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Faith in Focus: Local churches ring in the new year

There is more than one way to ring in the new year. There are sparkly balls, acorn drops and the tunes of “Auld Lang Syne.” And some churches in Raleigh offer worship services as a way to celebrate the beginning of another year.

• As part of Raleigh’s First Night events, Edenton Street United Methodist Church will offer two concerts featuring Josh Dumbleton, church organist, and Jonathan Randazzo, assistant principal trombonist for the North Carolina Symphony.

The music team at Edenton says there are relatively few pieces that have been written for an organ and trombone combination, and they describe the music at the concerts as uplifting.

There are two identical performances on New Year’s Eve at 7 and 9 p.m. The concerts will take place in the Edenton Street United Methodist Church sanctuary at 228 W. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh.

• First Baptist Church on Wilmington Street will ring in the new year with two gospel performances that are also part of Raleigh’s First Night celebration.

At 7 p.m., the church will host the award-winning gospel group Instruments of Praise Concert Chorale, led by Zemir Kersey. At 8 p.m., Men4Worship will perform.

• Body of Christ Church will welcome worshippers at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve for an evening with gospel artist Ann Nesby and comedian D. L. Henry.

Nesby has been in the music business for more than 25 years, and her career includes two Grammy wins as part of the Sounds of Blackness collective.

Henry describes himself as a comedian and a preacher.

Body of Christ is located at 4501 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.

• Wakefield Family Church will present a praise and worship celebration of the new year beginning at 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

The church is located at 231 Capcom Ave., Suite 124, Wake Forest.

• Fellowship Baptist Church will offer a 6:30 p.m. service on New Year’s Eve with light refreshments and special music.

The church is located at 5029 Old Stage Road, Raleigh.

• Victory Tabernacle Church will host a 9:30 p.m. service on New Year’s Eve.

The church is located at 328 W. South St., Raleigh.

• Crossroads Fellowship will offer a dance on New Year’s Eve for singles ages 35 and older who want to bring in the new year in a Christian environment.

Music will feature hits from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Admission costs $10 and can be paid at the door.

The dance, set for 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., will take place at Crossroads’ Millbrook campus at 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh.

• The Mount Church in Raleigh will fill New Year’s Eve with inspirational preaching.

The New Year’s Eve Holy Ghost Party will begin at 9 p.m. and end at midnight.

The church is located at 1731 Trawick Road, Raleigh.

• Raleigh International Church will host a special New Year’s Eve service at 10 p.m.

The church is located at 4020-152 Capital Blvd. Raleigh.

Holy Day of Obligation

In the Roman Catholic tradition, Jan. 1 is one of the Holy Days of Obligation, or feast days that celebrate important components of the Catholic faith. Holy Days of Obligation mean that the faithful are supposed to attend Mass and, if possible, not do any work that might get in the way of worship.

Every Sunday is considered a Holy Day of Obligation, along with other selected feast days throughout the year.

The year begins with a day to honor the Solemnity of Mary. Worshippers are reminded that Christ’s birth was celebrated one week earlier, and they honor Mary’s important role as his mother.

Sacred Heart Cathedral, which is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, will host Holy Day of Obligation vigils on Dec. 31, in English at 5:30 p.m. and in Spanish at 8 p.m.

Mass is also scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 1.