Deck the halls with poinsettias

Englewood United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 700 E. Dearborn Street, will be decked with poinsettias for Tuesday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Services rich in song and instrumentation at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. The 6 p.m. Family Service will have special features for the children. On Christmas day, everyone is invited to just show up between noon and 3 p.m., for the 28th annual, free community Christmas Dinner in Fellowship Hall. For more information, visit: englewoodumc.net or call 474-5588 during office hours.

ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood United Methodist Church Music Ministry 2019-2020 Concert Series heralds the holiday with “Noel: Night of Everlasting Love” cantata at the Sunday, Dec. 8 worship service for anyone to attend at either 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary, 700 E. Dearborn Street.

The service, normally held at 9:15 a.m., has been moved up for this special event.

The moving cantata features the EUMC Sanctuary Choir of more than 60 voices singing timeless Christmas classics accompanied by instrumentalists, a colorful living nativity, multi-media enhancements, and special narrations. Children’s programs and a free nursery are provided for these two services.

According to tradition, the Englewood United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 700 E. Dearborn Street, will be decked with poinsettias for Tuesday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Services rich in song and instrumentation at 4, 6, 8, and 10 p.m. The 6 p.m. Family Service will have special features for the children. On Christmas Day, everyone is invited to just show up between noon and 3 p.m., for the 28th annual, free community Christmas Dinner in Fellowship Hall.

For more information, see www.englewoodumc.net or call 474-5588 during office hours.

Tuesday, December 24, the Sanctuary will be decked with poinsettias for the Christmas Eve services at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. that will be rich in song and instrumentation. The long-standing tradition of the congregation singing “Silent Night” by candlelight will close each special gathering.

An early family friendly Traditional Service at 4 p.m. will draw the congregation closer to the true meaning of Christmas led musically by organ, vocal and instrumental soloists.

At 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Voices in Bronze handbells will ring carols in the main entryway before services.

The Family Service at 6 p.m. will have an exciting retelling of the Christmas story accompanied by the Fusion by Fire praise band, followed by Christmas worship music.

At the 8 p.m. Traditional Service, Senior Pastor Vic Willis will deliver a special Christmas Eve Message. Music will be provided by The Sanctuary Choir, organ, trumpets, harp, flute, clarinet, and timpani.

The 10 p.m. service will have a special message that prepares everyone for Candlelight Communion. It will be open to all who desire it. Enjoy moving music from organ, harp, trumpets, flute, clarinet, percussion, timpani, and vocal soloists.

Everyone is invited to just show up Wednesday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day between noon and 3 p.m., for the 28th annual, free community Christmas Dinner in Fellowship Hall.

Takeout orders may be placed only on Christmas Day and in person. For dinner transportation or delivery to someone homebound, call 941-474-5588 ext. 253.

Calling between now and Dec. 20 is preferred. Calls to that number will be accepted only until 11:15 a.m. Christmas Day.

For information only, visit: englewoodumc.net or call 941-474-5588 during office hours.

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