News and Tribune

December 19, 2013



Join the Dr. Who party

From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, the Sellersburg Public Library, 430 N. Indiana Ave., will host its first “Doctor Who” Party.

Come dressed up as your favorite character from the show and compete in a costume contest. Test your knowledge by competing in a “Doctor Who”-themed trivia game. Have your picture taken with a replica of the T.A.R.D.I.S.

This event is free and open to all. Register online or call 812-246-4493.

Longest night ceremony set

Christmas can be a painful time for some. This may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died. This may be the first holiday season dealing with a loss that is especially difficult.

For these reasons, Sellersburg United Methodist Church, 226 N. New Albany Ave., Sellersburg, is offering a special “Longest Night Service” at 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 21, in the church sanctuary.

The service will include the singing of Christmas carols, special music, prayers and a message of hope. A time will be offered when you can light a candle in memory of your loved one. The service will close with each person holding a lit candle to light the darkness that surrounds us. A time of refreshments will follow the service.

For more information, contact the church office at 812-246-2502, visit our website at or on Facebook.


‘Blue Christmas’ service scheduled

For some the Christmas season is not a time of joy. It can be a time of sadness, depression or grief. The Downtown Churches of Jeffersonville are again holding a “Blue Christmas” Service at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church,  Walnut and Chestnut Streets, Jeffersonville. This service recognizes and affirms that there are many reasons that the holidays can be less than merry. It also uses scripture, hymns and prayers to share hurts and anxieties and allow the glimmer of hope and God’s presence to break into the sadness.

The pastors of the downtown churches share in leading the service. All are welcome and invited to participate in this annual tradition.

Animal Tales to entertain

Take an hour out of the holiday rush for an up-close, hands-on wild animal experience. Animal Tales will entertain the public with Holiday Safari at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23, at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville.

Participants will a select a present from beneath a small Christmas tree which corresponds to one of the surprise guest animals. Six surprise animals will be featured at the show. All are guaranteed an up-close and personal experience.

For more information, call the library at 285-5636 or visit All programs are free of charge.


Carnegie to host ‘Day at the Museum’

Looking for something free and fun for children over the holiday break?

The Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany will present its “Day at the Museum” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 27.

The event will feature children’s crafts throughout the center. Children can create a fuse bead craft upstairs in the foyer, and make handmade books, tin punch lanterns and stamped thank you notes for all those holiday gifts they received in the lower level. Light snacks will be provided.

This event for the whole family is free and open to the first 100 preregistered children. Call 812-944-7336 or email to register.

Hear carols by candlelight

A candlelight service of carols by Robert A. Hobby with readings by Susan Palo Cherwien will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at St. John Presbyterian Church, 1307 East Elm St., New Albany.

Join for a community candlelight service featuring the Holy Light Cantata with readings and music form St. John Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir along with a brass quintet.

Church holding worship service

Culbertson Baptist Church, 4007 Grant Line Road, New Albany, will sponsor a traditional Christmas Eve worship service at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, at the church.

Christmas Eve service set

Jacobs Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 Charlestown Road, New Albany, will be holding its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Tuesday,  Dec. 24.

There will be the singing of traditional carols and scripture readings that takes people back to that first Christmas so long ago. All are welcome.

For more information, call 812-944-8017 or visit