Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity

The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Lebanon, will celebrate the Advent season, with the lighting of the third candle at the 9 a.m. worship service. Cookies with Santa will be held Saturday from 1:00-3:00 to 3 p.m. in the social room. Seven on Sunday will start at 7:20 p.m. Faith Formation Project is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Emmaus worship begins at 6 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church.  Visit www.trinityleb.org for more information.

Grace UCC, Lebanon

Sunday School classes are available for all ages, including adults, at 9 a.m. The adult class studies the scriptures that will be used in the worship service to give better insight and understanding of the scriptures. This Sunday will be the third Sunday of Advent, with the lighting of the third candle during the 10:15 a.m. worship service. Special music will be provided by the Sr. Choir under the direction of Jeanette Beck, and they will sing “African Advent Carol.”

The Young Families of Grace Art and Cookie Sale will take place Sunday afternoon in the fellowship hall from 1 to 5 p.m. during which time art work and cookies can be purchased. All proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

The Sr. choir will present a Christmas cantata, “Rejoice in His Coming” at the 10:15 a.m. worship service on Dec. 18.  Following this service, there will be a time of fellowship in Fellowship Hall, The Four C’s, which consists of cookies, coffee, cocoa and cider.

A “caring tree” is set up in fellowship hall, and members are urged to hang gloves, scarves and hats on the tree. These items will be given to Lebanon County Christian Ministries for Christmas. There is also a box for these items in the overflow area of the sanctuary.

The church mission for December is The Christmas Fund, which provides assistance to those who have served the church and now find themselves facing unexpected financial needs. The children of grace continue to collect Pennies to Heaven that will go to children in Louisiana who lost everything from flooding in their area.

The large angels that adorn the sanctuary have been donated by the family of Judy Toner. An angel can be sponsored for $50, which the money will go to the construction fund. They will be displayed through the month of December.

There will be a celebration of the birth of Jesus following the worship service on Christmas morning with a birthday party for Jesus.

A complete calendar of events is available at the church website at www.graceucclebanon.org.

Annville Zion EC

Pastor Bryan Dever will preach on “Status” from Philippians 2, the Senior Choir will sing “The Greatest of All Treasures” and Zion’s Brass will accompany singing at the 10:30 a.m. service. Nursery and beginner’s worship are available. Sunday School begins at 9 a.m. On Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m., they will host a “Pizza and Movie” night for the whole family. You can also reach them online at zionecc.com.

New Beginnings Grace Brethren Church

New Beginnings Grace Brethren Church, 430 E. Lincoln Ave., Myerstown, begins celebrating Christmas Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. when Pastor Keith Shearer brings the first of his Christmas messages titled “Ponder: Mary’s Treasure & Ours.”

On Dec. 18, at the 10 a.m. worship service, the Children and Youth Departments will present “Bethlehem’s Blessing,” a musical dramatic account taken from the Book of Luke with lots of Christmas Carols. The morning message is titled, “Believe: As Blessed as Mary.”

During the 6 p.m. worship service on the 18th, Mark Cable, singer, songwriter and humorist, will perform his “The Great Night Out” concert. This service will be held in the fellowship hall in the back of the campus, with refreshments after the concert.

Concorida Lutheran Mission

The church meets every Sunday at 4 p.m. in Evangelical Seminary’s Dech Chapel, 121 S. College St., Myerstown. They are a confessional Lutheran mission church. All are always welcome. This Sunday, the church will hear readings from Isaiah 40:1-8, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 and Matthews. For more information, see facebook.com/goodnewslebco, call Pastor Adam Koontz at 717-560-6751 or the Quanbecks at 717-933-9211.

Tulpehocken UCC

Tulpehocken UCC, 961 Tulpehocken Road, Richland invites you to Sunday School at 9 a.m. and worship at 10:15 a.m. On Dec. 11, the Sunday School classes will be presenting a Christmas program during the service with a cookie social afterwards. Join us for the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. holiday worship schedule: Christmas Day and New Years Day at 9:30 a.m. (no Sunday School).

Lebanon Valley Church of Christ

Lebanon Valley Church of Christ, 25 N. Fourth Street, Lebanon, invites you to their special Sunday series “The Christmas Experience” at 10 a.m. This week Dave Cavic will be speaking on “Experiencing God’s Plan.”

Parish at the Holy Resurrection of the Serbian Orthodox Church

On Dec. 11 after Pentecost, a Divine Liturgy will be served from 10 a.m., on the day of the Ven. Stephen, Martyr. The Sunday School for children and coffee hour will follow.

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Divine Liturgy in honor of St. Andrew the First –  Called Apostle, will start from 9:30 p.m.

Services are held every Friday at 6 p.m. – Small Compline with the Canon to the Theotokos; Every Saturday at 6 p.m. – Resurrection Vespers and every Sunday Divine Liturgy from 10 a.m.

They are receiving ads for their annual Christmas Messenger for 2017 until Dec. 14. You can send your ads to o.borjan@gmail.com or simply contact the Parish House.

For more information, contact the Parish House at 717-272-8132 or visit www.holyresurrectionlebanonpa.org.

Zion’s Lutheran Church

Zion’s Lutheran Church, 103 E. Market St., Jonestown, welcomes you to their Sunday worship service with Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11, the third Sunday in Advent. Pastor Caitlin Glass will lead the Advent Worship with the theme “Healing On the Way.” Worship will include the opportunity for anointing and individual prayer. The Advent readings and lighting of the Advent candle will be led by Chris and Kelly Rittle and their children. Special music will be provided by the Senior Choir, directed by Joel Guldin. Sunday School for all ages will begin at 9:15 a.m. A coffee time will be held in the social hall at 10 a.m.

New members will be received on Sunday, Dec. 11. A new-member breakfast will be held at 9:15 a.m.

Following worship, a congregational meeting will be held to elect council members and to approve the 2017 budget. After the meeting, those going caroling to the homebound will gather in the social hall for a light lunch. They will carpool to visit, carol and deliver poinsettias to our shut-ins .

An Angel Tree to benefit needy families in the Jonestown area can be found in the Gathering Area. Choose a paper angel to shop for a gift and return it to a table in the social hall. Deadline is Dec. 18.

Lego Bethlehem is on display in the social hall, created by their Lego Club, under the leadership of  Dylan Houser.

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, a community meal will be held at 5:30 p.m. Joyful Spirits, informal worship, will be held at 6:15 p.m.  At 6:45 p.m., Kings’ Kids will have a faith-based activity and adults will meet with Pastor Caitlin for Bible Study. The Junior Youth Group will also meet in the Youth Room.

Covenant United Methodist Church

The church, located at 346 N. Ninth St., Lebanon will host its 9 a.m. sermon by Pastor Alicia on Sunday, Dec. 11. The Chancel Choir Anthem will be “Come, Heavenly Babe.” Sunday School (10:10 a.m.), Children’s Choir (10:55 a.m.) Youth Chime Choir Rehearsal (11:15 a.m.) and Grace Space (11:30 a.m.) will take place. On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. will be Christmas Caroling in front of the church with hot chocolate and church tours.

Trinity United Methodist Church

Members of Trinity United Methodist Church, 757 Willow St., Lebanon, will continue their Second Sunday Serving mission outreach program Sunday by serving a free meal to the public from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in fellowship hall.

Second Sunday Serving brings church families and people from the community together for food and fellowship. There is no charge for the meal but a free will offering is accepted. Those who cannot manage the stairs are served in the first-floor classroom.

The Rev. Lynn Hackman will give the sermon at the 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. worship services in the first-floor sanctuary. The Third Sunday of Advent will be observed with the lighting of the Advent candles and commentary.

The music ministry will include the anthem “Come To The Light” by the Senior Choir directed by Carol Hollich, music director, and accompanied by Caroline Jacobs, organist.

Tim and Tracey Kreider will be greeters for the day.

Activities scheduled during the week include: Choir Rehearsals on Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Advent Bible Study “Four Roads To Bethlehem” on Thursday at 10:30 a.m., and Men’s Fellowship Breakfast on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., all at the church.

Rocherty United Methodist Church

Members will gather at noon to prepare goodie bags for the annual Christmas Caroling Trip. They will begin their trip to their homebound members at 1 p.m. and should conclude by 5.Steve and LaVerne Shirk will be greeting those attending the 9 

a.m. church worship service Sunday morning and LaVerne will serve as worship leader this, the third week in Advent and will light the third Advent candle, the candle of Joy. The Choir, under the leadership of June Watson, will favor with a song “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns.” Pastor Larry Richard will speak on “Blessings for God’s People” with the text taken from Luke 35:1-10. Children’s church will be provided for the children.

Sunday school will follow, continuing with a film series “The Purpose of Christmas” by Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church in California. Church Council will be held Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in the all-purpose room. Sunday, Dec. 18 will be Mission Sunday with a special offering taken for the Navajo Indian Mission in New Mexico. The annual Christmas dinner will follow the service.  

Saturday, Dec. 24, they will experience their Christmas Eve Candlelight service beginning at 7 p.m. All are invited to join at any and all of the services. Christmas morning they will have their Christmas Day worship service at 9 a.m. with no Sunday school.  Visit their website at www.rochertyumc.org.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

The Eaken Trio, consisting of John Eaken, violin, Gary Boerckel, piano, and Andrew Rammon, cello, will present their Home for the Holidays Concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 22 S. Sixth St. in Lebanon, on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.

There is no admission charge for the concert, but there will be opportunity to make donations.

On Sunday, Dec. 11, Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church at Sixth and Chestnut streets, Lebanon, will be celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent. They will be celebrating with a small reception, the retirement of Cindy Keesey, who has been the Parish Administrator more than 25 years. All are invited to come and join with  Priest in Charge Rev’d Dr. David Zwifka. If you have any questions, call 272-8251 or go to http://www.stlukeslebanon.org/ to discover more.

The church also announced that Lisa Layser will be the new parish administrator at the parish.

St. John’S UCC

St. John’s UCC, 120 W. Market St., Jonestown, will be celebrating the Third Sunday in Advent at our 10:30 a.m. worship service. The Handbell Choir will play “The King Shall Come,” Chancel Choir will sing “Advent Alleluia” and Pastor Joel’s sermon is titled “Heartbeat of Justice.” Children’s Sunday School will be during the morning worship service.

Congregational meeting will follow the morning worship service.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be at 8 p.m., special music will start at 7:30 p.m.

JOY sorting will be Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Band Together (Strength Training) Classes continue Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, Thursday at 6 p.m.

Fontana Chapel

Join for a Christmas Celebration at Fontana Chapel Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The Maguire Family will present a musical program and the program will close with candle lighting and singing “Silent Night.”

The Chapel is located on Route 322 one mile west of Route 934.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

On Sunday, Dec. 11, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, they celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Frank Terhune, interim pastor, will be the presiding minister. Sarah Wagner is the supply organist. Guest Musicians, Ruth Ann Arnold and Jennifer Blystone, along with Sarah Wagner, will present several selections throughout the service. Also the choir will sing “Lift Up Your Heads” by Thomas Gouin. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is offered to all. Zion’s sanctuary is accessible to the handicapped. Sunday School for all ages will be held at 9:30 a.m. A coffee hour with goodies and fellowship is held immediately following worship in Zion’s Fellowship Hall. At 6 p.m., Emmaus Worship is held at Salem in the Sanctuary.

On Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., come and help to decorate the church for Christmas.

On Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., Barbershoppers’  Rehearsal will be held in Fellowship Hall. Any men who like to sing are welcome  to join in.

On Wednesday, choir rehearsal will be held at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, the last of Pastor Bob’s Bible Study will be held as follows: At noon at Salem Lutheran Church, then at 7 p.m. Bible Study will be held at Saint James.

On Friday, in Old Salem, at  7 p.m., the Lebanon High School Chamber Singers and the Lebanon Middle School Chorus will hold a concert for the season.

On Saturday, at Zion, at 5 p.m., Zion will host a dinner for Willow Terrace and Zion Members.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 925 Willow St., Lebanon, will have Sunday School at 9 a.m. for classes of all ages. At 10:15 a.m., the worship service will be held in the sanctuary. The third Sunday in Advent will be celebrated with Lois and Mike Smith lighting the Advent candle of “Peace.” Playing the handbells during the lighting will be Marissa Vo. The Rev. David Jones will deliver a sermon titled “This is Good News.” The Chancel choir will be singing “Cry Out Zion” under the direction of Ashley Conzelmann.

Saint James Lutheran Church, Lebanon

All are welcome to join on the Third Sunday of Advent, at Saint James Lutheran Church, Second and Chestnut streets, Lebanon, for their service with Holy Communion at 8:45 a.m. Pastor Robert Ierien will be the presiding minister and Sarah Topping the organist. The Boltz family will light the three candles on the Advent wreath as the congregation sings three stanzas of “He Came Down.” It is Food Bank Sunday. Stay after the service for a time of fellowship with coffee and goodies.

Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Women of the ELCA will have their monthly Bible Study and business meeting.

Thursday Pastor Bob will have a Bible Study at 12:30 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church and at 7 p.m. at Saint James.

Saturday members will carol for those attending the Free Noon Meal at the church and will then head out to carol for our shut-in members.

Looking ahead to Christmas Eve, the Lebanon Lutheran Cooperative Ministry will hold four candlelight services with communion at 5 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. at Saint James Lutheran Church, 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, and 11 p.m. at Hill Lutheran Church. All are welcome.

This past Wednesday, Saint James was the collection site for the Christmas stocking ingathering by Lebanon County Church Women. The stockings were then distributed to area facilities.

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 9:30 a.m., Bible Study will be held at St. Mark’s with Pastor Jones leading the study. At 7 p.m., Chancel Choir will be held at St. John’s.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 141 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg, will observe the Third Sunday of Advent, beginning with Christian Connection classes at 9 a.m. During the 10:30 a.m. worship service, the Rev. Tony Fields Sr., will speak on “The One Who is to Come.”  Angela Michael and Regina Engler will preside at the Advent Candle Lighting ceremony. A brief Bible Study and Lunch will follow the morning agenda. St. John’s Men’s and Women’s Fellowship will gather for a Christmas dinner at Heisey’s Diner on Monday at 6 p.m. The senior choir will rehearse on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

St. Paul’s UCC of Hamlin

St. Paul’s UCC of Hamlin will celebrate the third Sunday in Advent with Sunday School at 9 a.m. and the worship service at 10:15 a.m. in the stone church. The children’s choir will provide special music.

A special offering will be received for Bethany Children’s home in Womelsdorf as well as the Joy Food Pantry in Jonestown.

St. Paul’s will have their annual Christmas Party following the service with a covered-dish meal.

Prayer and Bible Study is held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

St. Mark’s UCC, Lebanon

All are invited to the Sunday service of worship at St. Mark’s, 426 N. Eighth St., Lebanon, beginning at 9 a.m. The Senior Choir under Peter Pyles will present the cantata “The Advent of Hope, The Birth of Peace” by Robert Lau. The Shearer family will light the Advent Candle. The Praise Team will rehearse after the service. The Bible Study group will again meet on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in fellowship hall. This study is open to all folks interested in obtaining a greater insight into the word. St. Mark’s will be the site of the free noon meal at noon. In the evening, the Bell Choir will rehearse at 6:30 p.m. and the Senior Choir at 7:30 p.m. A neighborhood Christmas party will take place on Saturday afternoon from 3 till 6 p.m. Folks living in the north side community are invited to attend.

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Schaefferstown, will have music provided by KB Brass at Sunday’s 10:15 a.m. worship service. The Rev.Dr.Jason Royle’s message is “John In Prison.” The Children’s Christmas Program will take place on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Christmas Cookie social hour.

St. Paul’s U.C.C. is located on Heidelberg Avenue and North Carpenter Street in Schaefferstown.

Ebenezer United Methodist Church

Regular services at Ebenezer United Methodist Church begin with Sunday School at 9 a.m. followed by worship service at 10:15 a.m. The contemporary service begins at 4:30 p.m. Pastor Jeff Kapp is the pastor.

The Administrative Council will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday evening.

A new mission activity is beginning this week. On Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. and on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m., they will be learning how to make sleeping mats for the homeless. All are welcome to help cut and tie plastic grocery bags. This “material” will then be crocheted into a six-foot long mat using a size N/15 crochet hook.

Chime choir practice is at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday followed by vocal choir practice at 7 p.m.

The church is located at 1776 Route 72 N., Lebanon.  Call the church, 717-274-2655, for additional information.

Zion Goshert

Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m., they will continue their Advent series looking at the songs of Christmas. Mary’s song will be the focus as they look at what she sang in response to the news of bearing the Messiah. The third of the four generation families will light the Advent candle, the Shirks. The public is invited as they gather as a family of faith at Zion Goshert’s, 1058 Mt. Zion Road.

Fredericksburg Baptist Church

Sunday School is at 10 a.m., with Children’s Church at 10:45. Worship service is at 10:45 a.m. with Pastor Buhr delivering the message “The One”; based on Matthew 11:2-11. Prayer meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., continuing the study of Proverbs. Youth group meeting Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Mark your calendar for a special Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m., Dec. 24. You can contact the Pastor via his cell phone number 717-829-6521 or his email address pastorjohnbuhr@comcast.net.

Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Rev. Robert Ierien will conduct the Third Sunday in Advent service at Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church, north of Cleona, Sunday, Dec. 11, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school children will rehearse at 9 a.m. in the social hall for their annual Christmas program the following Sunday.

Pastor Ierien will lead another Bible study class on “Entertaining Angels: Biblical Perspectives on Welcoming the Stranger” on Thursday, Dec. 15. There will be a 12:30 p.m. class at Salem Lutheran Church, Lebanon, and a 7 p.m. session at St. James Lutheran Church, Lebanon.

Christ Church UCC

Gatekeeper Phil Feather will open the doors of Christ Church in Annville for the early Sunday morning worship service in the sanctuary at 8 a.m.

Pastor Mason will greet the people and lead the service. Everyone is welcome. Sunday school follows at 9 a.m.

The children’s Sunday school, taught by Beth Keaton and Kelly Mason, will meet at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary for “Around the Piano With Jodi” to sing the songs for the children’s Christmas program. Following the practice they will go to their class on the second level. Next door is the class for teens taught by Doug Snyder.

The nursery currently has two babies and a preschooler with their mothers who come to enjoy the pleasant room with the toys and adult and teen volunteers. Gloria Wentling facilitates and posts the schedule of volunteers.

There are two adult classes. Marlene Hinkle teachers the class in the undercroft. Judy Feather is the teacher in the class next to the elevator. Presently they are following and studying the book of Romans. The class will make final plans for their annual Christmas mission to provide a Christmas turkey and food for a family, as well as gifts of clothes and toys for the children and mother. Usually a family from Lebanon has been suggested. This year a family from the neighborhood has been contacted.

All classes welcome new adults and children to their classes. It is the custom at Christ Church for the music department to gift the people of the church with a specially prepared program of Christmas music at the 10:15 a.m. worship service.

Kevin Biddle will direct with Jodi Loose at the piano and the organ. The program will included the following:

  • What Did the Star See?
  • Follow That Star
  • Rise Up and Follow That Star
  • Bright Star Shining
  • Heavenly Star
  • The Christmas Star (presented by the senior choir and the praise team)

The scripture will be read or sung throughout the musical presentation.

Music has always be a strong part of Christ Church. Acolyte for the service will be Zoie Moyer.

Christmas open house will be held at the Penn Central Conference Office on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call the church office 867-1641 if you would like to join the group that is going from Christ Church.

Community youth caroling will be on Friday, Dec. 16. Christ Church youth will meet at the church at 6 p.m. and walk to St. Mark Lutheran church. From there, they will walk to the Lebanon Valley Home to sing, which will begin at 6:40 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. they will go to Kindred Place where they will sing for the folks there. They will walk back to St. Mark Lutheran church for hot chocolate, punch and cookies. The youth can be picked up at St. Mark from 8:15 to 8:30 p.m.

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