Temple to host program of stories from the Talmud

KENOSHA — Beth Hillel Temple, 6050 Eighth Ave., will host “Traveler Stories in Talmudic Literature” at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Professor Tziona Grossmark, head of the department of Galilee Studies for master of arts degrees, in the faculty of Humanities and Social Studies, Tel Hai College, Upper Galilee, Israel, will bring the stores of the Talmud to life.

An engaging speaker, Grossmark sees the Talmud as a vital source for understanding everyday life and archaeology as a way to enhance and expand that picture.

For more information, contact the temple at email office@bethhillel.net or call 262-654-2716.

Evening of Christian worship music planned Friday

KENOSHA — Kenosha Christian Reformed Church, 7506 25th Ave., will host an evening of uplifting Christian worship music on Friday that is open to the public.

The event will be held at the church from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Marianne Giebel at the church, email kenoshacrc@yahoo.com.

Lutheran churches plan cookie walk, craft sale

KENOSHA — St. John’s and Holy Nativity Lutheran churches will combine for their annual cookie walk and craft sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at St. John’s, 3833 Eighth Ave.

A large variety of cookies will be available, as will a good selection of handmade items for Christmas gift giving.

For more information or to reserve a craft table, call 262-654-7113.

Mount Zion Lutheran to host ham dinner Dec. 1

KENOSHA — Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 5927 37th Ave., is hosting a free Christmas Ham Dinner for the community on Dec. 1 from noon to 2 p.m.

All individuals and families are welcome. No registration is required.

Call 262-652-3054 for more information.

Church to host event to benefit Haiti school

KENOSHA — Kenosha Christian Reformed Church, 7506 25th Ave., will host an Operation Outpour Fair Trade Christmas boutique on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free Christmas boutique and bake sale is open to the public and will benefit a school in Haiti.

For more information, contact Marianne Giebel at the church, email kenoshacrc@yahoo.com or call 262-221-9529.

Public invited to Hanukkah menorah lightings

KENOSHA — Beth Hillel Temple invites the public to participate in the nightly kindling of its solar-powered Hanukkah menorah on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah at 5:45 p.m.

This will take place on the front steps of the synagogue at 6050 Eighth Ave. from Dec. 2 through 9. The traditional blessings will be recited in Hebrew and English. All are welcome.

UW-Parkside religious forum series to conclude Dec. 3

SOMERS — The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will host one more religious forum in its series. The forums are free and open to the public.

The last one in the series, “The Demise of Hell in Religious Belief,” is noon on Dec. 3 in Molinaro 105. The speaker will be Carthage College Professor of Religion Kristen Drahos.

For more information, call Wayne Johnson at 262-554-1613.

First United Methodist Church to host ‘Blue Christmas’ service

KENOSHA — Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.

First United Methodist Church, 919 60th St., offers a special “Blue Christmas” service on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.

The public is invited to join the congregation in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle and that God’s word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background, is welcome.

The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship.

St. Alphonsus Parish to host cookie walk

NEW MUNSTER — St. Alphonsus Parish is once again hosting its “Cookie Walk.”

Thousands of homemade Christmas cookies will be sold at the event on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon (or until sold out).

The event will take place at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church’s Biersack Center, 6211 344th Ave. in New Munster.

“This event is a great kick-off to the holiday season. Save time during this busy holiday season by purchasing a wide variety of homemade cookies at the Cookie Walk. We promise we won’t tell anyone you didn’t bake the cookies yourself,” said Erin Decker, event volunteer.

Cookies will be sold for $8.95 per pound. If you have any questions or would like to pre-order cookies, contact St. Alphonsus at 262-537-4370, ext. 201.

Olympia Brown Church seeks grant applications from nonprofit groups

RACINE — The Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church makes a community commitment each month by splitting the proceeds of its collections with area nonprofit organizations.

The “Beyond-These-Four-Walls” initiative began as a way for the church to help others and to support community endeavors that assist individuals and families across a spectrum of needs. All nonprofits are welcome to apply.

Grant application forms are now available for nonprofits for the 2019 winter/spring cycle. Grant forms must be received by Dec. 1 to be eligible for consideration. Request a grant application by email: churchoffice@obuuc.org, by calling the church annex office at 262-634-0659 or by visiting the annex at 419 Sixth St. in Racine.

Organizations should provide brief summaries to inform the church members of their work, mission and intended use of the funds requested. There must be a two-year period before an organization is eligible to receive another grant.

Contact Olympia Brown Church at 262-634-0659 for information regarding the program.

Somers church offers free diapers, wipes

SOMERS — Somers Community United Church of Christ, 9918 12th St., is offering free diapers and wipes to families in need from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Parents or authorized caregivers need to bring photo identification and a utility bill with current address.

Women who are expecting may begin visiting the diaper bank at the beginning of their third trimester.

For more information, call 262-859-2540.