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Upcoming religion events week of 12-23-2011

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Countryside Presbyterian Church
Christmas Eve Candlelight, carol and communion service at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.
Traditional Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec 25 at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala with Pastor Gary Marshall officiating.
For further information, please call 352-237-4633

Christ’s Church of Marion County
Saturday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Candelight Communion Service, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 25: Christmas morning Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala. Phone is 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

Episcopal Church of the Advent
Here are the following dates and services for Christmas and New Year’s Day:
Christmas Services:
Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. - Family Service - Holy Eucharist
Christmas Eve: 10 p.m. - Solemn High Candlelight Mass
Christmas Day: 8 and 10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
New Year’s Day Sunday Services: 8 and 10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
Church of the Advent is at 11251 S.W. Hwy. 484 (1.2 Miles west of State Road 200, Ocala)
Office number is 352-465-7272. Please call for further information.

Our Redeemer Lutheran
Christmas Eve Service is on Dec. 24 at 4 and 7 p.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25, one service at 10 a.m.
New Year’s Day, one service at 10 a.m.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is at 5200 S.W. State Road 200. Everyone is invited to come and worship with us. For more information please call 352-237-2233.

St. Jude Catholic Community
The Bereavement Group for those grieving the loss of a loved one will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. Meetings are open to anyone in the community with a need to share their feelings of grief. Please call the church office at 352-347-0154 prior to each meeting you plan to attend.
Creole Masses for the Haitians in our community are celebrated every second and fourth Sunday of the month at 5 p.m. The next date is Dec. 25. Every second Sunday, following the Mass, Dr. Myriame Vastey, a family practice physician, presents a program on the prevention of cholesterol, diabetes, etc. These meetings are open to all parishioners.
The Spanish Posada celebration will take place every evening at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 through Dec. 23. A Mass will be celebrated only on Dec. 23.
Christmas Masses start on Dec. 24 with the Children’s Mass at 4 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. the Choirs will present a Christmas music program. Following is a Mass at 10 p.m. This is a new Christmas Eve schedule replacing the Midnight Mass. On Christmas day there are two Masses. The first is at 9 a.m. in English with a Spanish Mass at 11 a.m.

College Park Church
College Park Church, 3140 S.W. 26th St., across from CF, will host a Carols, Candles & Communion Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. A hot wassail and cookies reception will follow.
The church will hold a traditional worship service on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m. For information, call 352-237-2247.

Bethesda Church
As the season of blessing approaches to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior we invite you to join us for a Christmas Eve dinner celebration and worship extravaganza.
The evening will include live music, dancing, drama and great food for all. There is no charge, just come and celebrate with us because Jesus is the reason for this Joyous season. It will be Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center.

Joy Lutheran Church
Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, will be celebrated at two candlelight services, 7 and 10 p.m. The Rev. Edward Holloway Jr., Senior Pastor, will preside and preach the Christmas message. The Joy vocal and bell choirs will provide music at the 7 p.m. service and the bell choir along with special music is scheduled for the 10 p.m. service. Communion will be served at both services.
The tree will be trimmed, the wreaths hung and the poinsettias will adorn the altar. Consider attending one or both of these services for a true Christmas experience.
Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, worship service will be at 10 a.m.
New Year’s Day, in honor of the Naming of Jesus, will be celebrated at one service on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. The Joy Vocal and Bell Choirs will perform and Senior Pastor, Edward Holloway, Jr. will preach the New Year message.
Joy Lutheran Church is on Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information, call 352-854-4509 ext 221.

Maranatha Baptist Church
The Maranatha Baptist Church Choir will present a musical “The Promised Hope” under the direction of Joyce Warner, and co-directors, Shirley Roberts and Mary Walker, on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10:45 a.m. All are invited to come and celebrate this special time of year with us.
Continuing children programs:
1.    The AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) program is ongoing and always open to young people from ages 3 to 18. AWANA is an exciting program of Christian learning and games of competition with awards. It is held each Sunday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Church.
2.    The children’s choir, J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) invites all children from 1st grade through 12th grade to participate. Ms. Pat Haas is the director and will welcome the children and show them how enjoyable it is to be part of the J.A.M. choir. Practice is from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday evening at the Church.
Maranatha Baptist Church is at 525 Marion Oaks Trail in Marion Oaks. You may call 352-347-5683 for further information and directions to the church.

College Road Baptist
College Road Baptist Church invites you to a join us for a Communion Service on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24. There will be two services – one at 4 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. College Road Baptist Church is at 5010 S.W. College Road (State Road 200), 1.7 miles west of I-75. For more information, call 352-237-5741.

Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Chanukah party on December 25, 2011 at 4pm at the Collins Center, 9401 Highway 200, Building 300 in Ocala. The event will celebrate the Festival of Lights with the traditional lighting of the Chanukah candles, followed by singing, games and a festive meal featuring roast brisket of beef and potato latkes, (pancakes) vegetable and an array of desserts. The cost is $18. Please RSVP to Estelle (352-861-2542) to make a reservation. Congregation Beth Israel is the only Reconstructionist Jewish community in the 200 corridor and welcomes all to come and experience the joy and warmth of this festival with the Beth Israel community.
Congregation Beth Israel is under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. It is a liberal, inclusive, progressive community. For further information, visit our website: wwwbethisraelocala.org or contact Judi at 352-237-8277.

Ocala West Church of the Nazarene
The Ocala West Church of the Nazarene Sunday School Presents: The Birth of Jesus Christ Christmas Play on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. The church is at 8554 S.W. 60th Ave.. Phone is 352-861-0755. Rev. Curt Dowling is the pastor.
Tiffany Coburn will be featured in concert on Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Tiffany sings with the Liberty Singers at Walt Disney’s Epcot. Her professionalism and spirit is something you will want to see.

Temple Beth Shalom
The community is cordially invited to attend a special Chanukah Celebration, led by Rabbi Ze’ev Harari of Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala. This will take place on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Resource Center, located in Suite 300-303 of TimberRidge Medical complex on State Road 200. Rabbi Harari will share his music, his stories and some interesting facts about Chanukah. Potato Latkes and other refreshments will be served. Rabbi Harari looks forward to greeting you. For more information call 352-629-3587.

Christmas Eve Service at UCC
Join us on Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. for our beautiful and moving Christmas Eve Service. The choir will sing and members of the congregation will form “The Christmas Cross” for the lighting ceremony. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200. Phone number is 352-237-3035.

Reflections Church
Reflections Church, which meets at the Citrus Springs Community Center, will have a Christmas Eve worship service on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. There will be
no worship service on Sunday, Christmas Day. New Year’s Day worship service will be at the usual 10:15 a.m. time on Sunday, Jan. 1.