Holidays can feel lonely, Canyon Hills Presbyterian plans “Longest Night” service to help – Orange County Register

For many, the holiday season is an exciting time for celebrating with family and friends; for others, it’s the loneliest.

To help those who are in pain or suffering, Canyon Hills Presbyterian Church will offer its annual “Longest Night” service at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The community is invited.

This special worship service promotes comfort, balance and well being for everyone feeling anxiety, stress and sorrow this holiday season.

The Rev. Melissa Smith leads the service of healing and hope and offers a place for quiet reflection and peace.

For additional information, contact the church office at 714-637-7660.

Women’s Connection hosts holiday lunch

Celebrating the spirit of the holiday season, the Anaheim, Orange and Villa Park Women’s Connection will host its annual “Christmas Gala” luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the beautifully decorated Alta Vista Country Club. And all women in the community are invited.

A holiday fashion show presented by Linda Banzuelo from Pretty Fancy will feature the best selection of holiday attire. Arjang Ghavarni will share his beautiful operatic voice by singing special holiday music. Guest speaker John Reed, a retired Santa Ana police officer, plans to chronicle “The Stages of Life.”

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for shopping from local vendors and a chance to participate in a silent auction full of exciting items for bidding. Luncheon and program begin at 11:30 a.m. and the day concludes at 1:30 p.m.

For reservations, contact Barbi Zipperian at 714-280-9062.

December at the hills’ library branches

The Canyon Hills and East Anaheim branch libraries have many fun activities planned this month you may not want to miss.

On Monday, Dec. 11, at the East Anaheim Branch, Santa will join the storytime at 11 a.m.

Then on Dec. 14, the Talk and Treats will feature a holiday potluck lunch and book discussion starting at noon. This month’s book selection is “Pecan Man” by Cassie Selleck. For additional information contact the branch at 714-765-3887.

Canyon Hills Library will host its Talk and Treats from noon to 2 p.m. on on Tuesday, Dec.12. Those planning on attending should read the book “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng, and be ready for a lively book discussion. A holiday potluck follows the book discussion. For additional information, call the library at 714-765-6444.

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