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Area churches detail events, activities

December 15, 2012
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor ( , The Herald-Star

'Messiah' performance set for Dec. 21

The Christmas portion of the Handel's "Messiah" will be performed at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1443 Belleview Blvd., Steubenville, on Dec. 21, beginning at 7 p.m.

This marks the 17th consecutive year that the work has been presented at Covenant.

The chorus is composed of singers representing various local churches and high schools, as well as returning college students.

The 20-piece orchestra includes professional and semi-professional musicians from throughout the Tri-state Area.

Soloists are Simone Lewis, Fairynne Mathison, Abby Andressen, Albert Macre, Tifton Graves, Xavier McAllister, Eric Waugh, Victoria Freeland, Sadie Marquis, Virginia Exley and Kim Pavlik.

The concert is under the direction of George Melhorn, Covenant music director.

An offering will be taken.

Drive-through live nativity Sunday

On Sunday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Brilliant Christian Church and the Brilliant Christian Youth Ministries will join forces to present "a very special Christmas gift and blessing to Wells Township and surrounding communities," according to the Rev. Marc R. Tinstman, pastor.

They will conduct a drive-through live nativity at Brilliant's North Park on Market Street across from the American Legion building and just south of the Wells Township Haunted House.

The nativity will feature live performers and Christmas music and be stationed so viewers can slowly drive by the scenes, viewing them from their vehicles.

"Scenes to be featured will include the stable with sheep, Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, angels from on high, shepherds in the field and Magi from the East," Tinstman said.

"For the best view, it is requested that you drive to see the nativity scene entering Market Street from the south and following the directions of the traffic control 'Roman soldiers.' Following the viewing, everyone is invited to Brilliant Christian Church at 323 High St. for some warm refreshments and fellowship provided by the Brilliant Christian Church Women's Fellowship," he said.

In the event of rain Sunday, the live nativity will be held Monday during the same times.

For information, call (740) 598-4851 or (740) 424-3689.

Christmas concert set for Thursday

The Cadiz Presbyterian Church, 154 West Market St., will host a Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

It will feature the Deuces Wild Band under the leadership of Dan Jones on guitar, fiddle and vocals; Stephen Kelner on rhythm guitar and vocals; Brian Dawes on bass guitar; Carl Besece on mandolin and vocals; Mark Sambucco as percussionist; and Dustin Kinsey on keyboard and vocals.

The band was founded by Jones and Kelner and started as an acoustic duo just off campus at Ohio State University in the late 1990s. It has since developed into a full band and specializes in numerous genres, including classic and southern rock, country and bluegrass.

A love offering will be taken, and refreshments will follow the program.

$1,418 raised for Salvation Army

Jim Ray, manager of Splendid Sound, has announce that $1,418.00 was raised for the Toronto branch of the Salvation Army at the recent Christmas Concert "All is Well," which was performed for an overflow crowd on Dec. 9 at Toronto's Riverview United Methodist Church.

A final performance of the concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Word of Life Fellowship, 565 Lovers Lane, Steubenville. Proceeds from the upcoming concert will benefit Urban Mission Ministries.

Splendid Sound, which consists of David Meyer, Jim Ray, Craig McCasland, and Chelsea Clegg, will be headlining the event. Other musical guests include the Word of Life Singers, comprised of Sandy Wilson, Gloria Hallberg, Erin Moro, Nick Rojak, Myron Rees, John Kaminski, Billy Haines, and Pastor Gary Hallberg, and friends Marla Inderbitzen, Lois Popejoy, Burl Jernigan and Jason Ray. Additionally, child vocalist Sara Johnston will be the featured soloist on two Christmas favorites.

The 75-minute concert will consist of a potpourri of holiday music covering a variety of styles and moods. For information, call (740) 264-1227.

Colliers UMC to present cantata

The Colliers United Methodist Church choir will present its Christmas cantata "Christmas is a Birthday" at 7 p.m. Sunday.

There will be refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus immediately after the presentation.

The church is located at 318 Pennsylvania Ave., Colliers, Harmon Creek Road, directly across from the Colliers post office.

It is open to the public.

Cantata Sunday at Tiltonsville UMC

The Tiltonsville United Methodist Church's Chancel Choir will present its Christmas cantata performance of Sue C. Smith and Russell Mauldin's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

The cantata is directed by Ashley Turnbull and features Margaret Warren as a soloist.

The church is located at 106 Grandview Ave., Tiltonsville.

Power Surge at N.C. church

The First Presbyterian Church of New Cumberland will host the music of Power Surge during a special performance Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow.

Christmas musical at E.S. church

The United Methodist Church of the Cross in East Springfield will present a musical entitled "Sounds Like Christmas" at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The children's bell choir also will perform.

Following the program, there will be a time of fellowship in the church fellowship hall.

The church is located on state Route 43 in East Springfield.

Evening of caroling scheduled

Church members and anyone in the Hopedale community are invited to come to Gable Care Center in Hopedale at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 for an evening of serenading the facility's residents with Christmas music.

Christmas carol music and accompaniment will be provided.

There also will be caroling at Gable Estates.

Refreshments will follow at Gables Care Center.

For information, contact Allen Sparrow at (740) 937-2703.

Church's Christmas party planned

First Christian Church (Disciples), 220 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, will hold its annual Christmas party at noon on Sunday in the church social room.

There will be a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus with a light lunch served and gifts provided for the children.

Women's Missionary Union meets

The Women's Missionary Union of Open Door Baptist Church of Colliers met Dec. 4 at the church with nine members attending the covered-dish dinner and business meeting.

Mildred Richter presided, Katherine Wise offered prayer, and reports were given by Donna Garrison, secretary, and Pam Holden, treasurer.

Offerings were collected for the three missions the group supports.

Rosemary Jenkins read a thank-you letter from Mission Dignity for its support.

Thanksgiving baskets were distributed to shut-ins as well as to eight individuals in need, it was reported, and a box prepared for Kevin Holden was received and appreciated.

There will be no meetings in January or February. The next meeting will be held March 5 with Tammy Moffo serving as hostess.

A goal was set to collect $2,120 for the Annie Armstrong Easter offering.

Jennings gave a reading entitled "The Gifts to the Wise Men and What is our gift?"

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