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Thanksgiving dinner; Hebrew lessons, Live nativity

Nov 22, 2013

Church serving community Thanksgiving Wednesday

LOCKRIDGE — First Augustana Lutheran Church in Lockridge will be serving a Thanksgiving supper from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lockridge Community Center.

The meal is free.

 

Rabbi offers Hebrew lesson, Bible study Wednesday

Rabbi Chaim Gruber of Fairfield will offer a Hebrew lesson and Bible study 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at Fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

Gruber explained, for those interested in a deeper understanding of the Bible, learning some Hebrew can be a great help. Hebrew is the original language of the Old Testament and the Ten Commandments. It also is the language that Jesus spoke from heaven to Paul on his road to Damascus: “And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul ...” (Acts 26:14 KJV)

According to Gruber, Hebrew is actually fairly easy to learn, because there are only 22 letters and every letter has a unique meaning. Letter meanings combine to form the naturally intuitive meanings of larger words. For example, the Hebrew word meaning “heart” is spelled by only two Hebrew letters: an L-sound letter and a B-sound letter. The first letter, the L-sound, means “toward”; the second letter, the B-sound, means “inside.” “Heart” therefore equals “toward inside.” This is logical, because a heart beats toward its inside, and to get to any heart, even one metaphoric, one must go “toward inside”; after all, a heart, not superficial, is in a place deep.

Lesson also will discuss the meanings of the letter’s in Hebrew word for “love.”

The class is being given in honor of Hanukkah, which starts early this year at sundown Wednesday, said Gruber, adding the class is “great for Jews, Christians and anyone with an interest.”

For information, call Gruber at 720-363-2287.

 

Christian church presents live nativity scene Nov. 29

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will present a living nativity scene from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 29 in its gazebo.

A narration of the Christmas story will be given as visitors listen to music and view Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, along with the angels, shepherds and live animals.

Inside the church, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be served, while Christmas carols are played on the piano. Admission is free.

This is the second year the church has presented the live nativity as part of Fairfield’s Central Park holiday lighting dedication ceremony.

Organizers invite everyone to “enjoy the Lions soup supper at the [Fairfield Senior Citizen Center]. Take the kids to see Santa and the beautiful lights on the square, then drive a few blocks south and give thanks for all our blessings and remember the ‘real reason for the season.’”

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