Sunday: The sermon at the 11 a.m. service will be "Fruit Worthy of Repentance" and will be based on Matthew 3.1-12. The Sunday School assembly will begin at 9:45 a.m. with classes for all ages following. The cantata "Bethlehem's Child" will be presented on Sunday night at 7. Participating in the cantata will be the choirs of Barbecue Presbyterian Church and Olivia Presbyterian Church, with the help of local musicians. There will be a time of visitation after the cantata in the fellowship hall. Address: 124 Barbecue Church Road south of Sanford.
BEAVER CREEK BAPTIST
Sunday at 11 a.m. service, Dr. Darrin Moore will present the sermon “What Does It Mean?” Isaiah 60:1-2;9:2,6: Ephesians 5:15. Remembrance service at 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Address: 2280 Nicholson Road, Cameron.
Sunday: At the 11 a.m. service, the pastor, Rev. Paul J. Shields, will present sermon: "So that We Might Have Hope.” Scripture Readings: Isaiah 11: 1-10, Romans 15: 4-13. Christmas Cantata will be presented at 6 p.m. Women’s Joint Circle Christmas Party will be held Monday at 7 p.m. Children’s Christmas program at 6 p.m. Thursday. Christmas Caroling at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Communion at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Women's Circle, second Monday of the month, 2 p.m. 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.
CARBONTON UNITED METHODIST
Christmas Drive Thru: Today and Saturday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free admission. Lights, luminaries, live scenes, hot chocolate and cookies. Canned food drive to support local food pantries. Address: 5442 Goldston-Carbonton Road.
CENTENNIAL AME ZION
The Dowdy Boys will be sponsoring a Youth Night Late Praise on Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. Speaker will be Pastor Josh Caudle of Starting Life Church. Address: 67 Milton Marsh Road, Bear Creek.
CENTER UNITED METHODIST
Sunday: Fellowship and coffee (or hot tea) from 9:30 until 10 a.m. followed by Sunday Bible study from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Worship begins at 11 a.m. The message is based on Isaiah 11:1-10 and is titled, “What Peace Looks Like.” The United Methodist Youth and the Junior MYF (formerly Pioneer club) will meet at 2 p.m. with the Junior MYF working on their part for the Christmas program. The Christmas program will be held Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. followed by a soup and sandwich dinner. Choir practice is at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Thursday morning Bible study each week. Current study is based on Revelation and it begins at 10:30 a.m. Address: 4141 S. Plank Road.
CENTRAL BAPTIST TEMPLE
Sunday: Children’s Christmas program at 11 a.m. Sunday School at 10 a.m. and evening service at 6. Wednesday night prayer meeting and Discovery Club will be at 7. Nursery provided for all services. Address: 1411 Firetower Road.
CHRIST CHURCH OF DELIVERANCE
A Missionary Give-Away will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mt. Birch Community Center located at 1122 Boykin Ave. Everything is free. Clothes, shoes, coats and toys. Food and entertainment will be provided. For more information, call (919) 721-1516.
Christmas drama, “The Final Stand,” will be presented Dec. 13-15 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
The Disciples of Christ Youth Fellowship (DCYF) will hold their Friday night live program today at 7:30 p.m. Guest preacher will be Pastor Powell and Youth Choir from Alston Chapel United Holy Church in Pittsboro. Address: 17935 Hwy. 64 West, Siler City.
EAST SANFORD BAPTIST
Sunday: Sunday School Assembly in sanctuary at 9:45 a.m., classes will start at 10 a.m. The Rev. Robbie Gibson will speak at the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship services. Children and Youth programs at 5 p.m. Men's Prayer Breakfast will be on Tuesday at 6:15 a.m. at Mrs. Wenger's Restaurant. Wednesday night from 6:40 until 8, 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. Adult, Youth and Children's Choirs will have the Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m and Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. 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. Celebration of the Second Sunday of Advent during worship with the lighting of the second candle on the Advent Wreath. The sermon: “Get Ready! Now!” will be based on Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12. Two new Ruling Elders will be ordained and the Session's class of 2016 will be installed during worship. The middle school and senior high youth will take part in the Lee County Presbyterian Youth Connection's Christmas party at 5 p.m. at Pocket Presbyterian. firstname.lastname@example.org. Pastor: Dr. William C. Hayes. Address: 316 W. McIntosh St.
EMMANUEL CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN
Sunday: The 2nd Sunday in Advent will be celebrated. Morning worship will be held at 11 a.m. led by Dr. Barry P. Drum, pastor. His sermon topic will be “He Is Near, Part 2” based on text found in Luke 1:26-38. Nursery care is available during worship. Children’s Church held during the worship hour is for children 6-12 years. The Crock Pot Bible Study will not meet in December, but will resume meetings in January. The Women’s Fellowship will not meet in December. The Family Christmas Dinner is planned for Sunday following church. Bring a side dish (meat and beverages are provided), and join in for food and fellowship. emmanuelucc.simplesite.com. Address: intersection of Spring Lane and Wilkins Drive.
The First Baptist Church of Sanford and Sandhills Center MCO will sponsor a free community-wide event on Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Topic is "The Science of Gratitude: It's a Good Thing." This session is for parents, foster parents, professionals and others working with children. Childcare and light dinner provided free, but registration is required. To register, contact Linda Swann, email@example.com or call toll free 1-877-776-6702. Address: 202 Summit Drive.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
Celebration of the pastor’s 11th year anniversary on Saturday night at 5 p.m. Pastor Bishop Tuner from Peace Chapel Church in Fayetteville will bring the message along with her church choir and congregation. Johnsonville male chorus, praise dancers and others will participate on the program. Anniversary will continue during the Sunday service at 11:15 a.m. Minister Shelby McNeill from Living Water Ministry in Broadway will bring the word, along with her choir. Sunday afternoon service at 2:30. Pastor Charlie Hawes from Love, Faith, Fellowship Church will bring the message, along with his choir and congregation. Puppet ministry, praise dancers, and others will be on this program. Pastor is Elder James A. Pearson. Address: 10565 McDougald Road, Broadway.
FIRST MISSIONARY BAPTIST
Saturday at 4 p.m., Christmas singing program will be held in honor of Sister Annette Williams. Mistress of Ceromony will be the Rev. Renee' Harris. Featuring groups are Tides that Bind, The New Gospel Winds, Eldress Juanita Jenkins and New Bethel Choir, Heavenly Tones, Truly Blessed and more. The Rev. Larry Siler is pastor. Address: 688 Thompson St., Pittsboro.
Sunday: Combined service in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. Christmas music will be provided by the church choirs. Address: 203 Hawkins Ave.
HILLMON GROVE BAPTIST
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Breakfast, 9:45 a.m. Sunday School, 11 a.m. Worship/Kids Worship, 5 p.m. Adult Bible Study/Youth/Awana, 7 p.m. Choir/Cantata Practice; Monday: 6:30 p.m. Women on Mission Meeting; Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. Missions Committee Meeting, 7 p.m. Cantata Practice; Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. Praise Team Practice, 6:30 p.m. International Mission Study, 8 p.m. Cantata Practice; Saturday, Dec. 14: 7 p.m. Adult Choir will present "O Holy Night." Children's Choir will also perform. Address: 384 Hillmon Grove Road, Cameron.
HOLLY SPRINGS BAPTIST
Sunday: The Adult Choir Christmas Cantata, “Christ Was Born For This” will be presented at 11 a.m. Guest, Phyllis Elvington will speak on International Missions at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Address: 385 Holly Springs Church Road, Broadway.
JONESBORO HEIGHTS BAPTIST
Sunday: The Second Sunday in Advent: Celebration Worship at 8:45 a.m. in the chapel with Kenneth Smith preaching. Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Worship at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary with Rev. Jeff Roberts preaching. Sermon title, “In Anticipation of the Light Coming into the World.” Listen live at www.jhbc.org. Children’s Choir Christmas Musical at 6:30 p.m. For a list of Advent services, go to www.jhbc.org. Address: 316 W. Main St.
Sunday: At the 11 a.m. service, the Chancel Choir will present the Christmas cantata, “How Shall We Greet Him.” A special group will be singing “Blazing Star.” At 6 p.m., the children’s program “The Christmas Story” will be presented by ages 3 to 13. Santa Claus will visit following the program. Address: 2200 Woodland Ave.
JONESBORO UNITED METHODIST
Sunday: Worship for the Second Sunday of Advent 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 with sl-HAY-ride at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, with hot chocolate and cookies afterward. JUMYouth provide Christmas shop at Oakhaven Rest Home on Saturday. Children's Christmas play rehearsals and the Advent study, “While We Wait, Living the Questions of Advent,” highlight Wonderful Wednesday. 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. Finer Than Gold senior fellowship Thursday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.; make ornaments, sing carols and enjoy a meal together. Women's small group on Tuesday, noon-1 p.m. Zumba on Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; $1 per class. Pastor's Bible Study Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Información del Ministerio en Español: firstname.lastname@example.org. Address: 407 W. Main St.
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, Dec. 14, 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 and children’s church with Gwenn Rackley and Amanda Holt. Baptism during worship. The Rev. Andy Foley will bring message. Prayer meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Retired Missionary Zeb and Evelyn Moss will lead the International Mission study about Peru. Address: 576 Sanders Road.
LEMON SPRINGS UNITED METHODIST
Sunday: Advent Sunday at 11 a.m. Roberta Byram will be bringing the message "An Interview with John the Baptist." Sunday School classes for all ages at 10 a.m. Four adult classes. A Christmas Cantata will be performed on Dec. 22 with the combined choirs of Lemon Springs UMC, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and Rocky Fork Christian Church at 3 p.m. in the Greenwood School Auditorium. Also, a string group formed by Karen Huey will perform at the cantata. Christmas Eve services: Dec. 24, 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a covered dish dinner, Wednesdays at 6 p.m, with Sharing and 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.
Sunday: Celebrating the 11th anniversary of Elder Frazier Davis at 3:30 p.m. Bishop Pastor Thomas Matthews from The House of Refuge will be the speaker. Address: 1205 S. Vance St.
LOVE FAITH & POWER CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
Saturday: Service at 5 p.m. Minister W. Williams will be speaker for the evening. Sunday service will be held at 6 p.m. with Co-Pastor Carnegie preaching. Address: Try Jesus Ministries, 311 Carthage St.
MCQUEEN CHAPEL UMC
Saturday at 1 p.m.: Sanford Circuit UMC presents Obamacare simplified. Presenters from N.C. Health Care Advisors will provide an information session about the “Affordable Care Act." Call (919) 333-6078 or (919) 499-9812 for more information. Address: 331 McQueen Chapel Road, Lemon Springs.
MERCIFUL HANDS OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Revival: Sunday at 4 p.m., Monday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pastor Charles E. Jacobs of Next Level Ministries in Charlotte will be special speaker. Address: 3483 Cameron Drive.
MERONEY UNITED METHODIST
Sunday: The choir will perform the cantata “The Gift Goes On” at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The two performances feature solos, a live manger scene and a flute solo along with 32 voices singing. Following the night performance, the church will host a light reception. Address: 10568 N.C. Hwy. 902 East of Bear Creek and about three miles from the intersection of N.C. Hwy. 902 and U.S. Hwy. 421.
MT. CALVARY MISSIONARY BAPTIST
Sunday: The Gospel Heralds will celebrate their anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Many groups will appear. Address: 1713 Colon Road.
Sunday: Celebrating the second Sunday in Advent starting with Sunday School at 10 a.m. immediately followed by the morning worship hour conducted by Dr. Michael Johnson. Nursery service will be available. Christmas dinner will be on Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Men's Fellowship will meet on Dec. 21 at 7:30 a.m. to assemble the fruit baskets for distribution on the following day. The choir will present the cantata at the regular worship service on Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. Address: 3301 Hawkins Ave.
ST. LUKE UNITED METHODIST
Sunday: The 2nd Sunday of Advent sermon will be based on Matthew 3:1-12 at all three morning worship services. The Awakening Praise band plays in the Davenport Christian Life Center at 8:30 a.m. Traditional worship in Casey Chapel at 8:45 and in the sanctuary at 11. Sunday school for all ages at 9:45 a.m. Address: 2916 Wicker St.
ST. THOMAS’ EPISCOPAL
Sunday: Two services of Holy Eucharist, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Fr. Craig J. Lister will officiate at both services. Nursery provided from 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. The 10 a.m. service will be a Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols along with guest musicians.
SHEPHERD'S FLOCK BAPTIST
Sunday: Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:50 a.m. Morning worship service at 11 a.m. Youth Challenge at 4:30 p.m. Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. "It's A Wonderful Life." 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. Rev. Scott Yow finishes a four-week series titled “Blessings Every Christian Should Know.” This week, the final week of the series, is titled, "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree." Wednesday morning prayer meeting at 9 in the fellowship hall. Wednesday evening. Bible Study and prayer from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday evening youth meeting 6-7 p.m. All ages Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Transportation available, call (919) 777-6579 or (919) 775-9939. Address: 989 White Hill Road.
STAR OF HOPE ORIGINAL FREE WILL BAPTIST
The “Hanging of the Green” program will be held today at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Pastor’s Aid presents a Christmas Tea in recognition and appreciation of First Lady Alesia McKoy from 4 to 6 p.m. Sister Theresa Holmes, Sister Beverly McGilveary and Minister Denese Morris will be speaking on the topic “The Pastor’s Wife.” Donations are $10. Address: 2834 Dalrymple St.
STRAIT GATE TABERNACLE OF FAITH
"Give Away" on Dec. 14 starting at 10 a.m. in the church fellowship hall. The Give Away will include clothes, food and other household items. Address: 6494 McDougald Road, Lillington.
Sunday: Fellowship will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall followed by Sunday School at 10 a.m. Morning Praise and Worship will begin at 11 a.m. with Children's Choir presenting its Christmas Musical "For the Glory of the King." Mission Friends, Children in Action and Youth Alive will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Address: 2401 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
The Second Sunday in Advent worship service will be ministered by the Rev. Tim Martin. Worship services will be held at 8:15 a.m. Holy Communion will be celebrated at the first service. The second service will be at 10:30 a.m. 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. Boy Scouts meet at 6:30 p.m. Address: 525 Carthage St.
TRY JESUS MINISTRIES
Annual Women's "Unity" Conference on Saturday at 10 a.m. Speakers will be Tina Moore with Kingdom Connections Church International of Rockingham, Teresa Hawes with Greenlake Congregational Church of Candor, Twana Ray with Merciful Hands Outreach Ministries of Sanford and Barbara Powell with New Church of Deliverance of Sanford. Various guest choirs will also perform. Address: 311 Carthage St.
VINEYARD ASSEMBLY OF GOD
A BBQ fundraiser for the victims of the tyhoon in the Philippines will be held Saturday. Plates to include pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, roll and dessert for $7. Take out lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with auction at 7 p.m. For further information, call (919) 776-0888. Address: 1922 Henley Road.
WORKS FOR CHRIST CHRISTIAN CENTER
Today: Men's Conference at 7 p.m. with various speakers. Open to all men and young men. Address: 1395 Firetower Road.
Sunday: Ambassador Baptist College Ensemble will provide special music and preaching for Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. Address: 23 Zion Church Road.