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The United Methodist Community Church, Main Street, Great Bend, PA has many activities planned for the Christmas season. The concert, play and services are offered to each and every one in the area who would like to attend.
On Friday, December 17 at 7 p.m. the Borderline Brass Quintet will present holiday music. Each month a concert is presented with a different theme relating to the events of the month. Refreshments will be served after the concert.
Sunday, December 19 at 6 p.m. members and friends of UMCC will present a Christmas play, Miracle in the Bethlehem Inn.
On Tuesday, December 21, a Blue Christmas Service will be held at 7 p.m. This service is often referred to as a “Longest Night Service” and is traditionally held on the evening of the Winter Solstice. This is a service of outreach for people who are feeling burdens that leave them empty and lonely. This is a quiet service with scripture, meditation and music to offer the comfort of God during dark times.
On Christmas Eve two services will be held. At 7 p.m. there will be a Family Service, with candle lighting and at 11 p.m. there will be a Candlelight Service, with candle lighting and communion to usher in Christmas.
On Saturday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m. the choir and drama group, First Baptist Church, 312 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, PA will present the cantata "From Christmas to Calvary." The Christmas cantata this year is bound to give you a chuckle, lift your spirits and get you into the mood for a good old fashion Christmas. Come meet "Hank" (Charlie Wormuth), a character with a cantankerous attitude. Hank lives with his daughter, "Jenny" (Bethany Page) and grandchildren (Sam and Amber Ross). Can "Peter" (Pastor Thomas) get Hank to see Christmas differently? And what about the carolers? Do you know anyone like "Ann" (Sarah Wormuth), Peter's wife. She may be a deacon's wife, but she has her own ideas; what a negative lady! Then there's "Evelyn" (Bev Johnson), a very bitter hard working widow, who's not afraid to speak her mind. There are always some nice folks in every group like "Bill" (Dav Kliewer) and his sweet daughter, "Sarah" (Amber Page); they are always caring and thoughtful. And where would a group of carolers be without their director, "Esther" (Miriam Page) who obviously has too much time on her hands in December; she thinks they all should go caroling just before Christmas. Miriam is the actual director of this musical with Fran Sheldon as the drama director. Mark your calendar to join on December 11.
Holy Name of Mary Church in Montrose announces the following Deanery Penance services and masses for the celebration of Christmas.
St. Francis in Friendsville, December 12 at 1:30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s in Friendsville, December 12 at 3:30 p.m.
Holy Name of Mary in Montrose, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. St. Martin’s in Jackson, December 19 at 3:00 p.m.
St. John’s in Susquehanna, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Lawrence in Great Bend, December 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 24, Christmas Eve Masses 5:15 p.m., children’s fourth grade pageant; 9:00 p.m. choir mass.
Saturday, December 25, Christmas Day, Mass at 9:00 a.m.; no Mass at 5:15 p.m.
The Christmas tradition of advent organ meditations at the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose continues this year with programs at 12 o'clock noon on Wednesday, December 8 and again on December 15. Each meditation will be followed by a soup and bread luncheon in Westminster Hall at 12:30 p. m.
On Wednesday, December 8 at noon, organist Richard Van Auken and pianist Evelyn Van Auken will provide the music.
On Wednesday, December 15 at noon, Sarah Bertsch will be the organist.
Pastor Chuck Link invites everyone in the community to attend. The First Presbyterian Church is located at 71 Church Street in Montrose.
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