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Religion: Speakers and topics

December 23, 2011

Asbury United Methodist Church, Charles Town, W.Va., traditional Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren, carols and lessons and the story The Last Christmas will be part of the 10 a.m. Christmas Day service Sunday. Debbie Keefer will be worship leader. No Sunday school.

Benevola United Methodist Church, Boonsboro, Pastor John Dean will preach at the 9 a.m. service Sunday on the topic Why Do We Need Christmas? Special music by William Hawfield, Caleb Wescott and Alli Kappler. No Sunday school.

Broadfording Bible Brethren Church, Pastor Bill Wyand will teach from the book of Micah at the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday. The service will include songs of the season. No Sunday school. www.broadfordingchurch.com.

Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship, Pastor Len Smith will speak on the topic Wonderful Counselor at the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday. Gene Detrow will be worship leader. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. No Wednesday programs this week.

Brownsville Church of the Brethren, a special Christmas worship service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday in fellowship hall.

Calvary United Methodist Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., Pastor Al Clipp will give the message Your Best Christmas Gift! at the 10 a.m. Christmas service Sunday. Each child is invited to bring a nonviolent, quiet toy for a blessing of the toys.

Christ Lutheran Church, a noncommunion service of carols will be at 10 a.m. Sunday. No Sunday school or Bible study this week.

Christ Reformed Church United Church of Christ, Shepherdstown, W.Va., the Rev. Ronald Grubb's sermon topic will be Seeing God's Magesty Through the Fog of Schmaltz at the 11 a.m. communion service Sunday.

Christ's Reformed Church UCC, the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday will include carols and scriptures. Pastor Gregg Meserole will give the children's message. No church school.

Christian Science Society, the topic Sunday at 10:30 a.m. will be Christian Science. 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 Happy Birthday Jesus at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible study begins 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 Treasures That can not beTaken! No Sunday school.

Church of the Holy Trinity UCC, Halfway, the Rev. Timothy Leighton will lead worship with lessons and carols at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

Community Mennonite Church, Pastor Paul Clemmer will give the message Celebrating the Savior at a special Christmas service from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Emil Gretarsson will lead the Christmas Day service with communion at 10 a.m. His topic will be He'll Leave the Light on for You!

Downsville Christian Church, The David Bowers family will lead the 10 a.m. worship and Velma Feigley will give the children's sermon Sunday.

Downsville Church of the Brethren, Sunday at 10:35 a.m., Pastor Wilkie Nunn will discuss the topic The Open Present. Eleanor Smith will be worship leader. There will be no Sunday school.

Emmanuel Baptist Temple, Pastor Larry Aikens will preach at the 11 a.m. service this Sunday. His topic will be Christmas: On this Wise or Otherwise. Sunday at the 6 p.m. service, Aikens' message will be A Christmas Complete. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Spanish Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. and a Spanish service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Servando Gonzalez's sermon topic Invest in God. Wednesday activities and Spanish-speaking Wednesday service.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Pastor Randall S. Reid will preach Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. worship. His sermon will be The Gift — Used to the Full. Go to www.emmanuelumc-hagerstown.org.

First Baptist Church, Pastor Thom Smith will speak on the topic What if Christ Did Not Come? at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. No Sunday school.

First Christian Church, the Rev. Steven L. Johns-Boehme will speak this Sunday at the 10 a.m. service on the A Triple-Dog Dare Christmas. No Sunday school.

Germantown Church of God, a Christmas service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Grace Bible Church, Greencastle, Pa., Pastor Herman Fisler's sermon topic will be His Unspeakable Gift at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday. Family Night is Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Grace Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa., Pastor Larry Weber's sermon topic will be What Happened? at the 10 a.m. Christmas service Sunday.

Grace Episcopal Church, Brunswick, Md., contemplative service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, Myersville, Pastor Donna Ritchey Martin will preach on the topic The Light of Christ at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday.

Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, the Rev. Edward L. Poling will give the message Sunday at the 11 a.m. worship service. The topic will be Christ: the Reflection of God's Glory. Special music by The Temple Choir, The Joyful Noise Praise Band and The Duffeys. No early worship or Sunday school. Go to www.hagerstowncob.org.

Harmony United Methodist Church, Falling Waters, W.Va., Pastor Terri Cofiell will preach at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. The topic will be Batteries Included.

Haven Lutheran Church, will hold a service of Christmas carols and lessons at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Hilltop Christian Fellowship, Clear Spring, Senior Pastor Dennis Whitmore will speak at the 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day service Sunday. This week's topic will be The Lord is Come! Jesus is Born!

John Wesley United Methodist Church, the Rev. Richard Jewell will lead the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. His message will be Mary Knew, Do You? Just Kids' Church at 10:30 a.m.

Longmeadow Church of the Brethren, Pastor Paul N. Leatherman III will speak at the 10 a.m. service Sunday on the topic Joy to the World. No Sunday school.

Manor Church of the Brethren, Pastor Joy Zepp will give a sermon on the topic Do We Have the Time? at the 10 a.m. service. The Manor Choir and Manor's Little Ones will sing. Brenda and David Shane will present piano/baritone duets. No Sunday school.

Maranatha Brethren Church, Christmas Day service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Ron Shank will share the Bible message The Story of Love. Wednesday is family night with youth group at 6:45 p.m. and adult Bible study and prayer at 7 p.m. No Awana this week and no Sunday evening service.

Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, a service of lessons and carols will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.

Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Clear Spring, Pastor Allen Reed will preach on the topic The Light Has Come at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday.

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

North Side Mennonite Church, the congregation will present a Christmas program at 10 a.m. Sunday. No Sunday school, evening service or Wednesday Bible Club are planned.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, the Rev. Stephen Robison will lead the 10:30 a.m. traditional service on the topic At Last. No Sunday school.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., a special blended service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday. The service will include traditional and contemporary Christmas music and carols. The Rev. Mark C. Mooney's sermon will be Love Came Down. Call 304-263-0342.

Paramount Baptist Church, Pastor Larry Rickard's message at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday is Peace on Earth. 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, a special Christmas service at 10 a.m. Sunday. Wednesday prayer meeting and Bible study at 7 p.m.

Pinesburg Baptist Church, Williamsport, Pastor John Koontz Jr. will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service on the topic It's Finally Here. No Sunday school.

Potomac Charge, Happy Birthday Jesus at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship at St. Paul's Sunday. Pastor W. Scott Summers' sermon will be How Do I Deal with This Fear?

Ringgold Church of Christ, Don Conley, senior minister, will speak on the topic Will I Make Room for Jesus in the sermon series The Christmas Journey — Rediscover the Reason for the Season at the 9:20 a.m. service Sunday.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Williamsport, the Rev. Mark Sandell will preach on the message Reality of Christmas at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. No Sunday school or youth group.

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Pastor Mike Henning will deliver the sermon The Word Became Flesh at the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services this Sunday. No Sunday school.

St. James Brethren Church, St. James, Pastor Brian Moore will speak on the topic The Gift That Keeps on Giving at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. No Sunday school.

St. John's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Ann Boyd will preach Sunday at the 10:15 a.m. communion service, which will include lessons and carols.

St. John's Lutheran Church, Christmas Day traditional communion service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday. Mid-Week Joy Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Tree of Life Worship Center with New Spirit Praise Band. Pastor Stephanie Steele will give a message.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans, Christmas service with carols of the season and communion at 10 a.m. Sunday. Go to www.stmarkslappans.org.

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, lessons and carols worship with communion at 9 a.m. Pastor G. Stanley Steele will preside.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, a communion service will be at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Eric Moser will talk about Christmas Day. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, McConnellsburg, Pa., Pastor Christopher W. Martin will lead a Christmas morning communion service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clear Spring, Pastor Allen Reed will speak on the topic The Light Has Come at the 8:15 a.m. service. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. featuring a Birthday Party for Jesus.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Funkstown, Pastor Mike Louia will preach and preside at the 9:30 a.m. communion service Sunday.

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

St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Clear Spring, the Rev. Elaine Swinehart will speak on the topic A Time to Ponder at Sunday's 10:30 a.m. 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, a communion service will be at 10:45 a.m. Pastor Eric Moser will talk about Christmas Day. Sunday school 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 The Word is Born.

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

Salem Ridge Community Church, Greencastle, Pa., Christmas Day worship from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Call 717-597-8426.

Sharpsburg Church of the Brethren, the Rev. Jim Peyton will speak on the topic the The Hope, Love, Joy and Peace at the 11 a.m. service Sunday. Carmen Canfield will be worship leader. Children's Sunday school at 11:30 a.m.

Shiloh United Methodist Church, Hagerstown, Pastor Ken Fizer's message will be The Incarnation at the 9:15 a.m. Christmas Day communion worship Sunday. For information, go to www.shilohumchagerstownmd.com.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Chambersburg, Pa., Pastor Patrick Pierce will preach The World Turned Upside Down at the 10 a.m. communion services this Sunday.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Pastor David Oravec will preside and preach at the 9 a.m. praise worship service with communion Sunday. The service will be led by the Praise Band and held in fellowship hall. No Sunday school.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Smithsburg, worship with readings and carols will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Trinity Reformed UCC, Boonsboro, the Rev. Don Stevenson will deliver the sermon this Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. The topic will be Reflections on the Gift.

Unity of Hagerstown, Civil Air Patrol building, Hagerstown, Christmas celebration at 11 a.m. with readings and carols followed by a Christmas potluck. 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 The Intrusion of God. New Year's Eve service at 6 p.m. with the sermon topic The Important Leftovers.

Van Lear Brethren in Christ Church, Williamsport, Pastor Mike Stine will speak on The Christ of Christmas at a specialty 9 a.m. Christmas service Sunday.

Washington Square United Methodist Church, Pastor Jerry Lowans will share the message So This is Christmas at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Special music will be an anthem of carols by the congregation. A time of hymn singing precedes the service at 10:45 a.m. 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 Lessons and Carols at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

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