Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church, 197 Suncrest St., Gray: Sunday morning service at 11. Adult and children’s Bible study at 10 a.m. Truth Teen meeting Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening service begins at 6:30. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. and Cadets for Christ for children, 3 years through the sixth grade will meet at 6:45 p.m. Bus transportation provided on Sunday morning. Nursery available for all services. Information, buffaloridgebaptist.org, 423-477-3311.
Central Baptist Church, 300 N. Roan St., Johnson City: “Peace in a Time of War” is the title of the sermon for all worship services. Traditional worship services begin at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Gathering contemporary worship service will begin at 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall. We have Bible study classes for all ages that begin at 9:45 a.m. Information, www.cbcjc.org, 926-7121.
Clark Street Baptist Church, 200 Clark St., Johnson City: “TEAMWORK: Honoring God with our Bodies.” The evening sermon series “What is God Like?” continues with “God’s Immutability.” Churchwide caroling to the shut-ins will take place Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.
Downtown Christian Church, 335 E. Main St., Johnson City: “Jesus — The Indescribable Gift.” Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., service at 10:45 a.m. Riley Prickett, a Milligan M.Ed. student, will present special Christmas music during worship. DCC continues collecting lotions, tissues, socks, towelettes and other expressions of love for shut-ins and nursing home/assisted living community residents, which will be distributed during Christmas caroling. Information, 423-928-3197, [email protected]
Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 3131 W. Walnut St., Johnson City: “Preparing the Way of the Lord.” Worship at 11 a.m. Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Information, 928-1543.
First Christian Church, 200 E. Mountcastle Drive: “Let There Be Light." Services will be held in the Worship Center at 8:15 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Services will be held in the CLC at 9:40 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. Sunday school will meet at 9:40 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. A Spanish translation of the 11:10 a.m. service will be available. Information, 232-5700, www.fcc-jc.org.
First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St., Johnson City: Doctor Coker will be bringing the sermon, “When is the Real Christmas?” Sunday worship times are 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Youth meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday night dinner line opens at 5:30 p.m. Adult, youth and children's Bible studies are at 6:15 p.m. Information, 926-5108, www.fpcjc.org.
First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, 119 W. F St., Johnson City: “For Such a Time as This.” Education hour for all ages at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. Meditation Wednesday at 7 p.m. Thursdays with Jesus at 10:30 a.m., exercise class Tuesday and Thursday at 5:15 p.m. and yoga Friday at 10 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, 900 Spring St., Johnson City: Sunday school will begin at 9:15 a.m. The 10:30 a.m. worship service will feature the children's Christmas play. At 4:30 p.m., the annual "Taste of First Methodist" will be held in the fellowship hall. Regularly scheduled youth and children's programs will not be held. Following a fellowship meal at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Tim Dills, Jeff Keller and Josh Gibbons from Central Baptist Church will present the theatrical performance of "The Arrival of the Three Wise Men." Everyone is invited to this special program which will be in the sanctuary. Information, 1stchurchjc.org, 928-9222.
Grace Baptist Church, 612 Collins Drive, Johnson City: "Giving Our Best this Christmas." The topic will be "Gift of Cooperation," using scripture from Luke 1.
Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 136 Bob Jobe Road, Johnson City: “Festivals of Light!” Service at 11 a.m. The annual service is devoted to the concept of natural light and holidays celebrating natural light around the world. Bring a dish to share for the monthly second Sunday luncheon at noon.
Keystone Presbyterian Church, 505 Bert St., Johnson City: “Is Your Jesus Too Small?” Service at 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday dinner starts at 5 p.m. Listen to sermons online at faithlife.com/keystonepc.
Liberty Fellowship Church, 1011 E. Holston Ave., Johnson City: “The Christmas Miracle.” Service at 11 a.m. Special music will be provided by John Augustas. Special music will be provided for the Sunday evening service at 6. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. Children’s church at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday evening prayer meeting and Bible study begins at 6. Nursery provided for all services. All are welcome. Information, 423-330-2247, www.libertyfellowshipjc.org.
Living Word Lutheran, 5210 N. Roan St., Gray: “We'll go with Hope > Optimism.” Sunday worship times: 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Information, 423-467-9673, www.Livingwordlutheran.com.
Marvin's Chapel United Methodist Church, 1882 Old Boones Creek Road, Johnson City: “The Way of Peace.” Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m. The Christmas cantata, “Take Me Back to Bethlehem,” will be included with the 10:45 worship. Information, 423-753-8821.
Midway Baptist Church, 3414 W. Walnut St., Johnson City: “Christmas Message of Peace not Fear.” Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. Worship at 11 a.m. Sunday evening service will be held at 6:30 continuing the study of 1 John. Wednesday evening service will begin at 6:30.
Munsey United Methodist Church, 201 S. Roan St., Johnson City: “Angels: This is a Peace That Passes Our Understanding,” will be the message in all services at Munsey United Methodist Church: the 8:30 a.m. and 11 sanctuary worship service, the 8:30 a.m. and 11 Journey worship service, and the 11 a.m. Open Door worship service. Sunday school for all ages begin at 9:50 a.m. A complete schedule of events may be found at www.munsey.org or by calling the church office at 423-461-8070.
New Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, 107 Peters Hollow Road, Elizabethton: Worship at 11 a.m. Laura Coleman, Joy Shoun and Kennedy Morelock will sing Christmas music selections followed by a message from Pastor Rev. Nick Colbaugh. During the 6 p.m. worship service, Andy & Monica Hardin will sing Christmas music selections while Callie Hardin will play piano Christmas music selections, followed by the Christmas program "J is for Jesus," presented by the New Liberty Kids.
Otterbein United Methodist Church, 120 E. Chilhowie Ave., Johnson City: “Everything Turned ‘Round.” Service begins at 9 a.m. with Sunday school following immediately. Wednesday night dinner will be at 5. Reservations are needed. Call 741-2079.
St. Peter the Apostle Anglican Church, 3321 Thornton Drive, Kingsport: Holy communion service at 9:45 a.m. Morning prayer service at 11. Luncheon after the service. Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas with string quartet at 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Information, 423-491-5918, [email protected], www.stpeterskingsport.org.
Unity Church of the Tri-Cities: "Discovering the Child Within." Service will begin at The Carnegie Hotel in the Alfred Taylor Salon (lower level), 1216 W. State of Franklin Road, Johnson City. Coffee and conversation will follow the service. The Lending Library will be open before and after the service.
Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, 610 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City: "Peace in the Wilderness" Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. The Lunch Bunch will be dining at Bella Vita's following Worship. The community is also invited to a Blue Christmas service on Wednesday evening, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2343 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City: “The Wonder of Angels” is the Annual Christmas Cantata Sunday. Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by morning worship with the cantata presented by the Chancel Choir at 10:30. Wednesday evening the church will have their annual Christmas Dinner at 5:45, (reservations required) followed by our children’s Christmas musical “Straight Outta Bethlehem.” Information, 283-4643, www.westminjc.org.
Special events and sermons
Live nativity scene: “Experience the true meaning of Christmas at The Living Nativity at Harrison Christian Church on 2517 Browns Mill Road in Johnson City.” Guests will be immersed in the experience of Bethlehem’s Holy Night as they are surrounded by farm animals, including three llamas. The Christmas story will be read as actors illustrate the events of that first Christmas. There will be photo opportunities and light refreshments provided. The event will be held one night only on Dec. 15 from 6 to 7.
Gray UMC Women’s Ministry: The women's ministry of Gray UMC, 4 G's, will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Our theme this month is Snowmen and our menu will consist of favorite breakfast foods you serve on Christmas morning. Beth Hall will bring our December message and you are sure to receive a blessing from it. For those with small children, we provide a nursery. Invite a friend to come and share a little Christmas love and laughter with other women as we celebrate this very special time of year. For more information, call the church office at 477-3792.
Combined Christmas Sermon: Boones Creek Christian Church and Crossroads Christian Church will present “The Worship of Christmas.” Celebrate with the churches on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at Crossroads Christian Church, 1300 Suncrest Drive, Gray (next to Daniel Boone High School) and on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Boones Creek Christian Church, 305 Christian Church Road, Gray (beside Cracker Barrel). The worship of Christmas is full of passionate, worshipful music that will provide the meaningful moments to create your Christmas celebration this year.
Mass choir concert: Thankful Baptist Church’s Mass Choir will be in concert Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. at 1501 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City. Information, 926-5241.