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Evangelical Church Candlelight Service
Lanesboro Church Holiday Schedule
Preschool Openings
St. John's Church Holiday Schedule
Tri-Boro Churches Host Readings/Music

Evangelical Church Candlelight Service

The community is invited to attend the Christmas Eve Candlelight service at the Evangelical Free Church of Montrose, 89 Lake Avenue, on Friday, December 24, at 7:00 p.m. Hear the message of God’s great love for all people through the Biblical account of His birth, enjoy singing Christmas carols, and participate in the candle-lighting. You’ve been busy with holiday preparations, now take time to quiet your heart by focusing on the One whose birth we are celebrating.

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Lanesboro Church Holiday Schedule

Lanesboro Community Church announces its Christmas week special services which are planned to culminate the Advent/Christmas season. It begins with the Fourth Sunday in Advent Celebration this Sunday, December 19, at 10:40 a.m., which features the children and youth of the church presenting a special Christmas program.

On Christmas Eve, December 24, two Candlelight Services are planned, one at 5:00 p.m. for the convenience of those who have later-evening commitments and the other at 11:00 p.m. for those who would appreciate celebrating the arrival of Christmas at midnight.

All of these special services are designed to be welcoming to everyone, regardless of one’s religious background.

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Preschool Openings

Hosanna Play/Preschool announces that it has openings for the Winter/Spring term beginning in January.

A ministry of Lanesboro Community Church, Hosanna is located in the church’s Fellowship Room on Main Street, Lanesboro, PA and offers classes for up to three days per week for three- and four-year olds. Some scholarships are available to families in special need.

For inquiries about enrollment or other questions, call 853–4730 or 853–4805.

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St. John's Church Holiday Schedule

Following is the Christmas schedule at Church of Saint John the Evangelist, 101 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna.

Confession schedule: Saturday, December 18, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., by appointment; Advent Penance Service, Sunday, December 19, at 7 p.m.

Christmas Masses: Christmas Eve, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Christmas Day, 9 a.m.; there will be no 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass for Sunday on Christmas evening.

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Tri-Boro Churches Host Readings/Music

With St. John’s Catholic Church being the host church, the Tri-Boro Churches on Sunday afternoon, December 5, entertained a church-filled audience with readings, songs and choirs from participating churches.

Rev. Robert Simon, Pastor of St. John’s Church welcomed the guests with a bidding prayer.

Taking part in the holy services were: (Clergy) Rev. Carl Batzel of the Lanesboro Community Church; Rev. Blaine Detwiler, Lakeview Mennonite Church; Rev. Robert Simon, St. John’s Church; Rev. Canon Carol Horton, Christ Episcopal Church; Rev. Ken Bitler, Susquehanna and North Jackson United Methodist Churches.

Also the Note-a-Bells, with Elizabeth Ralston, Joan Flint, Holly Snitzer, Ginney Ahearn, Bonnie Love, Margo Benjamin, Sheri Wolfe, Kathy Fullar, Rebekah Fisk and Director Marsha Maloney performed.

Organist was Jeffrey Keyes, conductor of Combine Choir was Molly Birosak, with Elizabeth Updike on the flute.

It was a wonderful afternoon with many readings and songs by the various choirs.

The finale brought together the participating choirs with the Note-a-Bells supplying the music and Ms. Updike on the flute.

I do believe this Service of readings and music for Advent is a yearly event. If you did not have the good fortune to be present at this presentation, you missed a wonderful afternoon. Plan now to attend next year’s program, you will be glad you did.

The Tri-Boro Ministerium extends special thanks to the people of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church for hosting this service, and for allowing the use of this wonderful church for rehearsals; to the Note-a-Bells for the gift of their music; and to the choirs and musicians of our various churches for their commitment and service throughout the year, and for sharing music this day.

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