Reformed Church plans yule program

The choir of First Christian Reformed Church, 805 E. 900 South, will present its annual Christmas program as part of the morning worship service on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.

It will accompanied by piano, woodwinds and percussion. This will be a program of readings, carols and music by Lloyd Larson, Don Besig, Doug Wagner, and more. Refreshments will be served after the service and a nursery will be provided.

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Handbell choir offers 2 Christmas concerts

The Wesley Bell Ringer Handbell choir will deliver two free concerts this month — one on Monday, Dec. 20, 7:30p.m.; and another on Thursday, Dec, 23, 7:30 p.m., both at Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 South.

The choir has received honors and awards from around the country for its mastery of handbell music. Each summer the Wesley Bell Ringers perform a national concert tour. Over the years they have performed in all 50 States and throughout Canada. The Choir is made up of talented young men and women of high school age and is directed by Mr. Terry Waite.

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Lecture to focus on intellectual property

SALT LAKE CITY — ""Religion as Intellectual Property" will be addressed by the Rev. Tom Goldsmith at the Sunday services of First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East, in services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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Krishna temple soon to mark 10 years

SPANISH FORK — It has been almost 10 years since the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple opened in Spanish Fork.

Since it opened on June 23, 2001, almost 400,000 tourists have visited it. It has hosted 80 major festivals and performed 300 "pujas" (housewarmings).

Radio Krishna broadcasts 24 hours a day over the Internet and the Krishna website,, is accessed by some 500 visitors a day.

Affirmation to host yule celebration

A Christmas Celebration for Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons will be Sunday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m., at Holladay United Church of Christ, 2631 Murray Holladay Road (4800 South).

At the celebration donations will also be accepted for a sub for Santa.

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Catholic Mass at Our Lady of the Snows

Catholic Mass is celebrated each Sunday, 5 p.m., at Our Lady of the Snows Chapel at Alta Ski Resort.

Located directly behind the Alta Ski Lodge, Mass will be celebrated throughout the 2010-2011 ski season, as it has been done there for more than 40 years.

St. Ambrose services extended for advent

Vespers and Benediction are held each Sunday, 4:30 p.m., during advent at Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish, 1975 S. 2300 East.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy this chanted prayer of the church.

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Unitarians to hear about Twain theology

SALT LAKE CITY — "The Theology of Mark Twain" will be addressed at the Sunday services of First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East.

Celebrating the centennial of Mark Twain's death in 1910, services will be at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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Christmas exhibits at history museum

SALT LAKE CITY— The Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will welcome the Christmas season with a new exhibit and two holiday celebrations.

Holiday events planned include:

 Artwork and Creche exhibit — Open now and through the holidays, the exhibit will feature "Nativity," a large mural by Brian Kershisnik. This painting illustrates a host of angels surrounding Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus. Other Christmas-themed artwork will be displayed, including paintings by LDS artists Elspeth Young and Walter Rane. The exhibit will also present cr?hes (nativity sets) from around the world.

 New Year's Celebration — Special hands-on children's activities and historical presentations featuring the Living History Pioneers will be held on Dec. 29-31. Celebration hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 29-30, and 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. Guests are also invited to enjoy the "Latin American Celebration" children's exhibit while participating in the museum's holiday events.

The Church History Museum is located at 45 N. West Temple. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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Mass set for today at St. Olaf Parish

BOUNTIFUL — Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mass will be celebrated today at 5:30 p.m. at St. Olaf Parish, 1800 S. Orchard Drive, Bountiful.

All the music will be in Spanish.

Afterward, there will be Mexican/Latino treats in the McNamara Center.

Springville museum displays religious art

SPRINGVILLE — The 25th annual "Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah" exhibition will be on display through Dec. 28 at the Springville Museum of Art, 126 E. 400 South, Springville.

Since 1986, the Springville Museum of Art has hosted this annual exhibition, which focuses on art that represents myriad aspects of belief and faith.

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Holiday fair planned by Cosgriff School

SALT LAKE CITY — The annual holiday fair for J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School, 2335 Redondo Ave., will be Dec. 11-12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.

There will be crafts, food. ornaments and gifts.

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Benefactor loans statue to St. Mark's

SALT LAKE CITY — A benefactor wishing to express his gratitude for the exceptional care provided to a family member by St. Mark's Hospital has arranged for a generous gift — the loan of a full-sized, nearly exact replica of Michelangelo's La Pieta.

Joseph Bishop has loaned the replica to St. Mark's Hospital, 1200 E. 3900 South.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother, Mary, after the Crucifixion. The original La Pieta can be found in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

This replica is licensed by the Vatican Observatory Foundation. The marble sculpture is faithful to the original in its detail and subtlety.

Its premier unveiling occurred in January 2010 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

This is believed to be the first time it has been displayed in a health care venue anywhere in the world. The public is invited to personally experience the sculpture through the end of the year in the main lobby at St. Mark's Hospital.

Cathedral announces upcoming concerts

SALT LAKE CITY — Upcoming concerts at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, include:

 "A Ceremony of Carols," Op. 28, by Benjamin Britten, Friday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 22, 12:15 p.m.

 The Christmas Carol Service, Monday, Dec. 20; Tuesday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m., with music of William Byrd, Anton Bruckner and Herbert Howells.

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LDS women urged to enter writing contest

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Entry in the "Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women" annual personal essay, poetry, and fiction contest is open through Dec. 31.

Segullah welcomes unpublished entries that address any subject in harmony with its mission: to publish insightful writings that explore life's richness and complexity while reflecting faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Entrants must be female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Entries will be judged by Segullah editors.

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