Church Services

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 23, 2006

Baptist

Blackwelder Park, Kannapolis –Stan Welch, pastor: “The Nativity Story, Part III — Shepherd: The First to Hear,” 9 and 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Sing Noel.” 6 p.m., Children’s Choir Christmas musical, “Three Wise Men and a Baby.”

Calvary — Dr. Rick Cockerham, pastor: “What a Day that Was,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 7 p.m., children’s Christmas program, “Happy Birthday, Jesus!”

Carmel — Ed Bitner, pastor: “The Lord Magnificent and Merciful,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “O Come All Ye Faithful.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., “Christmas at Carmel.”

Community — Chris O’Guin, pastor: “Jesus, Source of Peace,” 10:30 a.m. Choir musical, “On Christmas Day.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., children’s play, “It All Happened in the Country.” Treat bags distributed after children’s play.

Dunn’s Mountain — Bill Little, pastor. Adult Choir and youth drama, “Jesus, There’s Something About That Name,” 11 a.m.; 6 p.m., worship.

Emmanuel, Bringle Ferry Road — Gene Sides, pastor. Presentation of Christmas cantata, 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., Youth Christmas program, “Miracle on Main Street.”

Enon — Dr. Kendal “Kip” Mobley, Th.D., pastor. Puppet ministry: “Quimper’s Corner Christmas,” 10:55 a.m.; 6 p.m., church conference.

Faith — Christmas musical by Joyful Seniors and Sanctuary Choir, “Memories of a Merry Christmas,” 11 a.m. No 8:30 a.m. service. 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 12:15 p.m., soup and sandwich lunch; 7 p.m, children’s musical, “Angel Alert.”

First, China Grove — Steve Wilson, pastor: “Finding Joy When We Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” 10:55 a.m. Anthem, “Christmas Praise.” 6 p.m., Christmas sing.

First, Cleveland — Joe Robbins, pastor: “Putting Christ Back into Christmas,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

First, Rockwell — Benny Vickrey, pastor: “Last of All He Sent His Son,” 8 and 10:30 a.m.; 6 p.m, “The Second Coming of Christ.”

First, Salisbury — Dr. Kenneth Lance, pastor: “Jesus Excluded,” 8:30 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “Come, Messiah King.” 6:30 p.m., Love Feast in fellowship hall.

First, Spencer — Franklin Myers, pastor. Christmas cantata, 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., prayer and meditation; 10 a.m, Sunday school.

Franklin — Joe Thomas, pastor, sermonette, 11 a.m. Children’s program. 7 p.m., Christmas drama/musical, “Jesus, There’s Something About That Name.”

High Rock Community, 7800 Bringle Ferry Road — Identical celebration services, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday; and 7 p.m. Saturdays.

Lighthouse, Landis — Tony S. Fox, pastor: “Christmas — The Name Says It All,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., children and youth Christmas program.

Milford Hills — Jerry Allen, pastor. Christmas cantata, 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., worship.

Neel Road — Dr. Charles Howell, interim pastor: “Room for a King,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “He is Born.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 6:30 p.m., worship.

North Main — Dr. W. Dale Robertson, pastor. Children’s Christmas program, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; 6:30 p.m., choir presentation, “Heaven’s Child.”

Oakdale, Spencer — Richard Gross, pastor. Adult Choir, “Jesus, There’s Something About That Name,” 11 a.m.; 6 p.m., candlelight and carols.

Pine Ridge, China Grove — George Bradshaw, pastor: “Missing The Main Event,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school. Christmas fellowship with meal in evening.

Saint Luke — Arthur Heggins, pastor: “This Could Save Your Life!” Anthem, “Away in a Manger.”

Southside — Ricky Brown, pastor. Children’s Christmas program, “Joyland,” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., church-wide Christmas fellowship covered-dish meal.

Stallings Memorial — Robert Heard, pastor: “The Perfect Gift,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Rose of Bethlehem.” 9:15 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., adult Christmas musical.

Trinity, 735 Klumac Road, Salisbury — Dr. Walter Kirk, pastor: “The Virgin Birth of Christ our Saviour,” 11 a.m. Church Christmas program. 10 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., worship.

Roman Catholic

Sacred Heart — Masses, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:45, 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mass in Spanish, 7 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. The Rev. John Putnam, pastor; the Rev. Alejandro Ayala, parochial vicar; the Rev. Dr. Jim Mazur, deacon. Third Sunday of Advent. Theme: “The Lord, Your God is in your midst.”

St. Francis of Assisi, Mocksville — Masses: Saturday Vigil, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 and 10:30 a.m. Mass in Spanish, 12:30 p.m. Bible study, 6 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Andrew Draper T.O.R., pastor. Third Sunday of Advent. Theme: “The Lord, Your God is in your midst.”

Orthodox Catholic

Blessed Sacrament Orthodox — Masses 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. Confession, 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Rev. Father William P. “Bill” Agner, pastor: “Today’s Messengers.” Stations of the Cross and Bible study 7 p.m. Wednesday. For information, call 704-636-4385.

Christian Science

First, Salisbury — 11 a.m. Bible Lesson-Sermon: “Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?” 11 a.m., Sunday school.

Episcopal

Christ, Cleveland — Holy Eucharist, 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker and celebrant.

St. Luke’s — Holy Eucharist and sermon, 8 and 10:30 a.m. the Rev. Cecelia C. Schroeder: “The Third Sunday of Advent.” Anthem, “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come.” 4 p.m., Community Christmas concert.

St. Matthew’s — Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9 a.m. with the Rev. Martin Bagay. Coffee hour and fellowship after service.

St. Paul’s — Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 11 a.m. with Nelson B. Hodgkins, vicar. Hanging of the greens after the service.

San Mateo, 4401 Statesville Blvd. — 1 p.m., Holy Eucharist in Spanish. Bill Battermann, priest. Sarah Palmer, preacher. Special “Las Posadas” service, finding a place for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem. 2:30-4 p.m. Hispanic food bank open.

God’s Table

God’s Table, Rowan Helping Ministries — 11:30 a.m.

Judaic

Temple Israel, Salisbury — 7:30 p.m., first Friday each month. Call 704-633-1702 for information or visit Web site: www.salisburytemple.org.

Lutheran

Bethel — Carroll L. Robinson, interim pastor. Children’s Choir, “Glory to God in the Highest.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school, Cantata: “Born a King, Born a Savior.” 5 p.m., children’s Christmas play and reception; 6:30 a.m., Rowan Helping Ministries shelter; 7 p.m., advent worship.

Calvary, Spencer — David Martin, interim pastor. Youth Christmas Choir performance, 11 a.m. Anthem, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Prelude, “Carol of the Bells.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school fellowship; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Christiana — Carl M. Haynes, pastor: “Putting the ‘Merry’ in Christmas,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Advent Credo.” 8 a.m., men’s breakfast with wives as guests; 9:15 a.m., Sunday school; 5:30 p.m., youth caroling and pizza party.

Concordia, China Grove — Ken Reed, pastor. Chancel Choir Christmas cantata, “Come, Let Us Worship the King,” 8:30 and 11 a.m.; 8:30 a.m., Communion; 10 a.m, children’s Sunday school Christmas program.

Ebenezer, China Grove — Michael Comer, pastor: “Rejoicing,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “People, Look East.”

Faith — Loyd Ginn, STS, pastor: “Rejoice, Rejoice,” 9 a.m., Faith Works; and 11 a.m., traditional worship. Anthem, “First Song of Isaiah.” 9:45 a.m., Advent Sunday school opening; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 7 p.m, children’s Christmas play.

Gloria Dei — Dr. William H. Battermann, pastor: “Filled with Expectation,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.” Holy Communion.

Good Shepherd WELS — Fred M. Archer, pastor: “What About Mary?” 11 a.m. Christmas fellowship lunch after service.

Grace — Woodrow F. Frick, pastor. “Here Comes Jesus,” 10:30 a.m. Service of lessons and carols. 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., Christmas supper; 7 p.m., youth Christmas play.

Haven — Dr. Marcus B. Hovis III, pastor: “What Should We Do Then?” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Stir Up Your Power.”

Immanuel, Rockwell — Bruce Sheeks, pastor: “The Important Questions,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Come, Let Us Adore Him.” Children’s sermon, “Get Involved in the Game.” 10 a.m., Sunday school; 7 p.m., Christmas Family Night with children’s musical and birthday for Christ celebration.

Lebanon — John Tucker, pastor: “A Greater One is On the Way,” 10:30 a.m.; 8 a.m., men’s breakfast; 9:15 a.m., Sunday school.

Lutheran Chapel, China Grove — Bill Connelly, pastor: “Man’s Path Gives Uncomfortable Comfort,” 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “The King of Glory Comes.” 8:30 a.m., Holy Communion; 2-5 p.m., open house at parsonage; 6 p.m., Christmas program following by birthday party for Jesus.

Luther’s Lutheran, Richfield — Carol Yeager, pastor: “The Power of Prayer,” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Messiah — Don Safrit, interim pastor: “A Sound Faith,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “A Tiny Child Will Come.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Mount Moriah, China Grove — Joseph Tallent, pastor: “Repent, Renew, Rejoice!” 10:30 a.m. Anthems, “Carol Medley,” “O Come, O Come, Immanuel” and “Christmas Rejoicing.”

Mount Zion, Richfield — R.F. Mitschke, pastor: “It Doesn’t Count,” 10:30 a.m. Annual children’s program during worship.

New Hope, Kannapolis — Doug Kearney, interim pastor: “The Grace of Burning,” 8:30 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., choir cantata, “A Great and Mighty Wonder,” by Tom Fettke; 6 p.m., children’s program, “The Little Star.”

Organ — Terrell Long, pastor: “Repent,” 11 a.m. Anthems, “A Song of Baptism,” “Away in a Manger,” “Let the Christ Child In” and “Good Christian Friends Rejoice.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 6:30 p.m., children’s Christmas play.

St. Enoch, Kannapolis — John Mark Beam, pastor: “Are You Ready?” 8:45. Children’s Christmas program, “Legend of the Christmas King,” 11 a.m.

St. James, Rockwell — Craig E. Sigmon, pastor: “Wind Beneath Our Wings,” 10:30 a.m. Communion. 8 a.m., Men in Mission; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

St. John’s — 8:30 a.m. (chapel) Jennifer Ginn, pastor: “A Voice to Trust.” Anthem, “How Shall I Receive Thee?” 10:45 a.m., A Service of Lessons and Carols in sanctuary. Anthems, “There’s a Light A-Coming,” “The First Noel” and “Patchable Canon.” 9 a.m., Contemporary Center Celebration, Carl R. Sachtleben, pastor: “Longing for God: Hungry For Renewal.” 9:50 a.m., Sunday school.

St. Luke’s, Mount Ulla — Mary Louise Sitton, pastor. Communion, 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “People, Look East.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

St. Mark’s, China Grove — Greg Yeager, pastor: “What Should We Do?” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Come Hither and Adore.” 9 a.m., Sunday school; 4 p.m., caroling to shut-ins followed by congregational fish fry.

St. Mark’s — Chad R. Walker, pastor: “Still Coming,” 10:30 a.m. Communion. 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

St. Matthew’s — Gary S. Coble, pastor: “Rejoice,” 11 a.m.

St. Paul’s — William S. Ketchie, pastor: “How Shall We Prepare,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Creation Will Be at Peace.”

St. Peter’s — David E. Ridenhour, pastor: “Finding Christmas Through Advent,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:15 a.m., Sunday school; 7 p.m., youth Christmas pageant, “The Lost Feeling of Christmas.” Radio broadcast at 9 a.m. on WSAT AM 1280.

St. Stephen’s, Gold Hill — Constance Garrett, pastor: “Fierce Words for a Sweet Season,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; reception for new members after worship.

Salem — Donald M. Phillips, pastor: “Good News to the People,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Dona Nobis Pacem.” 9 a.m., opening; 9:30 a.m, Sunday school; 5 p.m., family Christmas musical followed by soup meal.

Trinity, Landis — Jarrod Lanning, pastor: “He Said the ‘S’ Word!” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Mary On a Mountain.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

Trinity Oaks Lutheran Community — Darrell Norris, chaplain: “We Interrupt This Program…,” 10:45 a.m. at nursing home chapel; 3:30 p.m., vesper service at retirement center chapel. Lighting of the Advent candles.

Union — C.P. Fisher, interim pastor: “What to Do,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 7 p.m., Christmas program.

Wittenberg, Granite Quarry — Thomas Cogan, pastor. Cantata by Handbells and Adult Choir, 10 a.m. Communion. 8:30 a.m., Coffee fellowship; 9 a.m, Sunday school; 5 p.m., children’s program followed by old fashioned Christmas.

Methodist

Bethel — Sherri Barnes, pastor: “Home for the Holidays,” 11 a.m.

Central, Spencer — Dr. Robert McLawhorn, pastor: “Taking Stock of Our Lives,” 9 and 11 a.m. Anthems, “He is Born,” “Christmas Peace Canon” and “Carol of the Bells.” 8 a.m., youth-sponsored sausage biscuit breakfast.

Coburn Memorial — Cynthia L. Mackey, pastor: “Providence and Provision of God,” 9 and 11 a.m. Choir presentation, “A Savior is Born a King.”

Ebenezer — Floyd J. Wood, pastor: “What time is it?” 11 a.m.

First, China Grove — Vance Lowe, pastor: “What about Joseph?” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Christmas is Coming.” Special music by Son-Shine Choir.

First, Salisbury — Thomas L. Griffis, pastor: “God in Our Midst,” 8:45 and 10:55 a.m. Anthem, 8:45 a.m, “What is This Fragrance.” Anthem, 10:55 a.m., “The Birthday of a King.” 6 p.m., youth snack supper and caroling at Lutheran Home followed by traditional bonfire and hot chocolate.

Gays Chapel — Tony Jeffrey Jordan, pastor: “The Outstretched Hand of God,” 10:30 a.m.; 8 a.m., men’s breakfast with wives as guests at Farm House Restaurant; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 7 p.m., “Stealing Christmas.”

Grace — Donna Strickland Smith, pastor: “God’s Gift To Us,” 11 a.m.

Liberty, Gold Hill — Mark Helms, pastor: “Tips To Enjoying Christmas,” 10:55 a.m. Anthem, “Christmas Medley.”

Main Street — Angela R. Marlowe, pastor: “The Joy of Mary,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “One Holy Night in Bethlehem.” 5 p.m., Candlelight service.

Milford Hills — David C. Hockett, pastor. Chancel Choir Christmas cantata, “Praise Noels,” 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Mount Tabor — Dale W. Bost, pastor. Christmas cantata, 11 a.m. Anthem, “Jesus: There’s Something About That Name.” 6:30 p.m., Children’s Christmas play followed by fellowship meal.

Park Avenue — Annalee Allen, pastor. Marc Anderson, worship leader, 11 a.m. Presentation of children and youth’s Christmas program, “Las Posadas, a Service of Shelter for the Holy Family.” Anthem, “Silent Night.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Providence — Dan Gobble, pastor: “The Advent of Victory,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Way Down Yonder in Bethlehem.” 9:15 a.m., Sunday school.

Rock Grove — Randy Lucas, pastor: “God Bearers,” 8:30 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “Away in a Manger,” “Go Tell it On the Mountain” and “Born in Bethlehem.” 9:45 a.m., Opening; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 5 p.m., annual Christmas play, program and social.

Rockwell — Dr. John F. Blalock Jr., pastor: “Holy Spirit Baptism,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

Shiloh, Granite Quarry — Jonathan Marlowe, pastor: “Getting Ready for Christmas.” Anthem, “Will We Know Him?”

Soldiers Memorial AME Zion — Dr. Grant Harrison Jr., pastor: “What’s in a Name? — Jesus!” 10:30 a.m. Anthems, “The Best of News” and “Jesus, O What A Wonderful Child.”

Unity, Kannapolis — Carl Settle, pastor: “A People Filled with Expectation,” 8:45 and 10:55 a.m.

Woodleaf — Ron Hartman, pastor: “Gather Together, Follow the Star,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “In the Bleak Mid Winter.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., children’s Christmas program and church Christmas party.

Other congregations

Agape Faith Christian Center — Worship and children’s church, 10:30 a.m. Danny Dillard, pastor.

Bethany Bible Chapel — Speaker 11 a.m., Michael Thomas. 9:30 a.m., Lord’s Supper.

Central Church of Christ — Chris Townsend: “A Sabbath Healing: The Man Born Blind,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Bible school; 6 p.m., “Going Public with Our Faith.”

Connecting Point — Perry Harris, speaker, 6 p.m.

Dayspring Community — Gerry Steedley, pastor. Children’s program, “Miracle on Main Street,” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

First Assembly of God, Landis — William H. Coughlin, pastor: “Man’s Man,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., Christmas candlelight service.

First Christian, Salisbury — Jonathan Laws, speaker, 10:40 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Communion at both services.

First Reformed Church, Landis — David P. Franks, pastor: “Jesus, the Gift,” 8:15 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “Song of the Angels.” 9:15 a.m., breakfast; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 5 p.m., children’s Christmas program and all-church Christmas party.

Grace Bible, Rockwell — Dennis Chapmon, pastor: “God With Us,” 11 a.m.; 6 p.m., “Off to Japan with the Mikoski’s.”

Grace (Lower Stone), Rockwell — Kevin Gilliam, pastor. Christmas cantata, “Christ is Born,” 11 a.m.; 9 a.m., annual Christmas breakfast; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Landmark — Benny R. Hillard, pastor: “We Are So Blessed,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Mary Did You Know?” 6 p.m., Cantata, “Jesus, There’s Something About That Name.”

Lyerly Evangelical — Junior Gaither, pastor: “The Perfect Gift, Part III: The Desire,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Worthy, You Are Worthy.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., fellowship meal.

Maranatha Bible — Bob Freitas, pastor: “Experience Abundant Grace,” 10 a.m.; 6 p.m, Christmas musical followed by fellowship.

NorthGate — Ken Koontz, pastor: “Eternal Choices,” 10 a.m. Children’s Christmas play during worship; 5 p.m., church Christmas party.

Remnant in Christ Outreach Worship Center, 1401 Long St. — Miriam P. Keller, pastor: “Time and Season,” 10:30 a.m.

Resurrection Life Church, 216 S. Main St. — the Rev. Duane Jarman, speaker: “What’s Your Faith Doing?” 10 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., prayer and fellowship time. For more information, call 704-638-0002.

St. Luke’s Reformed — Johnny Boggs, pastor: “Just Do It Anyway,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Born in Bethlehem.” 7 p.m., Children’s play, “Hark, the Angel Sang Off-Key.” Light refreshments in fellowship hall after play.

Shiloh Reformed Church, Faith — Wayne Trexler, interim pastor: “The Shadow of the Cross at Christmas,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “From the Manger to the Cross.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., Hand Bell concert in lobby; 6 p.m., presentation of children’s Christmas play, “The Mouse Christmas.”

Thomas Street Church of God — evangelist William Latten, pastor: “Saved or Lost,” 11 a.m. No evening service.

Wall of Fire Outreach — Jeffory McClain, pastor: “Step Into the Light,” 11:30 a.m.

West Innes Street Church of Christ — Steve Short, minister: “A Selfish Request,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Bible study. Report on Panama at evening worship. Communion.

Presbyterian

Back Creek (PCA), Mount Ulla — Bill Thrailkill, pastor: “What’s His Name?” 11 a.m.; Anthem, “Every Time I See His Face.” 10 a.m., Sunday school; noon, congregational meal; 7 p.m., children’s Singing Christmas Tree musical.

Cleveland — Fred Sanford, supply pastor: “Love Came Down at Christmas,” 11 a.m.

DaySpring (ARP), 3875 Statesville Blvd. — Brian Phillips, pastor: “The Parents of Jesus — Mary,” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

First, Salisbury — Dr. Jim C. Dunkin, pastor: “Joy: An Attitude of Mind and Heart,” 8:30 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “I Wonder as I Wander.” 8:50 a.m., Life Center worship at Lewis Hall in new family life center; 9:30 a.m.-10:10 a.m., Advent gather in fellowship hall with stories of Christmas by Dr. Karl Hales.

Franklin — Dr. Larry Summey, pastor: “The Power of Trust,” 11 a.m. Hand Bell Choir presentation, “Christmas Bells.” Christmas Joy offering. 9:30 a.m. Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., fellowship; noon, youth gift wrapping; 2:30 p.m., Christmas caroling.

Greater Harvest, 2445 Umberger Road, Cleveland — Dr. David L. Olah, ARP pastor: “The Song the Shepherds Heard.”

Immanuel, 365 Brown Road, China Grove — Barrie M. Kirby, pastor: “The Burning Word,” 11 a.m. Christmas meal after worship. Canned goods collected for Rowan Helping Ministries.

John Calvin — Marvin Lindsay III, pastor: “Hail, Mary,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Gesu Bambina.” 10 a.m., Sunday school; 5:30 p.m., Christmas dinner and play.

Maupin Avenue (ARP) — Randy Foster, pastor: “The Gifts of Christmas,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Realms of Glory.” 10 a.m., Sunday school.

New Hope PCA, China Grove — James Byers, pastor: “Christmas Giving: The Gift of Joy,” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 5:30 p.m., family banquet and Christmas program.

Prospect, Mooresville — Joanne Hull, pastor. Chancel Choir cantata, “One Small Child,” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Second, Salisbury — Roger Mackey, pastor: “The Songs for Hannah and Mary,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Spencer — Elinor Wilburn, pastor: “A Righteous Man,” 11 a.m.

Visitor’s Day. Covered-dish lunch after worship with special guest from the North Pole.

StillWaters (PCA), 2324 S. Main St. (KidSports) — P. Cameron Kirker, pastor: “The Christian’s Home,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” A Christmas Tour of Homes, Part III.

Third Creek, Cleveland — Dr. Ed Lewis, interim pastor: “Why Is God Singing,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.”

Thyatira at Millbridge — Sandra “Sandy” McNeill Kern, pastor. Christmas cantata, 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 5:30 p.m., Joy Gift program presented by youth.

Trinity — Johnny Young, pastor: “The Power of Praise,” 11 a.m.; 6 p.m., annual Christmas cantata.

Unity, Woodleaf — Jennie Leake Hemrick, pastor: “A Christmas Celebration for the Family of God,” 10:30 a.m. Cantata, “Gather at the Manger.” 8 a.m., men’s breakfast; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school;

7 p.m., Christmas play and candlelight service.

United Church of Christ

First, Salisbury — Service of Lessons and Carols, 11 a.m. Anthems, “Comfort Ye” and “He Is Born.” Christmas Fund ingathering. 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Mount Hope — David L. Crook, interim pastor: “The Nearness of God,” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 5 p.m., candlelight service.

Mount Zion, China Grove — William J. Campbell, pastor: “A Man with a Beard,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Where Shepherds Lately Knelt.”

St. John’s, Kannapolis — Dr. H. Warren Casiday, pastor. Chancel Choir cantata, “The Christmas Story in Scripture, Legend and Song,” 10:30 a.m.

St. Paul’s, Enochville — Phred Causey, interim pastor: “The Impossible Dream,” 10:30 a.m.

Anthem, “Child of Promise, Child of Love.” 9:15 a.m., Breakfast/Bible study; 6 p.m., refreshments; 7:30 p.m., Christmas program.

Wesleyan

Bethel, Kannapolis — Joe Harding, pastor. Choir cantata, 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., children and youth Christmas program, “Crosstalk.”

Gold Hill — Mark Loman, pastor. Cantata, “The Heart of Christmas,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., children’s Christmas program.

St. Paul, Old Beatty Ford Road, Gold Hill — Roland Smith, pastor: “Jesus Savior,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Emmanuel.” 10 a.m., Sunday school. Children’s Christmas program.

Trinity Wesleyan — Christmas musical, “It Happened One Christmas,” 10:45 a.m.; 10 a.m., Family fellowship brunch; 1:30 p.m., Door of Hope; 6 p.m., Christmas caroling.

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