University plans holiday events
The fifth annual Winter Wonderland Week at Oklahoma Christian University will begin with a Lighting of the Commons event set for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday on the OC campus, 2501 E Memorial Road.
The family event includes pictures with Santa, live music and horse drawn carriage rides.
The holiday theme will continue Thursday through Dec. 1 as the university's theater program presents Neil Simon's classic comedy, “Barefoot in the Park” at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre. In addition, OC's fourth annual Holiday Hustle 5k run, which features a U.S.A. Track and Field-certified course, will be at 9 a.m. Dec. 1. A children's run will begin at 9:50 a.m. Prize money will be awarded to the top finishers and a pancake breakfast will be served following the race.
The university will host “Cocoa and Carols” at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 3 in Hardeman Auditorium. This free performance features chorus and orchestra, followed by a selection of holiday music. Hot cocoa and cider will be served during intermission of the concert, which is open to the public. This year's performance is the first under music professor Kyle Pullen following the retirement of music professor Ken Adams.
For tickets to “Barefoot in the Park,” call 425-5540. Register and pay for the Dec. 1 5k run or children's run, at www.oc.edu/holidayhustle or the day of the race from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
Church offers Christmas ‘Journey'
A west Oklahoma City church is preparing to offer its seasonal “gift” to the surrounding community.
The 12th annual “Journey to Bethlehem” outdoor Christmas presentation is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and Dec. 1-2 in a wooded area adjacent to Forest Hill Christian Church, 2121 N MacArthur Blvd.
Visitors who attend the free event will walk in guided groups of about 20 on an outdoor journey that includes a live nativity scene.
Joy Dyer, a spokeswoman for the church, said instead of watching the Christmas story, visitors have an opportunity to step into the story and experience it.
For more information, call 495-0439 or go to www.fhcc.org.
‘Messiah's Mansion' set to open
HARRAH — “Messiah's Mansion,” an exhibit ministry, will be featured Dec. 1-9 at Oklahoma Academy, 18750 NE 63.
The exhibit will be open from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The exhibit features a life-size model of the mosaic sanctuary described in the Old Testament.
Church groups and school groups may make special group reservations. Walk-ins also are welcome.
The exhibit is free. However, school leaders said donations will be accepted to go toward the academy's 2013 mission project to the Ukraine.
For more information, call 454-6211.
Music ministry begins tour
The music and fine ministry of Fifth Street Baptist Church will begin its Christmas Celebration Tour on Dec. 1 at Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Oklahoma City.
The choir will sing both holiday and traditional gospel music selections. There also will be liturgical dancers, mimes and poetry. A sermonette will be presented as well.
The music ministry's tour also includes: Downtown In December on Dec. 8 at the Myriad Gardens; Grace Living Center Wildewood on Dec. 13; Shawnee Mall on Dec. 15; Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County on Dec. 20; and Crossroads Mall on Dec. 22. The tour culminates Dec. 31 with a New Year's Eve service at the church, 801 NE 5.
The church's music and fine arts ministry is under the direction of the Rev. JoVaughn Wheat.
For more information, call 235-6031.