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Local Christmas Eve, Hanukkah services

December 20, 2005

St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Smithsburg, the Rev. Mark Mooney will speak at the Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. on the topic "Something to Sing About."

There will be singing of carols, sharing of the Christmas story, communion, music and candlelight.

Christ Reformed UCC in Cavetown, a Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 10 p.m.

Valley Assembly of God Christian Life Center, 17544 York Road, Hagerstown, the topic for the Christmas Eve service is "The Wise Men."

Letterkenny Chapel, Chambersburg, Pa., the United Churches of Chambersburg will hold the annual Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.

The Rev. John Rauch will be guest speaker. There will be music.

Calvary United Methodist Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., the family Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. will feature the message "What Christmas Means."

At 10:30 p.m., there will be a festival of Christmas music followed at 11 p.m. by candlelight worship with the meditation "Fulfillment."

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Ebenezer AME Church, 26-40 W. Bethel St., Hagerstown, the 30th annual Christmas Eve cantata, "The Greatest Story Ever Told," will be presented at 9 p.m.

Mountain View Baptist Church, 12107 Walnut Point Road, Christmas Eve service will begin at 6 p.m.

Zion United Church of Christ, the Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 8 p.m., and will include lessons and carols.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans Road, Christmas Eve will begin with the 5 p.m. children's service followed at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. by the Festival/Eucharist services.

Pikeside United Methodist Church, Paynes Ford Road and U.S. 11, Martinsburg, W.Va., the Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 7 p.m. Pastor Thomas Young Jr. will preach on "The Night of the King's Nativity."

Mount Vernon Reformed UCC, Keedysville, Pastor Delancy Catlett will deliver a Christmas homily during the candlelight communion service at 8:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. Jonas Dawson will sing a solo. Refreshments will follow.

Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, Sharpsburg, Pastor Delancy Catlett will give a Christmas Eve homily at 7 p.m. Jonas Dawson will sing a solo.

Church of Christ in the Great Valley, a candlelight service will be held Friday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m.

The congregation meets at the Woodmen of the World lodge on Reichard Road in Fairplay.

St. Peter's (Beard's) Lutheran Church, Old Forge Road, on Christmas Eve, the Rev. David Baker will speak on "Joy to the World" at the 7:30 p.m. annual Christmas children/communion/candlelight service.

St. John's Episcopal Church, Hagerstown, at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, there will be communion and the presentation of the Christmas pageant. Music will be provided by St. Francis and Canterbury choirs.

Following the 10:30 p.m. prelude of vocal and instrumental soloists and the parish choir, the 11 p.m. festival choral program with sermon will begin, also with vocal and instrumental soloists and the parish choir.

Asbury United Methodist Church, Shepherdstown, W.Va., there will be a candlelight service on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m.

Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, Myersville, Md., Pastor Tim Ritchey Martin will speak at the 7 p.m. candlelight service on Christmas Eve with the topic "Smelly Sheep and Saintly Sentinels."

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Sharpsburg, the Rev. Richard Hembrock will speak on "O Come Let Us Adore Him" at the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service.

St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, the 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service will feature candlelight, Christmas carols and communion.

State Line (Pa.) United Methodist Church, the Christmas Eve service will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Pastor Dwaine Krebs speaking on "Coming Home."

Grace United Methodist Church, there will be candlelight services on Christmas Eve at 7 and 11 p.m. The Rev. Clark Carr will preside.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, there will be three candlelight Christmas Eve services beginning at 6 p.m. with the traditional service for families with young children. The children's choirs will lead the service.

The informal 8 p.m. service will be lessons and carols in a quiet setting. Memories and prayers will be shared.

At 10:30 p.m., the traditional candlelight service will feature lessons, carols, and music by the choir and handbells.

The Church of the Apostles (UCC), Waynesboro, Pa., the Rev. Carol Kipe will speak at the 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service on "Birth." There will be carols, communion and candlelight.

A musical prelude at 7 p.m. will include anthems and carols.

Hebron Mennonite Church, Paramount, the theme of Christmas Eve candlelight service at 11 p.m. is "How Many Miles to Bethlehem?"

Benevola United Methodist Church, Boonsboro, a blue Christmas service tonight will begin at 7 p.m.

Christmas Eve services will begin with the family candlelight service at 7 p.m. featuring the girls ensemble, followed by the 11 p.m. traditional candlelight communion service with the a cappella singers. The topic will be "A Most Unusual Night."

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