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Sheri Walker • Updated Dec 2, 2017 at 9:11 AM

New Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, 113 Peters Hollow Road (near the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department) will kick off a month-long celebration of Christ’s birth beginning Sunday during the 11 a.m. service. Tammy Cole will provide Christmas music. Talent Night will be conducted during the 6 p.m. service. 

This week’s sermon topic at Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 3131 W. Walnut St., will be “Longing for Home” during the 11 a.m. service. Sunday school will feature devotions, a time of fellowship and refreshments during the month of December. Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. For information, call 928-1543.

“I’m Dreaming of a Right Christmas!” will be the message for Sunday’s 11 a.m. service at Union Christian Church, 3639 Cherokee Road, Jonesborough. Anne Bowers will present special music and the Lord’s Supper will be observed. Bible study will be held at 10 a.m. Youth meetings will also be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday’s services will include adult and youth meetings at 6 p.m. For information, call 782-8141 or visit www.unioncc.org.

The message for both the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St. will be “Glory,” as part of the Christmas Gifts series. Both services will include Hanging of the Greens. Youth will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday night’s dinner line opens at 5:30 p.m. followed by adult, youth and children’s Bible studies at 6:15. For information, call 926-5108 or visit www.fpcjc.org.

Dr. Hanes Swingle will be the speaker for Sunday’s 11 a.m. service at Keystone Presbyterian Church, 505 Bert St. The message will be "Tell your children.” Sunday school will be held at 10.

The series, “The Star, Journey To The Unexpected” will continue this week with the message “The Star, A Journey Of Love” at Liberty Fellowship Church 1011 E. Holston Ave. during Sunday’s 11 a.m. service. Sunday school will begin at 10. Children’s church will begin at 11:15. Evening services will be held Sunday and Wednesday at 6. For information, call 423-330-2247.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, 120 E. Chilhowie Ave. will feature the sermon “What’s Shaken?” during the 9 a.m. service. Holy Communion will be observed. Sunday school will immediately follow the service. Wednesday’s dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 741-2079.

“How’s Our Walk?” will be the message for the 11 a.m. service Sunday at Midway Baptist Church, 3414 W. Walnut St. Sunday school will begin at 9:45. The evening service will begin at 6:30 featuring the message “The Name of God — Jehovah.” For information, call 926-1650.

The study of the book of Romans will continue Sunday with the message “The Really Bad News — Part Two: Abandoned by God” during the morning service at Clark Street Baptist Church. The message for the evening service will be “Time to Celebrate: Salvation,” continuing the study of the book of Ephesians. The Family Night Christmas Fellowship will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center.

Called Out Southern Gospel Music Ministries will sing in the morning service Sunday at Eastview Free Will Baptist Church, 810 Canterbury Road.

First Presbyterian Church, 119 W. F St., Elizabethton, will offer a service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Education hour will begin at 9:45. Meditation will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. Thursdays with Jesus reading group will meet Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and discuss "The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus' Birth," by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. For information, call 423-543-7737 or visit www.FPCelizabethton.org.

The series “Unwrapped” will continue this week at First Christian Church, 200 E. Mountcastle Drive with the sermon “Christmas List.” Services will be held in the Worship Center at 8:15, 9:40 and 11:10 a.m. Services will be held in the CLC at 9:40 and 11:10 a.m. Sunday school will meet at 9:40 and 11:10. A Spanish translation of the 11:10 a.m. service will be available. Wednesday evening programs will include various small group studies at 6:45. The church’s Unwrapped Christmas celebration will be held today at 6 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., in the Worship Center. For information, call 232-5700 or visit www.fcc-jc.org.

“Nothing Is Impossible with God” will be the sermon for all Sunday services at Central Baptist Church, 300 N. Roan St. Traditional services begin at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Gathering contemporary service will begin at 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Bible study classes meet at 9:45. An Advent Celebration will be held at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. For information, visit www.cbcjc.faith or call 926-7121, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The sermon for the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 900 Spring St., will be "Are you Prepared?" A pot-luck breakfast will be held in the fellowship hall at 9:30. Programs for children and youth will begin at 4:30 p.m. Beginning at 6:15, the church's contemporary service, The Branch, will be held in the sanctuary. A women's Bible study will continue at 6 p.m. on Monday. After a meal at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday night's program will be an Advent study. For information, visit 1stchurchjc.org or call 928-9222.

The message for Sunday at Unity Church of the Tri-Cities will be "The Secrets of Spiritual Multiplication," continuing the series Opening the Door to Prosperity. The service will begin at 11 a.m. at Samadhi Healing Arts Center, 423 W. Walnut St. Coffee and conversation will follow and the Lending Library will be open before and after the service. For information, call 423-975-9159 or visit www.unitytricities.org.

Holy Communion will be offered at both the 9 a.m. traditional service and the 11:15 a.m. liturgical service featuring Americana music at Our Saviour Lutheran Church. Sunday school is set for 10:15. At 6 p.m. in the nave, a service of Advent lessons and carols from around the world will be held. Light refreshments follow the service. For information, visit www.oslc2.cc.

McCarty United Methodist Church, 104 McCarty Church Road, just off U.S. Highway 11E, Telford, will feature the message "Do Others See Christ in You?" in Sunday's 9:30 a.m. service. Following the service there will be Bible study in the fellowship hall. For information, call 329-2288.

The sermon for Sunday’s morning service will be "Advent in the Present Tense: Come, Lord Jesus” at Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper by intinction will be observed. Sunday school will begin at 10.

“New Perspective … ‘In Christ Jesus’ ’’ will be Sunday’s theme at Living Word Lutheran, 5210 N. Roan St., Gray for both the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services. Sunday school will begin at 9:30. For information, call 423-467-9673 or visit www.Livingwordlutheran.com.

Sunday’s message this week at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, 1432 Gray Sulphur Springs Road, Jonesborough will be “What's So Special about Christmas?” A contemporary service will begin at 9 a.m. followed by Sunday school at 10 and a traditional service at 11.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2343 Knob Creek Road will feature the sermon “The Promised Virgin’s Child, Immanuel” during the 10:30 a.m. service. Sunday school will begin at 9:15. Wednesday evening activities begin at 5:45 with a fellowship supper (reservations are required), followed by prayer and Bible study. For information, call 283-4643, or visit www.westminjc.org.

The sermon "God's Gift to the World” will be featured in Sunday’s 10:45 a.m. service at Martindale Baptist Church 2406 Old Lewis Road. In the 6 p.m. service Josh and Mary Storie will give a report on their campus missionary work at E.T.S.U. The Wednesday evening service will provide a Bible Club for children and youth, and a prayer time and Bible study for adults.

"A Gift Worth Waiting For” will be the message during Sunday’s 9:45 a.m. service at East Unaka Christian Church, 1201 East Unaka Ave. The guest soloist will be Fred Balding. For information, call 423-483-2348.

The message for the 10:50 a.m. service at Southside Baptist, 1928 Wheeler St. will be "The Truth and Nothing But the Truth About Jesus.” Special music will be presented by Gaylia Whetsel. Sunday school will begin at 9:45. The evening service will begin at 6:30 with the message "The Origin of Our Blessing." Special music will be presented by Tina Lunsford. The Wednesday night Bible study will be held at 6:30. Children and youth activities will be provided during each service.

The series Christmas in a Word will begin this week at Downtown Christian Church, 335 E. Main St. with the message “Traveling Light” for Sunday’s 10:45 a.m. service. Carroll Billheimer will present this week’s special music. Sunday school will begin at 9:45. The church will continue Christmas Caroling on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with caroling and delivering lotions, tissues, socks, towelettes and more to shut-ins and nursing home/assisted living community residents. The church will also participate in the Tour of Downtown Churches on Dec. 16, from 2-5 p.m. For information, call 423-928-3197 or email [email protected]

Church news may be submitted to Sheri Walker by email at [email protected]; by mail to Johnson City Press, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605; or by fax to 423-929-7484. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Items will not be accepted by phone.

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