Members of Grace Church, Pasadena, will be Christmas caroling beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18. On Dec. 19, the church will present the Christmas cantata ‘Best Gift of All.” Then on Dec. 24, the church will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service.
On Sunday, Oct. 31, in place of worship service, members of The Garden Community left church to walk to four of the most recent Baltimore murder sites near the church and prayed for peace.
The church has its “Trail of Tears” several times each year. In a church-wide email, Joel Kurz, pastor of The Garden, wrote, “The ‘Trail of Tears’ is a sobering eye opener for us and a reminder of the violence in our city; but we believe in prayer.
“The first time we ever did a ‘Trail of Tears,’ we prayed around McCulloh Homes; the second time focused primarily in the Druid Heights area. This time three of the four sites focused primarily around lower Reservoir Hill.
“I believe we’re witnessing the power of prayer and that God is providentially moving and bringing peace and showing glimpses of His Kingdom in Baltimore. And, yes, the violence does continue; but as long as there is violence in our city, you will find us praying.”
Blue Ridge Association
West End Church, Hagerstown, recently had a marriage seminar led by Churches in Missions leaders and Maryland residents, John and Melissa Miller.
Faith Church, Knoxville, welcomed guest Don Piper, author of “90 Minutes in Heaven,” for a special service in October.
Ogletown Churchwill have women’s cookies and craft night from 6-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. Ladies will each bring a dozen cookies to share and have fun making Christmas crafts and eating goodies.
First Church, Cambridge,had a busy autumn with a picnic, trunk or treat, clothing giveaway, youth carwash and a new youth Bible study.
The Christian band “Willet” will perform a free Christmas concert at Soul Discovery Church, Salisbury, on Dec. 19. Willet’s Christmas tour is to raise awareness and support for the children of Mozambique, Africa.
The divorce care ministry of Friendship Church, Sykesville, had a “surviving the holidays” seminar last month to minister to those going through separation and divorce.
Metanoia Church, Ellicott City, participated in the city’s annual fall festival. In September, they also celebrated Metanoia’s fifth anniversary with a picnic at Patapsco State Park.
Bethany Lane Church, Ellicott City, will present an original Christmas musical, “Persia Sky” on Dec. 10 and 11. The program, written and directed by music minister, Sherri McKay, is based on the account of the Magi told in Matthew 2. It includes a full orchestra, choir and dance and drama troupe. Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for kids under 5.
Crosslife Community Church, Elkridge, will have a gingerbread contest on Dec. 11.
Olney Churchhas adopted Olney Elementary School as a local missions outreach project. Members have been providing breakfasts for staff and snacks for teachers during teacher/parent conference afternoons.
The ladies of Redland Church, Rockville, had a “proper tea” and fellowship time last month at a local restaurant.
Viers Mill Church, Silver Spring, will present the cantata, “The Voices of Christmas” at 11 a.m. on Dec. 12. Later in the evening, the church will have a family movie night, “The Nativity Story” at 6 p.m. On Dec 19 church members will be Christmas caroling and on Dec. 24, the church will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m.
Nanjemoy Churchwill have its Christmas candlelight worship service at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 followed by a choir presentation of “Behold Emmanuel.” The church will serve light refreshments.
Prince George’s Association
Sharon Bible Fellowship, Lanham, had a youth and young adult empowerment services event in November. The theme was overcoming the enemy.
First Church, Perryville,will have the Christmas program, “Promised Hope…starts with a baby’s first cry” at 7 p.m., on Dec. 19. For more information call the church, (410) 642-6865.
Towne Church, Joppa, officially welcomed their new pastor, Phil Gifford, his wife, Pam, and their children Caelyn and Jackson. The church has several Christmas events planned including the praise team presentation, “God Coming Down,” on Dec. 12, Christmas caroling on Dec. 15, “The Name of Jesus” presented by the choir on Dec. 19 and candlelight services on Christmas Eve.
Grace Church, Cumberland,will have a Christmas program for kids during Sunday School time. All of the classes will meet together to offer a “gift of praise,” including songs, scripture and other “offerings” to Jesus.
The church recently sent a team to Owingsville, Ky., to continue work restoring an old supermarket into a youth center. Grace and Second Church, Cumberland, have an ongoing missions partnership with ministries in Eastern Kentucky.
Welsh Church, Frostburg, manned a booth at the annual autumn Main Street Block Party.