The sermon at the 11 a.m. service will be "Christian Patience" and will be based on James 5.7-10. The anthem for the service will be "My Soul Does Magnify the Lord." The Sunday School assembly will begin at 9:45 a.m. with classes for all ages following. Address: 124 Barbecue Church Road.
BEAVER CREEK BAPTIST
Sunday at the 11 a.m. service, Dr. Darrin Moore will present the sermon “Jesus The Lord” Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 2:11. Adult Choir will present “a Love to Save the World” created and arranged by Cliff Duren on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Address: 2280 Nicholson Road, Cameron.
Sunday, 11 a.m. Worship Service: Pastor, Rev. Paul J. Shields, presents sermon: "Are You The One?" First Scripture Reading: Matthew 12: 2-6, Second Scripture Reading: Isaiah 35: 1-6a. Christmas Caroling: Monday at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with communion, Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Women's Circle, second Monday of the month, 2 and 6:30 p.m.; Men's Dinner, last Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m.; Youth Group, Sunday evenings - call for details: (919) 776-7313. Address: 1333 Carthage St.
Sunday: Christmas cantata, "Sing With the Angels," will be presented at 5 p.m. Address: 600 Carthage St., Cameron.
CENTENNIAL AME ZION
The Dowdy Boys will be sponsoring a Youth Night Late Praise at 8 p.m. today. The speaker will be Pastor Josh Caudle of Starting Life Church. Address: 67 Milton Marsh Road, Bear Creek.
CENTER UNITED METHODIST
Fellowship and coffee (or hot tea) each Sunday from 9:30-10 a.m. followed by Sunday Bible study from 10-10:45 a.m. Sunday worship begins at 11 a.m. The message Sunday is based on Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:47-55, and James 5:7-10 and is titled, “We Don’t Just 'Grin and Bear It.’” The United Methodist Youth and the Junior MYF (formerly Pioneer Club) will be on hiatus until after the first of the year. The Christmas program will take place on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. followed by a soup and sandwich dinner. The celebration will consist of three parts: a presentation by the Junior MYF, a cantata by the choir, and a black light mime by the youth. The Junior MYF have created handmade Christmas ornaments and will have them for sale. Choir practice is at 7 p.m. weekly on Wednesdays. The weekly Thursday morning Bible study will be on hiatus until Thursday, Jan. 9. The first day back participants will study the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke. Address: 4141 South Plank Road.
CENTRAL BAPTIST TEMPLE
Sunday: The Rochester family from Blacksburg, S.C., will be singing and testifying at the 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. service. Scott Matthews will be preaching. Evening service will be held at 6. Wednesday prayer service and discovery club will be at 7 p.m. Nursery provided for all services. Address: 1411 Fire Tower Road.
COOL SPRINGS BAPTIST
The Jubilate Choir Christmas Cantata "Bethlehem Morning" will be presented on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Address: 1313 Cool Springs Road.
Christmas drama, “The Final Stand,” will be presented today through Sunday at 7 p.m. Address: 788 Bibey Road, Carthage.
The First Day of Christmas musical program will be presented Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. Address: 477 Cumnock Road.
DELIVERANCE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Annual fellowship Christmas Dinner and Program will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. The service will be held at Silk Hope Farm Heritage Park, 4221 Silk Hope Road, Siler City. The Angels Praise Dancers will be performing; the youth will be presenting “The Real Meaning of Christmas and the Christmas Colors and Symbols.” Also, the church family members will be presenting the adopted family with gifts for Christmas at this time. Address: 17935 Hwy. 64 West, Siler City.
EAST SANFORD BAPTIST
Sunday: Sunday School Assembly in sanctuary at 9:45 a.m., depart for Sunday School at 9:50 and classes will start at 10 a.m. Rev. Robbie Gibson will speak at the 11 a.m. service. A Family Christmas Musical at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday. Men's Prayer Breakfast will be on Tuesday at 6:15 a.m. at Mrs. Wenger's Restaurant. Wednesday night - 6:40-8 p.m. Children and Youth Bible Study and music. Services in Spanish led by Rev. Jim Wright held each Sunday at 11 a.m. and each Wednesday at 7 p.m. You may reach us at wwweastsanford.org. Address: 300 North Ave.
Sunday: Sunday School Assembly at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School for all ages at 9:45, Coffee Fellowship at 10:30 and worship at 11. The church will celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent during worship as the third candle on the Advent Wreath is lit. The sermon “How Will They Know” will be based on Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matthew 11:2-11. Live Nativity Scene along Woodland Avenue starting at 5 p.m. and Choir's Christmas Program at 7 p.m. with a time of fellowship following the program. firstname.lastname@example.org. Pastor: Dr. William C. Hayes. Address: 316 W. McIntosh St.
The church choir will present the Christmas cantata "Bethlehem Morning" during the 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. services Sunday. The children's choir will present a mini Christmas musical at 7 p.m. during the Sunday evening service on Dec. 22. Address: 2724 White Hill Road.
FIRST CALVARY BAPTIST
“The Christmas Message: You’re Not Alone” will be presented at 5 p.m. Sunday. The annual production combines the voices of the community into a gospel celebration of the season.
The men of the church breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday in the Harper Center. The Rev. Robert Yandle will lead the 9 a.m. contemporary service and the 11 a.m. traditional service. Church committees meet at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A prayer meeting will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the chapel. Address: 203 Hawkins Ave.
GOD CHOSEN MINISTRY
Sunday: Worship service at 9 a.m. Bible study at 7 p.m. Monday. Address: 3002 Industrial Drive.
GOD’S FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN CENTER
Sunday: Display of Hats program at 4 p.m. Men and Women with an Attitude and a show of Hatitude. Address: 124 A South Main St., Broadway.
GOURD SPRINGS BAPTIST
Sunday: Christmas Cantata will be presented at 11 a.m. Address: 4575 Ray Road, Spring Lake.
Sunday: Christmas Musical, “The Light of Christmas,” will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Address: 2605 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
GREATER ZION HOLY TEMPLE
The Women’s Fellowship will host a Christmas Gathering, a holiday party, to celebrate the greatest gift for everyone of all ages on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Special music provided by the GZHT Male Chorus. Refreshments will be served. Each guest is asked to bring a gift to be given to a resident of Liberty Commons. Address: 608 Oddfellow St.
HILLMON GROVE BAPTIST
Saturday: 7 p.m. Adult Choir will present "O Holy Night." Children's Choir will also perform. Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School, 11 a.m. Worship/Kids Worship, 5 p.m. Adult Bible Study/Youth/Awana, 7 p.m. Choir Practice; Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. Praise Team Practice, 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study/Youth/RA's/GA's/Mission Friends; Thursday: 7 p.m. Brotherhood Meeting. Address: 384 Hillmon Grove Road, Cameron.
HOLLY SPRINGS BAPTIST
Sunday: Guest speakers at 11 a.m. will be Josh and Betty Stewart, missionaries in Southeast Asia. Children’s Christmas program at 6 p.m. Monday: Food Pantry distribution from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday: Churchwide Christmas caroling at 5:15 p.m. Address: 385 Holly Springs Church Road, Broadway.
JOHNSONVILLE A.M.E. ZION
The Gospel Choir’s 40th Anniversary will be celebrated Saturday starting at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
JONESBORO HEIGHTS BAPTIST
The Third Sunday in Advent: Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Worship at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary with Rev. Jeff Roberts preaching. Sermon title, “Those Who Gave.” Listen live at www.jhbc.org. This weekend, the Sanctuary Choir presents the musical, Come Messiah King. Performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Doors open 45 minutes before each service. For a list of the church's Advent services, go to www.jhbc.org. Address: 316 W. Main St.
JONESBORO UNITED METHODIST
Special celebrations for the Third Sunday of Advent include the choir cantata, “Christmas Canticles,” at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary and Community Christmas Caroling at 2 p.m., rescheduled from last Sunday. Worship is celebrated at 8:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, 8:30 a.m. in the Wesley Center and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. Community Christmas Caroling from the Wesley Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, with hot chocolate and cookies afterward. Children's Christmas play rehearsals and the Advent study, “While We Wait, Living the Questions of Advent,” highlight Wonderful Wednesday, Dec. 18. The evening includes dinner at 5:30 ($5/$2.50); kids music at 6 p.m.; play rehearsal at 6:30 p.m.; adult studies 6:30-7:30 p.m.; choir rehearsal for cantata 7:30 p.m. Jonesboro UMMen host children of incarcerated fathers for a party on Tuesday. Pastor's Bible Study Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Información del Ministerio en Español: email@example.com. Address: 407 W. Main St.
JOSHUA GENERATION HEALING MINISTRIES
The “Kingdom Marriage/Family Prayer Vigil” special service will be held today at 8 p.m. at Zion Hill on Osgood Road. Special guests include Lindsey and Joan Bradley, Elder Jimmie and Mother Mary Lee, Pastor Larry and Minister Jackie Murchison, Apostle Ulysess and Pastor Deniece Upchurch, and Mr. and Mrs. Sandige. The Ambassador of Intercessors is Evang. Annette McKoy. Saturday at 11 a.m., Joshua’s Women and Friends Circle will have lunch and view a movie. Call (919) 498-4194 for additional information. The Women’s Sessional “Operating In Faith & Divine Purpose” is Saturday at 8 p.m. with platform speakers Prophet Melissa Blue, Prophet Wanda Ray and Evang. Annette McKoy. Both the Men’s Conference and Women’s Sessional will be held at 507 N. Steele St., Suite 303, 2nd floor where Joshua Ministries is currently located.
JUNIPER SPRINGS BAPTIST
Sunday: Sunday school at 10 a.m., worship service at 11 a.m. and Wednesday night Bible studies at 7. (third Wednesday night, coffee and donuts at 6:30). The Rev. John Hackney is pastor. Address: 852 Buckhorn Road.
KINGDOM BUILDERS OF CHRIST
Saturday at 5 p.m.: Bread of Life Ministry Community Fundraiser. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Regina Harris at (919) 775-5002 or Gale Payne at (919) 343-1047. Address: 219 Maple Ave.
LEMON SPRINGS BAPTIST
Sunday: Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. The adult choir will present Christmas music program during morning service. The youth will present Our Promised King Is Born at 7 p.m. Address: 576 Sanders Road.
LEMON SPRINGS UNITED METHODIST
Advent Sunday at 11 a.m., Roberta Byram will be bringing the message "An Interview with Mary." Sunday School classes for all ages at 10 a.m. Four adult classes. Wednesday: "Our Story" presented by the children of the church. Sunday, Dec. 22, at 3 p.m., A Christmas Cantata will be performed in the Greenwood School Auditorium. Performance by combined choirs of Lemon Springs UMC, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and Rocky Fork Christian Church. Karen Huey's string group will perform at the cantata. Christmas Eve services - Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5 to 7 p.m. "The Story of a Baby" with Holy Communion and Candlelight service. Wednesday events: Enjoy a covered dish dinner, Wednesdays at 6 p.m, with Sharing & Music at 6:45 p.m., Coming to Life at 6:50 p.m., and Community Gathering, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Youth Group (6th grade and up) and Kingdom Kids (up to 5th grade) meet on Wednesdays, from 6:30-8 p.m. Join the Reunion Group on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Every Monday - Prayer 11 a.m., followed by lunch at Jim’s Restaurant. Bible Study on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Address: 7225 Lemon Springs Road.
LOVE, FAITH & CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
No services will be held on Saturday or Sunday. Minister Miles will be preaching at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Get ready also for end of year celebration on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m. Address: Try Jesus Ministries, 311 Carthage St.
MIDDAY FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES
Friday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m.: Christmas Joy Singers and celebrating the birth of Jesus. Held in the conference room of the Holiday Inn Express on Dalrymple Street. For more information, call Clara Hickey at (919) 353-5648.
NEW COVENANT FELLOWSHIP
Christmas Concert Tour featuring musical bands Mike's Chair, Finding Favour, and City Harbour will be presented Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. Cost: $15, premium seats; $12, middle of church; $10, general admission. Directions and info on website: www.ncftoday.com. Address: 1305 Hulsey Road, Carthage.
NEW ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST
Sunday: Annual Christmas program at 2 p.m. The play “The Glory Train” will be presented. Address: 3324 Truelove St.
The third Sunday of Advent services will begin with Sunday School at 10 a.m. followed by the worship hour at 11 conducted by the pastor, Dr. Michael Johnson. His sermon will be a detailed study of the Christmas story as recorded in the Gospel of John, chapter 2. The Men's Fellowship will meet on Dec. 21 at 7:30 a.m. to assemble the fruit baskets for distribution on the following day. YMAC will meet on the same day at 10 a.m. The choir will present the Cantata at the regular worship service on Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. A business meeting will follow service this Sunday to elect church officers and adopt the budget for 2014. Address: 3301 Hawkins Ave.
The Youth Band will present special Christmas music during morning worship service. Awakening Service at 8:30 a.m. (8 a.m. for breakfast), Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and morning worship at 11. Address: 3363 Olivia Road.
ST. LUKE UNITED METHODIST
Third Sunday of Advent: The church will be welcoming new members at 8:30 a.m. in the Davenport Christian Life Center along with the Awakening Praise Band. Holy Communion will be celebrated during worship in Casey Chapel at 8:45. Sunday school for all ages at 9:45, and traditional worship at 11 in the sanctuary. Moravian Love Feast at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary, followed by a soup and sandwich dinner in the DCLC. Address: 2916 Wicker St.
SAINT PETER’S HOLINESS
The Annual Christmas Revival will be held Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m. Apostle Dr. Ron Spears of Dunn will be guest speaker. Address: 2243 Pilson Road.
ST. THOMAS’ EPISCOPAL
This Sunday there will be two services of Holy Eucharist, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Fr. Craig J. Lister will officiate at both services. There is a nursery provided from 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. The Children will be practicing at 9 a.m. for the Christmas Pageant to be held at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
SANDY BRANCH BAPTIST
The Adult Choir will present the cantata “A Colonial Christmas” on Sunday at 7 p.m. Address: 715 Sandy Branch Church Road, Bear Creek.
Sunday: The Children's Program will be held at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. It is titled “The Christmas Carol Special Report." Refreshments in fellowship hall after program. There might even be a sighting of a special visitor from the North Pole. Cub Scouts meet at 7 p.m. in the Scout Hut. All boys first grade through fifth grade are welcome to join in. On Tuesday all are welcome to go caroling at 6 p.m. at Eames Drive. Boy Scouts meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Scout Hut. All boys ages 11-17 are welcome. Address: 1220 Broadway Road.
SHEPHERD'S FLOCK BAPTIST
Sunday: Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:50 a.m. Morning worship service at 11 a.m. Evening service at 7. Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Tune in to WDSG 107.9 FM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. to hear Pastor Dr. Larry Martin or visit www.wdsg-fm.com. Address: 22 Big Springs Road (corner of Center Church and Big Springs Road).
SOLID ROCK COMMUNITY
Sunday: “Come as you are” church. Pastor Craig Dodson will speak on “A Personal Relationship With God.” All ages Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Wednesday evening Bible Study and prayer from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday evening youth meeting from 6 until 7. Transportation available, call (919) 777-6579 or (919) 775-9939. Address: 989 White Hill Road.
SWANN STATION BAPTIST
The Adult Choir presents the Christmas musical/drama “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” this Saturday and next Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. This Sunday, children will sing songs of Christmas during the 11 a.m. service. A covered dish lunch will follow in the fellowship building. Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m., worship service at 11 a.m. (nursery provided for both services), Awana at 5 p.m. for children; youth and adult Bible studies. Address: 7592 Hwy. 87 South.
Annual Christmas play will be held Friday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Morning fellowship will begin at 9:45 followed by Sunday School at 10. Third Sunday of Advent Worship Service will begin at 11 a.m. with the Pastor Dr. John Allen bringing his message titled "That Crazy Christmas Story." Scripture for the message will come from John 1:1-3 & 10-14. The Adult Choir will bring the musical message "Do You Hear What I Hear." Youth Christmas Play "Tis the Season for a Change" will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a caroling hayride and visit from Santa. Mission Friends, CIA's, Youth Alive, WMU and Brotherhood will be meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Address: 2401 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
The Third Sunday in Advent worship service will be ministered by the Rev. Tim Martin. Worship services will be held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services. Coffee hour follows the 10:30 service. Sunday School will be at 9:15 a.m. Advent Service - Holden Evening Prayer Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Address: 525 Carthage St.
WORKS FOR CHRIST CHRISTIAN CENTER
Program, "Healing The Woman Within" with Dr. Alice Hooker as speaker will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. All women invited. Address 1395 Firetower Road.
Choir will present a Christmas Cantata titled “Tell Me The Story of Jesus” on Sunday at 7 p.m. and also on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. Address: 23 Zion Church Road.
ZION HILL CHRISTIAN CENTER
A special program will be held today at 8 p.m. On Sunday, Pastor Brenda Whitaker will speak at 5 p.m. Address: Osgood Road.