Christmas/Advent events

Special services are planned to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Posted on Dec. 13, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Nappanee Missionary Church, 2 miles north of Nappanee on S.R. 19 at C.R. 50, will host its 27th annual Christmas musical at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15. “Come, Messiah King” is directed by Don Rohrer, associate pastor, and features the Nappanee Missionary Church Worship Choir and Orchestra. The musical will have dozens of local musicians and artists singing original music and holiday classics and will provide a time to join in and sing along. Lighting, drama and special effects add to the experience. Free coffee, cookies and cider will be offered from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Saturday in the church’s Grand Hall. Ted Yoder, a recognized expert on the hammered dulcimer, will provide special Christmas music during this time. For more information contact the church office at 773-7773 or www.nmconline.net.

On Sunday, Dec. 15, the choir at Calvary United Methodist Church, 2222 W. Indiana Ave., will present “Christmas Lessons and Carols” at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Hear scripture readings, period Christmas carols and traditional carol singing. A time of fellowship will follow. Sermon lessons each Sunday during Advent are “All I Want for Christmas Is — Hope, then Peace, then Joy, then Love.” The birth of Christ will be celebrated with the final advent lesson and a candle-lighting service at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

Faith United Methodist Church, 22045 C.R. 18, will present the cantata “Behold the Star” at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. This cantata portrays the message of Christmas through music and narrative readings. Information: Call the church office at 875-4438.

St. John of the Cross in Bristol parishioners will go to Howe Military Academy for Howe’s annual Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. There will be a tour of the Howe Mansion at 4 p.m. After the program, there will be a dinner with the cadets for only $5.

Children of Bristol United Methodist Church will present the musical “Christmas Shop Around the Corner” at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. A birthday party for Jesus is planned between the services from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. in the church’s Family Life Center and will include refreshments and the opportunity for a family photo in a Christmas setting. The church is located at 201 S. Division Street, Bristol. For more information call 848-4031.

Bethel Missionary Church, 63473 C.R. 17, Goshen, will hold a candlelight and communion service at 6 p.m. Dec. 22. Nursery care will be provided for preschool-age children. Information: www.bethelmissionarychurch.org.

Christmas Sweater Caroling 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at Adamsville Road Church of God, 51287 C.R. 7. The youth invite everyone to a time of caroling at local nursing homes, and everyone is encouraged to wear their most outrageous Christmas sweater. Refreshments will follow at the church.

The First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, directed by Marcia Yost, will present the cantata “By Heaven’s Light” during the 10:20 a.m. Dec. 22 worship service. The cantata will include lighting of the advent wreath and special instrumental and vocal music. Candlelight communion services at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve will highlight the birth of Christ. After a brief message titled “At Home, in Our Arms” (Luke 2:1-20), attendees will sing the traditional “Silent Night” to candlelight. Information: Alan Griffin at 533-7845 or agriffin46526@comcast.net. The church is located at 215 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen.

Christmas Day Dinner at First Presbyterian Church, 215 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, is open to anyone from the community. Last year, more than 600 meals were served and/or delivered. The dinner is served at no cost. The church doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 25. Starting at 1 p.m., guests will be seated and served a traditional holiday meal. Volunteers from the church and the Michiana area will serve until 2 p.m. The pastors will be available for prayer and spiritual guidance during the event. No reservations are needed for the dinner at the church. Carry-out and delivery are available. For preordered drive-through carry-out or delivery call the church at 533-7845 (9 a.m. to noon Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday). The last day to reserve meals for delivery and for preordered drive-through carry-out is 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. If there is no one to take your order, please call during office hours. Anyone wishing to help with the Christmas dinner may contact the church. Volunteers are needed for deliveries (arrive at 11 a.m.), serving (arrive at 11:30 a.m.) and cleanup (arrive at 1:30 p.m.). Information: Alan Griffin at 533-7845 or agriffin46526@comcast.net, or David Pepple at 536-5783, dapepple59@yahoo.com.

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