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Lehighton news for Dec. 19, 2019

Published December 19. 2019 11:48AM

Bethany EC Church

Bethany EC Church, 222 North St. holds Sunday worship at 10:45 a.m. with the Rev. Timothy Ream, pastor.

Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. with classes for all ages; fellowship time 10:15-10:45 a.m.; preschool nursery available and Jr. Church provided for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Thursday: Men’s Bible study at McDonald’s, Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton 5 a.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m.

Upcoming events:

Dec. 21: Congregational Christmas Party in Social Hall, 6 p.m. (Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater!)

Dec. 22, Fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor Tim Ream, Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, 222 North St., Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. with classes for all ages, fellowship time 10:15-10:45 a.m., worship Service 10:45 a.m. Featuring Bethany’s Senior Choir Cantata: Gloria! Christ Has Come.

Christmas “Worship in the Park,” Upper Park Bandshell, 4:30 p.m. Partnering with Bethany Wesleyan Church, Cookies, coffee, hot chocolate to follow in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, North Street, fellowship hall. Community welcome.

Dec. 24, 7 p.m. Bethany EC, Christmas Eve Candlelight service.

Lehighton Bethany EC is online at www.bethanylehighton.com. Email: pastortim@bethanylehighton.com. Church office: 610-377-0724 or follow Bethany on Facebook.

Christ Evangelical Free

Christ Evangelical Free Church, December events and services:

For everyone:

• Every Sunday: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; Sunday worship services, 10:30 a.m.; prayer group, 6 p.m.

• Dec. 28: Cancer Connection Support Group 10 a.m., every fourth Saturday of the month. This month’s support group is focused on finding hope when facing Christmas and the new year with illness.

• Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, 6 p.m.

For children and youth:

• Every Wednesday: AWANA Bible club for children and youth, 6-7:30 p.m.

Visit our website: www.christfc.net.

Crossroads Community Church

Crossroads Community Church, 580 Coal St., holds Sunday worship service with Pastor Kevin McGraw. It is a place for a fresh start with God.

Adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; contemporary worship service at 10:30 a.m. with nursery available; children’s Sunday school at 11 a.m.; fellowship following service.

Midweek Bible study: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Currently studying the book of Revelation.

Men’s fellowship breakfast: First Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m.

Women’s fellowship breakfast: Third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m.

Communion: Last Sunday of the month.

St. John’s

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive W., Lehighton.

Casual Worship: Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m. with Holy Communion in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday Worship: Dec. 22, 9 a.m.

Christmas Eve Worship Services: Dec. 24, 4 p.m. with Holy Communion and 7 p.m. with Holy Communion

Sunday Worship: Dec. 29, 9 a.m.

Sunday School: Dec. 29, 10:15 a.m.

Grief Support: Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m. in the family room.

Trinity Highlights

Sunday worship at Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., begins at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Nancy Moore presides. Vicar Joshua Krenz assists. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Sunday church school for students ages 3 through sixth grade begins at 10:45 a.m. There will be no classes Dec. 29.

Students in grades 5-12 are invited to participate in food, conversation and youth group activities Sunday, 5-7 p.m., at the second floor “Youth Room.” December’s meeting dates: Dec. 22 and 29. Vicar Joshua Krenz is the youth adviser.

Christmas Eve worship with Holy Communion: 6 p.m. family worship with music by the Trinity Praise Band; 9 p.m. traditional worship with candlelight.

Appointments in December are available for individuals to arrange a baptismal date and/or congregational membership. Please call the church office at 610-377-4303 during business hours. The church office will be closed Dec. 25.

Looking ahead is the annual community New Year’s Day pork and sauerkraut meal held in Luther Hall. The dinner is free. Select a seating at noon or 1 p.m. Reservations are required. In addition, volunteers are needed to prep, serve, clean up and bake. Please make your reservation by contacting the church office during regular business hours by Dec. 27. The event is dine-in only.

Contact the Times News at 800-443-0377 or tneditor@tnonline.com.

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