Every family celebrates special holidays in their own way. Christmas Eve is no exception, with families incorporating a wide variety of traditions.
Our family treasures memories of attending a candlelight service on Christmas Eve. While attending church together is a family tradition, there’s something uniquely moving about the dim lighting, the glow of the candles and the words of the age-old Christmas hymns. There’s no other evening quite as magical as Christmas Eve; in fact, my most treasured time of worship during the Christmas season.
I just loved raising my candle in this collective effort to praise Him for the light he brought to our dark world. Attend a service this year with your family and even pray about inviting someone to come with you! Listed below are the times of special services being held here in our community on the 24th and 25th (these are most of our local churches in the Arcanum area; and all the information I had at my deadline.)
Calvary Bible Church, located at 9462 State Route 571 and Red River-West Grove Road, will hold its Christmas Eve candle light service at 9 p.m. Christmas music and a short message will be given. Everyone is invited. Christmas Sunday Service will be at 10:30 a.m.
Immanuel Baptist Church, 500 W. South St. in Arcanum will hold Christmas Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. featuring the children of the church singing.
Arcanum Faith United Methodist, located at 101 E. South St. invites you to come and join in a time of celebration of Jesus’ birth at 8 p.m. on Dec. 24. The Congregation and Pastor Tim Pieper welcome all to attend.
Trinity United Methodist, 112 W. South St., will hold its annual Christmas Eve Service at 9 p.m. with Christmas Day services at 10:30 a.m.
Ithaca Grace United Methodist, 750 Arcanum-Ithaca Road, invites you to join them for their Christmas Eve Celebration at 7 p.m. for Carols, Candlelight and Communion. They will hold their Christmas Day Celebration at 9:30 a.m. The congregation and Pastor Angela Meeks welcome you to share the birth of the Holy Christ Child with them.
FHC Fellowship, 1 W. George St., welcomes worshipers to their Christmas Day Service (come as you are) at 10:30 a.m.
Pleasant View Missionary Church, 5231 Gettysburg-Pitsburg Road, will hold services on Dec. 25 starting with 9:30 a.m. Christmas Breakfast and 10 a.m. Christmas Service the Makombe Family Commissioning. The Makombe family, Theo, Bri, Sifa, Bell, Shey, and Remy, will be leaving for Rwanda on December 28th. They want to encourage their church family to attend this special service, celebrating Jesus coming to earth and celebrating this family as they follow the Great Commission! Please be praying for this family as this family prepares for this step of faith.
Christmas Eve Service at Castine Church of the Brethren located at 624 U.S. 127 will be held in the Life Center at 8 p.m. with a Candlelight Service, come experience The Gifts of Christmas – Hope, Love, Joy and Peace with Pastor Greg Hyre and the members of Castine COB.
The members of Gordon United Methodist Church invite you to their Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 9 p.m. at 311 East St. in Gordon. On Christmas morning, they welcome anyone to come as you are at 9 a.m. in your pj’s, robe, sweatpants and slippers if you wish! Hot chocolate and donuts will be served; everyone is welcome.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Ithaca will hold its annual Candlelight Service with Holy Communion at 7:30 p.m. St. Matthew’s is located on the southeast curve at the edge of Ithaca. On Christmas morning they will join Gordon UMC for a “Come as you Are” service at 9 a.m.; hot chocolate and donuts will be served; everyone is welcome.
Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host Christmas Eve services at 10 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Ken Oren welcomes you to join them at 8376 Pitsburg-Arcanum Road.
Can’t make it to church with small children or elderly relatives? Then bring the warmth of the experience to your living room. Just dim the lights, let members of the family read the Christmas Story from the scripture in Luke Chapter 2, and sing your favorite carols by the glow of candles.
My family and I wish you a Merry Christmas and send you the spirit of love, joy, and giving, remember to unwrap it on Christmas Eve.
Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.