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Christmas Eve services

December 22, 2012
The Herald-Star

Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, state route 213, Steubenville: A candlelight service at 7 p.m. will be held with "If Only for a Moment" as the sermon title.

-- Bethel United Methodist Church, state Route 151, Jewett, Monday, 6:30 p.m., traditional candlelight service.

Brilliant Christian Church, 323 High St., Brilliant, 7 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight communion service, Christmas cantata "Silent Night, Holy Night" under the direction of Deloris Quinn; "The Light in the Darkness" sermon title with Pastor Marc R. Tinstman.

Finley United Methodist Church, 958 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville: At 6 p.m., the Finley drama team will present a nativity scene that is taken away piece by piece, as a readers choir dramatizes the scene and its effect on human life today. The service will end with individual candle lighting, and the Finley handbell choir will ring in Christmas morning.

-- First Christian Church (Disciples), Steubenville, will hold its Christmas Eve candlelight communion service at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

First Presbyterian Church, Toronto, 116 N. Third St., candlelight service at 7 p.m. Communion will be celebrated.

First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, 7 p.m. candlelight service, "A Christmas Reflection," the Rev. Jason Elliott.

Harmony United Methodist Church, 2119 Commercial Ave., Mingo Junction, Christmas Eve and candlelight service, 7 p.m.

The Hopedale United Methodist Church and Hopedale Presbyterian Church will join together for the annual candlelight and community Christ Eve service to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Hopedale UMC.

Music will be provided by the joint choir, the Sunday school children and members of the Tribulation Tribe Singers. For information, call (740) 937-2460.

The Hopewell United Methodist Church, located on county Road 16, Rayland, will have a candlelight service Monday with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. For information call Pastor Jim Hoff at (740) 310-6949 or (740) 633-2686.

Second Baptist Church, 717 Adams St., Steubenville: A Christmas pageant entitled "One Night with the King: Come Let Us Adore Him" will include the participation of as many as 30 children. The service begins at 5 p.m. Monday. Cynthia Smith is the youth director; Cynthia Macon is the director of the Christmas event; and the Rev. Calvin McLoyd is pastor.

Sycamore Tree Church, located at the corner of North and Fourth streets, Steubenville, will be celebrating its annual Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Monday.

Using a mix of some of the most familiar carols as well as several new Christmas songs, Sycamore's Praise Team will lead the congregation as they remember that this year "We Want a Rock in Our Stocking," the theme of Sycamore Tree's Advent lighting this year.

"Many of us have been threatened with a lump of coal for Christmas, but that's for those who misbehave," a church spokesperson said. "Jesus is the rock, and he'll be in every stocking that requests him this Christmas, no matter how bad you think you've been," the spokesperson added in explaining the theme.

Sycamore Tree Church is a come-as-you-are congregation. "Even on Christmas Eve, jeans and T-shirts are just as appropriate as sequins and dress pants." For information, visit the church's website at

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 415 Adams St., Steubenville, "One Night Changed It All," service at 7 p.m.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 284 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, "Today is Born our Savior, Christ the Lord, 7 p.m.

The Smithfield Christian Church and the St. Paul A.M.E. Church are joining forces to hold a community candlelight Christmas Eve service to be held at 7 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Wilford Simeral of the Christian Church will be in charge of the program.

Tiltonsville United Methodist Church: 7 p.m. service.

Two Ridges Presbyterian Church, 1085 Canton Road, Wintersville, 8 p.m. service with the Rev. Ed Rudiger.

Unionport United Methodist Church, candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Chuck Mehl.

Zion United Church of Christ, 139 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, will hold its Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

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