SAEGERTOWN — The Saegertown Back Door Church Christmas Service is at 6 p.m. today at Saegertown United Methodist Church, 620 Euclid Ave.

Refreshments are at 5:30.

First Presbyterian Church, 890 Liberty St., Meadville, presents its annual Service of Lessons and Carols at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday.

This festive service, devised in England over a century ago, combines scripture and music to recount the story of humanity’s fall from grace and the promise of the Messiah.

At the 11 a.m. service, the 20-voice Chancel Choir will sing several anthems and carols, including one composed specifically for this service by Kevin Dill, the church’s music director.

• More information: Visit or call 333-2161.

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 inn keeper will attend on Sunday, and 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.

BLOOMING VALLEY — A community Christmas event is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Blooming Valley United Methodist Church.

The program includes puppets telling the Christmas story; a first person presentation of Mary, Mother of Jesus, by Pastor Christine Rogan; and Christmas carols.

This program is for all ages and will be followed by refreshments that include soup, cookies, snacks and a Jesus birthday cake.

• More information: Call Nancy Armstrong at 720-0617.

VENANGO — Venango United Methodist Church once again sponsors a live nativity from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the town square, 21663 Cussewago St.

See the nativity come to life and take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Refreshments are available for visitors.

COCHRANTON — A live nativity, titled "Journey to Bethlehem," is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Lourdes church, 251 S. Franklin St.

Each year the children and adults form the religious education program to portray the biblical characters to retell the story of Jesus' birth.

The nativity scene is a self-guided walk-through journey with narration along the way. After guests have experience the "Journey To Bethlehem," they are encouraged to stop in the social hall for hot chocolate and cookies while listening to music provided by the church choir.

There is no admission charge. Donation of canned goods that will be used for Christmas food baskets for area elementary school families are appreciated.

SAEGERTOWN — Candlelight Christmas Eve services at Saegertown United Methodist Church, 620 Euclid Ave., are 6 p.m., contemporary with the praise band; 8, traditional with the Chancel Choir; and 11, communion.

• More information: Call 763-6685.


VERNON TOWNSHIP — The Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship welcomes everyone to this month's dinner meeting Dec. 22 at Perkins restaurant on Conneaut Lake Road. Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7.

The special guests are Rex and Priscilla White. They live near Corry.

Rex played guitar as a little boy in Kane. Priscilla has been playing since she was a teenager in Harborcreek. They both were saved at an early age and wanted to serve the Lord with music. Rex also traveled and played guitar, bass and pedal steel for the gospel group, The Keys, during the 1970s and 1980s.

Priscilla was a widow when they met in 1995 in Warren at a rest home where she was working and Rex went there to entertain the residents. They knew very soon that they could make "beautiful music" together, got married and have been playing and singing for more than 20 years as worship leaders, singers and songwriters.

The Whites offer this Psalm 150:6 that says, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord."


FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — Reash Community Church, 3607 Reash Church Road, celebrates the sights and sounds of Christmas with a special presentation given by various members of the congregation at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 23.

The program features the children's bell choir, church ensemble and several soloists. Every family in attendance will receive a special lighted Christmas ornament at the conclusion of the morning service.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 23, the church continues its celebration with a traditional candlelight service and carol sing. Additionally, several selections of special music will be presented.

• More information: Call Pastor Randy Keeling at (724) 253-3339.

SADSBURY TOWNSHIP — High Street Community Church, 9517 Route 322, near Conneaut Lake, hosts family-oriented Christmas Eve services at 4 and 6 p.m.

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