Church briefs: Christmas events set at Impact Worship Center

Impact Worship Center Christmas events

BELLVILLE — Upcoming events at the Impact Worship Center include a Christmas Celebration at 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 23, It will include special events for the kids and christmas music and message for the adults. The Christmas Eve service starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 24. There will be Christmas music and message to welcome the Christ Child, along with communion and candlelight to end the evening

All of these events are free and open to the public at Impact Worship Center, 160 Woodruff Road. The facility is handicapped accessible. For more information, call the church at 419-886-9964.

Discover “The Architect of Joy” at All Souls

BELLVILLE — Joan and Reed Richmond will deliver the message at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Church of Bellville, 25 Church St. They will talk about “The Architecture of Joy.”

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light one more candle on our wreath: the pink candle that represents joy. How is it, you might wonder, that we could celebrate joy when there’s also so much suffering in the world? Isn’t that contradictory?

Joy is one of the qualities that, if not yet present within us, will come to us in its own time. This light of Joy, then, doesn’t require that you experience joy now, today, in your immediate surroundings. Instead, it’s a reminder to wait for it—work for it—with faithfulness that overshadows pain and cynicism. Joy happens in finding meaning, and this talk addresses four pillars of meaning to create a place where we can find joy, share joy, and take joy with us back out into our community.

Upcoming Village of Bellville meetings

BELLVILLE — The Bellville Planning Commission will meet in Village Hall at 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Bellville Village Council will next meet Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bellville Police Department.