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Churches, nonprofits participate in It's a Connellsville Christmas

| Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 7:21 p.m.
The German Christmas tree is decorated with handmade ornaments at Trinity Lutheran Church in Connellsville where members will hold a German Christmas Market Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, with ethnic food, hard tack candy and more.
Nancy Henry | For the Daily Courier
The German Christmas tree is decorated with handmade ornaments at Trinity Lutheran Church in Connellsville where members will hold a German Christmas Market Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, with ethnic food, hard tack candy and more.

Local churches and other organizations are preparing for It's a Connellsville Christmas, set for Saturday and Sunday.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Trinity Lutheran Church is celebrating It's A Connellsville Christmas with a German Christmas Market.

Visitors can take a tour of the church and the children's Sunday School will be singing Christmas carols and making crafts. Church members will be selling German food, including potato and dumpling soup, hot dogs and sauerkraut, pretzels, wassail, German chocolate cake and cookies, German fruit ornaments and pickle ornaments. Hard tack candy will be sold with proceeds benefiting the Sunday School and Bible School. The flavors are cinnamon, anise, root beer, clove, wintergreen, and fruit mix which contains cherry, orange, lemon, lime, pineapple and banana. One half pound is $3, one pound is $5, while supplies last. The one pound must be a single flavor.

A Christmas tree has been decorated with handmade German Christmas ornaments. There will be Trinity Lutheran Church Collectibles for sale until 5 p.m.

”Please stop in as you visit the other vendors in the neighborhood at Carnegie Free Library and the community center,” said Linda Ruth, church member. The church is located at 126 E. Fairview Ave.

The opportunities to get holiday cookies and baked goods begins at St. Rita's Church Social Hall at 9 a.m. Saturday when the Christian Mothers open the doors to the annual Christmas cookie sale. Later that morning, beginning at 11 a.m. Christopher Mickey will offer a church tour.

“I'm honored to have been asked to conduct the tour of St. Rita's this year. I'll be covering the history of the founding of the parish, the church building, its priceless stained-glass windows, frescoes and other furnishings, as well as our magnificent outdoor grotto. As the organist, I'll also explain the unique history of our Cannarsa pipe organ, and perhaps demonstrate its capabilities by playing a carol. After the tour, guests will have an opportunity to visit our social hall, where traditional Italian Christmas cookies and various other baked goods will be for sale,” said Mickey. The church is located at 116 S. Second St.

Beginning at 10 a.m. a cookie and baked goods sale partnering local nonprofits with area businesses will begin. Finley's Fighters will be set up in West Side Jewelry with hundreds of homemade cookies baked by volunteers who want to help the research and testing of a cure for young Finley Pletcher's sight. “We are hoping that all of our Finley's Fighters supporters will come in and buy some of our delicious, homemade cookies. Thanks to West Side Jewelers who sponsor us and allow us to set up our cookie sale in their business both Saturday and Sunday. Thanks also to the wonderful ladies who baked cookies for us and the organizers of It's A Connellsville Christmas for inviting our nonprofit group to participate. All monies made go directly to Finley's RDH12 Foundation,” said Finley's grandmother, Phyllis Kovall. West Side Jewelry is located at 315 W. Crawford Ave.

Lid'l Lyn's Special Occasion Children's Boutique, 601 W. Crawford Ave., will once again host Fayette Friends of Animals as it has each year and La Boheme will host Connellsville Area Historical Society whose members prepare cookies, fudge and breads. La Boheme is located at Connellsville Bed & Breakfast, 316 W. Crawford Ave.

At Spa Faces, 125 S. Fourth St., Buy Local will be selling cookies and Buy Local cards will be sold too, for just $5. “We're happy to be participating with this great local event again and working with Spa Faces, one of our Buy Local businesses,” said Lori Scott, Sustainable Communities Specialist | Fay-Penn Economic Development Council.

Pat's Bridal will host a cookie sale to benefit Erica Miller Rhetts Syndrome. The shop is located at 119 W. Crawford Ave.

Val's Massage and Yoga Studio will host the Tyrone Presbyterian Church Mission baked goods fundraiser as well as Louisa Clawson who will be selling her homemade lady locks, fudge and cookies to raise money for Finley's Fighters. The location is 426 N. Pittsburgh St.

FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library will be selling holiday cookie jars and soup jars at the Christmas Market being held in the library auditorium. On the first floor volunteers will preview Cafe Carnegie by serving lunch for a suggested donation of $10 as they continue to raise money for the new coffee shop. Carnegie Free Library is located at 299 S. Pittsburgh St.

At ArtWorks biscotti in several flavors will be sold to benefit Fayette County Cultural Trust.

Central Fellowship Church will hold a craft fair in the social hall at 316 N. Arch St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Church tours will be offered at both the Christian Church of Connellsville, 212 S. Pittsburgh St. and at Calvary Assembly of God, 1316 S. Pittsburgh St. from noon-5 p.m. Saturday. St. John's RC Church, located at 908 W. Crawford Ave. will offer tours noon-2 p.m. Saturday.

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him will be held Saturday 1-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 711 S. Pittsburgh St. “Those who attend will want to allow plenty of time to see this display of creches and angels. Everyone is welcome. It is an opportunity to embrace the true meaning of Christmas,” said Nancy Luckey, a church member and an organizer of the event. Punch, coffee and cookies will be served in the dining area. A free will offering will benefit Alternatives Yes of Connellsville.

Immaculate Conception Church, located at 148 E. Crawford Ave., will offer church tours noon-3 p.m. Sunday. The Holy Name Society of IC will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast 7:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday in the church social hall. The cost is $4.50 for adults and $2 for children who are age 9 and under.

The Albright Church will hold a lasagna dinner 4-7 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children. The meal includes lasagna, green beans, coleslaw or applesauce, homemade bread, beverage and dessert. Eat in or take out. The church is located on the corner of Murphy and South Pittsburgh streets in South Connellsville.

Connellsville Area Community Ministries will be open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. featuring the Christmas Room and the Care & Share Boutique. All proceeds benefit the ministry. A live Nativity sponsored by Connellsville Area Ministerial Association will be held 1-5 p.m. beside CACM.

There is plenty of free parking at all of these venues. The event sponsor for It's A Connellsville Christmas is Trib Total Media.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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