‘Messiah' performance is planned
EDMOND — “Messiah” by G.F. Handel will be performed by the Edmond Community Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Edmond North High School auditorium, 215 W Danforth Road. Karl Nelson, artistic director of the chorale and director of choral studies at the University of Central Oklahoma, will conduct. The chorale will be joined by UCO's concert chorale, Cantilena Women's Chorus and a chamber orchestra. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior adults and non-UCO students and $5 for UCO students.
Church set to break ground
on community center-clinic
A groundbreaking and dedication ceremony for the new Crossings Community Center and Clinic will be from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 10255 N Pennsylvania. The event will include representatives from the community center and clinic, as well as Crossings, Butterfield Foundation, Delta Dental and other supporters. A grant from the Butterfield Foundation in recognition of the care provided by the clinic opened the doors to the construction of a new building for the community center and clinic — and launched the One Capital Campaign at Crossings to raise the additional funds needed for the project. For more information, call 755-2227 or go to www.crossingsokc.org/ONE.
Holiday service is offered
The Circle 18 Mission Group at Tabernacle Baptist Church will host the annual Candle Light Service at 6 p.m. Sunday at 1829 NE 36. The service has been a holiday tradition for the last 15 years, and several metro-area musicians will participate. The evening also will feature a performance of Christmas songs by youths with A Rainbow Arts Academy. The public is invited to the semiformal event. A reception will follow.
Church offers Christmas musical
MOORE — “Celebrate Jesus!,” a production marking the birth of Jesus through music, story and song, is set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Hope Seventh-day Adventist Fellowship Church, 1426 NE 12. In its third year, the musical has grown to include performers from churches throughout the metro area, including Norman, Moore, Edmond and Oklahoma City. Admission is free. A light reception will be held afterward. For more information, call 799-2220.
Donations sought for project
Donations are being accepted for Truth Baptist Church's Christmas Box Ministry. The church, led by the Rev. Chad Clement, is known for its outreach to residents living in several northwest Oklahoma City metro-area apartment complexes. He said members of the community are invited to adopt a child or a family by obtaining a wish list from the church and returning the listed items unwrapped by Dec. 18. He said monetary donations also will be accepted along with Walmart gift cards or the following items: blankets, hats, gloves, toys and stuffed dolls, color and activity books for all age levels, art supplies, nonperishable snack food, travel-size hygiene items and books for children and youths. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16-20 to help prepare the Christmas boxes for delivery. Clement said the church will distribute the boxes Dec. 20. Boxes may be picked up and donations dropped off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Dec. 20 at the church's meeting location, behind the leasing office at Artisan Ridge apartment complex, 12821 N Stratford Drive. For more information, call Anna Clement at 694-8380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
German Christmas Service set
The 29th annual German Christmas Service is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 3600 Northwest Expressway. The service is entirely in German and will feature readings and favorite German carols. English translations will be available. A freewill offering will be taken during the service, followed by a reception sponsored by the Germans from Russia Historical Society. For more information, call the church office at 946-0681.
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