ARCADIA — A candlelight Christmas Eve service will begin at 9 p.m. at Arcadia United Methodist Church, with prelude Christmas music beginning at 8:45. The service will include a special children’s story, and kids are invited to wear their pajamas. Special music will be provided by Bob and Mary Fry, Angie Golden, April Russell, Don Tufts, and Dean and Erma Metzger.
Cedar Creek Church
Christmas services at Cedar Creek Church, 1800 Tiffin Ave. (Findlay Village Mall), will be held at 5 p.m. today; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Monday; and 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Central Church of Christ
Christmas Eve services begin at 7 p.m. at Central Church of Christ, 307 E. Hardin St. Fellowship time with punch and cookies will follow.
“Joy in the Anticipation” from Luke 1:67-80 is the Rev. Brandon Kelly’s sermon title Sunday as part of College First Church of God’s “Joy of Heaven” series. Worship begins at 9 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, 1100 N. Main St., and 10 a.m. in Winebrenner Auditorium at 950 N. Main St. The children’s choir will sing at the 9 and 10 a.m. services, and the worship orchestra will perform at 9 and 11. The church will celebrate the joy of heaven with its “Joy to the World” Christmas Eve services. Those include a 4 p.m. family and children’s service in the sanctuary, the 6 p.m. contemporary candlelight service at Winebrenner, and traditional carols and candlelight at 7 and 9 p.m. in the sanctuary. The nursery will be open during all services except for 9 p.m. The church office will be closed on Christmas Eve, and the church building will be closed Christmas Day. Visit www.collegefirst.org or call 419-422-7365 for more details.
Christmas Eve services begin at 7:30 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, 1431 Sixth St. Christmas services are at 10:15 a.m., and the New Year’s Eve service begins at 7:30 p.m.
Enon Valley Presbyterian Church, 30207 U.S. 224 E., will hold a special Christmas service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday that will include special music by the choir. Christmas Eve services will begin at 7 p.m. and will include carols, Scripture readings and special music, and will end in candlelight.
First Christian Church, 1624 Tiffin Ave., Suite B, will host its Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. The service will include music, Scripture and reflection. Communion will be offered.
First Lutheran Church will celebrate the fourth Sunday in Advent with the lighting of the fourth candle on the Advent wreath. Early service begins at 8:15 a.m., and the late service is at 10:45 a.m.”¯The senior choir will sing at the 10:45 service. A coffee and cookie fellowship will be held in the church lounge after each service. Family candlelight worship will be celebrated at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and a “Lessons, Carols and Candlelight Worship” starts at 10:30. Prelude music for each service begins at 6:30 and 10 p.m., respectively. There will only be one service, at 9:30 a.m., on Dec. 29.
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will celebrate the true meaning of Christmas through song at the annual Festival of Carols on Sunday. Find the spirit of God through a selection of carols played on the organ by director of music Brent Neuenschwander. The celebration will continue on Christmas Eve with a family candlelight service at 5 p.m.; and candlelight lessons and carols at 8 p.m., preceded by an organ recital beginning at 7:30. Visit findlayfpc.org or call the church office at 419-423-2112 for more details.
First Presbyterian, Fostoria
FOSTORIA — A service of nine lessons and carols will be celebrated at 7:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve at First Presbyterian Church, 201 W. Fremont St., Fostoria. Lessons will be read by Jim Bailey, Carol Reffner, Sarah Swanagan, Jerry Vess, Bill Schwab, Allison Goddard, Brynn Sendelbach, Nancy Studrawa and the Rev. Robert Butcher. Music begins at 7:45 with a prelude by Rita O’Donnell. Later, Anne Butcher will play Celtic harp. Bill Schwab will sing “When Love Was Born,” and Ann Barbour will play “O Holy Night” on bass clarinet. The chancel choir will sing “Still, Still, Still” and “All is Well.” Pianist and organist Mary Schwepe and organist Joe Stearns will team up to accompany “Joy to the World” and revisit on the postlude. Stearns will accompany “Silent Night” as the sanctuary is lighted only by candles. Several hymns of the season will be sung, such as “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” The sanctuary will be replete with many poinsettias and Christmas items to welcome the birth of Christ.
First United Church of Christ, 2100 Greendale Ave., will host Christmas worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Paul Stark will deliver the message “Immanuel — God is With Us” and serve communion. Stark is chaplain and director of religious life, civic engagement and church relations at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. The choir will present the anthem “Born This Night.” A Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 7 p.m. Trina Snyder has written a service of Scripture and favorite Christmas carols that will conclude with candle lighting and the singing of “Silent Night.” The choir will sing “Infant Holy,” arranged by Hal Wright. The church has easy access and is on the ground level.
Good Hope Lutheran
ARLINGTON — Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S. Main St., Arlington, will hold Christmas Eve services at 7 and 10 p.m. Both will include the offering of Holy Communion and selections by the senior choir, and will conclude with all singing “Silent Night” by candlelight. The 7 p.m. service will feature prelude music starting at 6:30, with various instrumental and vocal solos.
HOYTVILLE — Hoytville United Methodist Church, 19921 E. Church St., will have a Christmas singalong at 8:40 p.m., with a Christmas Eve service at 9 p.m. A play called “Kaley in the Evening Show” will be performed, detailing Ebenezer Scrooge, two years after his transformation. This is a humorous but meaningful play. The evening will end with candlelight.
“To Us a Child is Born” is the theme of Immanuel Lutheran Church’s children’s Christmas service, presented at 10 a.m. Sunday. These words of Isaiah tell the promise God fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. The adult choir will join the children in singing God’s praise. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. with carols and Scripture lessons. The Christmas festival service will be held at 10 a.m. Christmas Day. Immanuel is at 2300 Northridge Road.
Redeemer Lutheran Church LCMC, 1009 Blanchard Ave., will celebrate the last Sunday of Advent at 10:30 a.m. A Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 p.m., with live music starting at 6:30.
St. Andrew’s UM
“Make the Nations Prove: Peaceful Joy” is the message for worship at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. The chancel choir, Jubilation, will bring an anthem at 9, while the Celebration Praise Band leads music at 11:15. Worship in person, via livestream on Facebook or at saumcfindlay.org, or on WFIN at 9 a.m. Christmas Eve services will be held at 4 and 7 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 Tiffin Ave., will celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve. Special music will begin at 7:30 p.m., and a candlelight service with Holy Communion starts at 8 p.m. The service will finish with the tradition of singing “Silent Night” in German and then in English. Call 419-423-2023 for more details.
St. John’s Lutheran, McComb
McCOMB — “God Bless us Every One! The Son of God,” based on Luke 2:1-20, is the Rev. Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Christmas Eve. The candlelight communion service will begin with prelude music at 7 p.m.
St. Luke’s Lutheran
NORTH BALTIMORE — “God Bless us Every One! The Son of God,” based on Luke 2:1-20, is the Rev. Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Christmas Eve. The candlelight communion service will begin with prelude music at 9:15 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran
JENERA — A family Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9340 Township Road 32, Jenera, with special music from the senior choir starting at 6:45. Candlelight worship will also be held at 11 p.m. Both services will include Holy Communion.
Salem Cass UM
The Rev. Ron Hoeksema will present the sermon “The Virgin Birth: Myth or Miracle?” at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Salem Cass United Methodist Church, 4699 County Road 236. Sunday school follows at 10:45.
Trinity Baptist Church, 7839 County Road 236, will host a Christmas drama during its 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. The play “What’s It All About?” was written and produced by members of the church’s drama team. The fictional story begins with the church seeking permission from city officials to perform a Christmas Eve program in the town’s public square. The mayor (performed by Starley Cannon) is hesitant to allow a public Christian program on city property, with concerns it may offend citizens and create controversy. Reluctantly, the mayor agrees she will be fair and attend a church service to see “What’s It All About” and watch the potential program first, before denying permission. During the mayor’s visit to the church, her opposition begins to soften. The ending scene is heartwarming, with a wonderful surprise for the mayor. The cast of 25 has been practicing since October to perform a story that highlights the real issues that today’s Christians are facing. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 6 p.m. The program will begin with congregational singing of traditional Christmas songs, followed by vocal solos and other special music arrangements, including instrumental performances. Members of the congregation will share Christmas stories and testimonials. Findlay residents needing transportation may call the church at 419-422-8462 to request a ride. Valet parking is available at the front entrance, and assistance will be provided to individuals with special needs.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave., will celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent at 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Sunday. The Fellowship, Family Life and Youth Team is hosting a “Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt” around Findlay beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by cookies and hot cocoa, and visiting and caroling with homebound church members. Christmas Eve services celebrating the birth of Jesus will be held at 4, 7 and 11 p.m. The 4 and 7 p.m. informal candlelight services, with Holy Communion, are geared toward families with young children. The 4 p.m. service will feature the Trinity Brass and Special Blend, and the 7 p.m. service will feature the Trinity Bells and the senior choir. At the 11 p.m. service, the congregation will celebrate all the joy and tradition of Christmas Eve with carols, candlelight and Holy Communion.
Trinity Lutheran, Jenera
JENERA — Three Christmas Eve services celebrating Jesus’ birth will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera. “See What Great Love” is the theme of two children’s Christmas Eve services being presented at 1 p.m. Monday and again at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The service, presented by children in preschool through high school, thanks God for Jesus, the best gift. Songs featured throughout the service include “Away in a Manger,” “In the Town of Bethlehem,” “The Tree of Life,” “See What Great Love” and “Silent Night” sung in German. Readers are Kendyll Gurney, Ayden Kretz, Jacob Miles and Austin Rausch. A 9:30 a.m. service will be led by the Rev. Al Schmitzer on Christmas Day. The theme “A Savior has Been Born to You” is based on Isaiah 52:7-10. The choir will sing an arrangement of “Joy to the World” by Joseph Martin from the cantata “Morning Star.” The church is handicap accessible. More information is at tlcjenera.org.
West Independence UM
West Independence United Methodist Church, 22876 U.S. 224, will celebrate its traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service at 9 p.m. Tuesday.