A number of area churches have planned special Christmas celebrations and observances during December.
Joseph United Methodist
A “Blue Christmas” themed Light of Hope Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, featuring a contemplative gentle time for those who are carrying the pain of loss during the holiday season. Gather at The Place, 303 S. Lake St., Joseph, next to Joseph United Methodist Church.
The congregation will host a candlelight Christmas Eve Service 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. See Christmas through fresh eyes. Live music and a powerful Christmas message.
New Year’s eve, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. the congregation will hold a Health Kit Assembly Party at The Place. With all the disasters this past year, the United Methodist Committee on Relief said that they need “health kits” more than anything.
Activities will start with worship at 10 a.m, followed by brunch and the health kit assembly time.
Enterprise Community Congregational
The Enterprise Community Congregational Church will have a children’s Christmas program during the church service Dec. 17 at 11 a.m.
On Christmas eve, the congregation will have a candlelight service at 9 p.m. at the church. The Christmas story will be read from Luke, and there will be special Christmas music. Gail Swart will play the organ and piano.
The church is at 301 NE 1st St., Enterprise.
Sunday morning worship services at 10:30 a.m. in December will feature preaching and singing. A Christmas Eve service with singing, readings and a reception afterward will be 6 p.m.
The congregation will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special service of singing, “Sing in the New Year,” at 6 p.m. A reception follows.
The church is at 107 North Main, Joseph.
Enterprise Christian Church
Each Sunday’s worship service in December will center on the themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love. There will be lighting of the Advent candles and singing of Christmas hymns. The congregation will host a special Christmas Eve service 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, featuring congregational singing, special music numbers and the reading of the birth narratives from the Bible.
The church is at 85035 Joseph Highway, Enterprise.
Each Sunday in December, the church will have special emphasis on Advent during the 11 a.m. worship services.
Following will be a community discussion class with soup and bread while exploring the season of Advent in a unique way. A study is provided for both the music lover and the biblical seeker. The class will explore the scriptural texts of Handel’s “Messiah” and listen to specific sections, exploring the implications of those passages for today.
A Christmas Eve morning service will be 11 a.m. featuring carols and community. This is an informal service focused on music and community. A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be 7 p.m., featuring scripture reading, carols and special music. The event is a time to explore the Advent of God in our midst and to celebrate the difference He makes.
All members of the community are welcome.