Living Nativity to be Dec. 6-7
WOOSTER — A Living Nativity will be presented Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 at First Church of God, 1953 Akron Road, Wooster. The free drive-through event will be from 6-8 p.m. each evening and is for all ages. For information, 330-262-3691.
‘Search for the Christ Child’
SMITHVILLE — The 31st year of "Search for the Christ Child" will be held at Oak Grove Mennonite Church on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 5-7 p.m. (please note this is the second Sunday in December). The church is at 7843 Smucker Road in Smithville. This is a 45-minute, indoor/outdoor walk-through experience of what the first Christmas may have been like. Dress warmly. The church is handicap accessible. Admission is one canned food item or toiletries for People to People Ministries.
Live Nativity will be Dec. 8
RITTMAN – Hillside Baptist Church, 19 W. Ohio Ave., invites families and individuals to a Live Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 8. There will be a 12-minute program every 20 minutes from 6–7:30 p.m. There will be free refreshments inside after each presentation. "Drink some cocoa, pet the animals, hear the story!"
Orrville chorus to present Messiah
KIDRON — The Orrville Community Chorus will present its 76th annual performance of Messiagh by George Frederic Handel on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at Central Christian School in Kidron. Admission is $8. Students through eighth grade will be admitted free.
The chorus, directed by Laurel Labbe, has 75 members representing a six-county area. Soloists are Susan Wallin, soprano; Denise Milner Howell, mezzo-soprano; Timothy Culver, tenor, and Brian Keith Johnson, baritone. A 12-member orchestra accompanies the chorus.
Visit the chorus website at www.orrvillecommunitychorus.org for further information. Questions may be addressed to email@example.com.
Festival of Lights holiday service set for Dec. 8
ASHLAND — Ashland University will officially begin its observance of the holiday season with the 29th annual Festival of Lights on Sunday, Dec. 8 in Ashland University’s Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, located at the intersection of King Road and College Avenue.
The 7 p.m. candlelight service, which is free and open to the public, symbolizes Christ coming into the world. The story is communicated in verse and song. It will include Scripture readings, traditional carols, and seasonal choral music by the Ashland University Choir and Women’s Chorus and the Ashland Area Chorus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Ringers and Singers concert Dec. 10
WOOSTER — A "Ringers and Singers" Holiday Concert will be presented Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m., at Church of the Cross, 5100 Cleveland Road. The Wayne County Choral Union, in conjunction with the Church of the Cross United Methodist Church's Bell Choir will perform. Free admission, a freewill offering taken.
Sonnenberg Station sets Christmas concerts
KIDRON — Sonnenberg Station is an 18-voice men's choral ensemble based in Kidron. For more than 13 years, the group has performed in over 50 different venues throughout Ohio. Each season offers diverse selections from contemporary to classical, hallowed to lighthearted, including arrangements by the group's director, Tim Yoder.
This season, Sonnenberg Station’s repertoire will feature the sounds of Christmas. There will be some old and familiar Christmas songs, some new ones, and some cherished ones, with perhaps an unfamiliar twist. Join Sonnenberg Station for an uplifting evening of choral performances that will be sure to usher you into the season of Christmas.
Join Sonnenberg Station for a Christmas concert at the following venues (all concerts begin at 7 p.m.):
Friday, Dec. 6, Kidron Mennonite, Kidron;
Saturday, Dec. 7, Lutheran Church of the Covenant, Maple Heights;
Sunday, Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church, New Philadelphia;
Friday, Dec. 13, Saint Timothy’s, Massillon;
Saturday, Dec. 14, First Presbyterian Church, Wooster;
Sunday, Dec. 15, Berlin Mennonite, Berlin.
Please check www.sonnenbergstation.org and on Facebook page for updates. A love offering will be taken at each performance.
Christmas in the Country Luncheon set
NASHVILLE — Nashville's Christmas in the Country Luncheon will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Fellowship Hall of the Nashville Church of Christ, just east of the elementary school. The free soup and sandwich lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by entertainment by Tom Alexander. Those 55-plus years in the county and surrounding area are invited to attend.
Alexander, a 1980 West Holmes graduate, currently resides with his family in Lancaster, Ohio and ministers at Amazing Grace Christian Church in Grove City. Music has always been a part of Alexander's life from participating in band, choir, and various Holmes County Teen musical groups to college life and then on to Music and Worship leader at Lancaster, Ohio.
To reserve your spot, call 330-763-2601 or 330-763-4031. Those who wish may donate to help defray expenses.
Christmas Tea features Chamber Choir
WOOSTER — First Presbyterian Church of Wooster will hold its Christmas Tea Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 1-3 p.m. with a musical performance by the Central Christian Chamber Choir.
Breakfast with Santa
WOOSTER — There will be a free breakfast with Santa at Church of the Cross United Methodist, 5100 Cleveland Road, on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9-11 a.m.
Schmid concert in Blachleyville
WOOSTER — A Country Christmas with John Schmid will be presented Sunday, Dec. 15 at Blachleyville Church of Christ. Admission is free; a free will offering will be taken.
There will be a Soup Supper starting at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 7 p.m. The church is at the corner of Blachleyville Road (state Route 95) and South Elyria Road, southwest of Wooster.
Schmid, a local vocal and recording artist and evangelist with Common Ground Ministry, has a unique blend of country/folk/gospel, with a touch of the contemporary.
Christmas carol hymn sing set
KIDRON — A Christmas Carol Hymn Sing will be held Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Sonnenberg Village, 13497 Hackett Road. It will include the Central Christian Varsity Singers, and will be led by Choristers from Salem, Sonnenberg and Kidron Mennonite churches. A freewill offering for the benefit of Sonnenberg Village and Mennonite Disaster Services will be lifted. Refreshments will be by the Kidron Merchants Assoc.
Blue Christmas Service Dec. 15
SHREVE — The holiday season can be difficult for those who are dealing with pain and loss.
It’s the reason Shreve United Methodist Church is offering a Blue Christmas Service from 7-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
"We want to reach out to the hurting, who can sometimes get lost in the celebration," said Holly Grant, leader of the church’s Griefshare events. A Blue Christmas is a gentle, contemplative service that gives people a chance to hear about God’s love for them. In a candle lighting ceremony, four candles will represent a different type of loss or disappointment. A center candle will represent Jesus, and from that candle all other candles will be lit.
Communion will be served and light refreshments will follow the service.
In past years, the church has hosted the Griefshare program Surviving The Holidays, so this is another way to reach out to people who may be facing the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, or loss of hope, Grant said.
The service is being planned by those from the church involved in Griefshare, but it is not affiliated with Griefshare.
SUMC also will host a 13-week GriefShare program beginning Jan. 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. and continuing each Thursday at the same time through April 9.
Messiah Dec. 15 at Oak Grove
SMITHVILLE — Handel's Messiah will be performed at Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, on Sunday, Dec.15 at 2:30 p.m. Founded in 1818, the church has a long-standing tradition of hosting this beautiful and worshipful work and this year will perform selections for its 86th rendition.
Soloists will include professional musicians Lara Troyer, Hannah Rowlands, Brian Keith Johnson and Kyle Kelvington. Other accomplished musicians will make up an orchestra led by Concertmaster Amy Glick Helmuth. Guest conductor will be Brian Wiebe from Goshen, Indiana. The approximate 100-member choir is made up of church members and local musicians who love to sing.
Oak Grove offers this to the community at no charge as a meaningful way to celebrate the Christmas season. A freewill offering will help defray expenses.
Extended Christmas Dinner in Kidron
KIDRON — An extended Family Christmas Dinner will be held Christmas Day at Kidron Mennonite Church Fellowship Building. The gathering will start at 11:30 a.m. with the carry-in meal at noon. Meat, beverage and dinner rolls will be provided. Fellowship and games will last until 2 p.m Anyone in the community who has no plans is welcome to attend.
Sanctity of Life Celebration Worship Service
WOOSTER — A public awareness worship service, presented by Wayne-Holmes Right to Life, will be hosted by St. Mary Catholic Church at 527 Beall Ave., on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 3-4 p.m.
Celebrate the gift of life and be in solidarity with those who will be going to Washington, D.C. participating in the 47th National March for Life on Jan. 24, 2020.
Guest speaker will be Emily K. Whiting who was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. She attended the Ohio State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications, with training in journalism and marketing. It was during her college years she grew to know Jesus on a deeply personal level.
She has made it her mission to grow in faith with others through sharing her own faith journey. Emily and her husband are blessed with two beautiful children. Their eldest was born with many medical challenges and continues to teach her parents true faith as they have a front row seat to watch God perform miraculous healing.
Ann Giancola, music director of St. Mary Catholic Church, will share her musical talents by accompanying those gathered to uplift hearts and voices in praise and thanksgiving for life.
Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. For further information, contact Paulette, 330-620-0630.
Probate Court seeking ministers
WOOSTER — The Wayne County Probate Court is seeking licensed ministers who wish to assist the court in performing marriage ceremonies. Interested individuals should contact the court at 330-287-5575.
Diapers can be purchased at church
SMITHVILLE — Paradise Church of the Brethren recognizes the struggles of many young families with babies and noted that diapers are very expensive if you can’t buy a few diapers at time. The church is purchasing diapers at bulk prices and will resell them in smaller quantities at-cost to young families. Diapers may be purchased at the church Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m.
Paradise Church of the Brethren is at 3000 N. Apple Creek Road (about 2 miles north of U.S. Route 30).
Free Bibles available
WOOSTER — Need a Bible? We can deliver/mail you one without cost or obligation. KJV Bible, New Testament, Large Print, Children’s Story Bible are available. Contact ?330-262-2287, 330-212-1704, 330-317-5347? or ?firstname.lastname@example.org?.