Oklahoma religion news in brief

Religion brief for Dec. 7
Published: December 7, 2013
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Donations sought for project

Donations are being accepted for Truth Baptist Church's Christmas Box Ministry. The church, led by the Rev. Chad Clement, is known for its outreach to residents living in several northwest Oklahoma City metro-area apartment complexes. He said members of the community are invited to adopt a child or a family by obtaining a wish list from the church and returning the listed items unwrapped by Dec. 18. He said monetary donations also will be accepted along with Walmart gift cards or the following items: blankets, hats, gloves, toys and stuffed dolls, color and activity books for all age levels, art supplies, nonperishable snack food, travel-size hygiene items and books for children and youths. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16-20 to help prepare the Christmas boxes for delivery. Clement said the church will distribute the boxes Dec. 20. Boxes may be picked up and donations dropped off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Dec. 20 at the church's meeting location, behind the leasing office at Artisan Ridge apartment complex, 12821 N Stratford Drive. For more information, call Anna Clement at 694-8380 or email truthbaptist@hotmail.com.

German Christmas Service set

The 29th annual German Christmas Service is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 3600 Northwest Expressway. The service is entirely in German and will feature readings and favorite German carols. English translations will be available. A freewill offering will be taken during the service, followed by a reception sponsored by the Germans from Russia Historical Society. For more information, call the church office at 946-0681.

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Book

“Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life” by Noble Smith (Thomas Dunne Books, $22.99).

Although it hit bookshelves last year, “Wisdom of the Shire” by Noble Smith is worth a read for those preparing to enjoy the feature film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” premiering in theaters Friday.

In the book, Smith sheds a light on the life-changing ideas tucked away inside the classic works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

FROM STAFF REPORTS