United Methodist Charge Conference, 1:30 p.m., Nov. 22, Belpre Rockland United Methodist Church, Belpre.
Western Washington County United Methodist Charge Conference, 6 p.m., Nov. 22, at Tunnel United Methodist Church.
Free community Thanksgiving dinner, noon, Nov. 26, First Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave., Parkersburg; donations accepted; to volunteer to help, (304) 485-5253.
"The First Christmas Family: Lessons for Our Lives," advent message series, 10:30 a.m., Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta; Nov. 29, "Joseph"; Dec. 6, "Mary."
Upward Basketball program, player applications accepted, Marietta First Church of the Nazarene, 100 Mill Creek Road; for children in kindergarten through sixth grades; one-hour practice, game each week; $55 before Dec. 10; $70, after Dec. 10; drop form and fee off at the church; basketball evaluations, Dec. 1 and 3; 373-5406.
"The Joy of Christmas," 31st annual candlelight tour of eight downtown Lancaster churches, begins 6 p.m., Dec. 12; begin at either First United Methodist or First Presbyterian; 15- minute musical program at each church; sponsored by Fairfield Heritage Association; adults, $9; children under 12, $2; (740) 654-9923.
"Shepherds, Sheep and a Savior," musical, Dec. 13, Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta; presented by the children of the church.
"The Love of God at Christmas," Christmas cantata, Dec. 20, Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta; presented by church choir.
Live Nativity scene, 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 22 and 23, Sweetapple Farm, 149 Sweetapple Farm Road, Vincent; performed by local youth groups; singing and reading performances, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.; 373-5178.
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