Advent/Christmas calendar, Dec. 15, 2012
The children of Adamsville Road Church of God, 51287 C.R. 7, will present their Christmas program, “Dude, You Hear What I Hear?,” at 9 a.m. Sunday. A Christmas gathering will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday featuring Dana Baker, Paxton Manley and Worship 4. Everyone will sing some favorite Christmas songs and there will be time to reflect on the joys of the season. It will be a relaxing time of fellowship.
On Sunday morning, the children of Bristol United Methodist Church, 201 S. Division St., will present a Christmas musical “It’s a WONDER-FULL LIFE” about the best gift at Christmas — Jesus. There will be two performances, 9 and 11 a.m. In between, from approximately 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., there will be a birthday party for Jesus in the Family Life Center of the church. There will be activities for the entire family. The Christmas story will be read, the group will sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus, there will be a special “Light of the World” Christmas craft, refreshments will be served and families will have the opportunity to have a photograph taken in a Christmas setting. The musical features a choir of approximately 50 participants that are 4 years old through sixth grade. Call the church office at 848-4031 for more information.
Calvary United Methodist upcoming Advent/Christmas events: Choir cantata “And Glory Shone Around” during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. With a blending of new melodies and familiar Christmas carols, this work recalls the dark days of anguish for ancient Israel that gave way to the dawning of a new day of light and love when Christ was born. Christmas eve candle lighting service, 11 p.m. Dec. 24. The hassle of Christmas preparations is at end. The hour of arrival of the Christ Child is at hand. Come experience the music, the joy of the awaiting and the peace of the candle-lighting celebration. Come casual; children in pajamas. New Year’s eve watch night communion from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Come and go as you wish. End the year with a few moments of prayer and reflection with the Lord. Rejoice in celebration of the New Year by partaking of holy communion at your leisure. The church is located at 2222 W. Indiana Ave.
Faith United Methodist Church, 22045 C.R. 18, will present the cantata “Celebrate the Wonder” at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Additional information at 875-4438.
Advent worship services at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., will focus on the humble and simple question people asked John the Baptist: “What should we do?” As hearts and lives are prepared for the coming of Christ, all will participate together in the rituals of Advent, seeking to answer that question as the body of Christ. Resources for Advent devotionals to use at home can be found at www.CollegeMennonite.org (click “Family Advent Devotional” in the “News Update” box). Special holiday services include: Christmas Pageant, 9:30 a.m. today in the sanctuary. Children and middle-school students will present a Christmas pageant, first telling the story of the nativity and then the story of the magi. Also, “A Night for Rejoicing” Christmas cantata, 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. This festive collection of original music and lyrics, along with many familiar and well-loved Christmas carols, was written by Lee and Susan Dengler, who serve on the pastoral team. The choir is accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble, which includes CMC’s Jubilate! handbell choir. The presentation also includes opportunity for congregational participation.
Nappanee Missionary Church Worship Choir and Winds presents its twenty-sixth annual Christmas musical, “Fear Not,” at 6 p.m. today and Sunday at the church. Today 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 2 miles north of Nappanee on S.R. 19 at C.R. 50.
Ecumenical Advent Centering Prayer services will take place at 7 p.m. Monday in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., Goshen. Good parking is available on the south side of the church, and signs on the doors will guide you to the proper place. The service begins promptly and will last about one half hour, followed by tea and fellowship for all who wish to stay a bit longer. Advent season is opportunity to surrender one’s grip on the old, the past, the “way it has to be,” and to receive and accept the gift of the Christ. This guided prayer time offers space and time for the Gift to be received. Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols, 9 p.m. Dec. 24: Candle-lighting service includes scripture reading, carol singing and musical selections by some of the congregation’s musical ensembles. Christmas worship service, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 30 will include congregational carol singing and a sermon by Phil Waite, pastoral team leader. After the service, all are invited for refreshments in the fellowship hall. There will be no second-hour classes. New Year’s worship service, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6: Will include communion and sermon by Phil Waite, pastoral team leader. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall after the service. There will be no second-hour classes. For more information, call 535-7262 or check the College Mennonite Church website: www.CollegeMennonite.org.
St. John of the Cross in Bristol is celebrating Advent by many of the members going to St. James Chapel at Howe School Sunday for a program of Lessons and Carols by the Howe cadets. After the service there will be lunch with the cadets. The Howe School is a private, co-educational, and college preparatory boarding school that enrolls students in grades 7-12. The Rev. Carol Fleming, part-time priest at St. John of the Cross, is also the chaplain at the Howe School. For Christmas Eve, December 24, St John of the Cross will celebrate the birth of Jesus with a hymn sing at 10:30 p.m., and then a Christmas Eucharist at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Goshen Community Chorale will join the Elkhart Symphony for a holiday choral celebration at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Lerner Theatre. Tickets available at the door, Lerner box office or online at www.thelerner.com.
Augustana Lutheran Church, 1133 Kilbourn St., will hold two services, 4:30 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24. The candlelight services include communion
Dunlap United Methodist Church, 23674 U.S. 33, will have silent communion at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve with a candlelight service at 10:45 p.m.
St. John’s United Church of Christ at Eastlake Terrace, 3109 E. Bristol St., will hold a Christmas eve communion service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Call 266-9064 or visit www.stjohnsuccelkhart.com for more information.