Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Winter Solstice Marks Shortest Day of Sunlight

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Winter Solstice Marks Shortest Day of Sunlight

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Members of pagan and earth-based religions will pause Tuesday, Dec. 22, to celebrate the winter solstice, which marks the longest night and shortest day of the year for people living north of the equator.

Winter solstice celebrations typically focus on welcoming back the sun, as daylight gradually begins to increase starting on Dec. 23.

Included in many celebrations are all-night vigils that mark the birth of the midwinter -- or sun -- king.

In other religion news:

- Topeka Bible Church, 1101 S.W. Mulvane, will sponsor its ninth annual drive-in Christmas Light Show at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. through Dec. 31.

Automated, synchronized 30-minute shows will feature thousands of multi-colored lights choreographed to Christmas music. The show will take place on the south side of the church's three-story Mulvane Street building. Admission is free.

The church also is offering a free digital download of an original, never-before-released Christmas song from acclaimed solo artist and original Kansas band member Kerry Livgren as a gift to Topeka. The mp3 and information on all of the church's December events can be found at

- Victory City Church, 2622 S.E. 6th, will present "Grinchmas: The Grinch Who Couldn't Steal Christmas," at 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19; Sunday, Dec. 20; and Thursday, Dec. 24. Doors will open 30 minutes before each performance. Admission is free.

- Don Davis, a missionary to India, will be the guest speaker at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Harvest Family Fellowship, 522 S.W. Polk.

- St. Mark's African Methodist Episcopal Church, 801 N.W. Harrison, will have a special Christmas Service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20. The program will include musical presentations by St. Mark's combined choirs from the cantata entitled "Love, Light, and Life: The Gifts of Christmas."

- First Lutheran Church, 1234 S.W. Fairlawn, will have service of Lessons and Carols at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

- "Christmas, Christ, and Hope" is the theme of the Christmas program of the Sherwood Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints during the sacrament service at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, in the Topeka Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow Road. Congregation members Kristin Muir and Bob Jordan will speak. Christmas music will include congregational caroling and songs by the Primary children and ward choir.

- Harveyville United Methodist Church, 371 Wabaunsee in Harveyville, will have a "Longest Night Service" at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. This is a service to remember people who have died and honor their memories

- Oakland United Methodist Church, 801 N.E. Chester, will present the second annual "Miracle on Chester Street" Christmas music spectacular at 6:30 p. …

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