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Christmas Eve and day church services in Eagle County

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO, Colorado
AE Church Services TS 12-22-07
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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Eagle resident Sandy Bishop looks forward to worshipping by candlelight on Christmas Eve.

“I think it’s very emotional and very moving,” she said. “It makes you forget about everything else that’s going on around and the commercialization of the season. It helps you focus on what life’s really about.”

Bishop and her husband plan to attend a 7:30 p.m. service at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards, one of two holiday events Calvary Chapel Vail Valley plans tonight. The church also organized a Cowboy-style service with sleigh rides at 4 p.m. at the 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott. Worship coordinator Luke Wegner said he expects a crowd wearing jeans, cowboy hats and boots to enjoy Christmas carols with a Western twang.



For many people across the valley, holiday church services offer a chance to contemplate the biblical meaning of Christmas.

Edwards resident Brooke Segerberg plans to attend a Christmas Eve service for the first time. She’s singing in the choir at the Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s 10:30 p.m. candlelight service tonight at The Chapel at Beaver Creek.



“I think it’ll be nice because (Christmas has) gotten so commericalized, so sometimes you forget why you’re actually celebrating it,” she said. “It just makes you think about the real point of Chrismas.”

Here is a sampling of holiday services:

VAIL



St. Patrick’s Parish

Service details: Catholic mass

Time: 3:30 p.m. and midnight

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

Phone: 477-0378

Covenant Presbyterian Chapels at Vail and Beaver Creek

Service details: Family service

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

Phone: 477-0383

Trinity Church

Service details: Baptist service

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

Phone: 926-1759

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Service details: Festival Eucharist

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

Phone: 476-0618

Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Service details: Candlelight service with the choir

Time: 10:30 p.m.

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

Phone: 476-6610

MINTURN

St. Patrick’s Parish Church

Service details: Catholic mass

Time: 6 p.m. family mass and 8 p.m. vigil mass

Location: St. Patrick’s Parish Church, 476 Pine St.

Phone: 477-0378

AVON

The Vail Church

Service details: Candlelight services

Time: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. services with childcare for nursery-school age though age 5; and 7 p.m. services includes childcare for nursery-school aged children only

Location: The Vail Church, 39209 Highway 6

Phone: 949-6585

Eagle River Presbyterian Church

Service details: A variety of services

Time: 5 p.m. childrens’ worship service; 7 p.m. candlelight service; 10 p.m. contemplative communion service

Location: 455 Nottingham Ranch Road

Phone: 748-0040

BEAVER CREEK

Covenant Presbyterian Chapels at Vail and Beaver Creek

Service details: family service

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: The Chapel at Beaver Creek, 33 Elk Track Road

Phone: 477-0383

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Service details: Festival Eucharist

Time: 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Location: The Chapel at Beaver Creek, 33 Elk Track Road

Phone: 476-0618

St. Clare of Assisi

Service details: Catholic mass

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane

Phone: 926-2821

Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran

Service Details: Service with a childrens’ sermon

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: The Chapel at Beaver Creek, 33 Elk Track Road

Phone: 476-6610

Trinity Church

Service details: Baptist service

Time: 9 p.m.

Location: The Chapel at Beaver Creek, 33 Elk Track Road

Phone: 926-1759

St. Clare of Assisi

Service details: Catholic mass

Time: midnight

Location: The Chapel at Beaver Creek, 33 Elk Track Road

Phone: 926-2821

EDWARDS

Gracious Savior Lutheran Church

Service details: Call for more information

Location: 33520 U.S. Hwy 6, Edwards

Phone: 926-3550

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Service details: Children’s Christmas pageant with Eucharist

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 31622 Highway 6 (Across from Vail Christian High School)

Phone: 476-0618

St. Clare of Assisi

Service details: Children’s liturgy with the children’s choir at 4 p.m.; Spanish mass at 11 p.m.

Location: St. Clare of Assisi, 31622 Highway 6, Edwards

Phone: 926-2821

Calvary Chapel Vail Valley

Service details: Traditional service

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Berry Creek Middle School, 1000 Miller Ranch Road

Phone: 748-1103

Trinity Church

Service details: Baptist service

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Trinity Edwards Chapel, 90 Lariat Loop

Phone: 926-1759

WOLCOTT

Calvary Chapel Vail Valley

Service details: The church will hold a Cowboy-style service in the pavilion at 4 Eagle Ranch. Sleigh rides will follow.

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: 4 Eagle Ranch, 4098 Highway 131, Wolcott

Phone: 748-1103

GYPSUM

First Lutheran Church

Service details: Family service at 5 p.m. and candle-light service at 7 p.m. and again at 9 p.m.

Location: 400 2nd Street

Phone: 524-7919

EAGLE

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Service details: Traditional mass

Time: 5 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish

Location: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 215 Capitol St., Eagle

Phone: 926-2821

United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley

Service details: candlelight service

Time: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Location: 138 Howard St., Eagle

Phone: 328-6598

Mountain Valley Lutheran Church

Service details: 7 p.m. family service

Location: 802 Brush Creek Terrace

Phone: 328-6718

BEAVER CREEK

The Chapel at Beaver Creek

Service details: Catholic mass

Time: 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Location: 33 Elk Track Road

Phone: 926-2821

VAIL

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Service details: Festival Eucharist

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

Phone: 476-0618

St. Patrick’s Parish

Service Details: Catholic mass

Time: 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road, Vail

Phone: 477-0378

MINTURN

St. Patrick’s Parish

Service details: Catholic mass

Time: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Location: St. Patrick’s Parish Church, 476 Pine St.

Phone: 477-0378

EDWARDS

St. Clare of Assisi Parish

Service details: Catholic mass

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 31622 Highway 6

Phone: 926-2821

EAGLE

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Service details: Catholic mass

Time: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. bilingual

Location: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 215 Capitol St.

Phone: 926-2821

High Life writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 748-2938 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.


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