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Faith briefs 11/24/2012

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Contemplate, meditate on winter solstice

Already wishing the holiday rush would slow down a bit?

Columbus’ North Christian Church might help you.

The peaceful music of Indian flute ensemble Shilombish of Indianapolis will be a part of the second annual “Evening of Lights Labyrinth Walk” from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21 at the church, 850 Tipton Lane, Columbus.

The free gathering will take place on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year.

About 180 people attended last year’s event, according to church’s labyrinth ministry team.

“Folks’ response was overwhelmingly positive for this time of meditation, prayer, quiet and centering in the frenetic holiday season,” said Lanny Lawler, the church’s senior minister.

It is a contemplative-but-festive event, Lawler said.

Fire pits will crackle outside the church, and wassail and cookies will be available. Downstairs, in the auditorium, the Chartres Cathedral-style labyrinth will be available for walking as people pray, meditate, think or simply enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Information: 372-1531 or

Music to get you in the Christmas spirit

A smorgasbord of seasonal sounds will be served up at First Christian Church’s annual “Adventures in Christmas Worship” at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the church, 531 Fifth St., Columbus.

Worship will include: First Christian Jazz Band, Worship Choir, kid.nect, Family Worship Band, “and a little bit of show choir nostalgia,” according to worship minister Dan Wallace.

Admission is free.

Information: 379-4491 or

Advent class scheduled at First Lutheran Church

Writers and teachers through the years have referred to the Christmas season as a time of wonder.

In keeping with that, Columbus First Lutheran Church is offering a special Advent class with a bit of that theme beginning Dec. 2 at the church, 3600 25th St. Gordon Starr will lead the gatherings through Dec. 23.

Each week, participants will explore one of four themes — hope, love, joy and peace — from the “Book of Faith Advent Reflections: I Wonder as I Wander.”

Information: 372-1256,

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