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Holiday Datebook: December 23, 2011

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By Sharon Warner

Living Nativity in Bethlehem
The living Nativity scene in Bethlehem in Henry County will be on display from 6:30 to 9 p.m. through Christmas Day.
Combined Christmas Day service
St. John, Allen Chapel and Wesley Chapel will have a 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday at Allen Chapel. There will be no service at St. John on this day.
Burks Branch Baptist Christmas service
A special Christmas service will be 11 a.m. on Christmas Day. There will be no Sunday school.
Christmas at Centenary
Centenary United Methodist will have one worship service on Christmas Day, beginning at 10 a.m.
Candlelight service at Christiansburg Baptist
There will be a candlelight service at 6 p.m. Saturday at Christiansburg Baptist Church. There will be an 11 a.m. worship hour on Dec. 25, but no Sunday School or evening services.
Cropper Baptist’s Christmas service
Cropper Baptist Church will have its Christmas Day service at 11 a.m.
Christmas at Finchville Baptist
The annual Christmas Eve service will be 5 p.m. Saturday. On Christmas Day, there will only be one service, at 11 a.m. There will be no connect groups.
Christmas Day services at First Baptist
Christmas Eve service is at 5 p.m. Rev. Steve Rice leads the 11 a.m. service Sunday. There will be no 8:30 a.m. service or 9:45 Bible study. Communion will be offered by the deacons at Crestview, Crescent Place and Amber Oaks at the 9, 10 and 11 a.m. services.
Candlelight communion service
There will be a candlelight communion service at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve at First Christian Church, 1000 Eminence Pike. There will only be one worship service at 11 a.m. Christmas Day. Call 633-3345 for more information.
Christmas at First Presbyterian
The Christmas Eve services at First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville will be family friendly worship service at 5:30 p.m. and candlelight worship service with communion at 11 p.m. On Christmas Day, there will be no Sunday school or childcare, and the worship service will begin at 10 a.m.
Candelight service at Graefenburg Baptist
Christmas Eve candlelight services will be at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday. Christmas morning worship service is 10 a.m.
Holidays at Highland Baptist
Christmas Eve worship service is 5 p.m. Saturday at Highland Baptist. There will be no 8:15 a.m. or evening service on Christmas Day. There will be no Wednesday night service. New Year’s eve fellowship is 6-9 p.m.
Christmas Eve at Holy Cross
Christmas Day service will be 11 a.m. There will be candlelight Christmas Eve service featuring children’s chorale at 7 p.m. Christmas Day service will be 11 a.m. on Sunday. The church is located at 181 Old Seven Mile Pike in Shelbyville.
Christmas at Mount Pleasant Baptist
A Christmas Eve communion celebration will be at 6 p.m. Saturday. Bring the family and experience a time of celebration of the meaning of Christmas. Christmas Day there will be no Sunday morning Bible studies but instead an old-time doughnut social in the fellowship hall, beginning at 11:15 a.m., before worship. New Year’s prayer service will be 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Service will conclude approximately 12:12 a.m.
Salem Baptist services
Christmas Eve candlelight service at Salem Baptist Church will be 5:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be no Sunday school on Sunday and the morning worship service will begin at 10:30. There will be no evening service  on Sunday and no Wednesday evening services
Seventh-day Adventist holiday service
Pastor Douglas Na’a will present a special Christmas message at the 11 a.m. worship hour Saturday.
Candelight service at Simpsonville Baptist
Christmas services will be 5 p.m. candlelight Christmas Eve worship, 10 a.m. Christmas Day worship.
Programs at Simpsonville Christian
Christmas Eve candlelight service is at 6 p.m. Saturday; There will be a carol sing on Christmas Day at 10:50 a.m.
Simpsonville Methodist cantata
Simpsonville United Methodist will have a Christmas Eve communion service at 5 p.m. Saturday, and a Christmas Day cantata at 10 a.m. will be only service that day.
St. James Episcopal
The music of the Christmas Eve service will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the service will begin at 8 p.m. On Christmas Day, the service will be at 10 a.m.
Waddy Baptist
A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be at 10 p.m. The public is invited. The worship service will be 11 a.m. Sunday with the choirs from Waddy Baptist and New Life singing their cantata. There will be no Sunday School.
New Year’s celebration
New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Shelbyville will have a New Year’s Eve celebration begins at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 Various artists will perform with poetry, music, praise and dance. The spoken word will be given by Rev. Kilen Gray. There will be only the 11:30 a.m. service on Sunday and Jan. 1 . For more information contact the church office 502-633-7991.
Ministerial coalition celebrates New Year
The Greater Shelby County Ministerial Coalition will celebrate the New Year with a 9 p.m. service on Dec. 31 at Bethel A.M.E. Host pastor will be Rev. Mac Author Pendleton.
Master Masons event
The Albert Pike Scottish Rite Club invites all Master Masons in Shelby County to attend a New Year’s Day reception from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 1 at Fortitude Lodge No. 47, Main and Walnut streets in La Grange. Refreshments will be served and souvenir glasses will be distributed.
Heavy metal band on New Year’s Eve
The 1980s heavy metal band Hard Rock City will perform at a New Year’s Eve event at the Shelbyville Country Club. Doors will open at 8 p.m., with live music from 9-11:45, featuring covers of music by Journey, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, U2, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Pink Floyd, Rush and many more. Finger foods will be provided, and SCC’s restaurant is open for dinner before the party. Tickets are $25 per person or $60 per family in advance, $30 per person at door. For reservations or other information, contact Linda at 502-558-2116.

Have a holiday event not listed here? E-mail it to sharonw@sentinelnews.com. Items will be published regularly in the newspaper and also posted at www.SentinelNews.com/datebook.