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Hannah Swayze • Jan 3, 2019 at 4:47 PM

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 201 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City: Services at 8 and 10:45 a.m. as "The Epiphany" is observed. Holy Communion will be celebrated at both. The Bethlehem Choir will sing "Torches" and the Bethlehem Ensemble will perform "We Three Kings" at both services. Bible study and Sunday school will be held at 9:15 a.m. for all ages. On Saturday, Jan. 5, a Bible study class titled "Joseph, Carpenter of Steel" will be held. This class is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Joseph. Information, 926-5261.

Boones Creek Bible Church, 1528 Old Gray Station Road, Johnson City: Morning worship gathering begins at 9:30. Adult Bible fellowships at 11 a.m. Children's Sunday school will meet at 11 a.m. The evening worship gathering begins at 5:30. Teen Ministries, Prayer Meeting and Bible Study, and Pioneer Clubs for the children are held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Radio broadcast is Sundays at 7 p.m. on WHCB 91.5 FM or online at whcbradio.org. Information, 423-328-0579, bcbible.org.

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: “The God of Second Chances.” Traditional worship services begin at 8:30 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 are available for all ages and begin at 9:45 a.m. Information, www.cbcjc.org, 926-7121.

Clark Street Baptist Church, 200 Clark St., Johnson City: “Love’s Character: Christian Love for Believers.” The evening worship sermon series “The Attributes of God” continues with “God’s Omniscience.” There will be a breakfast fellowship at 9:15 prior to Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Small group Bible studies begin the week of Jan. 7. Information, www.clarkstreetbaptist.org, 423-926-5622.

Downtown Christian Church, 335 E. Main St., Johnson City: “The Journey of Joy.” Sunday school is at 9:45 and at 10:45 a.m. Special music will be provided. DCC is collecting shoes for East Tennessee Christian Home and Academy, as well as continuing to gather eyeglasses for the people of Honduras. Wednesday evening Bible study will meet at 7. Information, 423-928-3197, [email protected]

Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 3131 W. Walnut St., Johnson City: “Visit of the Magi.” Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Worship begins at 11 a.m. Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Information, 928-1543.

First Christian Church, 200 E. Mountcastle Drive: “New Testament in a Year: Matthew." 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 and 11:10 a.m. Sunday school will meet at 9:40 and 11:10 a.m. A Spanish translation of the 11:10 a.m. service will be available. For more information, call 232-5700 or visit www.fcc-jc.org.

First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St., Johnson City: “Live All of Your Life” Sunday worship times: 8:45 and 11 a.m. Youth meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday night 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.: Sunday’s message will reflect on the stories of Christmas hymns. Service at 11 a.m. Education hour for all ages at 9:45 a.m. Meditation Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday with Jesus at 10:30 a.m., Exercise class, Tuesday and Thursday at 5:15 p.m. and yoga Friday at 10 a.m. Information, 423-543-7737, fpcelizabeth.org.

First United Methodist Church, 900 Spring St., Johnson City: "The Gifts for Jesus." Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school will begin at 9:15 a.m.. At 4:30 p.m., programs for the children and youth will begin and include a snack supper. The Branch, a contemporary worship experience, is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. Wednesday evening will start with fellowship and dinner at 5:30. Bible study will follow the meal. Information, 1stchurchjc.org, 928-9222.

Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 136 Bob Jobe Road, Johnson City: “Paper and Stone.” Service at 11 a.m. Fellowship hour at noon. Information, www.hvhvuuc.org.

Liberty Fellowship Church, 1011 E. Holston Ave., Johnson City: “Gospel Gardenin.g” Service at 11 a.m. Special music provided by Les Foster. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., Children’s Church at 11:15 a.m. Sunday evening service at 6. 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.

Munsey United Methodist Church, 201 S. Roan St., Johnson City: “Take the Long Way Home” will be the message in the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sanctuary worship service. “Finding the Way Home” will be the message in the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Journey worship service, and “A Change of Plans” will be the message in the 11 a.m. Open Door worship service. Sunday school for all ages begin at 9:50 a.m. Information, www.munsey.org, 423-461-8070.

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City: "Are we living with fear in the new year?" There will be two Holy Communion services — at 9 a.m. in the traditional service and 11:15 a.m. in the Heartsong Americana service. Sunday school for all ages will meet at 10:15 a.m. A nursery is provided and all are welcome. Information, www.oslc2.cc.

St. Peter the Apostle Anglican Church, 3321 Thornton Drive, Kingsport: Epiphany Sunday Morning Holy Communion at 9:45 and Morning Prayer and Epiphany message at 11. Information, www.stpeterskingsport.org, [email protected]

Unity Church of the Tri-Cities: "The Burning Bowl Ceremony." Service will begin at 11 a.m. 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: "The Fearless Strangers." Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., followed by morning worship at 11. The Lunch Bunch will be dining at Red Meze following the service.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2343 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City: “The Pillar of Truth.” Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by morning worship at 10:30. Wednesday evening activity will resume on Jan 9 with the fellowship supper at 5:45 p.m., followed by prayer and Bible study for all ages. Information, 283-4643, www.westminjc.org.

Special events and sermons:

Gray UMC 4Gs to meet: The women's ministry of Gray United Methodist Church, 4 G's, will begin 2019 with a Winter Wonderland theme on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The meal will consist of soups and chilis made by the 4 G's. Those attending may bring crackers, cornbread, salads or desserts to share. Lisa Simpson will present the program and women of all ages are invited for a special message, fun and fellowship. A nursery will be provided. Information, 477-3792. The mission will be a donation to help Gray School and GUMPreschool with any needs.

Phillips and Banks: The gospel group Phillips & Banks will be singing at the 11 a.m. service Sunday, Jan. 6, at By Faith Free Will Baptist Church, 25 Veterans Way in Johnson City.

Taste: First United Methodist Church of Johnson City, 900 Spring St., has rescheduled its Annual Taste of First Church. It will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For information, call Gerald Fields at 943-4176.

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