Advent/Christmas events, Dec. 1, 2012

Churches are planning special activities in honor of Advent.
Posted on Dec. 1, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

Community Advent Lessons and Carols, a 13-year Elkhart tradition, returns this year at First Congregational Church, 431 S. Third St. Join soloists Danielle Svonavec and Stephen Lancaster, the community choir and organists Jim Begly and Kevin Vaughn at 6:30 p.m. Sunday for an evening of choral and organ music, Advent hymnody and readings to celebrate the beginning of the Christian season of Advent and the holiday season. No admission fee and open to all. Donations are accepted for Church Community Services. Community Advent Lessons and Carols is sponsored each year by St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and hosted by various local congregations.

Tired of the commercialism of Christmas? Buying presents? Getting together with relatives? Cornerstone Baptist Church, 29635 C.R. 10, is planning an all-church series, “From Humbug to Hallelujah: Learning Lessons from ‘A Christmas Carol.’” They’re preparing for a Christmas without regrets by learning from the true Spirit of the season. Information: 262-1331.

First Church of God, 2411 S. Sixth St., will hold its annual Christmas carry-in dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship room. Heather Braowdakis of Chicago will present a musical program starting at 7 p.m. Braowdakis in the daughter of Richard and Martha Maxwell of Edwardsburg.

Nappanee Missionary Church Worship Choir and Winds presents its 26th annual Christmas musical, “Fear Not,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the church. Saturday night only, a special reception with free coffee, cookies and cider is offered from 5 to 5:45 p.m. The message of the musical and God’s message now and forever is “Fear Not!” There is a reason for joy in this Christmas season. Mark Potuck of Goshen hosts the musical. Dave Engbrecht, senior pastor, invites the public to any and all of the weekend’s activities. The church is two miles north of Nappanee on S.R. 19 at C.R. 50.

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