Upcoming religion events 12-2-2011

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Christ’s Church
of Marion County
Saturday, Dec. 3: Men's Prayer Group, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6: Women's Ministry Leadership Team Meeting, 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 7: Bible Study, "It's Not About Me", 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18:   Christmas Musical "Unspeakable Joy," 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy the beautiful music of the Christmas season.   
Christ’s Church of MarionCounty, 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:  8a.m. and 10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
New Year's Day Sunday Services: 8 a.m. 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.

Christian Life Assembly

David Houck, Executive Director of Help Agency of the Forest, will be guest speaker at Christian Life Assembly of God on Sunday evening, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Help Agency of the Forest serves tens of thousands of underprivileged and impoverished families that live in the Ocala National Forest.  You are invited to come and hear Rev. Houck tell about his work with the families of the Forest.
Christian Life Assembly is currently collecting toys for impoverished children of the Forest.  We will accept toys that are new, or in good condition and working condition. Help Agency of the Forest will pick up the toys on Sunday, Dec.r 11 and distribute them to the children. You may bring toys on Sunday morning, Sunday evening, Wednesday evening, or call the church at 629-9176 to make arrangements to bring your toys. The church is located at 9644 S.W. Hwy. 484 (near SR 200) in Ocala.

First Congregational United Church of Christ
A special program of music will be presented by the First Congregational United Church of Christ chancel choir on Sunday, Dec. 11.  The featured scripture and accompanying Christmas Carols will deal life lessons learned from the Christmas Story.  Join us for this special worship service at 10:30 a.m., 7171 S.W. State Road 200.

Our Redeemer Lutheran
Midweek Advent services will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church located at 5200 S.W. State Road 200. Continuing thru Dec. 21, there are two services, one at 11 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and worship with us. For more information please call 352-237-2233.

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Spinning the top, called a dreidel, is a traditonal game played at Chanuka.
Judi Siegal, Jewish educator, and writer, will explain what the dreidel can teach us.  Judi is speaking on this topic at the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m., in anticipation of the Chanukah holiday later in the month. She is the President of Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala, and will be relating how the Chanukah story has affected world history. This will be followed by refreshments and discussion , at 7633 N. Florida Ave. in Citrus Springs. Information 352-465-4225, or naturecoastuu.org. All are welcome.

St. Jude Catholic Community
The Bereavement Group for those grieving the loss of a loved one will meet on Tuesdays
Dec. 13 and 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 dates are Dec. 11 and 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.
Classes for Spanish as a second language are offered every Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
Several spiritual events are being made available to us as make our journey through Advent to Christmas. First is the Anointing of the Sick Mass on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided following the Mass. Next is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Dec. 8. Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Fr. Fernando Gil will present an Advent Mission in both English and Spanish. The English is set for Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Spanish is the following Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Advent Penance Service will be at 7 p.m. with several priests in attendance.
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. 15 and 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.