A musical Christmas cantata titled “An Evening in December” will be presented by a community choir at 7 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Cambridge Springs and at 7 p.m. Sunday at Cambridge Springs United Methodist Church.

The public is invited; admission is free. Take a nonperishable food item for the local food bank.

During the advent season, the United Methodist churches of Harmonsburg and Linesville will be visited by "persons" (portrayed by Pastor Dennis Lawton) who were present at the first Christmas.

The angel will come to the morning worship service on Sunday. The shepherd will attend on Dec. 9, and he will be followed by the inn keeper on Dec. 16. The Maji will conclude the visitations on Dec. 23.

All are invited to attend and hear the story of Jesus's birth unfold.

Services are held in Harmonsburg at 9:30 a.m. and in Linesville at 11.

The traditional blessing of the creche in Meadville’s Diamond Park is at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The event, organized by the Catholic Federation and officiated by Father Andrew Boyd, is an ecumenical service consisting of scripture reading, blessing of the creche and caroling. All are welcome.

SADSBURY TOWNSHIP — A children’s musical by Celeste Clydesdale, "An Out-of-the Box Christmas," is presented at 5 p.m. Sunday at High Street Community Church, 9517 Route 322, near Conneaut Lake, by King's Kids, who are children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. They are part of the drama ministry, King’s Company Theater, supported by the church.

The story takes place at the final rehearsal for the Christmas pageant. The ordered costumes and props finally arrive the day before the pageant. As they begin to pull them out of the box, they discover that they are all wrong. The children work together and come up with unique, comical and meaningful ways to share the Christmas message of God’s love.

No admission charge is asked. All are invited. A cookie fellowship follows in the Church Fellowship Hall to congratulate the cast.

• More information: Call church office at 382-2874 or email churchoffice.hscc@gmail.com.

SAEGERTOWN — The Saegertown Back Door Church Christmas Service is at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Saegertown United Methodist Church, 620 Euclid Ave. Refreshments are at 5:30.

Also, the 18th annual Saegertown Community Christmas Cantata presents “Morning Star” by Joseph M. Martin at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at the church. A love offering will be collected to benefit Saegertown Elementary School families in need during the holidays and a member of the church’s congregation battling cancer.

WAYNE, Ohio — A “Christmas in Paradise” play and program is at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the First Congregational Church of Wayne, which is located at the corner of routes 322 and 193.

There will be the play, Christmas carol hymn sing, special music, Christmas reading and candlelight service. Refreshments follow this program. All are invited.

SPRING TOWNSHIP — Dan Schall of Zelienople performs a special concert at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 during the worship service at Hickernell United Methodist Church.

Through his music and testimony he conveys his love for Jesus Christ and his concern for his fellow man’s eternity. His ministry focuses on encouragement and God’s love for man.

The service is open to the community.

HARMONSBURG — The Devine family presents its “Christmas Eve Traditions” at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Harmonsburg United Methodist Church, 14182 First St.

Take a step back in time as Devine Inspirations, with songs, prayers and poems, lead you back with the story of a family attending the church pageant then traveling home to decorate the tree and hear Father read the story of the first Christmas.

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