AnniversaryThe New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church,: 1404 First Avenue, will celebrate its 39th church anniversary at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The public is encouraged to attend.MiscellaneousThe Nitro Church of Christ: will sponsor a clothing giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, located on the corner of Lock Street and Main Avenue in Nitro. Clothing will be available for the entire family and a Christmas room will be featured. Each family will receive a "meal in a bag" for Christmas. For information, call 304-755-5788.
The Achievers Class: of the Fifth Avenue Church of God in South Charleston will open its Clothes Closet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church. Clothes are free to families and individuals in need. Visitors should enter the church from the E Street side of the building. Free parking is available in the rear of the church. For more information, call Ruth Hunt at 304-744-5062.Abundant Life Ministries and the Potters House of Dallas: are having a MegaCARE Give-Away from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1534 Washington St. E. Free clothing, coats, blankets and more will be available. For information, contact the church at 304-342-0058 or www.AbundantLifeWV.com .Holiday events/servicesSt. Paul Missionary Baptist Church,: 821 B Street, St. Albans, will observe Christmas with a Pack-A-Pew Day on Sunday. Breakfast will be served. The Christmas play-skit will be presented and music will be provided by all of St. Paul's choirs. Minister of Music is Lyn Smith. Featured soloists will be Jerry Sherrod and Sonny Smith. Christmas dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Call the Rev. Dr. Michael A. Poke Sr. at 304-727-1742 for more information.Randy Gifford Promotions: presents the Fifth Annual 2012 "New" New Year's Eve Gospel Sing from 7 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31 at Riverside High School. Admission is free. Call to worship is 6:30 p.m. Featured singers will be The Harbor Master's Quartet, The Lancaster Family, The Brighterside Quartet, the Praisemen, Brothers in the Cross and Ron Pauley, pianist. There will be special guests throughout. Concessions will be available. For information, call 304-542-9790.Poca United Methodist Church: will present its annual Live Nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at the church, located on Main Street in Poca. Live animals from Rob Hein's animal farm in Poca will be featured and miniature goats will be provided by Jim Caruthers Jr. Wise Men, shepherds, Mary and Joseph and angels will be featured.Emma Chapel United Methodist Church: will present "A Cricket County Christmas Cruise" at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the church on W.Va. 34 in Liberty. Pastor is the Rev. Wayne Hooper.St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church,: 821 B Street, St. Albans, will present a Christmas Day service at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 25 at the church. St. Paul Choirs will provide music. The Christmas sermon will be given by The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Poke Sr. For information, call 304-727-1742.The choir of Faith Missionary Baptist Church of St. Albans: will present the Christmas cantata, "The Mystery of Christmas" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 701 West MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans. The readers' theater drama is under the direction of Connie White and Beverly Wilkes. Following the cantata, Pastor Mike Hager will preach a message for the Word of God. The church is located on U.S. 60, one mile west of W.Va. 817, Winfield Road. Call Pastor Mike Hager at 304-727-9491 for information.Cross Lanes United Methodist Church: 5320 Frontier Drive, Cross Lanes, will feature a Live Nativity Scene from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the church. The youth group is sponsoring the event. A Christmas Carol Sing will be held at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services on Dec. 23. A Parsonage Open House (Model Train Display) will be featured at 6 p.m. Dec. 23 at 120 Brentwood Road in Nitro. A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 in the church sanctuary. Cross Lanes Bible Church,: 5442 Big Tyler Road, will present a Christmas musical drama with video and Readers Theatre titled "Searching for the King" at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the church. The drama is under the direction of Mark Boyd.
Church In The Valley,: 1173 James River Turnpike, Milton, will present the musical, "All I want for Christmas is JESUS," at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church. The musical is presented by CIV's Children, under the direction of Laura Bias and Wendy Chapman. The church will feature a cantata titled "O Holy Night" at 11 a.m. Dec. 23 by the Cantata CIV Choir, under the direction of Joe Meadows, and soloists Wendy Chapman and Jayna Fisher.Charleston Baptist Temple: will present the Feast of Carols at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church. The annual performance is free. Refreshments will be served after the Christmas performance.Crossroads Fellowship Church,: located at 116 Pennsylvania Ave. North, St. Albans, will have a Candle Light Nativity service at 6 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call 304-722-2399.Bowles Ridge Community Church: in Liberty, will present its annual Christmas play at 7 p.m. Saturday at the church.Metropolitan Baptist Church,: 205 Donnally St., will have a Christmas play titled "The Live Enactment of Luke 2" on Dec. 23.Spring Hill Baptist Church: will present a Christmas program titled "Good Tidings of Great Joy" at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 4707 Ohio St., South Charleston. The program will include the Joyful Ringers, songs by young children, and a play, "No Room," by the teens accompanied by singing by the adult choir.
Riverlawn Presbyterian Church Choir: will present Lloyd Larson's "Shout the Good News," at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2008 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Albans. The cantata presentation is a blend of original compositions and traditional carols with narration telling the story of Christ's birth. The choir will be accompanied by a 12-piece orchestra. An infant nursery will be provided and a reception will follow the presentation.The cantata: "Come, Let Us Worship the King" will be performed at 11 a.m. Sunday and at 6 p.m. on Dec. 23 at New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene in Pinch. The children's program "Gifts of Christmas" will be presented at 11 a.m. on Dec. 23. Riverside Baptist Church: will have a Christmas Play put on by the youth of the church at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church in Red House. Pastor Ron Armstrong has also written a book titled "His Journey," about a journey in his life. The book can be downloaded for $3.99 on Westbow.com; Amazon.com; kindle.com; or barnesandnoble.com. Listen to the church sermon on www.riversidebaptistwv.org.Lighthouse Worship Center: will present the Christmas pageant, "Live From Bethlehem," at 6 p.m. nightly, Saturday and Sunday at the church, 5926 Sissonville Drive. For more information, call 304-984-1200.Alta Church of God: will present the Christmas play "Roadside Christmas" at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at the church. Alta Church of God also will have a New Year Service at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at the church. Pastor is Paul E. Young.Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church: will be presenting "A Christmas Concert," by The Putnam Ringers Hand Bell Choir at 6 p.m. Sunday in the chapel located at 1698 Quarrier St. The church is on the corner of Quarrier and Greenbrier streets; across from the Cultural Center. Please enter at the Greenbrier Street entrance. A reception will follow the concert.MusicSquire Parsons: will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 28 at First Baptist Church of Standard, Paint Creek Road. Call 304-595-5548 for information.Toni Minger: will sing at 7 p.m. Monday at Lucy Wilson Baptist Church, Wills Creek, Elkview. Special servicesMetropolitan Baptist Church,: 205 Donnally St., will have a morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. Ron English as speaker. Good Shepherd Free Will Baptist Church,: 5470 West Pea Ridge Road, Huntington, will have Sunday school at 10 a.m. Sunday with the morning worship at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Arthur Smith preaching. The evening worship will be held at 6 p.m. with the Tignor Family singing and Pastor Jason C. Black preaching. The prayer meeting and youth group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.Items for Church Activities may be submitted by mail to The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301, or faxed to 304-348-1233. Notices will be run one time free. Please include a contact person's name and a daytime telephone number. Information will not be taken by phone. The deadline is noon Thursday.