»DAMASCUS CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 20906 Criders Road, Criders: Christmas program at 7 p.m. including a play, “The Christmas Competition,” and a candle-lighting service. Refreshments served.
»ELKTON CHURCH OF GOD, 102 W. E St.: benefit sing at 6 p.m. Music will be provided by Spirit Filled, Rachael Williams and David English. Food will be available for purchase from 5-6 p.m. following the sing. Proceeds will benefit Donna Shifflett, automobile accident victim. 289-3022.
»MOUNT ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, corner of Freemason Run and Bunker Hill roads, Mount Solon: “One Night in Bethlehem” from 6-8 p.m.
»NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 1020 Smithland Road: Christmas candlelight concert from 6-8 p.m. Music by Pastor Robichaud, Denise Hensley, New Vision and, possibly, a surprise group.
»OTTERBEIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 176 W. Market St.: Saturday Night Alive event at 5:30 p.m. The Rev. Jerry John will speak. A fellowship meal will follow. 434-7747.
»PORT REPUBLIC UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, in the Village on Main St., Port Republic: Drive-through nativity from 7-9 p.m.
»THE RIVER CHURCH, 1380 Blackberry Lane, (just off Mount Clinton Pike: will host “Christmas at the River,” doors open at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
»BATTLE CREEK PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, 212 Battle Creek Road, Stanley: broadcasts services at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., with children’s church. Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. Services Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on the Faith Broadcast on WRAA radio in Luray. For information, call Pastor Johnny Clements at 298-8706.
»BETHLEHEM BIBLE STUDY: from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays at the McGaheysville Town Hall (Ruritan Hall); led by Dr. Phil Smuland. 564-2880.
»BETHLEHEM BRETHREN CHURCH, 178 Pleasant Hill Road: traditional service at 10:30 a.m. with sermon by Dr. Thomas Smith. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.
»BETHLEHEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 11923 N. Valley Pike, Tenth Legion: Worship services at 10:30 a.m. with Communion, sermon by the Rev. Robert Edwards and lighting of the Advent Bethlehem candle. Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.
»BRIDGEWATER CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 420 College View Drive: worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. with sermon by Pastor Jeff Carr. The Sanctus Choir will provide the anthem. Child care provided. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.
»BRIDGEWATER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 110 E. College St.: will celebrate the second Sunday of Advent during the 10:30 a.m. worship service, sermon by the Rev. Kerry Foster. The choir will provide music. Nursery provided. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.
»BRIDGEWATER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 219 N. Main St.: worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with sermon by Pastor Jim Tongue. Sanctuary Choir will provide music during 11 a.m. service. Sunday school at 9:50 a.m. The contemporary worship service, “Awakening,” will not be held for the remainder of December. The Christmas choir will present its cantata, “Ceremony of Candles,” at 7 p.m. at the Bridgewater Home Lantz Chapel.
»BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH, 166 Mason St.: will hold worship services at 11 a.m. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. 896-7218.
»BROADWAY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 107 E. Lee St.: worship at 11 a.m., led by the Rev. Betty Dax. Christmas play practice will be held at 9:45 a.m.
»CEDAR GROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, corner of Buffalo and Smithland roads: children’s program during the 11 a.m. worship service. Finger foods will follow the program. All are welcome.
»CEDAR RUN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 6362 Cedar Run Trail, Broadway: children’s Christmas program at 7 p.m. Refreshments will follow; bring cookies or goodies to share. Boxes for shut-ins will be packed.
»CLOVER HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 3457 Fulton School Road, Dayton: worship at 10:30 a.m. with a sermon by the Rev. Robert N. Hoskins, pastor. Music by the Chancel Choir. Children’s church and nursery provided. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. 879-9364.
»DAYTON MENNONITE CHURCH, 4887 John Wayland Highway: Christmas play, “While Cowboys Watched Their Herds by Night,” at 7 p.m. 879-9655.
»ELKTON CHURCH OF GOD, 102 W. E St.: Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m., with children’s church. Sermon by Pastor Sam Sponaugle; music by the praise and worship team. Sunday services at 6 p.m. 289-3022.
»EMMANUEL CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 411 Emmanuel Church Road, Mount Solon: Christmas program at 7 p.m. (540) 350-2270.
»EMMANUEL FELLOWSHIP: meets at Broadway High School at 9:30 a.m, with Pastor Ken.
»FAITH ALIVE FELLOWSHIP, ShenElk Plaza, Elkton: will present its Christmas program at 7 p.m., which will include congregational singing; the children’s play, “The Best Christmas Ever,” individual skits, songs and readings. Refreshments will follow. 908-8130.
»FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE VALLEY: meets at Broadway Community Center, 102 S. Sunset Drive, Broadway. Worship at 9:30 a.m. with Holy Eucharist and speaker the Rev. Roger Austin. Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. 432-1488 or www.faithlutheranofthevalley.org.
»GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, 205 N. Fourth St., Shenandoah: Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. Services also held at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Watch services on WAZT-TV at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. 433-1928.
»JOHN WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, corner of Sterling and Effinger streets: annual Christmas covered-dish dinner following the 11 a.m. service.
»LINDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 6255 Jesse Bennett Way, Broadway: worship at 10:30 a.m. with sermon by Pastor Duane Yoder. At 5 p.m., the children will present a Christmas musical, “Angels Aware!”
»LINVILLE CREEK CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 409 Brethren Road, Broadway: celebrating second Sunday in Advent and candle lighting during worship at 10:30 a.m.; sermon by Paul Roth.
»MASTERWORKS CHORUS OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY: “Behold that Star,” choral concert, at 3 p.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church, 9283 N. Congress St., New Market. Tickets $15 for adults, $7 for children. Purchase at the door, online at www.masterworkschorus.com, or by calling (540) 459-4279.
»MILL CREEK CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 7600 Port Republic Road, Port Republic: will host the Christmas musical, “Angel Alert! The Night That Heaven Came Down,” at 5 p.m. Finger-food dinner will follow in the fellowship hall.
»MOSCOW CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, Va. 42 S., Bridgewater: worship at 10:30 a.m. with sermon by Pastor Darren Howdyshell. “Spirit Seekers,” children’s church, provided. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. www.Moscowcob.com.
»NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 1020 Smithland Road: worship at 10:30 a.m. with sermon by Pastor David Robichaud.
»OTTERBEIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 176 W. Market St.: the Chancel Choir and accompanying orchestra will present a Christmas cantata, “A Celebration of Carols,” during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. 434-7747.
»SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 229 Main St., Dayton: will observe the second Sunday of Advent during the 11 a.m. service with a wreath candle-lighting ceremony. Liturgical color is blue. www.shepvalleylutheran.org.
»SUNSET DRIVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 127 S. Sunset Drive, Broadway: Worship at 10 a.m. with sermon by Pastor Don Hawks. Sunday school at 9 a.m.
»TIMBERVILLE LUTHERAN PARISH: traditional service Sundays at 9 a.m. at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church on Hupp Road, followed by Sunday school at 10:15 a.m.; and at Rader Lutheran Church, Rader Church Road, at 11 a.m., with Sunday school at 10 a.m. www.tlparish.org.
»THOMPSON’S STORE REVIVAL: Christmas concert at 11 a.m. at Linville Congregational Christian Church, 4982 Kratzer Road. Fellowship meal follows. 896-2463.
»TRISSLES MENNONITE CHURCH, Hisers Lane, Broadway: worship at 10:30 a.m. with guest speakers Willard and Eva Eberly. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.
»ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 205 S. Main St.: “Midday Music In Advent 2012,” a series of three half-hour recitals Tuesday at 12:05 p.m., continues with Emma Cobb, Scott Zane Smith and JMU on Dec. 11, and Barbara Taylor Moore, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, on Dec. 18. Asbury UMC musicians perform Dec. 22. Free admission as outreach ministry of the church. Handicapped-accessible.
»BETHLEHEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 11923 N. Valley Pike, Tenth Legion: Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. with carols, music by the church choir and Chimes Choir, Scriptures and Holy Communion followed by lighting of the candles of Christmas.
»BRIDGEWATER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 110 E. College St.: the choir, under the direction of Lacey Johnson and accompanied by Alaina Erbaugh, will present the cantata: “Wings of Joy” at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 23. A reception will follow. A Christmas Eve candle-lighting service will be held at 7 p.m. 828-2442.
»BRIDGEWATER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 219 N. Main St.: the Cantata Choir will present a Christmas cantata, “Ceremony of Candles” during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services on Dec. 16. Sunday school at 10 a.m. At 7 p.m., the children will present “The Best Christmas Gift Ever.” On Dec. 19, the church will hold a Blue Christmas service at 7:30 p.m. for anyone for whom the holidays are less than joyful. Pastor Jim Tongue and Associate Pastor Jim Harris will deliver a message. The contemporary worship service, “Awakening,” will not be held for the remainder of December.
»BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH, 166 Mason St.: Christmas cantata and community candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 23. Program by church choir.
»BROADWAY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 107 E. Lee St.: Christmas play will be performed during the 11 a.m. worship service on Dec. 23. A carry-in dinner will follow. Luminaries will be displayed on the front lawn at dusk. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 5 p.m. with luminary display on the front lawn.
»CEDAR RUN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 6362 Cedar Run Trail, Broadway: Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.
»CLOVER HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 3457 Fulton School Road, Dayton: will host a trip back to Bethlehem from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 15 on Kern’s Road in Dayton, including Scriptures and refreshments. The church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. with piano music; at 7:30 p.m., a formal worship service and Communion will follow. The church will remain open from 8:30-10 p.m. for informal Communion. 879-9364.
»EMMANUEL CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 411 Emmanuel Church Road, Mount Solon: Christmas Eve service at 9 p.m., including cantata, candle lighting and Communion. (540) 350-2270.
»FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF HARRISONBURG, 611 Broad St.: will present its youth Christmas program at 6 p.m. Dec. 22. The youth will present the Christmas musical, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” 434-3969.
»FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Va. 42 N., between Broadway and Timberville: Christmas cantata, “All is Well,” will be presented by the adult and children’s choirs during the 11 a.m. worship service on Dec. 23. A Christmas Eve candlelight/Communion service will be held at 7 p.m. 896-7168.
»GREENMOUNT CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 4881 Greenmount Road: will host “A Greenmount Style Charlie Brown Christmas” and presentations from the children’s Sunday school classes at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Refreshments will follow. A candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.
»JOHN WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, corner of Sterling and Effinger streets, along with Bethel African Methodist Church, will host a Christmas candlelight service 6 p.m. Dec. 16.
»LINVILLE CREEK CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 409 Brethren Road, Broadway: Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Adult choir will present Michael W. Smith’s “Agnus Dei.” Pre-service music at 6:45 p.m. Church youth will assist with candle lighting and Communion.
»MILL CREEK CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN: live nativity from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21-23 at 8218 Port Republic Road, Port Republic. Located in barnyard of Vern and Mary Jane Michael’s farm. To include Scriptures and music. Observation area for older viewers and handicapped. Free. Easy access along the road. 289-5084 or 249-5405.
»MOSCOW CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, Va. 42 S., Bridgewater: Christmas cantata, presented by Briery Branch Church of the Brethren, at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Followed by light refreshments.
»MOUNT PLEASANT CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 2788 Taylor Spring Lane: live nativity from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 13-14 and 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 15. 820-4680.
»MOUNT ZION CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-LINVILLE, 10589 Mount Zion Road: Christmas program at 6 p.m. Dec. 16.
»MOUNTAIN GROVE CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, Fulks Run: “Mary, Did you know?” a Christmas Eve candlelight service, will be held at 7 p.m.
»MUHLENBERG LUTHERAN CHURCH, 281 E. Market St.: evening Advent vespers, 30-minute services of prayer and meditation and Scriptural readings by biblical storytellers, at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19. The children and youth will present a Christmas musical, “Mary had a Little Lamb,” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Refreshments will follow. Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held at 4:30, 6, 8 and 11 p.m. with Holy Communion. Music includes: Children’s Choir at 4:30 p.m.; Celebration Singers and Gloria Dei Ringers at 6 p.m.; soloists and Sanctuary Choir at 8 p.m., and cellist Edward Gant and harpist Virginia Bethune at 11 p.m. A Christmas Day service will be held at 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. Biblical storytellers will “tell the Christmas Story.” 434-3496.
»OTTERBEIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 176 W. Market St.: College Chorale Christmas Concert, 6 p.m., Dec. 12, followed by a church-wide covered dish meal. 434-7747.
»REDEEMING LOVE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, U.S. 340 N., Shenandoah: will host The Coachmen at 11 a.m. Dec. 16. (540) 652-8156.
»SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 229 Main St., Dayton: will hold the fifth annual Christmas carol sing at 4 p.m. Dec. 16. Participants can choose their favorite Christmas carols with the accompaniment of the 1927 Moller four manual pipe organ. Refreshments will follow. The church will hold two Christmas Eve candlelight services; the early service at 7:30 p.m. and the late service at 11 p.m. Holy Communion will be observed at the 11 p.m. service. www.shepvalleylutheran.org.
»SUNSET DRIVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 127 S. Sunset Drive, Broadway: the children will present a Christmas play, “Christmas Hang Ups,” during the 10 a.m. worship service Dec. 16. A dinner theater encore production will be presented at 6 p.m. Dec. 19. For dinner reservations, call 896-3970. No charge, but a freewill donation will be collected to help cover production costs. The Adult Choir will present a Christmas cantata during the 10 a.m. worship service on Dec. 23. A Christmas Eve Communion and candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m.
»TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 725 S. High St.: Christmas cantata during 9:30 a.m. service Dec. 16. A festive adult and children’s choir and instrumentalists will present, “A Blest Messiah Born.”
»WEAVERS MENNONITE CHURCH, 2501 Rawley Pike (U.S. 33 W.): outdoor walk-through live nativity from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16. For all ages. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies following viewing. May be cancelled in the event of winter advisory.
»A SMALL HAND-PLAINS DISTRICT EMERGENCY INFANT PANTRY, serving Plains District residents in need, will be open from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Rader Lutheran Church in Timberville. Pantry serves families enrolled in WIC and/or SNAP with infants age newborn through 24 months residing in the Plains District of Rockingham County. The pantry provides age-appropriate formula, baby food, diapers and wipes. Participants must bring their WIC and/or SNAP credentials, photo identification and their baby. Contact Bev London at 578-0779 (evenings) or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
»BATTLE CREEK PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, 212 Battle Creek Road, Stanley: Thursday night praise and worship, with preaching, at 7:30 p.m. For information, call Pastor Johnny Clements at 298-8706.
»BETHANY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 3700 Lee Highway, Weyers Cave: food pantry Mondays from 4-7 p.m. Offering USDA and non-USDA products. 234-8880.
»BETHEL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 2451 Bethel Church Road, Elkton: choir practice at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Elaine Monger Brown choir director. Open to the public. Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 298-1197.
»CALL-A-STORY, sponsored by Fulks Run-area churches: Bible stories and lessons. 896-4200.
»CHRIST THE KING EPISCOPAL CHURCH: meets at 1 p.m. Sundays at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 660 S. Main St. 434-8300.
»CHRISTINE TOLSON MINISTRIES, 34 S. Main St.: services at 11 a.m. Sundays. A city-wide Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursdays. 434-0853.
»ELKTON CHURCH OF GOD, 102 W. E St.: Wednesday night Bible study at 7:30 p.m. 289-3022.
»FAITH ALIVE FELLOWSHIP, 800 Shenandoah Ave., Shen-Elk Plaza, Elkton, three-week mini-series, “Victory Over Depression,” will conclude from 7-8:15 p.m. Dec. 12. New Bible study, “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer, is an eight-week study (via DVD) on renewing the mind according to God’s Word. Classes for children and youth. Services each Wednesday from 7-8:15 p.m. For more information, call Pastor Don Meadows at 298-8030 or visit www.faithalivefellowship.com.
»FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE VALLEY will meet Dec. 16 at the Broadway Community Center, 102 S. Sunset Drive, Broadway. Worship will be held at 9:30 a.m. with speaker the Rev. Roger Austin. Sunday school will be held at 10:45 a.m. 432-1488 or www.faithlutheranofthevalley.org.
»FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH, 1310 Garbers Church Road: Bible study from 10-11:15 a.m. Wednesday mornings. Bennie and Judy Roach will lead.
»FRESH START CHURCH, 31-D E. Market St.: anointed service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays; intercessory prayer at 7 p.m. Mondays; marriage and family prayer at 6 p.m. Tuesdays; youth Bible study at 6 p.m. and adult Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and men’s prayer at 7 p.m. Fridays.
»GREENMOUNT CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 4881 Greenmount Road: Kids Club at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Open to K-8. Includes Bible lesson, music and snack. 833-5251.
»THE HEALING RAIN PRAYER TEAM will be at First Assembly of God, 1310 Garbers Church Road, from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 15. Team will anoint with oil and pray for healing of body, mind and spirit. 867-9534.
»LIFE IN THE WORD CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST, INC.: meets at the New Song Fellowship Church building, 3156 N. Valley Pike. Anointed service at 4 p.m. Sundays and prayer and Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 574-4807.
»LINVILLE CREEK CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 409 Brethren Road, Broadway: will host a free community fellowship meal from 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 19. All are welcome.
»MILL CREEK CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 7600 Port Republic Road, Port Republic; fall, winter and spring Sunday worship schedule for September to May: Morning worship at 10 a.m., with Sunday school at 11 a.m. www.millcreekcob.org.
»MUHLENBERG LUTHERAN CHURCH, 281 E. Market St.: “Music Sunday” during the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. services Dec. 16; will include Sanctuary Choir, Gloria Dei Ringers and vocal soloists and instrumentalists. Holy Communion is observed during the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. services each Sunday. Noon Eucharist every Wednesday. 434-3496.
»NEW MARKET SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH, 62 W. Lee Highway: worship at 11 a.m. Saturdays; study time at 9:30 a.m. A woman’s prayer group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Evening Prayer Warriors meet at 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Tickets for “Journey to Bethlehem,” a guided talking tour — to be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7-9 — free and available. Tickets required. (540) 209-2639 or (540) 740-8550.
»OTTERBEIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 176 W. Market St.: Saturday Night Alive at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays with guest speakers, which, for December, include: the Rev. Ed Pruitt on Dec. 15; the Rev. Don Shull on Dec. 22, and Frank Will on Dec. 29. Light fellowship meal follows. 434-7747.
»PARK VIEW MENNONITE CHURCH, 1600 College Ave.: men’s Bible study will be held Dec. 11 at 7 a.m., led by Ervin Stutzman. Study will conclude 12-week series on formational Scriptures. Topic will be “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” A breakfast will be served at 6:45 a.m., with teaching at 7 a.m. Open to all men. The next series will begin on Jan. 22.
»SHENANDOAH VALLEY WORD OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CENTER is now meeting temporarily at Martin Chapel on Smith Avenue, on the campus of EMU: weekly Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m. at the home of Pastor Ricky and Kathy Brunk, studies are based on the DVD teaching series of Kenneth E. Hagin, Andrew Wommack and Joseph Prince. Contact Ricky and Kathy Brunk at 434-6147.
»SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY: meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Good Life Station, across from the Southern Kitchen Restaurant on South Congress Street in New Market, is looking for people seeking a deeper understanding of God and the Bible. Study meets in a non-church atmosphere. The Gospel of John is the current topic of study. Bob Van Ornam will lead the session. (540) 335-8220.
— Mary Lou Dean