live: Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gov. Stitt holds press conferencedeveloping: Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Edmond City Council amends declaration of emergencylive: Oklahoma coronavirus confirmed cases: 1,472; 67 dead

NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Oklahoma faith briefs

Students to perform last holiday service in building

EDMOND — St. Mary’s Episcopal School students will perform their annual Nine Lessons and Carols service for the last time in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church’s current building.

The performance will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the sanctuary at the church, 325 E First Street."Over the decades, this space has resonated with the joy and expectations of students who were already too ready for the semester break. This year is no different with the exception that this service of Lessons and Carols will be the last celebrated at 325 E. 1st St. That means that even in the midst of joy, there is a hint of nostalgia, a bit of sadness,” the Rev. Mark Story, rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, said in a news release. The church is erecting a new building at 3100 N Broadway, which will, after 15 years at different locations, reunite church and school.In the service, which has been a treasured tradition at the school since the early 1990s, students read the nine lessons and each class sings a carol. The students in first through fifth grade will also sing some carols together."Every year our St. Mary’s Episcopal School community looks forward to celebrating the tradition of this exquisite service that conveys the deep peace and joy of the Christmas season," said Pamela Dockter, St. Mary's head of school.St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will host Christmas services at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 24 and 9 a.m. Dec. 25.

Group, church team up for Norman youths

NORMAN — Loveworks Leadership Inc. and Life.Church recently celebrated their continued partnership.

In support of the Loveworks Leadership mission, Life.Church presented an $18,000 grant to help the nonprofit continue to train, equip and develop young entrepreneurs so they may make a positive impact in the community.

The celebration took place Dec. 5 at The Loveworks Center, 121 12th Ave. SE, Suite 100.

"We’re honored to partner with Loveworks as they invest in Norman youth through unique after-school programming," Ryan Westrup, Life.Church Norman LifeMissions pastor, said in a news release. "Through these programs, students really get to channel their creativity and put their ideas into action under the guidance of great mentors and leaders."

As part of the partner celebration, students gave group presentations on the experiential learning they have participated in over the previous six weeks. Judges selected winners after the group presentations.

Through Loveworks, students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a specific area of interest, which may include animal care, volunteerism, culinary arts, triathlon training, 3D printing and other things. For example, Loveworks students recently experienced the public launch of one of their concept group projects called Wrist World — a virtual reality game that is now available in 44 OnCue stores, The Science Museum and Copelin’s Toy Store in Norman.

"Because of Loveworks, the students who develop projects like this have a deeper sense of accomplishment and a better understanding of what it takes to create and launch a project from scratch,” Westrup said. “It’s just one example of how Loveworks is preparing our youth of today to be our leaders of tomorrow."

Book

"The Mouse in the Hammock" by Bethany Brevard (JRBC Marketing).

From the publisher: In this book, a little mouse who sleeps in a Christmas tree hammock scurries around the house at night doing good deeds to prepare the house for Christmas. These good deeds include tucking Baby Jesus into the manger, cooling off the hot cocoa for Santa, taste testing the cookies and hanging the mistletoe. Mouse sets the example for children that they have to be big to do kind deeds and help others. A plush Mouse in the Hammock Christmas ornament is also available for purchase. The ornaments were made in fair-trade factories in different parts of the world.

Comments