Trinity plans Christmas Eve services

Members of a Palestinian marching band parade outside the Church of the Nativity

RAWSON - Rawson New Hope United Methodist Church, 208 N. Main St., Rawson, will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Monadnock Covenant Church at 90 Base Hill Road, Keene, will hold Christmas Eve services Sunday at 4 and 6 p.m. Information:

Howard United Methodist Church will hold its regular morning service at 9 a.m. Sunday, with Sunday school to follow at 10:15. Refreshments will be served afterward. No morning worship service. Please see for more information.

First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., invites the public to its Sunday Christmas services. The annual Christmas Eve service will be held at 7 p.m. Christmas Day mass will be at 10 a.m. Christmas Day services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday. White will provide a special Christmas message.

While the holidays can be an overwhelming time of year, churches on the island do their part to bring the community together with a candlelight service and a Christmas message.

-- Nazareth Lutheran Church, 7401 University Ave., Cedar Falls; services at 3 p.m. 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Traditional candlelit Christmas Eve services will start at 7:30 p.m. with special music.

■ Burney's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 2628 VOA Site B Road, will have a New Year's Eve watch meeting service at 10 p.m. December 31.

There will also be opportunities for morning worship on Christmas Eve, with a contemporary service at 9 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:30 a.m. The church (soon to be called Grace Reformed Church at City Park) is located at 804 S. Wolcott on the south (8th Street) side of City Park.

Worshippers in Bethlehem
Worshippers in Bethlehem

St. John's Episcopal Church (1520 W. King's Highway, Gap): There will be a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m., preceded by special music at 6:30 p.m.

■ Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 Hooker Road, will host a Christmas Eve Communion service at 9 a.m. Sunday.

New Dawn Fellowship, 4803 Plaza Blvd., Building 1, has scheduled a Christmas Eve Candlelight service from 5 6 p.m. Sunday. The themes of worship service in song explore the virtues of community, tolerance, compassion, and unity, all made possible by the incarnation of Jesus, the true Child of Peace.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 217 W. 26th Bryan, will host services at 7:30, 9 and 11:15 a.m.

MOUNT BLANCHARD - The praise band Broken Ground will lead the music at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church. Christmas Eve - Sunday, Dec. 24 - 4 p.m. (Children's), 6:30 p.m. All services are family-friendly and will include music, carols and Holy Communion.

St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 Tiffin Ave., will observe the fourth Sunday of Advent with services at 9:30 a.m. The 11 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols, concluding with candle lighting, will be held at the 277-year-old Old Leacock Church, at Old Leacock Road and Old Philadelphia Pike. The service will begin at 8 and will include communion, concluding with a tradition of singing "Silent Night" in German and English. There will be a family Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. with Holy Communion and singing of Christmas songs. The 10 p.m. service will include the anthem "Would I Miss the Miracle". The church is at 312 Centre St., Sullivan, and is handicapped accessible. The Sanctuary Place is a new congregation affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. All are invited to all of these services.

At Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley, that means five worship services from Sunday to Monday morning: one combined Sunday morning service at 9:30 a.m., and three Christmas Eve services at 5:30, 8 and 11 p.m.

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