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Bishop’s Common enriched Living Residence is Oswego is having a holiday open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15.

The event is free and open to the public.

“The Holiday Open House will welcome back everyone’s favorite entertainer, Phil Markert for another great musical performance,” said Karen Murray, executive director. “Phil’s energy and enthusiasm through an interactive musical performance is a perfect way to celebrate our holiday season.”

Tours will be available throughout the afternoon. Bishop’s Commons is located at 4 Burkle St. on the St. Luke healthcare campus in the City of Oswego.

For directions or more information about the Holiday Open House, call 349-0799, or visit Bishop’s Commons on the web at


The Oswego-Fulton Episcopal-Lutheran Faith Partnerships invites the community to a special Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 120 W. Fifth St., Oswego.

A time for refreshments and friendship follows.

The Rev. Richard K. Klafehn  said “this very beautiful and interactive worship service is a special opportunity for those who are feeling blue, that is struggling, grieving, or hurting, and for others who care for them.”

He said lights are lit in the darkness and  participants may wrap the Christ child in bands of swaddling cloth on which they have written their hurts, losses, pains, or anguish.

“In the holiday season so many people appear so happy with great expectations, but others do not feel the cheer,” Klafehn said. “Because of the loss of relationships, job, or health, grieving the recent or impending death of loved ones, or being in the midst of a crisis, they are struggling and feel even sadder, hurting, lonely, and left out. Christmas season can be exceptionally hard, because they have to hide their hurt. This is an opportunity to be honest about these feelings, to come together, and to share the gentle comfort and promise of Christmas.”


During the month of December, members of Prince of Peace Church are collecting money to buy animals for hungry people around the globe.

They do so by filling up small, colorful cardboard barns with loose change.

Baby chicks, for example, will grow and provide eggs to eat and sell. Sheep will produce wool to make clothes, while a goat, which costs only $50, “can provide nutritious fresh milk that can be used to make products like yogurt and cheese to sell at the market.”

This mission, called “God’s Global Barnyard” is part of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s World Hunger Relief effort.

Those participating in God’s Global Barnyard at Prince of Peace are invited to write on a little piece of paper what animal they’d like their donation to go toward and place it in their individual barn.

The barns are retuned on Christmas Eve and placed under the Christmas tree. Last year, more than $800 was sent to Evangelical Lutheran Church of America to help fight hunger around the globe.

Prince of Peace Church is located just outside Fulton, on the corner of Gillespie Road and Route 176 North (the Whitaker Road).









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