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Faith Factor | Usher in the Christmas season

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Since its founding in 1996, Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble (or just “Tintab,” as the members say) has pushed the boundaries of traditional handbell performance and entertaining audiences around the west coast.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Celebrate Christmas with services, meditation, music and a retreat to connect with the joy of the season and peace in the New Year.

SERVICES

Dec. 22, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church: 6 p.m., Lessons and Carols. An ecumenical service of song and scripture, open to all. , 855 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 530-583-4713, http://www.stnicksepiscopal.org, stnicholastc@yahoo.com.

Dec. 24, Northstar California: Tahoe Resort Ministries is sponsoring a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. in Sierra/Martis room of the Conference Center. Hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies will be provided. Call 530-523-3095 or visit http://www.tahoeministries.com.

Dec. 24, Squaw Valley Chapel: Christmas Eve services, Children’s Pageant 4 and 5:30 p.m.; Carols and Candle Lighting 7:30 p.m. at 444 Squaw Peak Road, Olympic Valley. Rev. Art Domingue, visit http://www.squawvalleychapel.com.

Dec. 24, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church: Christmas Eve services, 5 p.m. family service; 9 p.m. Holy Eucharist; 11:15 p.m. Midnight service, 855 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 530-583-4713, http://www.stnicksepiscopal.org, stnicholastc@yahoo.com

Dec. 24, First Baptist Church of Tahoe City: 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Candlelight Christmas Eve services at 390 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City, 530-523-3095.

Dec. 24, Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee: Christmas Candlelight Service, 6 p.m., celebrate a wonderful evening of joy and love with family and friends. Donna Axton, Lily Egan, and the Live Wire Choir will present a glorious music program. Join this sacred and joyful time of realizing the birth of the Christ within each one of us. You may bring a dessert to share after the service, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Call 530-581-5117.

Dec. 25, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church: 10 a.m., Christmas morning Eucharist, 855 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 530-583-4713, http://www.stnicksepiscopal.org, stnicholastc@yahoo.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Silence for the Soul: On two upcoming Saturdays, from 3 to 7 p.m.— Dec. 21 for Advent/Winter Solstice and Jan. 11 for Epiphany — you are invited to “Silence for the Soul” serenity workshops at St. Patrick’s, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village, (www.TahoeEpiscopal.org).

Over these four hours, you’ll be gently guided in and out of traditional Christian meditative practices, in silence and candlelight: centering prayer, walking meditation, Lectio Divina, and times for guided and personal meditation. Instruction will be brief and simple; a soup and bread dinner will conclude the time together.

Attend one or both workshops at no cost and to bring your own journal, texts, or meditation aids. Presence for the full four hours is requested, as coming and going will interrupt the collective energy we create. Soft, comfortable, warm clothing is suggested.

If you’d like to receive this experience — to unwrap the beauty of silence and the light of Christ’s peace — please RSVP in advance to 530-546-7824, revclarenovak@gmail.com or just show up. Your gift will be waiting for you.

A Hipster’s Carol: Tintabulations, a community handbell ensemble from Reno, Nev., will present their annual Christmas concert, this year entitled “A Hipster’s Carol.” This concert will be joyfully performed at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., above the Tahoe City Marina in Tahoe City, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Clad in their trademark green Converse shoes, this hour-long concert will feature unique arrangements of everyone’s favorite carols performed on 120 bells and chimes.

The entire concert is narrated with an original poem about one man’s quest to find his own meaning of the holiday season. From upbeat songs like “Ding Dong, Merrily on High” to dramatic versions of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and “The First Noel,” this concert puts even the toughest Grinch in the holiday spirit.

World Peace Meditation and Breakfast: Dec. 31, 4 a.m. Held at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Join members of the community with the world community knowing as we meditate, share, and pray together we bring peace into the world. Meditation is at 4 a.m.; breakfast at 5 a.m. Come in your pajamas if you like.

New Year’s Day Retreat: Jan. 1, all day, held at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Release the old and bring in the New Year in this fun, deep, and profound experience with Rev. Liz Luoma and their Spiritual Community, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Take a potluck dish to share, blankets, pillows, paper/journal, pen, and your beverage. Sign up today at 530-581-5117. Cost: Love donation plus $10 materials fee.

ON THE MOUNTAIN

Tahoe Resort Ministries holds weekly Sunday services at 2 p.m. at local ski resorts from Dec. 22-April 20 (Easter). Services are 15 to 20 minutes. Services at: Squaw Valley, top of Big Blue Express; Alpine Meadows, top of Roundhouse; Northstar, top of Vista Express; Homewood Mountain Resort, top of Madden; Diamond Peak, top of Lakeview Quad; Mt. Rose, top of Lakeview; Sierra-at-Tahoe, top of Grandview. Dress warmly. For information contact Debbie Wohler at 530-448-9359, tahoeministries.com.


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