Last Generation to perform
LAIRDSVILLE - Last Generation will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Lairdsville Faith Church, 6786 Route 118. Call Pastor Max L. Walters Jr. for more information at 584-2765.
Thrift shop open
Fairfield United Methodist, 833 Fairfield Church Road, will hold a thrift shop from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Everything is half-price.
Church briefs submissions
Items submitted for Area Church Briefs will run just once. Those submitting information should indicate which Saturday the item is to be used. Submit briefs at least one week prior to the desired publication date via the Sun-Gazette's Virtual Newsroom or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bazaar in Jersey Shore
JERSEY SHORE - The women of St. John Lutheran Church, 229 S. Broad St., will hold bazaar from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., followed by a turkey dinner with all the fixings. The bazaar will include a ceramics and craft table. Baked goods, including plates of delicious cookies, will be available. The dinner will be served from 3-6 p.m. Takeouts will be available from 3-4 p.m. Cost is a donation.
Italian buffet scheduled
LOGANTON - Albright United Methodist Church, 47 E. Main St., will hold an Italian buffet from 4-6:30 p.m. featuring lasagna, stuffed shells, chicken alfredo, salad and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults. Takeouts will be available.
Essence 2 in concert
LOCK HAVEN - Essence 2, a community-based choir, will offer a free concert at Great Island Presbyterian Church, 12 W. Water St., at 7:30 p.m. Organized in August, 1999, Essence 2 offers a singing opportunity for persons interested in performing sacred and secular music from the African and African American tradition. Directed by Dr. Anthony Leach, founder of the Penn State Essence of Joy choir, Essence 2 has members from all over Central Pennsylvania and holds practices in the State College area each fall. Essence 2 performances include concerts in area churches and often on the Penn State campus. Membership is open to anyone willing to make the concert commitment each fall. In addition to the concert at Great Island, the choir will sing again in combination with Essence of Joy at the Penn Stater on the University Park campus on Dec. 10; tickets are available by contacting WPSU. For more information about Essence 2, contact the group's secretary Karen Foard at 814-237-1506.
Cookie Walk scheduled
JERSEY SHORE - The First United Methodist Church, 236 S. Main St., will hold a "Cookie Walk" from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Each person will be given a box to fill with whatever cookies they desire, the lid must close completely for a cost of $8. Proceeds benefit Sojourner Truth Ministries in Williamsport.
Baked steak dinner
WATSONTOWN - Watsontown United Methodist Church, 1319 Eighth Street Drive, Watsontown, will hold a baked steak dinner starting at 4 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12 and 4 and under are free. (A children's meal will be offered). Takeouts available. Further information, call the church office at 538-1017.
Carol and candlelight concert
LOCK HAVEN - Great Island Presbyterian Church, 12 W. Water St., will host the Nyack College School of Music as it presents Carol and Candlelight, a concert of Advent and Christmas music performed by students at 7 p.m. Nyack's English handbell choir, women's chorale and Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Jennifer Scott and Dr. Glenn Koponen, will perform seasonal music ranging from classical to contemporary, from plainsongs to spirituals. The program concludes with a deeply moving candlelight ceremony, a trademark of the tour since 1984. The concert is open to all, with no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be taken. For more information and directions, call the church office at 748-2810.
In Bethlehem Inn tickets on sale
BLANCHARD - Dinner theatre tickets now are on sale for Liberty Baptist Church's annual interactive, comedy/drama "In Bethlehem Inn" scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A meal is part of the play. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-11 and children 4 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the church's community activity center. The church is at the corner of Main and Bald Eagle streets. For tickets call the church office at 962-2214. Prior ticket purchase is required as tickets will not be available at the door. In Bethlehem Inn is written by John Carter and produced by special arrangement with Contemporary Drama Service.
Blue Christmas service
New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St., will hold a Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. The Blue Christmas service is an opportunity for people who are grieving or who find the holiday season a difficult time to come together and acknowledge their pain and be assured of God's presence. A time of light refreshments and fellowship will follow. The public is invited.
Hymn sing and meal
LINDEN - A hymn sing and meal will be held at 6 p.m. at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, on the hill behind Don Breon Ford along Route 220 near Martins Road.
Christmas concert in Watsontown
WATSONTOWN - A Christmas concert will be presented by the choirs of Watsontown United Methodist Church, 1319 Eighth Street Drive, at 7 p.m. The Christmas message will be offered through instrumental and vocal choirs of all ages. Call 538-1017 for more information.
Skyline Boys to perform
MIFFLINBURG - Mifflinburg Alliance Church, 1.2 miles north of Route 45 off Forest Hill Road, will host the Skyline Boys, a gospel group from Manassas, Va., during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. A free-will offering will be taken.
Advent Christmas music scheduled
JERSEY SHORE - Jersey Shore Mountain View Alliance Church, 1515 Cemetery St., will host the Nyack College School of Music as it presents Carol and Candlelight, a concert of Advent and Christmas music performed by students at 10 a.m. Eyack's English handbell choir, women's chorale and Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Jennifer Scott and Dr. Glenn Koponen, will perform seasonal music ranging from classical to contemporary, from plainsongs to spirituals. The program concludes with a deeply moving candlelight ceremony, a trademark of the tour since 1984. The concert is open to all, with no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be taken. For more information and directions, call the church office at 398-0699 or visit mountainviewcma.net.
Special speaker at Trinity Episcopal Church
Brother Bernard Delcourt will speak at the 8 and 10 a.m. services at Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 W. Fourth St. In addition, he will lead a mini Advent retreat from 2-4 p.m. and meet with the youth group for dinner from 6-8 p.m. Those who plan to attend the mini Advent retreat or the youth group dinner, please RSVP the church office at 322-1026 or email@example.com. Bernard, a native of Belgium (and an American citizen since 2009), came to New York in 1998 and entered the Order of the Holy Cross in 2004. He made his life profession of the Benedictine Vow in November 2009. Prior to entering the monastery, he had been a banker; and then a life skills and business coach.