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Church voices raised in celebration of the season
Religious concerts and musical dramas abound in recognition of Jesus' birth.
By Times Staff Writer
Published December 8, 2007
With Christmas just around the corner, several Hernando churches are calling attention to the birth of Jesus Christ with programs that are open to the community.
"Repeat the Sounding Joy, the Never Ending Christmas Story," is a musical-drama being presented by a 75-voice choir, drama team, orchestra and children's choir at 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill.
Throughout the musical, Christ's birth is celebrated with both new and traditional songs and a variety of musical and visual mediums, including a tribute to classic Christmas films. It culminates with a re-creation of the birth of Jesusin Bethlehem and the charge to "go and tell" the Christmas story to the world.
An offering will be taken.
The church is at 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call 683-2600 or visit www.fumcsh.org.
Potter's Clay will present its annual Christmas concert at 6 p.m. today at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and many other Christmas favorites will be performed. Admission is a new, unwrapped children's toy, which will be donated to the United Way's toy drive. Refreshments will be served.
Call 683-1096 or 683-1326.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, Faith Presbyterian Church in Brooksville will present "Faith Family Christmas Extravaganza," featuring the chancel choir, praise team, bell choir, youth drama team and children's choir.
"It's about the cross," according to a flier from the church. "Everyone is welcome as we lift up the name of Jesus!"
The church is at 200 Mount Fair Ave. Call 796-4969 or visit www.fepcb.org.
First Baptist Church of Brooksville, 420 Howell Ave., will present its Christmas cantata, "There is Peace in the World Tonight," at 6 p.m. Sunday. The musical drama by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse will celebrate the birth of Jesus and is free. Call 796-6791.
Northcliffe Baptist Church will host the musical drama, "A Christmas Prayer," at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday.
The story is about a frustrated adult being confronted with his issues of forgiveness and bitterness during a family get-together at Christmas. By the end of the play, there is reconciliation; relational hope is rekindled.
"It is not only the story of a prodigal come home, but also a primer on how to relate to those who need our prayers and understanding and what words can and should be used in helping a prodigal see his or her ways," said Tim Kaufman, the church's worship leader. "Our hope is that all who see the production will gain hope if they have a family member away from the fold, and also that they will learn how to love them back into that fold, which is what Jesus did for us as the good shepherd."
The event is free.
The church is at 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. Call 683-5882.
The chancel choir of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church will present the cantata, "Season of Wonders," at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Written by Joseph Martin, the cantata is described in its script as "a joyous Christmas gift that shines new light upon the miracles surrounding the birth of Jesus."
Refreshments will be served after the service, and there will be a nursery attendant available.
The church is at 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson. Call (727) 863-5646.
Nativity Lutheran Church's choir will present a Christmas cantata, "Born a Savior Born a King," at its 8:30 and 11 a.m. services on Dec. 16.
The church will also have its Sunday school pageant at 5 p.m. Dec. 24.
The church is at 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Call 597-1456.
The Christmas program at Ridge Manor United Methodist Church will begin at6:45 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22 with the singing of Christmas carols and then the showing of a full-length Christmas movie, Seasons of the Heart.
"We wanted to give something back to the community that's been so supportive to us at our fundraisers," said Pam Blomberg, the program's coordinator. "The movie will honor the savior's birth. We'll be meeting in the fellowship hall and munch on popcorn from an old-fashioned popcorn maker, enjoy some cider and sing carols."
Another film, The Crippled Lamb, will be available for viewing by the children who are not old enough to sit through the adult film.
The event is free.
The church is at 34350 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Call 583-3770.
The Christmas musical, "Christmas Presence," will be presented at 6 p.m. Dec. 22 and at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 23 at Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 235 Cobblestone Drive, Spring Hill.
"The children, youth and adult choirs will sing, and the drama team will present this special event for all to share the greatest gift of all," said Alicia Thompson, children's pastor.
Fellowship Community Church will host the singing group Spiritual Odyssey in a Christmas concert, "Love Came Down," at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 23.
"There are eight teens in the group," said Shirley Beck, the church's choir director. "I'm proud of all of them. The glow they give when they are singing is like watching angels in motion. They bring a lot of joy to everyone's heart. The concert will be a blessing to anyone that hears it. It is something you won't want to miss."
The church is at 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call 686-4612.