Christmas cantatas, programs and services

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 7, 2018

Today, Dec 7
Cleveland First Baptist
CLEVELAND —Two days: Annual drive-through live Christmas Nativity Dec. 7 and 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. Free admission, free hot chocolate and cookies.

S-R Choral Society
‘The Sleigh Ride Home’ — 7:30 p.m. at First United Church of Christ, 207 W.Horah St.,

He’s Alive Church
KANNAPOLIS — 1310 N. Cannon Blvd. Three days: Dec. 7, 8, 9: Christmas In The City, A variety Christmas Show. Music, dance, drama, comedy, interpretive movement, creative arts & media. Pianist Rocky Fretz performs pre-show. Tickets at

Saturday, Dec. 8
North Main Baptist
Two days: 1501 N. Main St. Bethlehem Marketplace — 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 9: A Roman centurion guides you back 2000 years to Bethlehem; experience prophecy, angelic visitations, the marketplace, a full inn, and the stable birthplace of Jesus Christ. 704-637-2929,

Sunday, Dec 9
Immanuel Lutheran
ROCKWELL — 2070 Emanuel Church Road. 11 a.m.: The Chancel Choir presents “Three Kings.” Written by Stan Pethel and Marty Cabaniss; narration by Nathan Wyatt. Rain date: Sunday, Dec. 16.

S-R Choral Society
‘The Sleigh Ride Home’ — 2 p.m.: Milford Hills United Methodist Church, 1630 Statesville Blvd.

St. John’s Lutheran, downtown Salisbury
4 p.m. — “Light of the World” Men’s Chorus Christmas Concert. Freewill offering will benefit Meals on Wheels.

Milford Hills UMC
1630 Statesville Blvd. — 4:30-6:30 p.m. with familiar carols, sacred and secular. Milford Hills UMC, 704-636-0471.

Trinity Presbyterian
300 S. Caldwell St. — Senior choir presents “Emmanuel” at 5 p.m. Soloists: Monica Green, Guam Reid. Narrators: Rev. Bruner and Wilson Cherry. Accompanist: Michael Brooks. Organist/pianist: Tanya Dixon Neely.

Gloria Dei Lutheran
1908 Statesville Blvd — Christmas youth pageant at 5 p. m.

The Event Center
Christmas Dinner Theater — 6 p.m.: Catered dinner, $30. Childcare available. 315 Webb Road, RSVP to 704-855-1218 or

Piedmont Singing Men at Victory Temple.
CONCORD — 3101 Cline School Road. In concert at 6:30 p.m. Free Christmas concert.

St. Luke’s
MT. ULLA — 11020 NC Hwy 801: Christmas Cantata. Mary McDonald’s “Peace has Come.” 6:30 p.m. 20-voice choir accompanied by professional musicians. Light refreshments will follow.

Monday, Dec. 10
Christmas Traditions with Karl Hales
Two days: 7 p.m. Dec. 10-11 — 14th annual stories and music of Christmas, by Karl, accompanied by Neal Wilkinson, Lauren Stephenson, Susan Trivette. Admission: one canned food item for Rowan Helping Ministries. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Grace Bible Church
ROCKWELL — 6725 Hwy 152 E. in Rockwell. “All Is Bright’ at 7-8:30 p.m

Wednesday, Dec. 12
St. John’s Lutheran, downtown Salisbury
5:30 p.m. — “Love Has Come” Children’s Christmas Program in the Faith Center. Hot cocoa and cookies in Peeler Hall afterward.

Thursday, Dec. 13
St. Luke’s hosts Blue Christmas worship
MT. ULLA — 11020 NC Hwy 801: 7 p.m. for those for whom grief, illness, job loss or broken relationships have made hearts and spirits heavy. A quieter service with special songs and prayers. 704-278-2710,

Saturday Dec. 15
St. John’s Lutheran, downtown Salisbury
9 am: Live Broadcast of Advent Prayer Service simulcast with Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, The Holy Land and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in the Faith Center. A panel discussion will follow.

West Corinth Baptist
MOORESVILLE — 120 Corinth Church Road. Two days: “The Reason” theatre in the round on what Christmas is really all about.
• Dec 15, 7 p.m.
• Dec. 16, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16
St. John’s L utheran, downtown Salisbury
11 a.m.: A Service of Lessons and Carols by the Chancel Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Ensemble, soloists and Instrumental Ensemble. No 8:30 Chapel service on this day. 9:27 Worship will meet.

World of Faith Outreach Ministries
5370 Stokes Ferry Road: 1:30 p.m.: Christmas Dinner, all invited.

Poplar Tent Presbyterian
CONCORD — 6841 Poplar Tent Road: 7 p.m. Lessons and Carols for Christmas includes members of the Charlotte Orchestra. Refreshments follow. 704-783-1603 or

Saturday, Dec. 22
Luther’s Lutheran
RICHFIELD — At the corner of Stokes Ferry and Richfield Roads: 5-7:30 p.m.: Live Nativity Scene.

Sunday, Dec. 23
South River UMC
WOODLEAF — Live Nativity Scene 6:30-8 p.m. Bentwood Lane, Cleveland.

Christmas Eve

Luther’s Lutheran
RICHFIELD — At the corner of Stokes Ferry and Richfield Roads: 7 p.m. Christmas Play titled “The Year Without a Christmas Play”.

Center Grove Lutheran LCMS
KANNAPOLIS — 1601 S. Cannon Blvd.: 9 p.m. Candlelight service with violinist, drummer, organist/pianist, soloist.

Gloria Dei Lutheran
1908 Statesville Blvd — Candlelight Service at 7 p.m., with caroling, prayer, and candle lighting by the congregation.

St. John’s Lutheran, downtown Salisbury
• 5 p.m. : Christmas Eve Family Service. With the 9:27 worship team, choir, handbells. Prelude at 4:30 p.m. .
• 8 p.m.: Candlelight Service “The story of Christmas” as presented by brass, choirs, handbells, festival liturgy, candlelight. Prelude at 7:30 p.m. .

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