Baptist church choir to offer musical


December 19, 1997|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHRISTMAS programs, caroling, and last-minute shopping will be on everyone's list of things to do over the next five days.

At 7: 30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, the adult choir of Lake Shore Baptist Church, 4613 Mountain Road, will perform the dramatic musical "The Majesty of Christmas."

Janice Rukes, church spokeswoman, explained that the cantata, composed by David Clydesdale, is set in biblical times and the story is told with songs, narration and some dramatic movement.

The church also invites the community to a candlelight service at p.m. Christmas Eve.

The service Wednesday will reflect a return to tradition after a few years, Rukes said.

"We will have a Christ candle lighting, where the light will be passed from person to person. It is a very beautiful service," she said.

The adult, teen and children's choirs will also perform. No nursery will be available for this service. Information: 410-255-5413.

Children's Christmas

The children's Sunday school program at Magothy United Methodist Church will have its Christmas program at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow in the fellowship hall.

Donations of juice, cookies and cakes are needed for refreshments after the program. The items can be dropped off at the church office.

The Rev. David Wentz and his wife, Paula, invite you to join them at 4: 30 p.m. Sunday for Christmas caroling through the neighborhood, and then refreshments.

Nonsingers can stop by the fellowship hall at 6 p.m. for fellowship and goodies.

The service schedule Christmas Eve will begin with a family service at 5 p.m., to be followed by a combined Communion service with the Magothy Church of the Deaf at 7 p.m. The candlelight service will begin at 11 p.m.

The church is at 3703 Mountain Road.

Information: 410-255-2420.

Cub Scouts caroling

Families from Cub Scout Pack 346 of Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will carol for food through the neighborhood near the church at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Along the way, the Scouts will collect nonperishable food to restock the church's food pantry.

The church will have a live Nativity scene Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings that can be viewed from Ritchie Highway.

Members of the youth group and Scouts will dress up as Mary and Joseph, shepherds, wise men and angels.

The United Methodist Youth Fellowship will conduct the Nativity Sunday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cub Scouts will perform the duties from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and the Girl Scouts will take their turn Tuesday between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Christmas Eve worship will be at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Information: 410-647-3090.

Christmas coffeehouse

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7859 Tick Neck Road, will hold a Christmas coffeehouse at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow.

The evening's music will begin with a sing-along geared to the young and the young at heart.

Later, seasonal songs will be performed by the St. Andrew's Pretty Good String Band (also known as Jolkz) and musical pals.

A donation of $4 per person or $10 for a family of three or more is requested.

Proceeds will benefit the church's music ministry.

The Nativity of Jesus Christ will be celebrated with two services Christmas Eve and one Christmas morning.

The annual Sunday school pageant will be featured at the 7 p.m. family Eucharist service Wednesday.

The traditional festival of music will begin at 11 p.m. Christmas Eve to be followed by the Holy Eucharist at 11: 30 p.m.

A Holy Eucharist service will begin at 10 a.m. Christmas Day.

Information: 410-255-1070.

Choirs to perform

Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road, will hold a performance of the cantata "How Great Our Joy" at its 9 a.m. and 10: 30 a.m. services Sunday.

The youth and cherub choirs will perform their annual Christmas program at the 7 p.m. family worship service Christmas Eve.

The choirs have combined forces to present "Angels Aware" under the direction of Pamela Gaither, Patty Quasney, Mary Ellen Wise and Debbie Witt.

Gaither said the program is a musical that takes place in front of the manger, shepherds and wise men. "It's when the angels found out about the upcoming birth of Jesus," she said.

The story is told by the archangels Michael, played by Christina Smith, and Gabriel, played by Ashley Gaither.

Other actors in the production include Chuck Smith as Moses; Patrick Quasney as Isaiah; Angela Thompson as Cherry the angel; Carrie Wood as Sarah; and David Harold as Herald the angel.

The traditional candlelight Communion service Christmas Eve, featuring the handbell and chancel choirs, will begin at 11 p.m.

Information: 410-255-1506

Christmas Eve services

Jenkins Memorial Church, 133 Jenkins Road, will have candlelight services at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Christmas Eve.

The 8 p.m. service will feature the handbell choir.

Adopt-an-Owl program

Stumped for a last-minute gift or stocking stuffer for the naturalist on your list?

Check out the Adopt-an-Owl program at Downs Park.

For a $10 donation you will get an official certificate and your naturalist's name on a wooden owl that will be displayed on the Adopt-an-Owl bulletin board in the park.

A $20 donation gets you the same, plus an official, green Adopt-an-Owl T-shirt.

All funds raised aid in the feeding and care of the permanently injured birds of prey that are housed at the park.

Information: 410-222-6230.

Pub Date: 12/19/97

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