Church news (week of Dec. 22, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth


Christmas special services at EastLake Community Church
    Eastlake Community Church announces their Christmas Special Services and Events in their new facility at 1118 Hendricks Store Road (the old Shoprite building).
    Friday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve Service “Candles, Carols and Communion.”
    Sunday, Dec. 26, at 10 a.m. Combined Worship Service (No Sunday School or Children’s Church).
    For more information on any of these events, contact the church office at 297-0966 or visit the Web site, www.elcchurch.com.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass schedule
    There will be two masses on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Family and Children’s mass at 5 p.m. and at 10 p.m. Music will precede the later mass beginning at 9:30 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day will be at 9:30 a.m. Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church is located at 1307 Oakwood Street, Bedford, near the hospital. For more information or directions, contact the church office at 586-8988 or www.holynameofmary.net.
    Iglesia Catolica Holy Name of Mary Missa – La Nochebuena and Navidad. Diciembre 24 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Deciembre 25 9:30 a.m.

BUMC Christmas season events
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta will present special programs for the Christmas season.
    Friday, December 24:  Christmas Even Services at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. (Communion at 10 p.m.)
    Sunday, December 26:  Combined Worship Service:  Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:30 a.m.
    The community is welcome to attend.  For more information, call the church office at 297-7957 or check the website: www.bethlehemunitedmethodist.org.
    Bethlehem is located at  13586 Old Moneta Rd, across from the Smith Mountain Lake Library.


Wednesday, Dec. 22

Christmas services at Mentow Baptist
    Mentow Baptist Church, Huddleston, Wednesday evening, December 22, everyone is invited to join up with Christmas carolers at the church at 6 p.m. for caroling and fruit basket delivery throughout the community.  A pizza party will follow, this to be in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
    Mentow Baptist Church is located at the intersection of Routes 43 (Leesville Road) and 628 (Mentow Drive).  The Rev. Gregory L. Soult is full-time pastor.  To contact the church, you may email mentowbaptistchurch@yahoo.com or call 540-297-4051. 

The Fumbly Bumbly Angels
    Fort Hill United Methodist Church will celebrate the season with a comical production entitled “The Fumbly Bumbly Angels” on Wednesday, December 22 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.  This Christmas Pageant is presented by the children and youth ministries of the church.  It is free and open to the public and is appropriate for all ages. Fort Hill United Methodist Church is located at 106 Oakridge Blvd. (corner of Memorial and Oakridge). For more information, contact Fort Hill United Methodist Church Office at 847-1251.

Advent services
    Fort Hill United Methodist Church invites the community to attend the fifth annual Midweek Community Advent services on December 8, 15 and 22.  Prelude begins at 11:45 a.m., service at noon, with lunch served each week immediately following the service.
    This year’s schedule of speakers and music are:
    December 22: Guest Minister Rev. Jeffrey Liddy, Chaplain, Westminister-Canterbury. Guest Organist Rev. Janet Hawkins, Director of Music, Fort Hill United Methodist Church. Guest Instrumentalist Glenn Buck, Saxophone, Lynchburg College.
    Lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall following the service.  Suggested donation: $5. Fort Hill United Methodist Church is located at 106 Oakridge Blvd. (corner of Memorial and Oakridge). For more information, contact Fort Hill United Methodist Church Office at 847-1251.

Friday, Dec. 24

Candle Light Service
    New Prospect Church will have a Candle Light Service at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24, weather permitting. Location is 4445 Sheep Creek Rd. There will be refreshments after the service. For more information, call (540) 586-1940.

Christmas Eve at Bedford Lutheran
    Bedford Lutheran Church will hold a family Christmas Eve service of  Holy Communion and candlelight on December 24 at 5 p.m.  Special music will be presented by the adult and youth choirs. Scott Walter, director of the Bedford Community Orchestra, accompanies with trumpet and  Nicole Anderson accompanies with flute. Bedford Lutheran is a new congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is worshiping at 305 North Bridge Street, Bedford, in the Bower Center for the Arts.  The Reverend Stephen J. Schulz serves as pastor.  For further information, phone 434 - 841 - 9534.  

Bedford Baptist Christmas worship services
    Christmas services at Bedford Baptist Church include:
    Friday, Dec. 24: 6:30 p.m. concert; 7 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service.
    Bedford Baptist Church is located at 1516 Oakwood St. in Bedford. Call 586-9564 for more information.

Friday, Dec. 31

Live at the Life
    Family Life Christian Church International will be celebrating Live at the Life this New Years Eve with an award show like no other. This event is free to the community and will include, Dance performances, Comedy, Live Music from Family Life's Praise and Worship Team, Ray McQueen Jr. & Recording artist Travis Greene followed by the Word of God. Doors Open at 9 p.m.-until. The church is located at 22059 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg. For more information contact Special Events at 434-534-6904 or by email at flccievents.coord@gmail.com.