Thursday, Dec. 24
7 p.m.: Grace United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas Eve Service.
Sunday, Dec. 27
5 p.m.: His Chosen Few (Mary Owens) presents a fashion/show play at the Pacolet River Building on Lovers Lane Road. The play is entitled “For Better Or For Worse.” Come out and have some good fellowship and a fun-filled evening for the entire family. A donation of $10 — tickets may be purchased from cast members — 0r $12 at the door. A fellowship gathering will follow.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
10:30 p.m.: Joing “Watch-Night Services” will be held at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in the Cross Keys Community with the Rev. Freddie Wicker, pastor of the McBeth Baptist Church bringing the message. The public is invited.
10:30 p.m.: The Chambertown Community Lighthouse on South Mountain Street in Union will hold a Watch Night Service. All are invited to come fellowship with us. Bishop Tyra Parham, Pastor.
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
5 p.m.: St. Luke Baptist Church hosts a Relay for Life Songfest. Rev. George Shell, Pastor.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
10:30 a.m.: A new nondenominational Bible study, open to everyone, will begin at Grace United Methodist Church. The study will be led by Fran Love and meet in the Clyburn-Whitener Classroom.
The book “Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus; How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith”, written by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg, will lead us to explore the culture and customs of first-century Jews, enriching our understanding of the Bible and of Jesus. It’s not necessary to purchase the book, but it is available through Christian Supply, Amazon, and Cokesbury for $16.
If anyone would like to have the book, please notify Grace UMC by Jan.15.
This sign says it all. Merry Christmas is not just a wish, it is a blessing, a blessing that exists because of the church which exists because of Christianity which exists because of Jesus Christ. We have Christmas because of church where the God’s holy word, The Bible is preached, and we have The Bible because of the servants of the Lord who with faith and dedication wrote what God wanted them to write. It is from The Bible that we have the Christmas story, the story of the birth of Jesus Christ for whom this holiday, this holy day, is named. Christmas is a holiday, is a holy day because of Christ’s birth and so it is only right and just that the church wish one and all Merry Christmas. It is just and right because the blessing of a Merry Christmas comes through the church, the institution created by Christianity, the faith that, like Christmas, is named for Jesus Christ. So let us wish one another a Merry Christmas and as we do, keep in mind that we are invoking the name of Jesus Christ, celebrating His birth, His earthly life and ministry, his death, burial, resurrection and ascension. Let us remember that, in wishing one another a Merry Christmas, we are blessing them and ourselves by speaking the name of Christ.