Celebrate the season at one of these special church services. For a directory of other local churches, see page 6B.
Calvary Chapel Payson
Calvary Chapel Payson, 1103 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, will have its Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24. There will be no service Christmas Day.
Its New Year’s Eve Service is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31. No service is planned for New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.
Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship
The Christmas celebration at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship, is Sunday, Dec. 22 with services at 10:30 and a Christmas potluck dinner at noon.
Community Presbyterian Church
The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson, will have a traditional candlelight service at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24. It will feature carols and scripture, and closing with candle lighting.
Expedition Church Christmas Eve Celebration is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24 in the Julia Randall Elementary gym. Come enjoy singing Christmas carols, tasty treats, an inspiring message titled, “Light Has Come” and a few more festive surprises. For more information, go to discoverexpedition.com.
First Church of the Nazarene
The children’s Christmas program, “An Out of the Box Christmas,” will be presented at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, A Candlelight Christmas Eve Service is planned for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24 with Christmas carols, communion, and a candlelight ceremony. Everyone is invited.
Shepherd of the Pines
Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will celebrate Christmas with two special services. A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24. The theme will be “Jesus is the Root of Jesse.” The Christmas Day Service is at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 25. Holy Communion will be served. The theme will be “Jesus is the Key of David.”
The New Year’s Eve Service is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31. Holy Communion will be served. The theme will be “The Eternal Dateline.”
For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440 or go online to www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com.
Holy Nativity Catholic Church
The Church of the Holy Nativity, Payson’s newest Roman Catholic parish under the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, will have the historical and traditional Christmas Eve Mass at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 25. The church is located at 1414 N. Easy St. (corner of North Easy Street and Bradley Dr.), Payson.
Payson First Assembly of God
Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Dr. (the Church at Green Valley Park), Payson, will have a Christmas program entitled “The King’s Birthday” presented by our PFA children, drama team, and worship team, along with a short message entitled “One Solitary Life” at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 22. Light Christmas appetizers to follow the service.
Payson United Methodist Church
The Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., Payson, will have its Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24 and will include special music and the Candlelight Ceremony.
For additional information, contact the PUMC Office at (928) 474-0485 or e-mail pumc_secretary@qwest office.net.
Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road, Payson, will have its Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24. Its Christmas Day Service is at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 25.
For more information, please call Pastor David Sweet at (928) 970-7606.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson, will have a Christmas Eve Family Service at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24 with Holy Eucharist, lessons and carols.
Christmas Eve Midnight Eucharist is at 11 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24.
Strawberry Chapel in the Pines, 8579 Fossil Creek Rd., Strawberry, will have Christmas Eve Services at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24.
See’s Candies sale
The local Soroptimist club will be selling See’s Candies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20 at National Bank of Arizona. The bank is at the corner of Highway 87 and West Main St., Payson. See’s Candies will also be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday at Walgreen’s. Arizona Elite Properties, 1101 S. Beeline Highway, has See’s available all the time.
Pine Library still has See’s Candies available for sale. There is a variety of candy, from a 2-pound box of chocolates to a 4-ounce Santa gift box.
The library is also offering a chance on a gorgeous See’s Candies basket valued at $180. The drawing for this basket will take place Saturday, Dec. 21.
Funds from the sale of See’s Candies and the tickets for the gift basket support the Pine Library. Candy will be available until sold out.
American Gulch Trail hike
Hike American Gulch Trail, starting at the end of Country Club Drive, once the road turns to dirt, continue on to the cattle guard, on the left is a pull-out available for parking, with the trailhead on the right. Meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 21. The trail is ranked “moderate” in level of difficulty.
Christmas for Kids
Do you have last-minute Christmas shopping, house cleaning or just need time to relax? Let us share the Christmas story with your child. They will play games, activities, and have a light snack.
The program is offered by Rock of Ages Church, 204 W. Airport Rd., Payson, and will be from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 21 for children ages 3 to 12. For details and to register, call (480) 688-6427.
Angel Project Toy Drive
A special Angel Project Toy Drive is being held through Dec. 21 by 8-year-old Angel. He wants to collect toys and other gift items to benefit Payson area children and children in foster care.
Please make a donation at boxes located at Cutting Edge, Mandarin House, Knotty Pine Cafe, Sawmill Theater, Time Out Thrift Store, Payson Barber Shop, Pizza Hut, Alibertos, Tiny’s, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Pizza Factory, Anderson Dental, Star Valley Storage or Bob’s Western Wear. Or choose an “Angel” from one of the drive’s local Angel Christmas trees at Stage or LaSierra.
Moose Lodge hosts children’s Christmas party
The Rim Country Moose Lodge 852, will have its annual Kids Christmas Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21 at the lodge, which is next to the Hellsgate Star Valley fire station.
Santa will arrive at noon. The planned activities include decorating gingerbread men and gingerbread houses, making ornaments and more.
Stop by the Moose Lodge anytime before the party to see how you can help.
Kids’ crafts and movies
Rim Country youngsters are invited to spend some time getting ready for Christmas at the Payson Public Library’s Children’s Holiday Craft Festival from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21.
Then to further entertain the youngsters over the holiday break, the Payson Public Library will offer special Monday Midday Movies from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., both Monday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 30.
The movie Dec. 23 is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” “Happy Feet 2” will show on Dec. 30.
The library is at 328 N. McLane Road.
Diamond ring raffle
Win a 1/2 carat diamond, appraised at $3,600. Only 200 tickets will be sold, which make chances much better than winning the lotto.
Payson Jewelers donated the diamond for a previous charitable raffle. The winner donated it back again, this time to benefit the Payson Senior Center and Payson Assisting Displaced Students.
Raffle tickets are $25 each or three for $50. They are available at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Payson or the Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St., Payson.
The drawing will be Dec. 22 and ticket holders need not be present to win.
Christmas diaper drive
During the month of December, Preferred Women’s Care will be collecting all sizes of diapers and pull-ups for families in need. All diapers collected will be distributed between New Beginnings Pregnancy Center and the Time Out Shelter in Payson. Please drop off donations at the Preferred Women’s Care office during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 120 E. Main St., Suite A, Payson. Call (928) 474-9744 for more information.
Socks and gloves collection
Polish Plus, 107 W. Wade, Suite 1, Payson is collecting socks and gloves for all ages.
All socks and gloves are given to the Time Out Shelter and the local veterans.