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Starting this Saturday and throughout the holiday season, we'll highlight upcoming holiday events at area churches.

SPECIAL SERVICES

EAU CLAIRE PRESBYTERIAN AND PARK STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: Joint Christmas Service, 6 p.m. Sunday, Eau Claire Presbyterian Church, 629 Wildwood Ave. (803) 252-9296

ST. DAVID LUTHERAN CHURCH: Christmas program, 7 p.m. Sunday; Midweek vespers services, 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 23; 132 St. David's Church Road, West Columbia. (803) 356-3035

SECOND CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas celebration, 11 a.m. Sundays through Dec. 27, 1110 Mason Road. Includes scripture, readings and celebratory music. (803) (803) 714-9668

TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Advent Bible study, 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 23; "Sharing Stories of Christmas" children's program, 11 a.m. Sunday; 1000 Greenlawn Drive. (803) 776-2067

CONCERTS, GATHERINGS, BAZAARS

ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH: Sen-ior musical choir in concert, 5 p.m. Sunday, 5715 Koon Road. (803) 786-0119; www.abccolumbia.org

ASHLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: "A Festival of Lessons and Carols," 10:30 a.m. Sunday, 2600 Ashland Road. Includes choir, string quintet, organ and handbells. (803) 798-5350, ext. 10

BETHLEHEM BAPTIST CHURCH: "Come Let us Worship" Christmas concert, 5 p.m. Sunday, 1218 Lyon St. Featuring the Ridgeview High School Gospel Choir. (803) 254-5651

BROOKLAND BAPTIST CHURCH: Gospel music program, 6 p.m. Friday, Health and Wellness Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Featuring Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC's, The Canton Spiritual, Doc McKenzie and The Hi-Lites, The Gospel Legends, The Bells of Joy, The Sons of Unity and The New Singing Angels. Tickets: $30. Call (803) 622-1403 for ticket locations. (803) 796-7525

CHAPIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Dutch Fork Choral Society and Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra present Handel's "Messiah," 7:30 p.m. Monday, 415 Lexington Ave., Chapin. For concert information call (803) 345-3460. (803) 345-2801

CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: "A Holiday Spectacular" with music and drama, 6 tonight and Sunday, 2700 Bush River Road. (803) 798-4488

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: 22nd Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant, 2 and 5 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Sunday, 1306 Hampton St. Tickets available at the church, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free. Box office: (803) 217-3250. Will also be televised at 12:30 a.m., 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Dec. 25 on WLTX 19. www.firstbaptistcolumbia.com

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: The Arpad Darazs Singers in concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, 650 Summers Ave., Orangeburg. www.adsingers.org

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: "Touched by a Child, Touched by a King" presented by the adult choir and orchestra, 11 a.m. Sunday; Caribbean Christmas Cookie Swap with live music, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 410 Harbison Blvd. (803) 732-1899

GREENLAWN BAPTIST CHURCH: "Christmas Hang-Ups" Christmas musical featuring church youth, 11 a.m. Sunday, 6612 Garners Ferry Road. (803) 776-4074

J&M SINGING CENTER: The Singing Sheppards in concert, 6:30 tonight, 1704 Pond Branch Road, Gilbert. Love offerings accepted. (803) 260-3639; (803) 260-0007

KENNERLY ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH: Church choir to present a portion of Handel's "Messiah," 6 p.m. Sunday, 1526 Kennerly Road, Irmo. Free. Nursery provided. (803) 732-9797; (803) 749-6707

LAKE WATEREE BAPTIST CHURCH: "Hope Has Hands" musical featuring the church choir, 10 a.m. Sunday, 5856 River Road, Ridgeway. (803) 337-2838

MAIN STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Magnifiers Choir Christmas Concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, 1830 Main St. Reception follows. (803) 779-0610; www.mainstumc.com

MCGREGOR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Adult Choir presents "Lessons, Carols and Anthems on the Nativity," 11 a.m. Sunday, 6505 St. Andrews Road, Irmo. Childcare provided for ages six and younger. (803) 781-2391

MOUNT MORIAH BAPTIST CHURCH: Smith-Sims Family Christmas Program, 7 p.m. Friday, 1000 Old Bluff Road, Hopkins. Featuring The Jones Family and Erica Lakin and the Smith-Sims Family Choir. (803) 348-4571

NEW HEIGHTS CHURCH: New Heights Community Players presents "The Forgotten Carols," 7 tonight and Thursday through Dec. 19, 5501 Broad River Road. Tickets: $5 ages 6 and older; younger than 6 not admitted. (803) 454-9287

NORTH TRENHOLM BAPTIST CHURCH: "The Ornament" musical drama featuring children and adult choirs, free, 6 p.m. Sunday; "A Night in Bethlehem: A Hands-on Holy Land Experience," 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, free but registration required; 6515 N. Trenholm Road. To register call (803) 787-2133, ext. 235 or visit www.ntbc.org.

NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: "Sing We All Noel" featuring the Chancel Choir and Celebration Orchestra, 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday, 601 Polo Road. Free. (803) 788-5298 ext. 125; www.nepresbyterian.org

OAKEY SPRING MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: "A Night of Praise," 6 tonight, 2773 Firetower Road, Salley. Guest speaker: Rev. A.A. Dicks, Jr. (803) 258-3019

ST. ANDREWS BAPTIST CHURCH: An Evening of Christmas Music, 5 p.m. Sunday, 230 Bush River Road. Featuring the Sanctuary Choir, Children's Choir; accompanied by instrumental ensemble. (803) 798-7325

ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: "The Many Moods of Christmas" musical celebration, 6 tonight and Sunday, 6952 St. Andrews Road, Irmo. Free. Nursery provided for ages 5 and younger. (803) 732-2273, ext. 210; www.sapc.net/pas

ST. DAVID'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Stations of the Creche, 5:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday, 605 Polo Road. Will also be on display during 8 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday. Groups may call the church to schedule a time to view. Wednesday service will be followed by a meal in Parish Hall. $4; $13 for families of four or more. Guests are welcome but should RSVP. (803) 736-0866; www.stdavidscolumbia.org

St. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH: Interactive Bethlehem Village, 1-4 p.m. today, 1358 S. Lake Drive, Lexington. Includes music, hands-on activities, and more. (803) 359-2122

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH: Columbia Choral Society and Chamber Orchestra presents "Messiah," 3 p.m. Sunday, 3600 Devine St. For tickets, call (803) 933-9060 or visit www.columbiachoralsociety.org; (803) 254-7646

ST. MARTIN DE PORRES CATHOLIC SCHOOL: Annual Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, 2225 Hampton St. Crafts, games, food music, Santa Claus and more. (803) 261-4751; www.saintmartindeporres.org

ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH: Mass and Fiesta for Our Lady of Guadalupe, 5:30 p.m. today, Advent III, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon, Sunday; 1529 Assembly St. (803) 779-0036; e-mail: emilyw5@yahoo.com; www.visitstpeters.org

ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH: Annual Christmas Cantata: "The Promise of Light" by Joel Raney, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Parish Life Center, 1130 St. Peter's Road, Lexington. Reception follows evening performance. Free. (803) 359-2470; www.stpeterslex.com

SEVEN OAKS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: A Festival of Carols, 11 a.m. Sunday, 530 St. Andrews Road. Featuring Chancel Choir and Covenant Ringers. (803) 772-1761; www.sopc.net

SHANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Love Feast, 7 tonight and Sunday, a traditional gathering including carols, festival orchestra, sharing of bread and coffee; 3407 Devine St. Free. (803) 256-8383; www.shandon-umc.org

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL: 25th Annual Community Carol Singing, 12:30-1 p.m. Wednesday, Averyt Hall, 1100 Sumter St. (803) 771-7300; www.trinitysc.org

UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: The Chancel Choir and orchestra presents Handel's "Messiah," 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. (803) 781-3013; www.unionunitedmethodist.org

VEIGHLE CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH: "A Gift to the Future" Christmas program from the Lower Richland Youth Development Organization, 2 p.m. Sunday, 2400 Leesburg Road. (803) 783-2469

WASHINGTON STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: "Christmas Joy" worship service with Christmas music, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday; 1401 Washington St. (803) 256-2417; www.washingtonstreetumcsc.org

WESTSIDE FIRST CHURCH OF GOD: Fourth annual drive-through of the First Christmas, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, 3508 Delree St., West Columbia. Includes live music, scenes of Caesar's decree, wise men visiting Jesus and more. (803) 796-6475; www.westsidefcog.com

YELLOW ROCK HALL: The Ken Clubb Singers and Soul's Harvest in concert, 7 tonight, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. Donations accepted.

ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH: The Arpad Darazs Singers in concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, 226 Corley Mill Road, Lexington. www.adsingers.org

ZION MILL CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH: Holiday Musical, 5 p.m. Sunday, 97 Mill Creek Parkway. Featuring Lower Richland High School Orchestra and Southeast Middle School Chorus. (803) 776-2250; www.zionmillcreek.com

PROGRAMS, SEMINARS

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Lunch and speaker series; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; lecture, 12:15-12:50 p.m. Wednesdays in Jackson Hall, 1324 Marion St. Soup and salad, $5; hot meal, $6. Free parking available. (803) 799-9062

See more local church events and add your own online at www.thestate.com/faith.

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