Christmas services

St. Paul’s Lutheran, Lime Springs
Dec. 17 – Advent Evening Prayer Service 6:45 p.m.
Dec. 21 – Sunday Children’s Christmas Program 6 p.m.
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Worship 7 p.m.
Saetersdal Lutheran, York
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Worship 5 p.m.
United Methodist, Lime Springs
Dec. 21 – Christmas Caroling after 10:30 a.m. worship
Dec. 21 – Blue Christmas for those grieving 5 p.m.
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Worship 6 p.m.
United Methodist, Chester
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Worship 7:30 p.m.
United Lutheran Church, Chester
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 8 p.m.
Saratoga Presbyterian Church, Saratoga
Dec. 21 – Children’s Christmas Program 8:30 a.m.
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 6:30 p.m.
United Methodist, Cherry Grove
Dec. 21 – Children’s Christmas Program 10 a.m.
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Worship 8 p.m.
St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, rural Elma
Dec. 24 – Congregational Hymn Sing and Sunday School Christmas Program 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 25 – Christmas Day Worship 10 a.m.

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Blue Christmas grief service

Lime Springs United Methodist Church is filling a need for many from the area. It is having a special service on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. for those dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Blue Christmas gives us a safe space to grieve and remember those who are no longer with us during the joyous Christmas season.

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Christmas in Chester

Christmas in Chester has always been a special celebration for the small town. This year, many local businesses will be having open houses to help everyone gear up for the holiday season.

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Christmas Lights of LS Contest

You can be the Clark Griswold of Lime Springs! Just get out the ladder, thousands of lights and the plastic Santa and reindeer display! Or . . . you can just have fun and decorate your house for the holidays.

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Christmas in LS

Get ready for a busy day in town when the 18th annual Christmas in Lime Springs is celebrated this Sunday, Dec. 7.
Most of the day’s events take place in and around the Community Center, although some local businesses will be having open houses and selling items.

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From our place to yours —Rplace is new business in Chester

Brianna Olson, right, will be operating Rplace for her grandmother, Renae Anderson.

Brianna Olson, right, will be operating Rplace for her grandmother, Renae Anderson.

By Marcie Klomp

The old liquidator buildings, which have stood empty for five years, are showing signs of life again. Renae Anderson and granddaughter Brianna Olson opened up a consignment/thrift shop, Rplace, in the two buildings last week. “We can fill every room of your house!” Anderson noted.

“We purchased the buildings on May 1 from Harlow (Galbreath) and have been fixing it up since then,” Anderson explained. Along with the double-wide store, she also bought the garage, warehouse and grassy lot.

Although she is young, Olson is looking forward to running the store. The family has been busy the past few weeks getting the place set up. Olson is using some of her decorating talent she inherited from her mother, Neverlyn Anderson.

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Candlelight Festival of Trees

Waste not, want not Roger Lepa checks out the Lime Springs Herald tree, which won the tree contest for Festival of Trees. All of the ornaments, including the tree topper, and presents were made with recycled newspaper. The Library’s tree featured pictures of local heroes.

Waste not, want not
Roger Lepa checks out the Lime Springs Herald tree, which won the tree contest for Festival of Trees. All of the ornaments, including the tree topper, and presents were made with recycled newspaper. The Library’s tree featured pictures of local heroes.

By Marcie Klomp

It was another successful year for Festival of Trees, which took place on Sunday, Nov. 30.

There were only 10 trees that competed for the $25, first-place prize, and it was a close race. Lime Springs Herald ended up taking first for its newspaper-themed tree. Staff opted to donate their prize money to Lime Springs Pool.

Other businesses used bits of their trade as ornaments as well. Family Fun and Fitness had all sorts of fitness-related ornaments, including jump rope for garland and balls and frisbees as ornaments and a ball glove as a topper. Hair Port had combs and a curling iron as ornaments!

Ellen Klomp has a huge collection of Christmas tree pins that she attached to her tree as ornaments. Beverley Copeman and Lois Bronner put angels on one tree and Copeman made a Santa tree.

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