RELIGION BRIEFS


Puppet show, candlelight service

The New Vienna Community Church is pleased to announce the return of the Puppet Ministry Program featuring an all-star cast of puppeteers slated to appear on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m at the church at 412 West St., New Vienna.

“The Christmas Puppet Show is cast back in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, when a young sheep herder talks about visiting the newborn baby, Jesus.

The public is invited to attend. Bring the kids and grandkids and your neighbor’s kids to enjoy an entertaining program. This will be followed by the traditional carol singing and candlelight service.

All ages will enjoy this light-hearted program featuring a cool cast of puppets ready to entertain you yet bring a great message of hope through the Christmas story.

“This is our seventh year for the puppeteers and it is becoming quite a tradition at the church,” said Pastor Dan Mayo. “We are pleased to have this Christmas edition of the puppet ministry and we know the whole family will enjoy the evening. Our cast, under the leadership of George and Marilyn Fenner, is now an experienced crew and it shows in the quality of performance. We hope you will come celebrate Christmas with us Sunday evening.”

For more information please contact PastorMayo at 937-725-0445.

Cantata at Sabina UMC

The cantata “Morning Star” by Lloyd Larson will be performed at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve at the Sabina United Methodist Church.

This cantata conveys the Christmas story as one of hope, redemption, and fulfilled promises from God — the morning star did rise, a star that still shines in the darkest of nights for people then and for us now.

Soloists include Beth Hackmann, Chuck McMillan, Neil Gilmore, Peggy Dunn and Jeanie Gilmore. Narrators are Robb Uhl and Phil Snow. Barbara Briggs is director and accompanist.

The SUMC Handbell Choir will also perform with arrangements by Bill Ingram, Cynthia Dobrinski and Linda R. Lamb.

The traditional candle-lighting and congregational singing of “Silent Night” will provide a fitting conclusion to the concert.

The community is welcome to attend and share in celebrating the joyous birth of the Christ child.

Christmas Eve services

Clarksville United Methodist Church invites all to their early Family Christmas Eve service at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24.

Come to 68 S. First St. in Clarksville to hear the story of the birth of Jesus.

The members of Olive Branch United Methodist Church invite you to Candlelight and Carols at 9 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Olive Branch is located at 7315 Wilmington Road in Oregonia.