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Special services, faith events

ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas Day service, noon Friday, 5715 Koon Road, (803) 786-0119

CALVARY CHAPEL NORTHEAST COLUMBIA: Service of communion and worship, 6 p.m. Thursday, 1120 Sparkleberry Lane Extension. www.ccnecolumbia.org

CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas musical, 5 p.m. today, 3625 Clement Road. (803) 252-3742

CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: Family Christmas Event service and communion, 4 p.m. Thursday, 2700 Bush River Road. (803) 798-4488; www.christianlifecolumbia.com

COLUMBIA CROSSROADS NORTHEAST: Christmas Eve candlelight communion service, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 9930 Longtown Road. (803) 708-8454

EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Living Nativity, 6:30 and 7 tonight and Monday night; "Christmastime in Caroline," concert featuring the Ross Holmes Band, 7:30 p.m. Monday; 3200 Trenholm Road. (803) 256-1654; www.eastminster-pcusa.org

EBENEZER LUTHERAN CHURCH: Festival Eucharist, 7 and 11 p.m. Thursday, 1301 Richland St. Celebratory music by choirs, organ, string quartet, brass and timpani begins 30 minutes before each service. (803) 765-9430

EMMANUEL A.M.E. CHURCH: Christmas morning service, 8 a.m. Friday, 2130 Barnhamville Road. (803) 254-5067

FAIR LAWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: "A Song is Born," Christmas cantata performed by the Chancel Choir, 9 a.m. today; Christmas Eve communion and candlelight service, 6 p.m. Thursday; 9203 Wilson Blvd. (803) 754-2070; www.fairlawnumccolumbia.com

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Candlelight communion service, 6 p.m. Thursday; service of lessons and carols, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 27; 410 Harbison Blvd. (803) 732-1899

LAKE MURRAY BAPTIST CHURCH: "This Man Called Jesus," 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. today, 1001 U.S. Highway 378 West, Lexington. (803) 359-1556; www.lakemurraybaptist.org

LEXINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH: "The Christmas Story in Carols & Poetry," performance by the Marathon Singers Senior Adult Choir, 6 tonight; holiday concert featuring the Columbia Community Orchestra and Southern Bronze hand-bell choir, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; candlelight Christmas services, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, family-friendly services lasting about 45 minutes; 308 E. Main St., Lexington. (803) 359-4146; www.lexingtonbaptist.org

NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Christmas Eve candlelight services, 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday, 601 Polo Road. Nursery available for the 4 p.m. service. (803) 788-5298

PARK STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: "There is Peace in the World Tonight," performance by the Worship Choir, 6 tonight, 2204 Park St. (803) 252-6434

POND BRANCH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: "The Greatest Story Ever Told," Christmas cantata performed by the Chancel Choir, 9:30 a.m. today, 1913 Pond Branch Road, Gilbert. (803) 657-5481

ST. DAVID'S EPISCOPAL: Christmas Eve services, 5:30 and 11 p.m. Thursday; Christmas Day service, 10:30 a.m. Friday, 605 Polo Road. (803) 736-0866

ST. DAVID LUTHERAN CHURCH: Vespers service 7 p.m. Wednesday; candlelight worship, 7 p.m. Thursday; Christmas Vespers, 4 p.m. Friday; 132 St. David's Church Road, West Columbia. (803) 356-3035

ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH: Christmas Eve services with communion, 4 and 11 p.m. Thursday, 1715 Bull St. (803) 779-0030

ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH: Advent IV, 8:30 and 10 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. today; Choral Masses with strings and organ, 4 p.m. and midnight Thursday, 10 a.m. and noon Friday; Festival of Carols, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by contemporary Christmas service at 7 p.m.; Handel's "Messiah, Part I," 11 p.m. Thursday; 1529 Assembly St. (803) 779-0036; www.visitstpeters.org

SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: "The Ornament" - A Christmas Cantata, 8:30 and 11 a.m. today; Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services: traditional children's music service at 4 p.m., contemporary service at 5:30 p.m., traditional family service at 7 p.m. and traditional Vespers service at 11 p.m. Thursday; 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. (803) 359-7770; www.saxegotha.org

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

SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Longest Night service, 7 p.m. Monday, 607 Woodrow St. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org

SHANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: LifeLine Longest Night service, 11:05 a.m. today; Christmas Eve services: traditional communion service, 3 p.m., family service with live nativity and children's choirs, 5 p.m., candlelight communion service with live nativity and Christmas choir, 9 p.m. Thursday; 3407 Devine St. (803) 256-8383. (803) 256-8383; www.shandon-umc.org

STATE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: "The Name ... Jesus," presented by the Sanctuary Choir, 6 tonight; Christmas Eve service, 5:30 p.m. Thursday; 1420 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-6123; www.statestreetbaptist.org

TRENHOLM ROAD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Christmas comfort service (communion and healing prayer), 5 p.m. today; Christmas Eve services: service with carols and communion, noon, family service with live nativity, 5:30 p.m. and carols, candles and communion, 11 p.m. Thursday; 3401 Trenholm Road. (803) 254-6695; www.trumc.org

TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Christmas choral program featuring the adult and junior choirs, 11 a.m. today; Longest Night service, 6 p.m. Monday; Advent Bible study, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday; Christmas Eve candlelight communion service, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 1000 Greenlawn Drive. (803) 776-2067

VEIGHLE CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas communion service, 8 a.m. Friday, 2400 Leesburg Road. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Rickey J. Fruster of the Kingdom Reapers Ministry.

WASHINGTON STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Sing-along "Messiah," featuring the Columbia Choral Society and guest choirs from Eastminster and Shandon Presbyterian churches, 7 p.m. Monday; Communion, candlelight and carols, 5 p.m. Thursday, 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 tonight , 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

ZION CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH: Candle-lighting service and Christmas concert, 4 p.m. today, 11 Reeder Point Drive. (803) 776-4450

ZION MILL CREEK BAPTIST: Christmas at the Creek, 10 a.m. Friday, 97 Mill Creek Parkway. The Word, Dance and Ministries will be featured. (803) 776-2250

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