Advent at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Lutheran welcomes all to its December Advent season, celebrating the coming of the Christ Child. Sunday morning services will be at 9:30 a.m., with some favorite Advent hymns, and a series of messages by Pastor Jack on the connection between the Garden of Eden, and the little town of Bethlehem.

Wednesday night services begin with a fellowship hour at 6 p.m., followed by brief services of worship beginning at 7 p.m., with Advent hymn singing, prayer, and scripture from the Gospels, and the lighting of the Advent wreath.

The popular Christmas Eve Candlelight service will begin at 7 p.m., on Sunday night, Dec. 24, with classic Christmas songs, scripture readings from the Gospel of St. Luke, and the lighting of individual candles, and the Advent wreath Christ candle.

Good Shepherd is located at 51 Primrose Street in Paradise Valley, behind Shepherd of he Valley Care Center. For more information on the church, visit the website as goodshepherdlutheranchurch.biz.

Santa skate-a-thon

The Casper Figure Skating Club is hosting a Santa Glow Skate-a-thon Fundraiser from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the Casper Ice Arena. The public is welcome to skate with a $5 donation. Santa will be on-site, and glow items will be available for purchase. Please join us, but if you can’t, consider donating to a member to help support the Casper Figure Skating Club.

Stammtisch Christmas potluck

The Casper Stammtisch, a group interested in German-American heritage, the German language and fun discussions in both languages invites you to Weihnachtsfest (Christmas potluck party) at 4:30 p.m. at the Isaac Walton Clubhouse near Fort Caspar. Potluck snacks and dinner, a raffle and German Christmas carols.

Tree of Love at hospice

Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions will be hosting its Annual “Tree of Love” Remembrance Ceremony at 5 p.m., at 319 S. Wilson Street. The event is free and open to the public. We will be serving fresh cookies and hot chocolate while people write messages to their loved ones on balloons. The Dean Morgan School Choir will be there to sing while the balloons are released into the night. This offers a beautiful way to remember and honor special people lost through the years. Please join us for this sentimental and moving ceremony.

Sunday support meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous: 10 a.m., 500 S. Wolcott, Ste. 200; 10:15 a.m., 917 N. Beech; noon, 500 S. Wolcott, Ste. 200; 6:30 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott; 6:30 p.m., 328 E. A; 8 p.m., 917 N. Beech; 8 p.m., 328 1/2 E. A. Douglas: 1 p.m, Douglas, 628 E. Richards (upstairs in back), women’s meeting; 7:30 p.m., 628 E. Richards (upstairs in back). Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open. Casper info: 266-9578; Douglas info: (307) 351-1688.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 6:30 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 8 p.m., 15th & Melrose at the church. Web site: http://www.urmrna.org.

Nicotine Anonymous: 5 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club. Info: Pam M., 577-0518.

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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