From local reports
The public is invited to begin or renew a tradition and share worship with members and friends of First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta, on Dec. 20, 24, 27 and Jan. 3, 2010.
The Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Bartunek Family will light the Candle of Love at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The singing of carols will be shared and the choir's anthem is "Song of Mary." The Rev. Linda Steelman's meditation is, "Why Me? Why Us? Why Anybody?." Adult Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. Child care and Sunday school for children age 10 and under will be available during worship.
The church will feature a festival Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols patterned after the tradition of Kings College, Cambridge, England, at 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24. Lay readers will present the scriptures. Special music for Christmas Eve features Anita Wall and choir director/organist Scott Hobson playing an organ/piano duet. The choir will present two anthems, "Glory to God!" and "Lullaby," and the congregation will join in the carols. The Rev. Steelman's meditation is entitled, "Be A Manger." The service concludes with the singing of "Silent Night" as candles alone light the sanctuary.
The public is invited to "come as you are" on Sunday, Dec. 27. Wear a favorite sweater or other casual clothes as the church gathers for a less formal worship and carol sing. Bring goodies to share and coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice will be provided.
The congregation will celebrate Epiphany, the "Coming of the Light," with the Sacrament of Holy Communion at 10 a.m. Jan. 3. All are welcome to participate. The meditation for the morning is entitled, "Belonging."
First Congregational Church - United Church of Christ welcomes visitors of all faith traditions. For questions about any of these services or for more information about the church and its ministry in the community, call the church office at (740) 373-0741.