Faith Briefs and Christmas events at church Dec. 13
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Fridays@First Advent Series
Noon today: David Hamilton, tenor, in concert with Matthew Michael Brown, pianist. First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St.
Noon Dec. 20: Deborah Busby Coclanis, pianist.
Blackwelder Park Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tonight: Dec. 13. Blackwelder Park Baptist Church and Kingdom Kids Preschool, 2299 N. Main St., presents life-size Christmas Cards come to life. Stop for a free cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider.
‘Christmas in the City’
KANNAPOLIS — 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 15: Variety show featuring creative arts to entertain and inspire the soul with the beautiful message of Christmas. $10. He’s Alive Church, 1310 N Cannon Blvd., 980-781-4920 or www.hesalivechurch.org
First United Church of Christ
First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St. hosts a Blue Christmas Service on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m., designed for those who are having a difficult time with the holiday season.
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church’s annual Christmas program is Sunday at 11 a.m. featuring poetry, Christmas music, traditional Christmas bags and an original play titled “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” written by Brenda Rice-McNeely. Rev. Perry Dye is host pastor.
Immanuel Lutheran Cantata
ROCKWELL — The Immanuel Lutheran Church Chancel Choir, 2070 Emanuel Church Road, under the direction of Dr. Dwayne Robertson, will present the cantata “The Advent of Hope, The Birth of Peace” during the 11 a.m. service. Callie Trexler and Kayla Trexler will perform an introductory duet. This Christmas musical was written by Robert Lau and Stephen Andrews and features musical selections which combine traditional carols with newer tunes to capture the essence of the Nativity, intertwined with narration by Nathan Wyatt. Rev. Bruce Sheeks is host pastor.
United Baptist Church
KANNAPOLIS — United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave.. holds its rescheduled Candle Light Service on Sunday at 6 p.m. Rev. Clayton Riggs, pastor of Prayer Harvest Church, will preach. Rev. John E. Jones is host pastor.
The annual Christmas program at Landmark Church, 1910 Mooresville Road, is Sunday at 6 p.m. The adult choir, under the direction of Mary Williams, will present “MESSIAH, Heaven’s Glory,” featuring the youth and children. Mica Poteat is choreographer; Richard Kelly is narrator. Featured performers are Hillary Robinson, Bobby Sawyer, Megan Smith, Mike Robinson, Madison Smith, Bailey Zino and Merritt Robinson.
Old fashioned treat bags will be handed. A time of fellowship with refreshments will follow. Traditional worship service is at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Info: 704-633-8200.
33rd annual Jubilee Choir Christmas Concert, “Shout for Joy,” is 5 p.m. Sunday at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N. Church St. Featuring soloists Doris Goodman, Phyllis Partee, Walter James, Rebecca Stinson as well as narration, dancers and musical accompaniments. Refreshments following the concert. Kay Wright Norman, music director.
North Kannapolis Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — The Adult Choir of North Kannapolis Baptist Church, 312 Locust St., presents a musical program, “Peace on Earth,” on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. under the direction of Rev. Patrick Hunter, minister of music and youth. Bring at least one canned or packaged food item for the church’s Food Pantry. Luminaries will be on display sponsored by the youth ministry. Info: 704-933-2125.
Christmas at Mt. Moriah
Advent worship services are at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.
Christmas music presentation is Sunday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m. with music by adult and children’s choirs and handbells.
The Christmas Eve Pageant is 6 p.m. Dec 24.
Candlelight Communion worship at 9 p.m. on Dec. 24.
John Calvin Presbyterian
John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1620 Brenner Ave., will have a Longest Night / Blue Christmas service on Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. in the chapel / old fellowship hall.
The Christmas Eve Service with communion and candlelight is Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
St. Paul’s Lutheran
The Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant, “A Christmas Prayer,” and Candlelight Service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul’s Church Road, is Christmas Eve at 8 p.m., with Rev. Brad Miller as host pastor. The biblical nativity story is brought to life by a large cast and crew. Seating is limited. Details on Facebook or at http://www.splcweb.org/
St. John’s Lutheran
Service of Lessons and Carols — 11 a.m. Dec. 15: Featuring Chancel Choir, St. John’s Men’s Chorus, St. John’s Women’s Ensemble, soloists and Instrumental Ensemble.
Bethlehem Prayer Service — 9-11 a.m. Dec. 21: Live broadcast of the Advent prayer service simulcast with Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Christmas Eve Family Service — 5 p.m. Dec. 24 in the sanctuary; a Christmas service with children in mind. Musicians include the 9:27 worship team, choir, and handbells. Prelude begins at 4:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service — 8 p.m. Dec. 24 in the sanctuary. The story of Christmas as presented by brass, choirs, handbells, festival liturgy, and candlelight. Preludes begin at 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., https://stjohns-salisbury.org
West Corinth Baptist
MOORESVILLE — West Corinth Baptist Church, 120 Corinth Church Road, presents “A Perfect Tree: A Singing Tree Musical of Exuberant Praise” on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The Reach Church
The Reach Church, 722 W. Horah St., presents the Christmas play Silent Night on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. This play written and directed by Linda Hunt will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice as we celebrate the birth of the Messiah. Admission is free.
New London UMC
NEW LONDON — Children’s Christmas Program at New London United Methodist Church, 206 S. Main St., is Sunday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. The children will present “The Very Important Christmas Pageant,” by Dennis Hartin.
Christmas Cantata — Dec. 22: By the Chancel Choir, children’s choir, and handbell choir present the cantata “A Thrill of Hope” as part of the 11 worship service. The Chancel Choir is under the direction of Suzie Martin, accompanied by Daniel Dickens. A nursery is provided.
Christmas Eve Service — Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Prior to the service will be special music by Daniel Dickens and friends, including the reading of scriptures leading up to the birth of Jesus, and concludes with the lighting of candles.
Providence AME Zion
Providence AME Zion Church, 2414 Providence Church Road, presents “Lights of Love” on Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. Host pastor is Zacharias E. Allen Sr.
SPENCER — 11 a.m. Dec. 22: The Oakdale Baptist Church Adult Choir will present the cantata “Silent Night, Holy Night.” The church is located at 200 Charles St.
Piedmont Choral Society
CONCORD — At 4 p.m. Jan. 4 the 75-voice Piedmont Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert is accompanied by 22-piece professional orchestra. Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St North. Info: 704-699-6053.