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Youth Christmas Party

First Church of God is inviting anyone grades 5 to 12 to for the First Youth Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 20 at 5p.m. The church is located at 706 E. Monroe St. in Rapid City.

The event will have food, fun, games and more. 

Questions may be directed to Pastor James at or (605)390-1376.

First Presbyterian to hold gospel celebration

First Presbyterian Church, 710 Kansas City Street in Rapid City, will present “Hope! A Gospel Christmas Celebration” on Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. A festive reception will follow. The even will features music and fellow. 

Longest Night Service

A Longest Night Service will be held on December 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Knollwood Heights United Methodist Church in Rapid City.

This annual service is one of quiet reflection and music, especially for those who find the Christmas season difficult, due to a loss of some kind. For more information please call the church at 343-7145.

Pope recalls suffering faces from Myanmar, Bangladesh trip

Pope Francis says he recalls so many "suffering" but "noble" faces from his just-ended trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh.

He greeted people in St. Peter's Square on Sunday. Francis thanked God for the voyage's opportunity to meet residents in the two Asian countries, citing in particular the tiny Catholic communities there, adding he was "edified by their testimony."

Flying late Saturday, he recounted that he spoke frankly but privately in Myanmar about Rohingya refugees' plight and said he cried when he met some in Bangladesh, where they have fled a Myanmar military crackdown.

He said Sunday of his trip: "Impressed on me is the memory of so many faces, tried by life, but noble and smiling."

Francis had drawn criticism for not publicly citing, while in Myanmar, the Rohingya suffering.


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