Holiday Events – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:31:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 ‘A Sola Christmas’ set for Dec. 12 http://www.pagosasun.com/a-sola-christmas-set-for-dec-12/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192495 By Leah Hellerich
Special to The PREVIEW
The students of Our Savior Lutheran School invite the community to attend their traditional children’s Christmas program and to hear them speak and sing the ancient and joyous account of the birth of Jesus. Their program, named “A Sola Christmas,” will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of Our Savior Lutheran Church and School at 56 Meadows Drive.
We all know how important a solid foundation is for a building. A building with a weak foundation may stand for a time, but eventually it will topple.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:11, “No one can lay any foundation other that the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
The student’s story in word and song will help us to live on a foundation of scripture alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone, under grace alone and to His glory alone.

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Heralds of Christmas right around the corner http://www.pagosasun.com/heralds-of-christmas-right-around-the-corner/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192475 By Rick Artis
Special to The PREVIEW
The Heralds of Christmas concert series will once again be hosted by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.
The church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.
This year’s event promises to be better than ever. More than 15 musical numbers, featuring many of Pagosa’s favorite performers, will fill the hall. Festive seasonal favorites combined with a few less traditional arrangements promise to delight the audience.
In addition, Noel, a local caroling quartet, will entertain before the concert and the finale will be an audience favorite, “The Hallelujah Chorus” sing-along. Following the concert, everyone is invited to meet the performers during a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be served.
Heralds of Christmas is presented by the Pagosa Springs Instrumental Music Society (PSIMS). PSIMS is dedicated to music education in Pagosa Springs, providing equipment, instrument repair, private lessons and more to several of the schools in town.
This year, the schools have a variety of needs. From providing pairs of drum sticks or a series of lessons to a set of chimes, and many items in between, there are many ways that you can help. At the concert, an ornament tree will highlight a particular need. Concert goers may select the ornament of their choice, make a donation in the amount indicated and take the ornament home as a reminder of the difference they are making in the life of a music student here in Pagosa. Donations for many of the larger items can be made as well.
Plan to join us next week at the Heralds of Christmas. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at the Choke Cherry Tree and Airport Self Storage on the west side of town, plus Bookends and the Chamber of Commerce in the downtown area. Prepurchase tickets are $10. Should any seats be available at the door, day of show tickets are $15. Plan on getting your tickets early as these performances usually sell out well ahead of time.

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Breakfast with Santa set for Dec. 14 http://www.pagosasun.com/breakfast-with-santa-set-for-dec-14/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192500

PREVIEW photo/Randi Pierce
Youngsters will have a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as tell him what they want for Christmas, at the Dec. 14 Breakfast with Santa. The annual event features a full breakfast, crafts, games, face painting for the kids, Christmas songs from high school musicians and a picture with Santa.

By Dan Burch
Special to The PREVIEW
Christmas is a time for family and tradition. The Pagosa Springs High School music department will once again host Breakfast with Santa. Many families have made this event a good way to start off the Christmas season with a great tradition.
Saturday, Dec. 14, you and your family can come to the high school commons and start the morning with a full breakfast, enjoy games and face painting for the kids, hear inspiring Christmas songs from our high school musicians and complete the morning with a picture with Santa.
This event is a fundraiser for the high school music department. All proceeds go towards the music department’s events in the spring, including the Music in the Parks Competition.
There is a $5 fee at the door and it covers all the morning’s events. Breakfast will be ready at 8:30 a.m. and will go until 11 a.m. Make plans now to make this morning part of your Christmas season plans.

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Chorale Society Christmas concerts this weekend http://www.pagosasun.com/chorale-society-christmas-concerts-this-weekend/ Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192484

Photo courtesy Richard Bolland
Dan Burch, music director at Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS), directs the 2018 Pagosa Springs Choral Society Christmas concerts. This year’s free concerts will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the PSHS auditorium.

By Richard Bolland
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Choral Society has completed its final dress rehearsals for this year’s edition of the annual Pagosa Springs Community Christmas Concert series. These concerts are free to the community on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.
All are welcome to come to the auditorium at Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS) to enjoy these performances.
Singing under the direction of PSHS Music Director Dan Burch, the 60-70 voice choir will present Christmas favorites of both a sacred and seasonal nature. “Winter Wonderland of Snow,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Ding-a Ding-a Ding” and the traditional “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah” will be among the featured selections offered.
A select jazz ensemble will also provide a light-hearted offering of “Childhood Christmas Favorites” and “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
Venita Burch will provide accompaniment for the choir. There is no admission charge for the concerts, but donations will be received to support music scholarships for students at PSHS. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Pagosa Springs Girls Choir holiday concert tonight http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-girls-choir-holiday-concert-tonight-2/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:12:26 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192481

Photo courtesy Jeff Laydon
The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir will present its Christmas concert, “Christmas at the Movies,” tonight at 7 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church.

By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
Come join the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir tonight for a wonderful holiday treat as the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir present its holiday concert, “Christmas at the Movies.” The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church.
Presenting favorite music from Christmas movies, the Girls Choir will be joined by Beth Filiowich, featured soloist. Filiowich will delight the Pagosa community with traditional carols and will also sing with the Girls Choir. Also on hand will be the choir’s vocal coaches, Darcy DeGuise and Jeanette Hill.
The Girls Choir will be offering Rocky Mountain Chocolate bars for purchase to help fund its summer educational trip scheduled for August.
Please join us tonight and support these outstanding young musicians for “Christmas at the Movies” at the Community United Methodist Church beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but your donations will be gratefully accepted.

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Holiday Hoopla continuing through Dec. 15 http://www.pagosasun.com/holiday-hoopla-continuing-through-dec-15/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:00:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192468

PREVIEW photos/Shari Pierce

By Mary Jo Coulehan
Special to The PREVIEW
What was once the Parade of Stores weekend shopping extravaganza has now morphed into the Holiday Hoopla, giving stores and shoppers more time to embrace the concept of “Shopping Local.”
The Hoopla event technically takes place through Dec. 15 whereby shoppers can reap the rewards of special discounts and chances to enter the prize packages. However, remember that you an always shop local.
This year, more than 35 retail stores and restaurants are participating in the Hoopla.
To start, stop by any of the participating retail stores and sign up and receive your Hoopla card. Keep this with you to use at the other participating retail stores and restaurants during this shopping period. When shopping, for spending at least $10, you will be entered into drawings for special prize packages to be awarded after Dec. 15.
Different from the Parade of Stores rules, it doesn’t matter whether you spend $10 or $100, you get one entry, not one entry for every $10 you spend. However, the same concept remains: the more you shop, the more times you can be entered in the drawings. You can also be entered multiple times in the same store if you make multiple visits and purchases.
Also, use your Hoopla card at participating restaurants to receive restaurant discounts for food and beverage specials. After all, we need sustenance when we shop ‘til we drop.
There are many opportunities to shop local during this time frame. Many stores will be offering specials only on certain days.
How do you know how to take advantage of these specials? Check out the Holiday Hoopla pages in this week’s PREVIEW.
Not only does your shopping dollar give almost three times the value of circulation by shopping local, you also support your friends, neighbors and community residents. Sometimes online shopping is just tough to beat. However, be thoughtful in your gift giving and try to send gifts from your community and support Pagosa Springs.

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St. Patrick’s Christmas Tea set for Dec. 7 http://www.pagosasun.com/st-patricks-christmas-tea-set-for-dec-7/ Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192173

Photo courtesy Lynne McCrudden
St. Patrick’s Christmas Tea, set for Dec. 7, will include music, handmade items for sale, fellowship, tea and more. Tickets are on sale now.

By Lynne McCrudden
Special to The PREVIEW
Do you have your ticket for the St. Patrick’s Christmas Tea on Saturday, Dec. 7? If you call the church office at 731-5801, there may be a few left.
If you didn’t get a ticket, there is still a way to enjoy the afternoon. Attend the free musical concert, which will happen in the sanctuary from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. The musicians will be the Dickens’ Carolers led by Venita Burch and the NightSong Trio, composed of piano, flute and violin.
You will also be able to shop in the Olde Curiosity Shoppe for beautiful handmade items that would make wonderful Christmas stocking stuffers or thoughtful gifts for friends and family. Just to give you an idea of the variety of gifts available: there are tea cozies to cover tea pots, tea wallets to carry your favorite brand of tea, cellphone holders that will surely help you find the always-disappearing phone, lavender sashays, hand scrubs that soften winter hands, mug mats and lots of beautiful Christmas decorations. All items will be reasonably priced and all have been loving made by members of the church.
The St. Patrick’s Christmas Tea has been taking place for many years and was first started by a member of the church, Linda Warren, who has passed away. Her vision was to give the ladies of the community a few moments of respite and to visit with friends before the Christmas holidays take center stage. As the event has grown, the church women found that it was also a great way to make a little money to share with the nonprofits in our community. The proceeds from the sale of the craft items and the free-will offering basket at the musical concert will be donated to nonprofits in the community. We hope you’ll share some time with us on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Main Street Bethlehem at Centerpoint Church set for Dec. 5-7 http://www.pagosasun.com/main-street-bethlehem-at-centerpoint-church-set-for-dec-5-7/ Mon, 02 Dec 2019 12:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192168 By Jon Duncan
Special to The PREVIEW
Bethlehem: small, insignificant, unimpressive, just a few miles from Jerusalem, on the edge of the Judean Wilderness; fertile land, a scene of terraced orchards and olive groves, surrounded by shepherds’ country. It had dusty streets, mild climate, simple houses clustered together before the opening valley and terraces that surrounded the village.
Bethlehem, or “house of bread,” as its name means, was rich in Israeli heritage, mentioned often throughout the Old Testament and remembered for many things — yet soon it would be remembered as the birthplace of the Messiah.
Yes, it was an important village in the history of Judah, but never one of significant size or influence; at the time of Jesus’ birth, there were most likely no more than a few hundred residents. Because of its size and lack of importance, there were likely not many inns located in Bethlehem — maybe even only just one. And probably not a large inn at that — not many rooms and certainly not a large enclosure to house the animals that would accompany the travelers. But just around the corner or just over the hill, there was a cave, one of the many caves that dotted the countryside around Bethlehem, caves that were used for sheepfolds, storage areas — and, in some cases, burial caves for the families who lived in the tiny village, complete with a supply of burial cloths to use as they laid their loved ones to rest.
How interesting that God chose that very place — in a dark cave filled with dirty straw and the stench of barnyard animals — to introduce the Creator of all things who would step into time in order to change the flow of history and the destiny of mankind for all eternity. How interesting that Jesus, on the night of His birth, would be wrapped in the very same burial cloths that He would wear as He was laid in the tomb on the day of His death. Ordained by God, orchestrated to the smallest detail, designed to show the world — so that there could be no misunderstanding — this child was born to die.
His mission was clear, His purpose unmistakable, His determination unstoppable; He came to give His life for us. He came to settle our outstanding debt — our debt of sin that we could never repay. The Old Testament prophets told of His coming, John the Baptist described Him as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” and multitudes were amazed by His teaching and miracles.
He entered this world in a stable cave, He lived a sinless life and demonstrated to the world that He truly was the Son of God through miracles and wisdom greater than this world has ever known, and He exited the stage of human history through an unimaginably painful death on a cross.
From stable to tomb — from one cave to another — the most important life of human history spent each day in preparation for you and for me. The Author of Life gave His life so that you and I might have eternal life. I pray that in every scene of the Christmas story, in every song of the season that reaches your ears, in every gathering together of friends and family, you will see the fingerprints of God on the greatest gift ever offered to you.
The package is neatly wrapped in the simple story of the babe in the manger, is filled with the greatest love that you could ever possibly know, and comes with the promise of — to those who will receive and open this gift — a joy and peace beyond our understanding. This gift will never break, or wear out or fade over time; this gift will not become outdated or irrelevant, it will never lose its value and it cannot be stolen or given away to someone else.
It has your name on it and is waiting for you at the foot of the cross. Go ahead. Take it. Open it. It was prepared especially for you. Questions? Uncertainty? Fear? Join us on Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. at Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive, where there will always be someone there who would be happy to visit with you, answer your questions and offer you hope.
Or, check out our website for more information: centerpointpagosa.com. And don’t forget Main Street Bethlehem next Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings — it’s a great way to start your Christmas season celebration. It’s fun for the whole family.
Plan to spend 30 minutes to walk through the streets, visit with the shop owners, sample some of the food and enjoy the atmosphere of first century Bethlehem. There will be Roman soldiers ready to enforce the mandatory census and collect the appropriate taxes, anxious and nervous pilgrims making their way to Bethlehem, and eager shop owners who are excited to make extra money from all the additional pilgrims journeying to the city of David.
There will be authentic costumes, Jewish dance, live animals, a synagogue with priests, a ram’s horn shofar, shops, the inn and, of course, the stable where Jesus was born.
There is no charge and no time limit, so just leave your cares at the door and take a step back into time and you will leave with a better understanding of what it might have been like to be in the City of David during the birth of our Savior.

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Heralds of Christmas coming in December http://www.pagosasun.com/heralds-of-christmas-coming-in-december/ Mon, 02 Dec 2019 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192166 By Rick Artis
Special to The PREVIEW
One of Pagosa Springs’ favorite Christmas traditions is coming soon. The Heralds of Christmas concert series will once again be hosted by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.
A myriad of holiday and seasonal works will be performed by local musicians. Both instrumental and vocal soloists and ensembles will fill the church with festive music.
Noel, a caroling quartet, will entertain before the concert and the finale will be an audience favorite, “The Hallelujah Chorus” sing-along. Following the concert, the audience is invited to meet the performers during a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be served.
Tickets are available now and can be purchased at Choke Cherry Tree and Airport Self Storage on the west side of town, plus Bookends and the Chamber of Commerce in the downtown area. Prepurchase tickets are $10. Should any tickets be available at the door, day of show tickets are $15. Plan on getting your tickets early as these performances generally sell out well ahead of time.
Heralds of Christmas is presented by the Pagosa Springs Instrumental Music Society (PSIMS). PSIMS is dedicated to music education in Pagosa Springs, providing equipment, instrument repair, private lessons and more to several of the schools in town. This year, the schools have a variety of needs. From providing pairs of drum sticks or a series of lessons to a set of chimes and many items in between, there are many ways that you can help. At the concert, an ornament tree will highlight a particular need. Concert goers may select the ornament of their choice, make a donation in the amount indicated and take the ornament home as a reminder of the difference they are making in the life of a music student here in Pagosa. Donations for some of the larger items can be made as well.
Plan to join us next month at the Heralds of Christmas.

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Our Savior Lutheran School and Preschool to offer pair of Christmas programs http://www.pagosasun.com/our-savior-lutheran-school-and-preschool-to-offer-pair-of-christmas-programs/ Sun, 01 Dec 2019 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192208 By Leah Hellerich
Special to The PREVIEW
Christmas is fast approaching and Pagosans have two opportunities to enjoy free programs presented by Our Savior Lutheran School and Preschool in the school gym, located at 56 Meadows Drive.
On Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., the school children in grades K-9 will present their program called “A Sola Christmas.” Their program will focus on the five solas of the Reformation: scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone and to God alone be the glory.
The traditional Christmas recitations are paired with these solas of the Reformation that form the theological foundation of the Lutheran Church. These “solas” are rooted in scripture and form the foundation of the Christian faith. Join the children as they highlight the connections between these foundational Reformation concepts and the celebration of the biblical Christmas account.
The following week on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Our Savior Preschool will share the joyful story of Christmas through word and song in a program titled “Silent Night, Holy Night.” God gave us a wonderful gift on a silent night over 2,000 years ago — a baby born in the city of David, our Savior, Christ the Lord. Join our preschool families as the children tell us about everything that led up to that special night.

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