Faith: Emanuel Lutheran offering 4 Christmas Eve services

We will keep Christ in Christmas by working to keep His birth in the center of our hearts and celebrations, as Christmas Eve services will most certainly do.

Christmas Eve worship, 7 p.m., St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 160 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap. Worship service, 5:30 p.m.

Lessons and carols service, 7 p.m., Resurrection Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College. resurrectionopc.org. A well-staffed nursery is available for each service. Merry Christmas and may God bless you! First Baptist Church of Lakeside City, 3384 Texas 79 South: A candlelight Christmas Eve service will be at 6 p.m. December 24. In addition, on Christmas Day, come and enjoy a Christmas Hymn Sing at noon.

Highview Evangelical Presbyterian Christmas Day service: 10:15 a.m., S50 W33042 Highway GE, Dousman.

All Saints Lutheran Christmas Day service: 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25.

The Lutheran church has also announced a New Year's Eve service to be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.

Live Nativity on Friday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.at 557 Cooley Road, Wyalusing (Orwell Township). A reception follows the service. No day was set aside in Gentile Christianity for worship until the time of Constantine and the institutionalization of the church, but nowhere is it directly commanded in Scripture.

The Rev. Walter Kim is lead minister at Park Street Church in Boston. The Minoh International Church (www.minohchurch.org) in Osaka will host a candlelight service on Christmas Eve in addition to a Christmas Day service, and Osaka International Church (www.oicjapan.org) will host holiday services, too.

Longmeadow - First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, 763 Longmeadow St. announces three services celebrating Christmas Eve.

Located at 258 Main St.in Rutland.

A Christmas Day service including communion will be at 9 a.m. The church is located at 5123 Revere Road.

A "Festival Worship Service" with Holy Communion will be at 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day.

The Claridon United Methodist Church has planned Christmas Eve service at 10:30 p.m. The Christmas Eve offering will go to support the Ecumenical Food Pantry and Energy Fund as a sign of love in our community.

Don't expect to sleep in at St. James Episcopal Church either. Friberg-Cooper United Methodist Church, 5511 Old Friberg Church Road: A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be at 5 p.m. December 24. Regular services will be held December 25, but not all Sunday school classes will meet.

Middle Cross Baptist Church, located on Rock Creek Road, will have Christmas Day services at 11 a.m.

St. Anthony Christmas Day Masses: 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, St. Anthony on the Lake, W280 N2101 Prospect Ave. stanthony.cc, 262-691-1173.

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Momentum Church with five special gathering times: 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.at Gulf Breeze Middle School and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.at Navarre High School.

First Congregational UCC Christmas Day Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25.

United Church of Chapel Hill - United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr.

Christmas Day: 10.30am Family Communion at Middle Rasen. The 11 p.m. service includes candlelight and communion.

Christmas Eve: 5pm Children's Mass at Holy Rood; 7pm Mass at St Francis De Sales, Hainton; 11.30pm Carol Service and Midnight Mass at Holy Rood. The church is located at 917 Onslow St.in Durham.