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Christmas cantatas, programs and services

Friday, Dec. 21

New London UMC
NEW LONDON — 206 South Main St. 7 p.m.: Longest Night Service, co-sponsored by North Stanly Missional Network and Crossroads Connection. December 21 is the longest night of the year. Be still and feel hope in the midst of brokenness.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Immanuel Lutheran
Meet in the church sanctuary by 1:15 p.m.; leave at 1:30 p.m. to go Christmas caroling to shut-ins and those recovering from illnesses and surgeries. All ages are invited.

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

Sunday, Dec. 23

Resurrection Life
627 Newsome Road — 10 a.m.: “Come…And Behold Him!” Special music and a timeless message. 704-638-0002

Mt. Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — 1415 S. Main St. 10:30 a.m.: Children’s Choir and Youth Fellowship perform “Light of the World.” Billy and Ann Bullard light the fourth Advent Candle. 704-857-1169, www.mtzionchinagrove.com

Mt. Moriah Lutheran
CHINA GROVE — 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road. 10:30 a.m.: Musical presentations by Chancel choir, Children’s choir, Handbell choir; under the direction of Michael J. Kotish; Janet Parsons leads the children.

Christiana Lutheran
6190 US Hwy 52, Salisbury — 10:30 a.m.: Joseph Martin’s “The Song Heard Round the World.” Becky Morris on piano, Jon Kirk on percussion.

St. Paul’s Lutheran
205 St. Paul’s Church Road (28146) — 10:30 a.m.: Service of Lessons & Carols.

Gloria Dei Lutheran
1908 Statesville Blvd. — 11 a.m. Fourth Sunday of Advent. Special organ and trumpet music.

New London UMC
NEW LONDON — 206 S. Main St. 11 a.m.: Christmas Cantata by the Chancel Choir directed by Suzie Martin, accompanied by Daniel Dickens and Danny Harris.

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society concert
1630 Statesville Blvd. — 4 p.m.: Old fashioned Christmas concert “The Sleigh Ride Home” at Milford Hills UMC. 704-796-9683 or www.facebook.com/Salisbury.Rowan.Choral.Society/

Trinity Presbyterian USA
300 S. Caldwell St. — 4 p.m. The Senior Choir presents “Emmanuel” with soloists Monica Green, Guam Reid. Narrators Rev. Olen Bruner, Wilson Cherry. Accompanist Michael Brooks, organist Tanya Dixon Neely.

Landmark Church
1910 Mooresville Road— 6 p.m.: “Silent Night” directed by Mary Williams also includes church youth and children. Choreographer Mica Poteat, narrator Richard Kelly, soloists Hillary Robinson, Megan Smith, Merritt Robinson. Treat bags handed out at the conclusion plus refreshments in the fellowship hall.

South River UMC
WOODLEAF — 6:30-8 p.m. Live Nativity scene Bentwood Lane, Cleveland.

Immanuel Lutheran
ROCKWELL — 7 p.m.: Family Night and Birthday for Christ Celebration includes the musical “Crazy, Busy, Peaceful Holy Night” by the children and youth. The congregation may bring gifts to the manger to be delivered to Health and Rehab Center at Trinity Oaks for the 38th year.

CHRISTMAS EVE

The Arbor UMC/ Central UM of Spencer
5545 Woodleaf Road — 5 p.m. Joint Christmas Eve service at The Arbor. Craig Sefa is pastor at The Arbor and McKenzie Sefa is pastor at Central United Methodist.

St. Stephen’s Lutheran
GOLD HILL — 4400 St. Stephen’s Church Road. 5:30 p.m.: Candlelight service with Holy Communion. Visit www.ststephensgoldhill.org

Mt. Moriah Lutheran
CHINA GROVE — 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road. 6 p.m.: Children’s play ”Believe Express” and Candlelight Communion Service at 9 p.m.

Milford Hills UMC
1630 Statesville Blvd — Carols, Communion and Candlelight: Special music starts 6:30 p.m.; worship starts at 7 p.m.

Mt. Zion Lutheran
RICHFIELD — 111 East Church St. 7 p.m.: Candlelight service with Holy Communion. 704/463-7280 or www.mtzionrichfield.org

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.”

New London UMC
NEW LONDON — 206 S. Main St. 7 p.m.: Christmas Eve Service. Prelude by Daniel Dickens and Adelina Cato. Concludes with lighting of candles.

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

First United Church of Christ
7 p.m. — Celebrate “Calm & Bright, 200 Years of Silent Night, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.”

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” with brass, choirs, handbells, festival liturgy, candlelight. Prelude at 7:30 p.m.

St. Paul’s Lutheran
205 St. Paul’s Church Road (28146) — 8 p.m. Hear the Christmas story, have special music, celebrate Holy Communion, partake in the Candlelight Service.

Mt. Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — 1415 S. Main St. 8 p.m.: “Night of Miracles” performed by Chancel Choir. Love Feast of cookies and apple juice afterward. 704-857-1169, www.mtzionchinagrove.com

Resurrection Life
627 Newsome Road — 9 p.m.: Candlelight Communion service. 704-638-0002

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

North Kannapolis Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — 10 p.m.: Service of communion and candle-lighting. 312 Locust St., 704-933-2125.

Sunday, Dec. 30

St. Stephen’s Lutheran
GOLD HILL — 4400 St. Stephen’s Church Road. 9:15 a.m.: Special service of Lessons and Carols. Visit www.ststephensgoldhill.org

New London UMC
NEW LONDON — 206 S. Main St. 11 a.m.: Daniel Dickens presents a dramatization of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus.

First Baptist, Salisbury
6 p.m. — The Parables of Christ in concert. Family Ministry Center, across the street from the church, 223 N. Fulton St. Free; love offering accepted.

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