The weeks leading up to Christmas are busy for churches, and many present special once-a-year offerings in celebration.
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh will host its annual Advent Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. This service is a time in the midst of the hectic holiday season to gather by candlelight for prayer, music, poetry and quiet reflection.
For more information about the service, contact Ginny Going at 919-821-3723 or email@example.com.
The service will take place in the chapel at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.
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The Coffeehouse ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host its annual Christmas Feast from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. The menu includes turkey, ham and all the traditional fixings.
Coffeehouse is a ministry that provides fellowship opportunities for adults with special needs.
As part of the Christmas Feast, the Good Shepherd Lutheran youth choir, Heartsong, will lead those gathered in Christmas carols. Organizers say it will be a joyful, festive evening.
Volunteers are needed to prepare food, serve and clean up after the event. For more information, contact Cindy Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.
The Wake Chapel Church Worship and Arts Friend will present a holiday concert, “Christmas at the Chapel,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.
Verna Best, a former resident of Goldsboro, will direct the choir. Guest soloists include Renita Allen Dawson, Veronica Michelle Hobbs and Percy Royal.
Wake Chapel Church is located at 3805 Tarheel Club Road, Raleigh.
Holiday dinner drive
White Memorial Presbyterian Church is hoping to collect 300 complete holiday dinners at its drive-in and drop-off food collection Sunday, Dec. 13.
Church members will accept dinner packages that include one frozen turkey or ham, one jar or can of gravy, one box of instant potatoes, one box of stuffing, one large can of green beans, one can of cranberry sauce, one large can of sweet potatoes and one large can of fruit.
The items can be dropped off between 8 and 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the church, which is located at 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
The dinner packages will be distributed through area food pantries, StepUp Ministry and in the Mayview/Oberlin community.
For more information, go to whitememorial.org.
▪ Longview Baptist Church will present a drive-through nativity from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11-13. Different stations portray Jesus from his birth through his resurrection.
Longview Baptist Church is located at 2308 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh.
▪ Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest will present a live nativity scene at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.
The biblical story of Christ’s birth will be presented in a child-friendly fashion. The nativity performance will last 20 minutes and will be followed by refreshments.
There will be a collection of canned food for the hungry. Hope Lutheran Church is located at 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at email@example.com.