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Christmas Eve services

By EILEEN SCHULTE

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 23, 2000


CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH: Regular Sunday services at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. Candlelight services at 4:30 p.m. (children's choir will sing), 7:30 p.m. (men's ensemble will sing) and 10:30 p.m. (sanctuary choir will sing). A Christmas Day service will begin at 10 a.m. The church is at 11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo. Call (727) 595-2117.

CONGREGATION OHR CHADASH: Jewish Christmas celebration will be at 10 p.m. at the Messianic synagogue, 3190 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Call (727) 726-1472.

LARGO WESLEYAN CHURCH: Candlelight service at 6 p.m. at the church, 1301 8th Ave. NW, Largo. Call (727) 584-5272.

ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH: A contemporary service will be at 9 a.m. at Kinports Hall; a traditional service will be at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary; there will be lessons and carols at 6 p.m.; a Christ Mass with special music at 8 p.m.; a Christ Mass with the chancel choir at 11 p.m. The church is at 407 S. Saturn Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 446-7718.

SEMINOLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Advent worship services at 8:30 and 10:55 a.m.; Wise Guys and Starry Skies musical at 7 p.m.; traditional lessons and carols with hand bells and soloists at 11 p.m. The church is at 5400 Seminole Blvd. Call (727) 391-9781.

TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: A candlelight worship service will be at 7 p.m.; preworship music featuring guest artists Wilhelm and Arthur Goetze, Bonnie Whitehurst, Tony Buchwalter and Bob Aude will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be a reception in Fellowship Hall following the worship service. The church is at 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater.

CHAPEL-BY-THE-SEA: A family candlelight service will be at 7:30 p.m. and will feature special music by the choir. The church is at 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach. Call (727) 446-0430.

LAKE TARPON CHURCH OF CHRIST: Minister Robert Bain will ask the question, "Why Did My Savior Come to Earth?" at a special service at 11 a.m. The church is at 40839 U.S. 19, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 937-1687.

ST. CECELIA CATHOLIC CHURCH: The family choir will sing at the 4 p.m. Mass; the Life Teen Band will sing at the 6 p.m. Mass. A Spanish Mass will be at 8 p.m.; a prelude of carols with the adult choir and brass quintet will be at 11 p.m. followed by a bilingual midnight Mass. Christmas Day Masses will be at 6:45, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A Spanish Mass will be at 3 p.m. The church is at Myrtle Avenue and Druid Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 447-3494.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS OF CLEARWATER: A special all-music service will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 531-7704.

UNITY CHURCH OF PALM HARBOR: A special candle-lighting service will be at 7 p.m. at the church, 1960 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Call (727) 784-7911.

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE PALMS: Morning worship services will be at 9:15 and 11 a.m. The youth group will present a Christmas pageant, Away From the Manger at 5 p.m.; the adult choir will sing at a candlelight service at 7 p.m. The church is at 2250 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 784-4119.

EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION: Holy Eucharist services will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. The Festival Choral Eucharist with Families will be at 5 p.m.; Midnight Mass will begin at 11 p.m. (prelude music will start at 10:15 p.m.). Holy Eucharist for Christmas Day will be at 10 a.m. The church is at 701 Orange Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-3469.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF DUNEDIN: Worship services will be at 9:30 and 11 a.m.; a family Christmas Eve service will be at 6:30 p.m.; a candlelight Christmas Eve service will be at 11 p.m. The church is at 455 Scotland St.

Other events

KICK THE HABIT: First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks offers a stop-smoking program, "Quitting for Good" from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the church, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Cost is $13 for the workbook. Call (727) 595-3421.

LET'S TALK: The Bahai Center at Clearwater will offer a video called "Introduction to the Bahai Faith" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 2898 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Call (727) 584-2080.

END 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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