Brenda Shoffner
Petra Bubanja will be the featured violin soloist during the Point Washington Christmas cantata Dec. 8 in Santa Rosa Beach.

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Point Washington cantata to feature violin soloist

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Point Washington United Methodist Church and Music Director Katie Ott present “Follow the Star,” a Christmas cantata with choir and chamber orchestra.

It includes a cinematic arrangement and performance of “We Three Kings” by violin soloist Petra Bubanja.

The cantata will be performed at 8:45 and 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at the church, 12980 North Highway 395.

Remembrance service scheduled for Dec. 16

SANTA ROSA BEACH — The South Walton Community Chaplain at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church Chapel will host a service of remembrance and healing at 1 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church, 3524 U.S. Highway 98.

It will acknowledge the grief and sense of loss felt by many this holiday season, and stand together in solidarity, prayer, and hope.

The service will be led by clergy from different denominations. There will be an opportunity to light a candle in remembrance of a loved one, and/or receive an anointing of oil and prayers. A brief reception will follow.

Contact Emily Proctor, or 850-783-0237, for more information.

Destin UMC schedules divorce care classes

DESTIN — "DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays" is a class provided at Destin United Methodist Church to help "discuss, process, rejoice, and even grieve these new beginnings," a church spokesperson said.

The church is hosting an initial class on the topic, then will launch a full class in January. The initial class is 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the church, 200 Beach Drive. Childcare and snacks will be provided.

Call 837-2021 for more information.

Wreaths Across America ceremony scheduled

SANTA ROSA BEACH — The Historic Gulf Cemetery will join with Arlington National Cemetery and over 1,000 other across the country for the Wreaths Across America observance.

The brief ceremony is set for 10:45 a.m. Dec. 14 at HGC, 1466 S. County Highway 393. It will include a nationally coordinated moment of silence before the placing of the wreaths.

The overall mission of this event is threefold: To remember U.S. fallen service members; to honor veterans of all generations who have served or are currently serving and their families; and to teach the next generation the price of freedom and the meaning of sacrifice and service.

Join event organizers in honoring this tradition by placing wreaths on every veteran’s grave site.

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