Area churches will celebrate the Christmas season with songs, sermons, brunch and other activities this year.

Churches throughout the area each have their own unique plans. In addition to regular church services scheduled Sunday, Dec. 24, most will also offer Christmas Eve services as well. Below is a list of scheduled services for churches in area communities.

Area churches will celebrate the Christmas season with services this weekend.

Area churches will celebrate the Christmas season with services this weekend.

St. Maries

Benewah Community Worship – All are invited to a children’s Christmas pageant at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at the Benewah Community Center. There will also be carols and a nondenominational Christmas prayer.

Community Presbyterian Church – Morning service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec 24, and a 5 p.m. traditional candlelight service. 1100 W. College Avenue.

St. Mary’s Immaculate Catholic Church – 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service, Sunday, Dec. 24. 921 West Jefferson Avenue.

First Baptist Church – Morning service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and a 6:30 p.m. service with singing and refreshments. 522 S. 2nd Street

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Morning service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and a 7 p.m. candlelight service. 130 S. 10th Street

Church of the Nazarene – Morning service at 9:30 a.m. with cinnamon rolls served beforehand Sunday, Dec. 24, and a candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. 175 Grandview Drive

College Avenue Baptist Church – Morning service at 11 a.m. Dec. 24. 830 W. College Avenue

St. Maries Assembly of God – A one-hour morning service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. 405 S. 23rd Street

Plummer

Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Mass at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. 1173 E Street.

Plummer Bible Church –  Youth Christmas program at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and a candlelight service with music, specials and a Christmas message at 6 p.m. 1090 D Street

Plummer Assembly of God – Morning service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. 34 County Line Road

Tensed

Tensed Community Church – Morning service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. at Tensed City Park with a bonfire, hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies, caroling, Christmas stores and a short message. 110 C Street.

Sanders Community Church – Morning service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. 11249 Sanders Road

Worley

Worley Community Church – Christmas brunch will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, followed by morning service at 11 a.m. The evening service will be at 6 p.m. 30203 S. 1st Street

St. Michael Catholic Church –  Mass at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec 24, and at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec 25. 1824 I Street.

DeSmet

Sacred Heart Mission – Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and at noon Monday, Dec. 25. 149 Byrnes Avenue

Harrison

Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Mass will be at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24. Pine Street

Harrison Community Baptist Church – Morning service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and then church members will meet at Valley Vista at 3 p.m. to present a Christmas Eve service to the residents. There will be carols and a message. All are invited. 100 E. Pine Street.

UpRiver

UpRiver Bible Church – Morning service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, with an evening service at 6 p.m. 64100 Highway 3 S., Fernwood.

Clearwater Bible Church – Morning service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, with singing and a short message at 6 p.m. 120 North Emida Avenue, Emida.

Fellowship Bible Church  – A morning candlelight service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. Call 208-245-1545 for the location. A potluck will follow the service.

Medimont

River of Life Community Church – Morning service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. Sunday school is at 8:30 a.m. 31146 S. Highway 3.

Rose Lake

Crossroads Community Church – There will be a birthday party for Jesus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. There will be songs, story, gifts and lunch. It is for children ages five to 12 years old.  14872 East Queen Street, Rose Lake. The morning service is at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24.

An old tradition returns and a new one begins.

The annual Christmas in St. Maries celebration is Saturday, Dec. 2. The kickoff to the holiday season, sponsored by the St. Maries Chamber of Commerce, welcomes back an old tradition and adds a new activity as part of the day’s events.

Years ago, individuals used to do a jingle bell stroll. This year, community members are invited to take part. Individuals will walk from IGA to Cabin City ringing jingle bells as loud as they can.

“It’s my understanding we used to do this years ago,” Shirley Ackerman said.

Cindy Willard is organizing the activity this year, which will take place at 10 a.m. Call her at 208-245-3495 to pre-register. Mrs. Ackerman said the Chamber has jingle bells for participants to use if they do not have any.

Annie Fredericks, Serena Crane, Shirley Ackerman, Yvette Benham and Linda Weinmann are gearing up for the annual Christmas in St. Maries event Saturday.

Annie Fredericks, Serena Crane, Shirley Ackerman, Yvette Benham and Linda Weinmann are gearing up for the annual Christmas in St. Maries event Saturday.

New this year is story time with Santa Claus at noon at the St. Maries Library. There will be crafts and snacks as well. All are invited.

Following story time, Santa will arrive on Main Avenue at 12:45 p.m. The Stroll on Main kicks off at 1 p.m. There will be vendors, fire pits, carolers and more. Horse drawn wagon rides leave The Grub Box parking lot from noon to 4 p.m. Merchant sales and festivities will take place throughout the day.

Craft fairs are planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shadowy Rivers Mall and the Eagles Lodge. There will be a photo booth as well as photos with Santa at Shadowy Rivers Mall.

The children-pet costume contest and parade returns for the second consecutive year. It is at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by Potlatch #1 Federal Credit Union. Register at 12:45 p.m. at 8th and Main. First place is $50 Visa card, second place is $30 and third is $20.

There is a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree contest again and participants can register at the Chamber table, 8th and Main, as well. It starts at 1 p.m. Children may write letters to Santa at The Paperhouse from 1 to 4 p.m.

Finally, the lighted Christmas Parade will wrap up the day’s festivities at 5 p.m. Line-up starts at 4 p.m. at IGA with judging at 4:45 p.m. There is a $200 first place overall prize, a $100 prize for second place and $50 for third.

Call 208-245-3563 to pre-register.

“We’re excited to continue this long standing tradition,” Mrs. Ackerman said. “We want everyone to come and participate. We are encouraging businesses to join in and decorate. It’s a great event for the whole family.”

Christmas in St. Maries merchandise, such as zip-ups, hoodies and sweatshirts, may be ordered now. Only a limited stock of items will be sold at Saturday’s event.

Prices range from $20 to $37. Big River Embroidery is doing the merchandise this year.

Veterans will be honored this weekend at the annual Benewah County Veterans’ Day Dinner.

The event starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the St. Maries Elks Lodge. As always, there is no cost for veterans and their families who attend.

Jim Shubert, Tim Hall, Jeanne and Dean Johnson invite area veterans to the Benewah County Veterans Day Dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.

Jim Shubert, Tim Hall, Jeanne and Dean Johnson invite area veterans to the Benewah County Veterans Day Dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.

The Elks Lodge and American Legion Post 25 take turns sponsoring the dinner each year. During Sunday’s meal, Jim Shubert will be the guest speaker. He will show a PowerPoint presentation on a former St. Maries resident Clyde Pangborn.

“He was a 1917 graduate of St. Maries High School and was the first one to fly, non-stop, the entire Pacific Ocean,” Mr. Shubert said.  “I have photos of him growing up in St. Maries. He was also a member of American Legion Post 25 when he made the flight.”

Families who attend the dinner should bring a salad or dessert to share. The main course will be provided.

“The Elks have been a great supporter of local veterans,” Dean Johnson said.

“For a number of years,” Mr. Shubert added.

All veterans are invited to attend. Veterans do not have to be a member of the Elks Lodge, the American Legion or any other group to attend.

“We want veterans and their families and widows of veterans to attend,” Mr. Shubert said. “Come enjoy a meal as well as spend time visiting with others.”

Call Mr. Shubert at 582-1372 for more information.

These events aren’t anything to boo at.

They all promise a scary good time and fun for children and adults alike.

Several activities are scheduled throughout Benewah County to celebrate Halloween.

Aubree Hebert, Cason Kalberer, Easton Harvey, Paislie Welling and Uriah German are geeting excited for trick-or-treating.

Aubree Hebert, Cason Kalberer, Easton Harvey, Paislie Welling and Uriah German are geeting excited for trick-or-treating.

St. Maries

Benewah Community Hospital will once again open its doors for Fright Night. Free admission for all, the event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. There will be tons of games, contests, tons of candy, a photo booth, food and more. Those who come should enter through the main entrance at College Avenue.

Families are invited to attend a spook-tacular party Saturday, Oct. 28, hosted by the UpRiver Saddle Club. The party, which will take place at the St. Maries Elks Lodge, is from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be games, a cake walk at 7 p.m., a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight and a costume contest with prizes for the best costume in three age groups (11 and younger, 12 to 17, and 18 and older). There will be a live auction and a face painting booth as well. The cost to attend is $7 per adult, $5 per child or $20 for a family. Money will help the saddle club build a new clubhouse at their arena near Santa.

The St. Maries Library will keep its doors open after hours Halloween night. The library will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, for a craft, guessing game, photo booth and best costume awards. All are invited to swing in for some fun.

St. Maries children can trick or treat with their hometown Lumberjacks during “Trunk or Treat” from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. St. Maries high school students will hand out candy and decorate their cars and trucks in the parking lots of Blue Goose Sporting Goods and the Eagles lodge. There is no cost to attend, and the public is welcome.

(From right) Kaley Auer, Carson Humphrey, Toby Young, Kaylee Nelson and Samantha McNulty show off their decorated cars, which will appear at ASB's "Trunk or Treat" event Oct. 31. Children in St. Maries will be able to meet with their favorite Lumberjacks as they gather candy and look at the group's decorated cars.

(From right) Kaley Auer, Carson Humphrey, Toby Young, Kaylee Nelson and Samantha McNulty show off their decorated cars, which will appear at ASB’s “Trunk or Treat” event Oct. 31. Children in St. Maries will be able to meet with their favorite Lumberjacks as they gather candy and look at the group’s decorated cars.

The Friends of the St. Maries LDS Ward invite children to trunk-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday,  Oct. 27, at 201 S. 23rd Street. Vehicles will be decorated and lots of candy will be available to trick-or-treaters. There will also be a chili cookoff for adults. Call 208-245-2224 for more information.

Plummer

The Benewah Medical and Wellness Center invites area families to a Halloween party from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. All activities will take place at the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Wellness Center. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. There will be trunk-or-treating in the back parking lot, a fun run/walk, games, contests, lots of candy and a movie as well. The event is free and is open to all ages.

Benewah Valley

The Benewah Valley Association and the Ladies Home Demonstration Club will sponsor the Benewah Valley’s Halloween Party at the community center. The event starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and promises fun for the whole family. There will be soups, games, candy, a bonfire and more. Those who attend are encouraged to wear a costume.

Fernwood

Once again, the UpRiver PTO has organized a Halloween party. It is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Pulled pork will be served for $4 or have a hot dog for $3. Lots of games are planned inclyding rock monster, bean bag toss, Wheel of Fortune, ghost bowling, tic tac toe, fish pond, dime toss, ring toss, a cake walk, a haunted hallway and more. The costume contest is at 6 p.m. and is for all ages (0 to 4, 5 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to adult). First place is $20, second is $10 and third is $5. There will also be a pumpkin decorating contest at 6 p.m. for all ages. Bracelets cost $5 and are good for all the games excluding the dime toss and cake walk. Individual tickets are 50¢.

Emida

The Emida Secret Sisters invite children and their parents to enjoy a ghoulishly good carnival from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. There will be lots of games, a costume contest and a cake walk. Donations for the cake walk are welcome. Tickets for games will be 25 cents or buy a package (25 tickets) for $5. Following the carnival, the UpRiver Youth Group will host a dance for youth ages 8 to 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tensed

The city of Tensed will host a Halloween party for area children from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Tensed Community Center.  There will be a pumpkin decorating contest, games, treats and a bake sale. Everyone is invited.

Worley

The Worley Fire Department invites community members to walk through their haunted house if they dare. The haunted house will be open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the firehouse in Worley. Admission is $1. Hot dogs will be served Oct. 31.

Calder

A carnival is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Calder School. There will be a costume and pumpkin contests, a haunted cake walk, and tons of games. Pizza and drinks will be served at the kitchen.

Harrison

One Shot Charlie’s will the annual Pumpkin Carving Party from 5:30 to 8:30 tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 26. It is a family-friendly event. There will be prizes for the top three adult winners and top three children’s winners. Carving materials and stencils provided. Pumpkins are judged by the crowd. A movie will be shown at 6 p.m. There will also be popcorn served. The full dinner menu will be available and those that bring in a canned food item for the Harrison Food Bank will save $1 per can.

A local man’s military service will be honored with a trip to Washington, D.C. Oct. 23.

Bill Barden, a veteran of the Vietnam War, was selected for a seat on an Honor Flight. Twice yearly, branches of the Honor Flight Network around the country honor veterans of past conflicts by sending them to the nation’s capitol.

“I filled an application and sent it in,” he said. “They called me Sunday and said they had one seat left on the place and if I want to go.”

Bill Barden will take his place on an Honor Flight Oct. 23 to honor veterans of past wars. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he will take part in a full-day tour of Washington, D.C. courtesy of the Honor Flight Network.

Bill Barden will take his place on an Honor Flight Oct. 23 to honor veterans of past wars. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he will take part in a full-day tour of Washington, D.C. courtesy of the Honor Flight Network.

Mr. Barden served during the Vietnam War as part of the Army Corps of Engineers from 1966 to 1969. During his tour he spent one year in Vietnam itself, where he helped to build a modern roadway from an airfield at Cam Ranh Bay north to the city of Nha Trang – a 30-mile road that provided a vital link for cargo and troops taking part in the war.

“The road that was over there was about like a bicycle path,” Mr. Barden said. “We went in there and built a two-lane road just like the one that goes up the Joe.”

The road Mr. Barden helped build is still in use today and is a major arterial for residents and tourists alike.

The honor flight will take Mr. Barden and his fellow veterans on a on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The trip will include a tour of many important memorials, including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and more.

Mr. Barden said that he is most looking forward to seeing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, a 246-foot black stone monument bearing the names of 58,318 service men and women who were listed as missing or killed in action during the war.

“I want to see the wall,” he said. “There were a number of young guys from here that never went home. Raymond Finley, the Hanson kid, and plenty more are there. I’m glad I get a chance to go.”

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