Churches announce services and programs




ESCANABA — Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. Pastor is David Shaffer.

Monday prayer meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Wednesday night Bible study is at 7 p.m.

The youth service begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Kids Jam, for ages four and older, will include Bible stories, games, crafts, and snacks. For more information about Kids Jam, call 420-2076.

The Family Life Center is located at 117 Stephenson Ave. For more information, contact Pastor Shaffer at 789-4314.



ESCANABA — Sunday morning prayer starts at 8 a.m., followed by fellowship until 9:30 a.m. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. with two classes for adults, “Fundamentals of the Faith” and “Love or Die.” Younger children meet for “Generations of Grace.” Pre-worship prayer and meditation begins at 10:30 a.m. The worship service follows at 10:45 a.m. Nursery is ­available.

Kids for Truth Family Ministry meets Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program is for preschool children up to sixth grade. Transportation is available.


GLADSTONE — Sunday worship service will take place at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Fellowship time will be held at 10:30 a.m. Grace Kids will meet at 11 a.m. during the service. This is for children in nursery through fifth grade.

Student ministries for junior high students will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grace Church. Student ministries for high school students will meet on Sundays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kelly home. Contact the church office or Pastor Jon for more information.

Christmas Eve services will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. this year. There will be nursery for children up to four years old at the 10 a.m. service and no nursery at the 7 p.m. service. There will be no Grace Kids Ministry on Christmas Eve.

To schedule an appointment with one of Grace Church’s pastors, or for more information regarding life groups and men’s and women’s Bible study groups, contact the church at 428-1331.

The office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Little Light of Mine Preschool and Childcare Center is a fully-licensed preschool/childcare center offered at Grace Church. Preschool is offered for three-and four-year-olds during the school year, and year-round childcare services are offered Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Director Myrna Hughes at 428-9482.



BARK RIVER — Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school classes for people of all ages, including adults. The worship service starts at 11 a.m. Church members invite people in the community to join them for Christmas caroling at 4 p.m.; bring a snack to share for fellowship after ­caroling.

A special candlelight service will be offered at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24. A morning service will also be offered at 11 a.m. that day.

For more information, visit the church’s website at, e-mail, or call 466-2486.


ROCK — Worship service is at 11 a.m. on ­Sunday.

Youth group, women’s Bible study, and adult Bible studies take place during the week.

Kid’s club is held the first and third Wednesdays, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. This is for kindergarten to fifth graders.

For questions, contact Pastor Adam Hamill at 356-6133.




ESCANABA — Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. Reading room hours are offered before and after service and are open to the public. Sunday school is available on request.

The church is located at 325 S. 13th St. For more information, call 786-6644 or visit or



ESCANABA — Contemporary praise and worship service and children’s ministry are offered at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The evening service is at 6 p.m.

Wednesday evening classes for all ages start at 7 p.m.

If transportation to and from the church is needed, call 428-9445 at least one hour prior to services.

Pastor Tony Morrison responds to requests for home visits and personal prayers. Call 428-9445.

The church is located at 612 2nd Ave S.



ESCANABA — Sunday worship begins with Sacrament meeting at 10 a.m. for all the family, followed by Sunday school for youth and adults, primary for the children at 11:20 a.m. Priesthood, Relief Society, young women and young men’s meetings begin at 12:10 p.m.

The church is located at 1315 9th Ave. S. For more information, call President Wesley Schmidt, (224)616-1933, full-time missionaries at (715)207-5882, or the church at 786-0370.



ESCANABA — Sunday school is held at 10 a.m., followed by the morning worship service with Pastor Ann Salyer at 11 a.m.

Wednesday night fellowship starts with family dinner at 6 p.m., followed by Caravan Scouting Program for children of all ages and Bible study for adults. Contact Pastor Ann Salyer at 786-2339.

The church will be offering a non-denominational service at the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s Antique Village Chapel on Christmas Eve. The village’s chapel is located on the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. A service held with carols will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24.

If anyone is interested in assisting with music or readings, contact Ann Salyer at (734)-716-9978.




COOKS — Sunday worship services are as follows: Fayette, 9 a.m.; Garden, 10 a.m.; and Cooks 11 a.m. Cooks Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and breakfast at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Parish prayer meeting is from 7:30 to 9 at the parsonage.

The youth group meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Cooks.

Parish growth group meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the parsonage. Please call first.

Contact Pastor Lon M. Hider at 644-2618 or email



RAPID RIVER — A group of church members will meet at the meetinghouse at 6 p.m. today to go caroling. Anyone is welcome to join.

Sunday worship for the Third Sunday of Advent begins at 10:30 a.m. The adult Sunday school meets at 9:15 a.m. for seventh grade through adults, and kindergarten through sixth grades will meet for Sunday school during the 10:30 a.m. service.

The children’s program has been moved to the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 24. The church will also have two candlelight services for Christmas Eve at 7 and 11 p.m. that day.



MANISTIQUE — The Third Sunday of Advent will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Angus Wright ­presiding.

For more information, call Rev. Angus Wright at 341-0022 or Deacon Sallie Diller at 283-3268.

The church, located at 301 Range Street, is handicapped accessible.


ESCANABA — The Third Sunday of Advent will be observed with a 10 a.m. service. Rev. Laura Woodworth will preside and preach.

A Wednesday Holy Eucharist service will be held at 10 a.m. in the chapel.

The Delta County Medical Loan Closet is located at St. Stephen’s. The Closet loans a wide variety of devices.



GLADSTONE — Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. Nursery care is provided every Sunday during worship service.

The youth director is Tana Porath. Guest speaker is Dan O’Dell.

Office hours are Monday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church is located at 305 S. 9th St. For more information, contact them at 428-2848 or They can also be found on the web and on Facebook.



ESCANABA — Sunday worship services will take place at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. in the church sanctuary. The Sunday school Christmas program will take place during the 10:45 a.m. service. Coffee fellowship is from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday at the 8:30 a.m. service, and at the 10:45 a.m. service on the first and third Sunday of the month during the school year. All are welcome. At 9:30 a.m., adult forum hour will be held in the fellowship hall downstairs, Sunday school classes will meet, and the senior choir and the children and cherub’s choir will rehearse.

The Sunday morning worship service airs each week from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. on WCHT AM 600 and FM 105.5.

On Monday, Bible study class will meet at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall and the Boy Scouts will meet at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The church council will also meet at 7 p.m.

Zumba Gold will be held in the educational building at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The men’s dartball league will meet at 7:30 p.m.

There is no quilting this week.

The church office will close at noon on Friday.

On Sunday, Dec. 24, a morning worship service will be held at 10:45 a.m. and festive Christmas Eve services will be held at 4 and 9 p.m. Prelude music for the last service will begin at 8:30 p.m. A worship service will also be offered at Bishop Noa at 2 p.m.

The Ark Preschool is a licensed, non-profit, preschool for children two and half to six years old. A certified director, teachers, and teaching assistants provide an enriched environment for the children to grow. The Ark continues to offer classes for children each Tuesday through Thursday in the education wing. For more information or to register for the 2017-18 school year, call Chris Brzezenski at 428-1630 or Bethany Lutheran Church at 786-5410.

Bethany is handicap accessible. For more information, visit or on Facebook.


PERKINS — Worship on Sunday begins at 9:15 a.m. and is led by Pastor Diane Srutowski. Coffee hour follows worship. Sunday school is at 11 a.m.

The quilters meet on Thursday at 10 a.m.

For additional information about church activities, contact Pastor Diane Srutowski at 420-1234 or Bethany is also listed on Facebook.


ESCANABA — The Escanaba Free Lutheran Church Sunday school will not meet this week; instead, the annual Christmas program will be presented during family worship at 10:30 a.m. The program will include special music by David Grenfell, Betsy Lancour, and Corine Cummings. A potluck luncheon will take place in the lower level of the church after the program. Bible study will be postponed until after the New Year.


ROCK — Services for the Third Sunday in Advent start at 10:45 a.m., with coffee and fellowship to follow. Sunday school is during the service. A cantata will be performed at the church at 4 p.m. and will be performed again at St. Joseph’s in Perkins at 7 p.m. Refreshments and fellowship will follow each performance.

Because We Care for December is the Salvation Army.

For more information, call the church office at 356-6225.


GLADSTONE — Worship with Holy Communion takes place on Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Tom Otis presiding. Sunday school Christmas parties will take place at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Sunday school Christmas program during the 10:30 a.m. service. There will be a coffee hour at 11:45 a.m.

On Monday, the handbell choir will rehearse at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, the sewing circle gathers at 9 a.m. and clergy text study meets at 10:30 a.m. The welcome team will meet at noon. Tuesday is also the deadline for submissions to January’s newsletter.

Bible study meets on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. The chancel choir will rehearse at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Love Circle will gather at 9:30 a.m.

Poinsettias should be delivered to the church between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday or between 9 a.m. and noon on Friday.

First Lutheran Church is located at 1212 Minneapolis Ave. in Gladstone. For more information, call 428-4565 or visit


TRENARY — Sunday worship begins at 8:45 a.m. Holy Communion will be served. Lectors are Rose Robinson and Terrie Peters. Refreshments will follow the service. Sunday school for all children begins at 11 a.m.

For more information, call the church office at 446-3446.


ESCANABA — The annual cookie walk will take place from 9 a.m. noon today. A rehearsal for the children’s Christmas program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the final rehearsal for the children’s Christmas program will take place at 9 a.m.; a choir rehearsal will also take place at this time. Adult Bible study is at 9:30 a.m. Worship will be held at 10:30 a.m. with the Christmas program and and Sunday school awards. Anyone wishing to go caroling at nursing homes may meet at the church at 5:45 p.m. An AA meeting will be held in the church lounge at 8 p.m.

The XYZ (“Extra Years of Zest”) potluck will take place at noon on Monday. At 7 p.m., the Boy Scouts will meet.

Sewing will meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. A RICC cooking class will meet at noon.

On Wednesday, an Advent service will take place at 6:30 p.m. An AA meeting will be held at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, RICC will take place at 9 a.m. Bible study will be held at 7:15 p.m.

VA support groups will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

On Sunday, Dec. 24, a regular worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve candlelight services will take place at 4 and 9 p.m. The 4 p.m. service will feature the choir, and the 9 p.m. service will feature soloists.


ESCANABA — The youth group will have their Christmas party today at the Bowlarama. This party will start at 6 p.m. For any questions, contact DCE Intern Noah Bauer.

The church will celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent with an 8 a.m. traditional service and a 10:30 a.m. contemporary service. Adult Bible study and Sunday school will be held at 9:15 a.m., and the Sunday school will practice for their Christmas pageant during this time. The Christmas pageant will take place at 4 p.m., and a potluck meal will be offered after the program. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass.

Bible study will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A light lunch will be served by the church elders at 6 p.m. Wednesday. An Advent worship service will take place on Wednesday. The church’s Advent theme this year is “What Child Is This?”

The Aktion Club will meet at noon Thursday. Men’s Bible study will be held at 6:30 p.m.

The youth group will not meet on Saturday, Dec. 23.

The church is located at 2401 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba. For more information, contact Rev. Al Schubert III at 789-9350 or DCE Intern Noah Bauer at (719)-338-4364. The church is also on Facebook.


BARK RIVER — Sunday worship with full communion is at 10 a.m. The children’s program will be presented during the service. This week’s text is from John 1: 6-8, 19-28. The annual bake sale will follow the service. The Interim pastor is Len Gilley.

On Tuesday, the men’s ecumenical group meets at 8 a.m. at Firekeeper’s ­Restaurant.

The local TOPS club meets at the church at 5:30 p.m Tuesday. Choir practice is at 6 p.m.

Salem quilters gather at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. An Advent service will be held 7 p.m.


ESCANABA — Worship services for the Third Sunday in Advent will be held on Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Paul Doletzky leading the services. Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services. Bible study and Sunday school will be at 9:15 a.m.

On Tuesday, Bible class will begin at 10 a.m.

On Wednesday, Catechism class begins at 4:30 p.m. A soup and sandwich supper will be held at 5:30 p.m., and Advent worship begins at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on services and the church, go to or contact the church at 786-0363.


HYDE/POWERS — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hyde will observe the Third Sunday of Advent at its 8:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. Pastor Ronald Zindler will preach on the Old Testament lesson of Isaiah 61: 1-3, 10-11. A children’s sermon will also be presented. St. Paul’s sister parish, Grace Lutheran in Powers, will use the same readings and sermon at its service at 9:15 a.m. CST. The public is invited to either church service. Coffee and conversation will follow the service at St. Paul’s. This Friday will be the last adult Bible class of 2017 before the Christmas break. It will start at 10 a.m. EST in the lower classroom at church, and will focus on Old Testament prophecy.

To learn more about the Bible or about St. Paul’s or Grace, please call Pastor Zindler at 553-7321.


STONINGTON — Sunday morning worship service begins at 11:15 a.m.

Quilting takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday. Adult Bible study is held every other Monday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Contact Pastor Diane for details.

For additional information about church activities, contact Pastor Diane Srutowski at 420-1234 or Trinity is also listed on Facebook.



ESCANABA — Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Coffee fellowship is at 10 a.m., followed by the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Nursery is available during the worship service. Sunday’s message is “Breaking Down Barriers: Love.” The children will collect a noisy offering this Sunday. The women’s group will meet in room 9 at 9:15 a.m.

WDBC Radio 680AM airs the 10:30 a.m. worship service each Sunday.

On Tuesday, Bible study meets at the Swedish Pantry at 9:30 a.m. The “Loving Fingers” quilting group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. in room 9. New quilters are always welcome.

Wednesday Bible study is at 6 p.m. in the lounge. All are welcome. Pastor Elise will hold community office hours from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Stone’s Deli Wednesday. High school students in grades 10-12 are invited to “Lunch With the Pastor.”

The Annual Pasty Christmas Party will take place Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Family Inn. Call Lois Lavelle at 786-7638 for ­reservations.

The children’s Christmas program will take place during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 24. There will be a candlelight service at 7 p.m. that day.


ESCANABA — Worship for the Third Sunday of Advent is at 9:30 a.m., and the Sunday school youth will present a special program during the service. A potluck brunch will take place after the service. Sunday school classes will not be held for the rest of December. Youth Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church to help prepare and serve supper for Hope at the Inn guests.

Wednesday choir practices will not be held for the rest of December.

Christmas cards for church family can be placed in mailboxes in the lobby.

On Sunday, Dec. 24, communion will take place during the morning worship service. A Christmas Eve service will be held at 7 p.m.


MANISTIQUE — Adult Sunday school will be held at 9:45 a.m. Worship will take place at 11 a.m., followed by a coffee hour. Childcare will be available in the fellowship hall during the service.

A prayer meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Bible study will be held at 2 p.m.

Hymn sings are held on the first Monday of each month at a local medical care ­facility.

Pasty sales are held on the second Wednesday and Thursday of each month.

Office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the church at 341-6662 or visit


GLADSTONE — Tonight at 5 p.m. there is a dress rehearsal for the Christmas dinner theater.

Sunday morning worship is at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Youth will serve as ushers and greeters during the 10:30 a.m. service. The children will collect the Noisy Offering for Heifer Project, International. A staffed nursery is available. “Growing In Faith Together” begins at 9:30 a.m. The Christmas dinner theater is at 5 p.m.

Monday, the grief support group “Grace Group” meets at 7 p.m.

Pastor Caroline Hart will lead the youth class at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The bell choir will practice at this time, followed by the vocal choir at 7 p.m.

Bible study will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. This is followed by the Advent class at 11:30 a.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 23, volunteers from various Gladstone churches will meet at Memorial United to cook and set up for the Community Christmas Dinner, which will be served from noon until 1:30 p.m. Christmas Day. Pie and roll drop-off is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23.

On Christmas Eve, there will be worship services at Memorial at 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 9 p.m.

Memorial’s clothes closet is open each Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gently used clothing is available for all.

For more information, contact or visit the church’s website at



(Free Methodist)

GLADSTONE — Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a fellowship time. The morning worship service with Pastor Jason Marsh begins at 11 a.m.

Wednesday will be youth groups, along with the midweek Bible study, begin at 7 p.m.

Monthly game night is the first Friday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a treat to share.


TRENARY — Sunday worship begins at 9 a.m. and Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m. Fellowship hour with coffee and snacks will follow the service.



ESCANABA — Sunday services are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. with prayer time a half hour before each service. Sunday school is also at 10 a.m.

Mid-week service with prayer time is Wednesday at 7 p.m. The youth also meet at 7 p.m.


ESCANABA — A new adult Bible class is on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Keith Cartwright will be teaching a course on the letter to the Colossian church. Bring your Bible. Keith has handouts and worksheets for each class. Dave Grant continues his presentations on the Book of Romans on Sundays at 11 a.m.

Families are invited to join us on Wednesday evenings for our activities. We meet together for supper at 5:30 p.m. and activities begin at 6 p.m. Everyone can participate, activities for all ages.

The church is located at 5079 18th Road in the Soo Hill area of Escanaba. For more information, call 233-0065.



FORD RIVER — Pastor Jay’s adult Sunday school classes start at 9 a.m. Worship service is at 10 a.m. Junior church and nursery are provided. Coffee and fellowship follow the service.

Service is videotaped live on Facebook at 10:35 a.m. each Sunday. However, announcements, prayers, and songs all begin at 10 a.m. for anyone attending the service.

Prayer meeting is held Thursday at 6 p.m.

There are alternating men’s and women’s prayer breakfasts on the third Saturday of each month.

Contact the church at 786-0747 for more information. Located at 3103 Hwy M-35, a couple miles south of the Ford River Bridge.



ESCANABA — Sunday school for all ages is at 9 a.m. The worship service, led by Mary Gavlek, follows at 10 a.m. Pastor Mark Highum will deliver the message titled “Christmas at the Mories: The Santa Clause (Ephesians 4:17-5:2).” Holy Communion will be offered with the meditation by Keith Mattson, and junior church is available. A potluck will be held after church.

The Monday evening Bible study is finished with their study on prayer. New information will be coming. Another women’s Bible study takes place twice monthly on Saturday at 9 a.m. Call Heather at 233-0364 for location.

The youth group, “The Vision,” will not meet on Thursday Dec. 21 and 28.

The sewing/quilting group meets Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Call Mary P. at 786-1997 for more information.


ESCANABA — Worship services start at 10:30 a.m., and nursery is provided. Classes for K-12 are offered during the sermon.

Men’s and women’s Bible study on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Men’s Connect meets the last Saturday of every month for breakfast, Bible study and to do projects.

Dale Ecklid is the interim pastor.

The church is located at 201 N. 12th St., just a block north of Ludington St. Contact or phone/text 280-4481 for more information.


WATSON — Sunday morning worship service will begin at 10 a.m. Coffee and fellowship will follow the service.

For information about the church, call 238-4252.



ESCANABA — Worship service is at 10 a.m. at 301 N. Lincoln St. inside the Delta Plaza Mall in Escanaba. Enter at the back main entrance by Shopko. Children’s ministry available for children up to ten years old during worship.

Women’s Bible studies available.

Student life starts the first Wednesday of December from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call Paul Culbertson at 241-6061, email, or visit



ESCANABA — Sunday morning worship begins at 11 a.m.

Bible study takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday.



ESCANABA — The 10:30 a.m. worship service of the Third Sunday of Advent will be led by Pastor Bo Lange and liturgist Joy Kuivinen. A musical offering will be given by Bill Rinne and music director D. Ann Wood.

Childcare with Bible stories will be available in the nursery from 10 a.m. to noon for children aged infant to preschool.

The church, which is ADA-accessible, is located at 9th Street and 1st Avenue South.




ESCANABA — Bible study for all ages begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Worship hour follows at 11 a.m. Copies of the weekly message are available.

The Community Service Center food pantry adjacent to the church is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday and ­Saturday.

Prayer meeting takes place Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the school.

Christian school is available for grades K-8. Grades 1-8 meet from 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Kindergarten meets from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.



ESCANABA — Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. Worship hour follows at 11 a.m.

Social service assistance is available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the Community Services Building.

The Soup Kitchen is open noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.





ESCANABA — The UU Fellowship meets at 10:30 a.m. at the Bonifas Arts Center, 700 1st Ave. S., studio entrance, every second and fourth Sunday of the month. Child care and education are provided, and socialization precedes and follows the service.

Unitarian Universalism is an open-minded, welcoming faith that draws on many religious traditions. Inclusive to all ages, classes, personal differences, races/ethnicities and spiritual beliefs, all are welcome in their search for spiritual truth and meaning. Refer to, 241-5373,, or Facebook for more information.




ESCANABA — Zazen, sitting meditation; kinhi, walking meditation; and Dharma discussion take place on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bonifas Arts Center. Use the studio entrance.

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