Church news for the weekend of Dec. 14-16

Johnson City Press • Updated Dec 13, 2018 at 4:24 PM

Boones Creek Bible Church, 1528 Old Gray Station Road, Johnson City: “Forgiveness — the best gift.” The morning worship gathering begins at 9:30. Adult Bible fellowships and children’s Sunday school at 11 a.m. Evening worship gathering begins at 5:30. Teen Ministries, prayer meeting and Bible study and Pioneer Clubs for the children are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:45. Radio broadcast on Sundays at 7 p.m. on WHCB 91.5 FM or online at whcbradio.org. Information, 423-328-0579 or bcbible.org.

Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church, 197 Suncrest St., Gray: A Christmas drama, “He Gave Everything,” will be presented by the choir, orchestra and drama team Dec. 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. 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.” 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. Bible study classes for all ages begin at 9:45 a.m. The Living Christmas Tree will be presented this weekend, Dec. 14, 15 and 16. Friday and Saturday evenings the performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s performance will begin at 4 p.m. All performances will take place in the church sanctuary. Performances are free and no tickets are required. Information, www.cbcjc.org, 926-7121.

Clark Street Baptist Church, 200 Clark St., Johnson City: “The Visitation: Saving Faith & God’s Loving Care.” Gospel group Sunnyside will lead worship in various selections of Christmas songs. Sunnyside’s music is an eclectic blend of contemporary, bluegrass, southern and traditional gospel. There will be a Christmas fellowship following the service and no evening church activities. Information, www.clarkstreetbaptist.org.

Crossroads Christian Church, 1300 Suncrest Drive, Gray: "The Worship of Christmas," a musical presentation by the choirs of Boones Creek Christian Church and Crossroads Christian Church, has been rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. after being postponed because of snow. This program will take place at Crossroads, next to Daniel Boone High School. Free admission and all are welcome.

Downtown Christian Church, 335 E. Main St., Johnson City: Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and at 10:45 a.m. as DCC participates in “The Bethlehem Experience,” led by Pat and Pam Mooney, Stephen and Nicole Moore, Bobby Rhines, Janice Whaley, Bill and Gaye Lee Jones, Janice Ryan, Danny and Sherry Lewis, Kim Miller, Cindy Elliott and Dr. W. Edward Fine. Brandie Baker, Carroll Billheimer, Heather Cheri Billheimer, Haley Owen, Gerrye Vance, Brent Billheimer and Jack Burress will present this week’s special Christmas music. In January, DCC will begin collecting shoes for East Tennessee Christian Home and Academy, as well as continuing gathering eye glasses for the people of Honduras. Information, 423-928-3197, [email protected]

Eden United Methodist Church, 1620 Mill Springs Rod., Jonesborough: "Tradition and Spirit." Worship at 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. Youth will meet at 5 p.m. and the choir will meet at 6 p.m. Prayer Circle will be Thursday night at 7. Information, www.edenumc.org, 434-0175.

Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 3131 W. Walnut St., Johnson City: “A Fiery Spiritual Baptism.” Sunday school at 10 a.m. Worship begins 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: “ Who is the Real Jesus?” Service at 8:45 a.m. The cantata “Sing Christmas,” by Mary McDonald and Joel Raney, will be presented by the Chancel Choir and full orchestra at the 11 a.m. service. Youth meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday night the dinner line opens at 5:30. Adult, youth and children's Bible studies at 6:15 p.m. Information, 926-5108, www.fpcjc.org.

First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, 119 W. F St.: “For Such a Time As This.” Education hour for all ages begins at 9:45 a.m. Service at 11 a.m. Christmas Vespers worship and music service will be Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. This will replace the Christmas Eve worship service in hopes of welcoming more people who would otherwise be tied up with other obligations on Dec. 24. Those who would like to attend a Christmas Eve service have been invited to join Covenant Presbyterian Church in Johnson City on Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Meditation on Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursdays with Jesus Thursday at 10:30 p.m. Exercise class Tuesday and Thursday at 5:15 p.m. and yoga on Friday at 10 a.m. Information, 423-543-7737, www.fpcelizabethton.org.

Grace Baptist Church, 612 Collins Drive, Johnson City: "Gift of Cooperation." The Creative Arts Team at Grace will perform during the morning worship service Dec. 16. Under the direction of Christina McCray, the team will perform to "O Holy Night" and "It is Well with My Soul."

Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 136 Bob Jobe Road, Johnson City: “Festivals of light.” The annual service devoted to the concept of natural light and holidays celebrating natural light around the world will be at 11 a.m. Sunday. Fellowship hour starts at noon along with the Green Arts Festival.

Keystone Presbyterian Church, 505 Bert St., Johnson City: “Is Your Jesus Too Small?” Worship at 11 a.m. Sunday school at 10 a.m. Wednesday dinner start at 5 p.m. Listen to Keystone Presbyterian Church sermons online at faithlife.com/keystonepc.

Liberty Fellowship Church, 1011 E. Holston Ave., Johnson City: “The Christmas Miracle.” Special Christmas music will be provided by Amy Duncan and Jessie Woodruff. Special music will also 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.

Midway Baptist Church, 3414 W Walnut St, Johnson City: “Christmas Message of Peace not Fear but Joy.” Service at 11 a.m. Sunday school will begin at 9:45. Sunday evening service will begin 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: “Mary: A Song of Trust” will be the message in all services at Munseyh: The 8:30 a.m. and 11 a,.m. Sanctuary worship service, the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Journey worship service, and the 11 a.m. Open Door worship service. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:50 a.m. Information, www.munsey.org, 423-461-8070.

New Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, 107 Peters Hollow Road, Elizabethton: Laura Coleman, Joy Shoun and Kennedy Morelock will be providing Christmas music selections beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a play presented by the New Liberty Kids titled "J is for Jesus" with featured music by Andy and Monica Hardin and piano solos by Callie Hardin. The Juniors and Teens will present a play titled "The Chaos of Christmas" beginning at 6 p.m. with snacks to follow in the fellowship center for all to enjoy.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, 120 E. Chilhowie Ave., Johnson City: “You Go Before.” Service at 9 a.m. Sunday school will follow immediately. Wednesday night dinner will be at 5. Reservations are needed. Information, 741-2079.

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City: The traditional worship is set for 9 a.m. while the Americana music service, Heartsong, meets at 11:15 a.m. Both meet in the nave of the church and will include Holy Communion. A nursery is provided. The Chancel Choir will offer its annual Advent/Christmas Cantata at 9 a.m. titled "The New Covenant Comes!" Special music, instrumentalists and spiritual skits will be performed during this cantata, under the guidance of Carolynn Bailey, OSLC music director. At 3 p.m., the children's ministry of Christian Education and Parents' Day Out ministry will offer their annual Christmas presentation, "What a Wonderful Child," in the nave of the church. All are welcome and a nursery is provided. Information, www.oslc2.cc.

St. Peter the Apostle Anglican Church, 3321 Thornton Drive, Kingsport: Holy Communion service at 11 a.m. Service of lessons and carols for Christmas with string quartet at 3 p.m. Information, www.stpeterskingsport.org, [email protected], 423-491-5918.

Unity Church of the Tri-Cities: "Reflections on Christmas." The special joy service will begin at 11 a.m. at The Carnegie Hotel in the Alfred Taylor Salon (lower level), 1216 W. State of Franklin Road in 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: "Advent Peace and Joy." Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., followed by morning worship at 11. The annual Christmas Fellowship Lasagna Lunch will follow service.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2343 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City: “Irrepressible Testimony.” Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by morning worship at 10:30, which includes the Christmas cantata “One Incredible Moment.” There will be one more Wednesday evening fellowship supper before Christmas, on Dec. 19 at 5:45, followed by prayer & bible study. Information, 283-4643, www.westminjc.org.

Special events & sermons

Christmas Eve service: LifeBridge Christian Church in Kingsport will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 5:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend. There will be worship celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, along with Communion, fellowship and a message by Pastor Scott Plyler. The church is located at 617 Donelson Drive on corner of Sullivan Street. For more information, call 423-246-0005.

Christmas Cantata: Jonesborough United Methodist Church will present its cantata in its entirety on Saturday, Dec. 15 during Jonesborough’s "Stroll of Churches" at 11 a.m. The choir will share a few songs with us and the children will perform their Christmas program on Sunday at the 10:45 a.m. service. The church is located at located at 211 W. Main St. in Jonesborough.

Annual Christmas Dinner: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, located in the heart of Bristol at 700 Cumberland St., invites the community and area visitors to enjoy its annual Community Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 25, from 4-6 p.m. Dinner includes traditional holiday dinner trimmings. Reservations are not necessary and there is no fee for the dinner. For additional information, contact Emmanuel at 276-669-9488 or [email protected]

Anniversary celebrations at Bethel Christian: Bethel Christian Church, 701 Depot St., Jonesborough, will celebrate 152 years of the church and Pastor Vincent M. Dial’s 19 years of service. The celebration will be Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. Service will be led by the Rev. Roy Charles and Elder Jackie Charles.

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