Email photos from your Midlands faith events – programs and services, community outreach, pastor anniversaries – to dkujawa@thestate. com. We will post them at thestate.com/religion.
ASHLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Moravian Love Feast 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 2600 Ashland Road. Event will feature hot chocolate, a roll at candlelit tables, scripture reading, prayer and singing of carols to represent early Christians breaking bread. (803) 798-5350; http://www.ashlandumc.com
BETH SHALOM SYNAGOGUE: Tuesdays with Friends senior program 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, 5827 N. Trenholm Road. Event will feature a holiday celebration and creative arts with Lyssa Harvey. Free. (803) 782-2500; www.bethshalomcolumbia.org
CALVARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Nativity exhibition 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5, 1130 Calvary Church Road, Swansea. Event will feature more than 100 nativity displays from around the world and a free craft for children. Santa’s Gift Shop will be open for shopping. (803) 568-9712
CHABAD OF SOUTH CAROLINA: Car Menorah Parade and annual S.C. State House Menorah Lighting 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Parade begins in front of the Columbia Jewish Day School, 5827 Trenholm Road. Grand Menorah lighting at State House at 5:45 p.m. Event to feature live music, dancing, gift bags, dreidels and latkes. Those interested in participating in the parade can call Rabbi Levi Marrus at (803) 237-7330.
CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: Help for the Grieving – Surviving the Holidays 7-8:30 p.m. The seminar is designed for those grieving a loved one’s death. Childcare for infants through 11 year olds provided. Free. Wednesday, 2700 Bush River Road. (803) 798-4488
EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: People Enjoying People Christmas Luncheon Tuesday at the McCutchen House on the University of South Carolina Horseshoe. Cost is $12 per person and must be paid in advance. Attendees can meet at the church, 3200 Trenholm Road, at 10:30 a.m. to leave at 11:15 a.m. Reservations at (803) 256-1654 ext. 122; eastminsterpres.org
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH: Nativity Festival 3-6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 6 , 2062 N. Beltline Blvd. Light refreshments will be served. (803) 787-9777
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Wednesdays@First Lunch Service, 1324 Marion St. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., speaker from 12:20-12:50 p.m. Hot meal, $6; soup and salad bar, $5. Free parking. (803) 799-9062; www.firstprescolumbia.org
MIDLANDS GOSPEL SINGING CENTER: Monthly gospel singing 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. The event will feature Heart’s Song Quartet and the Heritage Quartet. Love offering will be accepted and refreshments will be served. (803) 719-1289
NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: The Chancel Choir, Celebration Orchestra and Children’s Choir of the church will host “The Christmas Story” cantata 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Dec. 13, 601 Polo Road. Free. (803) 788-5298; www.nepresbyterian.org
RIVERLAND HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas Around the World concert 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, 201 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo. Event will feature the 130-person choir dressed in international garbs, an orchestra and special guests. Free. (803) 772-3227; www.riverlandhills.org
SAINT JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH: Parish garage sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. today in Saint Joseph Catholic School Gym, 3700 Devine St. (803) 254-7646.
SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Lexington County Choral Society winter concert 7:30 p.m. and Friday Dec. 5, 5503 Sunset Blvd. (803) 359-7770; www.saxegotha.org
WEST COLUMBIA PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH: Christmas market and yard sale 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 5, 2310 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. Event will feature arts, crafts, gifts, decorations, goodies and vendors. email firstname.lastname@example.org for vendor applications. (803) 791-9150