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Church news (week of Nov. 24, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth

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BUMC to present 'Christmas Cantata'
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta will present a special Christmas Cantata “A Thrill of Hope,” by Joel Raney, Sunday, Dec. 5 at three different times:  8:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Robert Downey is choir director.
     “A Thrill of Hope” consists of four parts, with no soloists:  Part One, “A Thrill of Hope;” Part Two, “A Gift of Love;” Part Three, “A Prayer for Peace;” and Part Four, “A Song of Joy.”  
     The cantata looks at the birth of Christ from four distinct vantage points – celebrating the HOPE he brought, the LOVE he showed, the PEACE he promised, and the JOY of Emmanuel, God with us forevermore.  John Dwight’s “O Holy Night” serves as a cornerstone of this Christmas musical.
     The Carillon Bell choir will perform “In the Bleak Midwinter,” as well as “O Come All Ye Faithful,” with organ, piano, and hand chimes and “Silent Night,” accompanied by Mary Spencer on the flute.
     The Joy Bells will perform “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy,” “Stille, Stille, Stille,” and “Carol of the Bells.”  Carolyn Reas is bell choir director.
     Lillie McAllister is pianist, and narrators are Donald and Wendy Furrow-Scott.
     The community is welcome to attend the performances.  Bethlehem is located at 13586 Old Moneta Rd., across from the Smith Mountain Lake Library.  For information, call the church office: 540-297-7957 or check the Web site: www.bethlehemunitedmethodist.org.

21-year-old founder of African mission organization to speak
    Renee Bach, of Bedford County, who went to Uganda two years ago to start a non-profit organization called Serving His Children is home and will be speaking at several area churches.  She rented a home in the slum community of Masese and began feeding 950 hungry children two days a week.  Since then, she has implemented a medical relief program and started a Malnutrition Rehabilitation Center where she takes children in life threatening stages of malnutrition into her home to rehabilitate them while involving their parents and teaching them how to avoid recurring malnutrition. For more information and stories about the  children and families whose lives have been changed through this ministry, visit her Web site at www.servinghischildren.org.
    Speaking engagements include:
    Dec. 8 – Eastlake Community Church, Moneta, at 6 p.m.

Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 24

Community Thanksgiving Eve service
    The Bedford Community Thanksgiving Eve service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m., at Main street United Methodist Church, 212 East Main Street, in Bedford. The service will be led by the Rev. Gail St.Clair with participation from fellow ministers: David Whitehurst, Geoff Hubbard, Joe Flowers, Bill Moore, John Salley, and Kay Waff .  The evening Message will
be  brought by the Rev. Mike Dodson.  A special offering will be collected for the Bedford Nursing Program.

Sunday, Dec. 5

40 Years of German Advent Service
    The German community in Lynchburg, will celebrate its 40th year of Advent Services at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 Langhorne Road, on Dec.5,  the second Sunday in Advent, at 6:30 p.m. This year the Advent Service will have a slightly different format, with an expanded musical part, which will include the singing of old and well known German Christmas songs.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Christmas Cantata
    'And Glory Shone Around', a Christmas Cantata will be presented at Colonial Baptist Church in Blue Ridge on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Written by Lloyd Larson and Douglas E. Wagner, and orchestrated by Brant Adams, this musical program blends new melodies and familiar Christmas Carols and recalls the dark days of anguish for ancient Israel, only to give way to the dawning of a new day of light and love when Christ was born. Listeners are invited to the humble birthplace of the Savior as the glory of God's radiance that permeates this story is surpassed only by the light of the Christ Child as he once again comes to inhabit every corner of our living. Preceding the Cantata will be short programs offered by the children's departments and a nursery will be provided. Colonial Baptist Church is located at 221 Hillcrest St. in Blue Ridge just off Rt. 460W and Mountain Pass Rd. www.colonialbapt.org 977-5683.