Central Church of Christ
The cantata “Silent Night! Holy Night!” will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Central Church of Christ, 307 E. Hardin St. Dress is casual, and preschool and nursery care are available. Sunday school meets at 9:30.
“A Cookies and Carols Christmas” will take place at 6 p.m. today in the chapel at College First Church of God. There will be cookies, songs, sweets, trivia and a Christmas challenge. All ages are welcome. “Joy in the Blessings” is this week’s sermon, based on Luke 1:46-56. Lead Pastor the Rev. Brandon Kelly will speak at all three services as part of the “Joy of Heaven” sermon series. Traditional/blended worship will take place at 9 and 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary, 1100 N. Main St., and the contemporary service at 10 a.m. is in the Winebrenner auditorium, 950 N. Main St. The third Advent candle, which is pink and symbolizes joy, will be lit. An open house marking the 100th birthday of Kyle Adams will take place from 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall. Adams has been a member of College First since 1964. Youth in grades six through 12 will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall for a Christmas party. See www.collegefirst.org or call 419-422-7365 to learn more.
East Mount Zion UM
East Mount Zion and Vanlue Christ United Methodist churches will present a Christmas cantata titled “Let’s Celebrate! It’s Christmas Time” at 10 a.m. Sunday at East Mount Zion. The choir is composed of members of both churches. A carol sing and a carry-in dinner in the fellowship hall will follow.
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will celebrate the third week of Advent with the “Song of Simeon.” This will be the subject of the Rev. Jessie Commeret’s sermon at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, as well as a post-worship seminar led by Matt Meinke, general presbyter of Maumee Valley, at 10:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Visit findlayfpc.org for more information on services throughout the holiday season, or call the church at 419-423-2112.
Good Hope Lutheran
ARLINGTON — Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S. Main St., Arlington, will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with the senior choir presenting a Christmas cantata at the 10 a.m. worship service. The cantata is under the direction of Dan Basinger, accompanied by Lou Ann Cousino with narration by the Rev. Steve Ramsey. The choir will also present this cantata at the 8:45 a.m. service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dola. The children of the congregation will present a program titled “On The Road to Christmas” at 7 p.m. Sunday. Special music will begin at 6:30, and refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall after the program.
Mount Cory UM
MOUNT CORY — Mount Cory United Methodist Church’s “Heaven Came Down” display will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Bethel Family Life Center, 201 W. Washington St., Mount Cory. The display of angels and Nativities is open to the public, and additional times can be scheduled by calling Shar Marshall at 419-963-4992 or Jean Clevidence at 419-788-1145. The display will also be open following the church’s Christmas Eve service, after 8 p.m.
CAREY — The Father Paul Volunteer Bakery at Our Lady of Consolation will hold its pre-Christmas bake sale this weekend. Dinner rolls, iced Christmas cookies and an assortment of fruit pies will be featured. The bakery was started by the late Father Paul Faroh and benefits shrine and parish projects. Other items for sale include pies (apple, Dutch apple, cherry, blackberry, peach, rhubarb, strawberry/rhubarb and Fruit of the Farm), coffee cakes (apple, cinnamon and nut), breads ( multi-grain, raisin, honey-oat and Italian), cookies (chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter and monster), potato chips made from locally grown potatoes, chicken noodle soup, ham and bean soup, Father Paul’s spaghetti sauce, and homemade noodles. The sale will be held in the cafeteria across from the basilica from 8 a.m. until noon today and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
St. Andrew’s UM
The Jubilation Choir at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church will join with a full orchestra to present “Everlasting Light” at 3 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary, 120 W. Sandusky St. The event will include additional performances by the Good News Mens’ Octet and the St. Andrew’s Sisters. Those attending should use the parking lot and entrance on Crawford Street, across from the police station. Kids Praise and Mattie Vermilya will offer special music during the 9 and 11:15 a.m. worship services. The theme for the day is “Make the Blessings Known: Unabashed Joy,” focusing on Isaiah 35:1-10 and Luke 1:46-55. The church will host this week’s community dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, featuring a menu of ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, fruit and dessert.
St. Paul Lutheran
JENERA — The children of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 9340 Township Road 32, Jenera, will present “The Christmas Express” at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, with pre-service music at 9:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., respectively. Refreshments will be served at both performances. A traditional worship service will also be held at 7:50 a.m., but there will be no Sunday school or praise worship.
Trinity Baptist Church, 7839 County Road 236, will feature the adult choir in the 10:30 a.m. service, presenting traditional and contemporary Christmas music selections. The Rev. Michael Spann will offer the message, “The Christmas Story,” afterward. The children’s choir will perform a musical play at 5:30 p.m., “We Three Spies.” Transportation is available for Findlay residents; call 419-422-8462 to request a ride. Valet parking is available at the front entrance of the church, and assistance will be provided for those with special needs.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave., will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent at 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Sunday. Today’s worship will be led by the On A Wing and A Prayer band. Sunday worship will feature music from all choirs, bands and bells, and the children will present a short skit and several songs. Sunday school for all ages follows. The Advent Bible study, using the Gospels and the book “Awaiting the Already,” continue this week. The third Advent evening worship service begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Trinity Lutheran, Jenera
JENERA — The final Advent service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, will be held at 7 p.m. The Rev. Matt Nowak will lead the service under the theme, “Visit Us, Lord Jesus, with Your Power,” based on 1 John 4:17-19. The choir will sing “Arise, Shine.” A free taco supper will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. The church is handicap accessible. More information is at tlcjenera.org.
The Unitarian Universalist Church, 2415 N. Main St., will present its holiday program at 10 a.m. Sunday. Music and readings will illustrate the theme of “Celebrating the Child … for each night a child is born is a holy night.” Whether celebrating the Christmas child or humanity’s child, this season is a time to rejoice in the children who make all of our lives better.
Zion United Methodist Church, 9009 Ohio 12 W, will host a Jesus’ birthday party from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. The free celebration will include dinner, crafts and goodies for children.