church of the Nazarene
Fortuna (1355 Ross Hill Road): Sunday worship services begin at 10 a.m. with contemporary and traditional music, children’s church and nursery, followed by an adult Sunday school class at 11 a.m. The message from the pastor is titled “The Royal Law: How to Apply the 10 Commandments.” Refreshments at Solid Grounds Cafe follow. The annual Christmas dinner and children’s program starts Sunday at 5 p.m. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday. There is no program on Wednesday night. The annual Christmas dinner and children’s program is on Sunday at 5 p.m. 707-725-3151.
Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church
Arcata (1675 Chester Ave.): For the third Sunday of Advent, the Very Rev. Sara Potter will celebrate and preach at Sunday services of Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with music and hymns at the later service. Advent is the first season of the church year and is a time of preparation and expectation for the coming celebration of the Lord’s nativity, and for the final coming of Christ “in power and glory.” The weekly adult spiritual forum, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., is a lively and spirited discussion of religion, philosophy, literature, history and personal faith. There are no forums scheduled in December and January. Forums will resume in February. Sunday school for children of all ages is from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Child care for children ages 0 to 5 is available from 9 a.m. to noon. St. Alban’s welcomes LGTBQ people. http://www.stalbansarcata.org.
KDK Arcata Buddhist Group
Arcata (Community Yoga Center, 890 G St.): Practice Tibetan meditation on loving-kindness and compassion in the Kagyu tradition, followed by a study group Sundays at 6 p.m. 707-442-7068, email@example.com.
Eureka (Courthouse lawn, Fifth and I streets): A Peace Vigil is held every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. People of any or no faith are invited to be a presence for global peace. No perfume, please. 269-7044.
Humboldt Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Arcata (1920 Zehndner Ave.): On Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a Meeting for Worship where everyone gathers in stillness to experience the presence of spirit. Child care is available. 707-444-3069, humboldtfriendsmeeting.org.
Arcata (at Isis Osiris Healing Temple, 44 Sunny Brae Center, Suite 48): Held every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m., Transmission Meditation is a unique form of meditation whose primary purpose is to serve humanity. It requires less than a minute to learn and involves sitting in any comfortable position in a chair, or on the floor. It is practiced in groups of three or more and can be practiced by anyone age 12 or older. Meditating begins at 6 p.m. A $2 donation per person is requested to cover the cost of the facility. 707-681-9970, TransmissionMeditation.org.
Shelter Cove Chapel by the Sea
Shelter Cove (83 Lower Pacific Drive): Sunday services are at 11 a.m. Bible studies take place Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. 707-986-7646.
Galilee Baptist Church
Eureka (3132 E St.): Services start at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The pastor is Michael Burke.
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