Church Briefs

Published 8:47 am Friday, December 1, 2017

Upper Gap Creek
The Upper Gap Creek Free Will Baptist Church will have its annual candlelight service Sunday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.
The service is designed to put church members as well as the public into the true meaning of Christmas while beginning Christmas activities at the church.
The church is located at 1380 Dry Creek Road. The public is invited to attend.
The Rev. Dale Blevins is pastor.

Willow Springs
The adult choir of Willow Springs Baptist Church will present the Christmas cantata “O Night Divine” Sunday, Dec. 10, at the 11 a.m. service. The choir is directed by Bobby Smith.
The Rev. Dean Smith is serving the church as interim pastor. For more information, call 474-2176.

First Christian
The minister, Michael Klaus, will preach at morning worship Sunday at First Christian Church, Elizabethton. The service is at 9:45 a.m.
Scripture reading will be by Delbert Loudermilk and communion meditation will be given by Tim Broyles and Caitlyn Sochalski. Emily Dunlap and Sophia Estep will have special music.
Bible school classes will begin at 11 a.m.
The evening service will begin at 6 p.m. A special joint youth rally with Big Springs Church of Christ will be held in the fellowship hall. There will also be classes for nursery through kindergarten.
Tuesday morning prayer led by John Smith will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The Wednesday evening service will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature classes for all ages.
For more information about the services and ministries at First Christian, call the church office at 542-5651.

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Borderview Christian
Borderview Christian Church, 1338 Bristol Highway, will present the musical, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Russell Mauldin on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 10:45 a.m. and again at 4 p.m.
The musical, a blend of both old and new songs, features solos by Cyndie Brumit, Ray Don Markland and Marie Parlier. A 25-voice choir will fill the air with the glorious sounds of Christmas accented with both lighting and video.
Scott Fisher is the senior minister and Matt Fisher is the youth minister.
The public is cordially invited to attend. For more information, contact Scott Reynolds, worship planner, at 542-5183.

New Liberty
New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church will kick off a month-long celebration of Christ’s birthday Sunday at the 11 a.m. worship service.
Tammy Cole will provide special Christmas music selections at the morning worship service with a Talent Night featured at the 6 p.m. worship service.
The Rev. Ray Colbaugh, pastor, invites the public to attend and enjoy the songs of Christmas.
The church is located at 113 Peters Hollow Road near the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.

Valley Forge
House of Prayer
Valley Forge House of Prayer will host a holiday homecoming dinner Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m.
All members, former members and pastors, and friends of the congregation are invited to attend.
The church is located at 121 House of Prayer Road off Siam Road.
The pastor is the Rev. Allen Simerly.

Elizabethton Alliance
It’s that time of year again! Time for the annual Christmas Cafe at the Elizabethton Alliance Church, 533 E. Elk Ave.
The Christmas Cafe will be Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3 to 6 p.m. prior to the Christmas parade downtown. The cafe will feature free desserts, hot drinks (tea, hot chocolate, coffee and cider), music and fellowship.
All are invited to stop in prior to the parade.

Redeemer Lutheran
The Redeemer Lutheran Church, 234 West F St., will celebrate the first Sunday in Advent Dec. 3. The theme of the service is “Jesus Is Coming.”
Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday School at 9 a.m.
Deacon Timothy Carter will preside at the service.

Oak Street
A holiday craft bazaar will be held at the Oak Street Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to a variety of craft vendors, there will be homemade soups, cornbread, and desserts. All proceeds will go to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.
Chris Shumate is pastor.

First Presbyterian.
Morning worship Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethton, will begin at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dr. Brian Wyatt preaching.
An Education Hour for all ages will be held at 9:45 a.m.
Upcoming events include a “Country Christmas – Feast of Joy” at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at First Baptist Church. The dinner, which will benefit the Shepherd’s Inn, will be prepared by Chef Eric Hoglund. Music will be provided by Carson Peters and Jim and Cheri Miller. Tickets are $20. For more information, call Linda at 543-1931.
Other events of the week include Meditation Wednesday at 7 p.m.; The Thursdays with Jesus Reading Group Thursday at 10:30 a.m. A discussion will be held on the book “The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Birth” by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.