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Religion: Speakers and topics

December 09, 2011

Battlefield Bible Church, Pastor Brian Colbert will speak on humility Sunday. Christ, Cocoa and Cookies event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren, the children will lead the 10 a.m. service and present the Christmas program Through the Eyes of a Child. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. Caroling in the community will follow the service.

Benevola United Methodist Church, Boonsboro, Pastor John Dean will preach at the 9 a.m. service Sunday on Mary's Visit to Elizabeth. The Hawfield family, cherub and youth choirs will sing, and the Roupe family will light the Advent wreath. Sunday school begins at 10:15 a.m.

Blair's Valley First Church of God, communion and candlelight service at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship, Pastor Len Smith will speak on A Welcome Visit at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. Mary Hawbecker will be worship leader. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday programs at 6:45 p.m.

Brownsville Church of the Brethren, Pastor Alan Smith's message will be Song of Joy at the 8:30 a.m. contemporary and 10:45 a.m. traditional worship services Sunday. Lori Dagenhart will be worship leader. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

Calvary United Methodist Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., Pastor Al Clipp will give the message Advent Callings — Share the Good News! at the 8:30  and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Latino/Hispanic worship at 10:45 a.m. Advent study Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on The Journey.

Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor Robert McIntyre will give the message at the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services on The Light is Coming. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Bible study at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Christ's Reformed Church UCC, the Rev. Gregg Meserole will lead the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday. The topic will be Hope Restored: Do it Again, God! Bob Barnes will give the children's message, and Branda Yeargan will be the liturgist. The Chancel Choir will perform a mini-cantata. Church school at 11 a.m.

Christ Reformed UCC in Cavetown, the Rev. Carol Hallman will preach  Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The topic will be R U Ready?

Christian Science Society, the topic Sunday at 10:30 a.m. will be God the Preserver of Man. Sunday school for young people up to age 20 meets at 10:30 a.m. during worship. First and third Wednesdays, services at 7:30 p.m. at The Reading Room, which is open one hour before and after services.

Church of Christ at Hagerstown, Gerrard Fess will give the message On the Road at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. Bible classes for all ages begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible study begin at 7 p.m. For transportation, call 301-733-5244.

Church of Christ in the Great Valley, Boonsboro, Paul Toothman will speak Sunday at 10 a.m. on He's Coming to Town! Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m.

Church of the Holy Trinity UCC, Halfway, the Rev. Timothy Leighton will speak about Lifting Up the Lowly at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday. Adult Bible study at 9:30 a.m.

Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Emil Gretarsson will lead the 8:15 a.m. noncommunion and 10:45 a.m. communion services Sunday. The topic will be Prison Break? Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

Covenant Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Renee L. Mackey will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday. The topic will be The Surprise Visit.

Cry in the Wilderness Holiness Church, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., Pastor Steve Burdette will preach at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday on The Unspeakable Gift. Burdette will also present a chalk drawing. Christmas caroling will be Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., leaving from the church. Call 717-794-0141.

Downsville Christian Church, the Rev. Craig Jones will speak on Piercing the Darkness Sunday at the 10 a.m. service. Mike and Annette Deener will be worship leader and light the Advent candles. Monica Bowers will give the children's message.

Downsville Church of the Brethren, Sunday at 10:35 a.m., guest speaker James Funkhouser will discuss The Candle of Joy based on Romans 15-13. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

Emmanuel Baptist Temple, Guest speaker Jerry Sivnskty will preach at 11 a.m. on this Gift for Jesus Sunday. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. Spanish Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and a Spanish service at 11 a.m. Wednesday activities at 7 p.m. Spanish-speaking Wednesday service at 7 p.m.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Pastor Randall S. Reid will preach on The Gift — Playing or Staying? at the 9:30 a.m. service. Light Up Your Life service will be at 5:30 p.m., and the youth will go Christmas caroling at 6:30 p.m. Go to www.emmanuelumc-hagerstown.org.

First Baptist Church, Pastor Thom Smith will speak on What's in a Name? at the 11 a.m. service Sunday.

First Christian Church, the Rev. Steven L. Johns-Boehme will speak Sunday at the 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services on God With Us. Sunday school is at 11:15 a.m.

Germantown Church of God, Pastor Mark Hosler will speak at the 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services on Mary: Betrothed to Joseph. Children's church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Evening worship at 6 p.m. Bible Basic Training for grades 1-6; Little Blessings for potty-trained 3- to 5-year-olds; and youth Christian covenant at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Grace Bible Church, Greencastle, Pa., Pastor Herman Fisler will speak at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service on The Miracle of Miracles. Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. Children's program at 7 p.m. Family night Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Grace Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa., Pastor Larry Weber will speak at the 10:40 a.m. service Sunday. The topic will be Willing to be a Slave. Christian education at 9:30 a.m. Second Sunday Praise at 6 p.m., includes Christmas caroling. 606 Family Gathering at 6:06 p.m. Wednesday, with meal and groups for all ages.

Grace United Methodist Church, Pastor Clark Carr will give the sermon What Is God's Will for Me, for Us? at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, Myersville, Pastor Tim Ritchey Martin will preach on To Search and To Believe at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.

Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, the Rev. Edward L. Poling will bring the message this Sunday at the 9 a.m. contemporary and 11 a.m. traditional worship. The topic will be Practicing Hope. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m.

Harmony United Methodist Church, Falling Waters, W.Va., Pastor Terri Cofiell will preach at the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services Sunday. The topic will be Do Not Be Afraid, Little Flock.

Haven Lutheran Church, Pastor Linda Alessandri will preach at the 9:30 a.m. worship with communion. The sermon will be based on Luke 4:14-22. Sunday school at 11 a.m.

Hilltop Christian Fellowship, Clear Spring, coffee and fellowship, and class at 8:15 a.m. features the topic Biblical Eldership: They Smell Like Sheep. Senior Pastor Dennis Whitmore will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. This week's topic will be Celebration of Risk. Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m. Bible study Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. on Heaven! Don't Miss It!

John Wesley United Methodist Church, children, youth and adults will present the Christmas pageant An Emperor's Decree, A Baby's birth Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. Sunday school for adults and children is at 9 a.m.

Longmeadow Church of the Brethren, Pastor Paul N. Leatherman III will speak at the 10:35 a.m. service Sunday on Spoken Aloud. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. www.i4weather.net/lcb.html.

Manor Church of the Brethren, Pastor Joy Zepp will give a sermon on What are They Really Doing Up On Those Hills? at the 10:30 a.m. service. The Manor Choir will sing. Angie Clipp will be worship leader. Zepp will give the children's story. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday night Bible study at 6 p.m., following puppets.

Maranatha Brethren Church, Pastor John Miller will bring the Bible message at the 10:55 a.m. service Sunday. The topic will be The Story of Courage. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Sunday evening small group Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Family night activities Wednesday with adult Bible study at 7 p.m.; youth group at 6:45 p.m.; and Awana at 6:45 p.m.

Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, the Rev. Ray Roberson will lead the 8:30 a.m. contemporary service and the 10:30 a.m. traditional service this Sunday on Life Has Its Ups and Downs. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.

Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Clear Spring, Pastor Allen Reed will preach on The Way of the Lord at the 10:30 a.m. service. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Rohrersville, the Rev. Blaine Feightner will speak at the 8:45 a.m. service Sunday on All Aboard. Sunday school is at 10 a.m.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, the Rev. Stephen Robison will lead the 8:15 and 11 a.m. traditional services and the 9:45 informal service Sunday. The topic will be And Other Duties as Assigned. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., the Rev. Mark C. Mooney will bring the message at the 8:30 a.m. contemporary service. The children will present in skit and songs Mary Had a Little Lamb (That's our story, and we're sticking to it!) at the 10:50 a.m. traditional service Sunday. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Call 304-263-0342.

Paramount Baptist Church, Pastor Larry Rickard's message at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday is I'll Be Home for Christmas. Sunday school starts at 9 a.m. Rickard is conducting a Bible study at 6:50 p.m. Wednesdays. Children's activities at 6 p.m., and youth group at 6:30 p.m.

Park Road Bible Church, the Rev. Frank Stottlemyer will speak at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Evening worship at 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer meeting and Bible study at 7 p.m.

Potomac Charge, United Methodist churches of Big Pool, Pastor W. Scott Summers will speak on Who Am I? Services are at 8:50 a.m. at Mount Carmel; St. Paul's service begins at 10 a.m.; Park Head worships at 11 a.m.

Ringgold Church of Christ, Don Conley, senior minister, will speak on the topic Joseph — Will I Obey God When Things Don't Make Sense? in the sermon series The Christmas Journey — Rediscover the Reason for the Season at the 8, 9:20 and 11 a.m. services Sunday. Sunday school at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday activities at 7 p.m.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Williamsport, the Rev. Mark Sandell will preach on The Wonder of Hope at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Youth group meets at 5:30 p.m.

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Pastor Mike Henning will deliver the sermon Advent Proclaims the Comings of Christ: Part III, Witness to the Light at the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services this Sunday. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

St. James Brethren Church, Pastor Brian Moore will speak at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday on The Witness. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Ann Boyd will preach Sunday at the 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. communion services on Holy Darkness Blessed Light. The parish choir will sing at the second service. Sunday school at 9 a.m. Weekly services of healing and communion are at 12:10 p.m. Thursdays in the chapel.

St. John's Lutheran Church, this Sunday Pastor Edward Heim will lead the 8:30 a.m. informal communion worship with The New Spirit Praise Band in the Tree of Life Worship Center. Heim's sermon for the traditional communion worship at 11 a.m. will be Testifying to the Light. Music will be by St. John's Senior. Potluck dinner at 4:30 p.m., and St. John's Christmas program The Very Important Christmas Pageant at 6 p.m. Mid-Week Joy Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Tree of Life Worship Center. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., the Christmas play will be presented at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. Sunday school at 9 a.m. Bible study Wednedsay at 1 p.m.

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Pastor G. Stanley Steele will preach and preside at the 8:15 a.m. communion worship and 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday. Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m. Christmas caroling at 2 p.m.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church of Beaver Creek, Pastor Eric Moser will speak on the topic Third Sunday in Advent, Sunday at the 8:45 a.m. service. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, Pastor Jerry L. Lowans will speak at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday on What Are You Waiting For? Marilyn Janus will be the guest musician. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., following the children's message.

St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church of Leitersburg, Pastor Terry Culler will preach on What God Has Made Clean Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. Sunday school starts at 9:15 a.m. Bible study Monday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clear Spring, Pastor Allen Reed will speak on The Way of the Lord at the 8:15 a.m. service. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

St. Paul's Reformed Church, east of Clear Spring, Pastor John Toms will deliver the message The Dangers of Witnessing at 11 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Clear Spring, the Rev. Elaine Swinehart will speak on Rejoice at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service of word and sacrament. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Prayer time, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Keedysville, Pastor Eric Moser will speak on  Third Sunday in Advent at the 10:45 a.m. communion service Sunday. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

St. Peter's (Beard's) Lutheran Church, the Rev. David C. Baker will speak at the 9:15 a.m. service Sunday. The topic will be Seeing the Light.

Salem Lutheran Church, Bakersville, the sermon topic will be Jingle Bells at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

Salem Reformed Church, Pastor Stephen Wagoner will speak at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday on Being a Blessing. The children will present Christmyth Busters during the service. Church school is at 10:40 a.m.

Sharpsburg Church of the Brethren, the Rev. Jim Peyton will speak on the The Joy of Bethlehem at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. Carmen Canfield will be worship leader. Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. for children and 11:15 a.m. for adults.

Shiloh United Methodist Church, Hagerstown, The adult chancel choir will perform its Christmas cantata O Holy Night at the 9:15 a.m. service Sunday. Sunday school at 10:40 a.m. For information, go to www.shilohumchagerstownmd.com.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Chambersburg, Pa., Pastor Patrick Pierce will preach on John the Baptist, Part II at the 8 and 10 a.m. communion services this Sunday.  Adult education at 9 a.m. Children's education at 9:45 a.m. Quiet centering eucharist at 5:30 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, Pastor Dave Oravec will preach and preside at a unity worship service with communion at 11 a.m. Sunday. The parish choir and North Hagerstown High School Orchestra will provide music.  Sunday school at 9:55 a.m.

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, Boonsboro, the Rev. Don Stevenson will speak at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service on Joy! Joy! Joy!

Tri-State Fellowship, two services either in the auditorium or the cafe rooms at 9:30 a.m. The sermon series World's Dirtiest Jobs — Faith in a World of Filth continues Sunday. Associate Pastor Chris Wiles will speak in the auditorium and Associate Pastor Tim Lester will teach in the cafe service where it will be Christmas in the Cafe. The topic will be John the Baptist. Full morning children's programs for infants through sixth grade. Adults also meet at 11 a.m. for a program called iGrow. Middle and high school and fifth- and sixth-grade youth groups meet at 6 p.m.

Unity of Hagerstown, Civil Air Patrol building, Hagerstown, the congregation will explore The Love between Mary and Elizabeth Sunday at the 11 a.m. celebration service. There will be a children's singing circle during the service. A potluck will be served after the service, and a Christmas concert featuring Brent and Patty Progecence will follow. $10. Call Sandy Boyer at 240-409-5940, email unityhagerstown@live.com.

Valley Assembly of God, the sermon topic at the 10 a.m. service Sunday will be No Room for Jesus. Children's Christmas musical Star of Wonder at 6 p.m. Wednesday Oasis service with NuVision Youth at 7 p.m. on In the Fullness of Time.

Van Lear Brethren in Christ Church, Williamsport, Pastor Mike Stine will bring the message The Joy of Christmas at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday.

Washington Square United Methodist Church, Pastor Jerry Lowans will bring the message What Are You Waiting For? at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The children's vocal and bell choirs will provide music. A time of hymn singing precedes the service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Nineveh Young Adult Bible Study at 4 p.m. in LeFew Hall at the rear of the church. Lessons, discussion, prayers, food and games night 6:30 p.m. Fridays in the youth room at the rear of the church.

Welty Church of the Brethren, Pastor Michael Manthos's sermon will be Emmanuel: God With Us at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. The youth will present a live nativity scene at the church Saturday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. with light refreshments served in the church.

Zion Reformed United Church of Christ, the Rev. Kevin Munroe will speak at the 11 a.m. service on The Restoration of Joy. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

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