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Religion briefly

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 23, 2000

Downtown church plans Christmas Eve service

Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N, will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. An organ concert will precede it at 6:30 p.m.

A program, "Christmas Around the World," will feature special music and the Scriptures read in Spanish, Swahili and German as well as in English. Members of the congregation from other parts of the world, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Kenya and Jamaica, will participate in the program, which will include a nativity scene.

GriefShare schedules sessions on Fridays

The GriefShare recovery seminar and support group will meet at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N, each Friday from 10 to noon Jan. 5 through March 30.

GriefShare features nationally recognized experts speaking about grief and recovery on video. Small group discussions will follow.

Coffee and doughnuts will be available by 9:45 a.m. Each session is self-contained, and anyone with any type of loss is welcome. Child care is not provided.

Two more sessions are planned: from May 4 to July 27 and Sept. 7 to Dec. 7.

Call Pastor Beverly Walsh at 343-7747 or Vivian Killion at 393-5300.

Muslims to celebrate conclusion of Ramadan

The Muslim American Society Consortium of Tampa Bay will hold its Eid al-Fitr Celebration at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the North Greenwood Community Family Center, 1250 Holt Ave., Clearwater. Guest speaker will be Imam Eric A. El-Amin of Baltimore. He will lead the Eid prayers and give the sermon.

The Eid prayer and celebration marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting.

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