Nostalgic ‘Old-Time” Christmas program returns to St. John’s Lutheran Church

CHURCH EVENTS:   Historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford, Isanti, announces the return of its’ two ‘Old-Time’ Christmas programs on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2- 5 p.m. The earliest German immigrant settlers in Isanti County always celebrated Christmas Day, but of almost equal importance to them were the Epiphany Sunday events, which marked the end of the traditional Christmas season.

Also known as “Three Kings’ Sunday,” Epiphany recognizes the arrival of the Three Kings from the East, who traveled a long distance to find and worship the Christ Child. To pay homage to that Christmas ending tradition, St. John’s is offering two nostalgic programs on Epiphany Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. in German and 5 p.m. in English.

Both presentations are based on the now world–famous annual ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ performances offered at the King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England. There will be Scriptural readings foretelling the birth of Christ, as well as audience participation – joining in the singing of the best loved Christmas carols. Everyone is welcome. The church is located at 900 Co. Rd. 5 NW, just 2 1/2 miles west of Isanti on Co. Rd. 5 NW. Programming of these events by the Friends of Historic St. John’s, Inc.

Elim Baptist to host a free movie night

On Saturday, Jan. 11, Isanti Elim Baptist Church will be showing the movie Unstoppable at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. It is free, and concessions will be provided. Metal folding chairs will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own chair for better comfort. All are welcome.

Unstoppable is about a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals, which puts an engineer and his conductor in a race against time.  They’re chasing the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that will decimate a town. Elim is located at 114 Dahlin Ave. NE, Isanti. Call 763-444-9221 for more information.

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Free bread distribution

The Cambridge UPC will host its next Free Bread distribution from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 210 10th Ave SW, in Cambridge. Due to holidays, the church is unable to have the Community Dinner during January. The dinners will resume the first Thursday of the month in February.