Religion briefs for Dec. 22

Religion briefs for Dec. 22
Published: December 22, 2012
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The 10 p.m. service will be a traditional candlelight service with a string trio and brass ensemble. Bishop Stephen Charleston will preside at the service, with Alsay giving the homily. A Champagne and chocolate reception will be held after the 10 p.m. service.

For more information, call 751-7874.

Charity

ORU students host parties

Oral Roberts University students hosted Christmas parties for eight Tulsa charities this holiday season. Students brought a moment of joy to underprivileged children, seniors with Alzheimer's disease and the homeless, as a part of ORU's weekly outreach programs.

“Christmas is a time where many families and children need to be reminded of the hope we have in Jesus Christ,” ORU director for missions and outreach Bobby Parks said.

At New Hope center for children, students decorated for Christmas and delivered a homemade dinner, led caroling, cookie decorating and set up an ornament decorating station, so children could take home presents to family members. At the Children's Medical Network, students brought Santa Claus with them to visit. At the Tulsa Day Center for the homeless, students put on an international Christmas festival. ORU international students also got involved with the festival.

The students also visited the Laura Dester Home for abused and neglected children, Cypress Springs Alzheimer's care facility, the Salvation Army Center for Hope and Elevate Dance studio.

Music

‘Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy' by Jason Gray (Centricity Records). From the record label: Recording artist Jason Gray's “Christmas Stories” album presents a deeper story celebrating the birth of Christ, while focusing on the details inside the Christmas narrative.