• The Presbyterian Churches of Crestview and Laurel Hill will host their 4th annual Living Nativity Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. CST at Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, 5118 Fourth Street in Laurel Hill. The outdoor journey back in time takes about 20 minutes. Refreshments will be provided once you have “returned to the present.” For more information, call Rev. Mark Broadhead at 850-682-2835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee will host a farewell dinner for Kevin and Anne Veldhuisen Thurs., Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. EST in the Church's Westminster Room, 110 North Adams Street. Cost is $7 per person. Please make reservations by Tues., Dec. 10, by emailing Christy@oldfirstchurch.org or calling (850)222-4504. Please note if you need a vegetarian meal.
• A U.S. District Court in Wisconsin ruled on Nov. 21, 2013, that the federal tax exemption for clergy housing allowances is unconstitutional. The decision was stayed pending appeal, so it should not affect a minister’s 2013 income tax return filing or the employer’s declaration for 2014. The case, decided by Judge Barbara Crabb in the Western District of Wisconsin, is expected to be appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling does not relate to ministers who reside in church-owned manses. Read a news story on the decision, read the decision, and read the Office of the General Assembly's statement about the decision.