Here are some of the many Advent and Christmas events happening in our Presbytery:
Bethel Presbyterian Church, 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston
Fellowship Dinner and Children's Christmas Pageant, Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Center Presbyterian Church, 6265 Highway 360, Tellico Plains
Cantata "The First Noel", Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd., Farragut
Christmas Festival, Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. The Chancel Choir will partner with the Chamber Singers of the University of Tennessee to present Handel's Messiah, accompanied by orchestra. Festival of Lessons and Carols, Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Come to the church holiday dinner at 4:30 p.m. before the service. Christmas Eve Services, Monday, Dec. 24 - 6:30 and 11 p.m. (Childcare provided at the 6:30 p.m. service only)
First Presbyterian Church, 185 Woodland Place, Huntsville
Annual Christmas music program, Sunday, Dec. 9, at 11:00 a.m. The program features narration, choir and small ensemble music, and vocalists and instrumental musicians from throughout East Tennessee, including several from the Knoxville Symphony. There will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street, Knoxville
"An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols" Sunday, December 2, 11:00 a.m. Voluntaries by A. Kniller, J. S. Bach; Anthems by Hugo Distler, Gustav Holst, Paul Manz, John Rutter, Elizabeth Poston, K. Lee Scott, T. L. Victoria, sung by our Chancel Choir and Musica Sacra. We will include a Communion Service.
First Presbyterian Church, 110 West Ash Street, LaFollette
Christmas Eve Communion Service, Monday, Dec. 24 at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in this special time of worship to "Come Let Us Adore Him" with family and friends.
First Presbyterian Church, 429 West Rockwood Street, Rockwood
Annual Christmas program with light snacks on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Christmas Eve candlelight service and communion on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7:00 p.m.
Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church, 237 Reagan Drive, Gatlinburg
Christmas play by the children in our Day Care Center on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6:00 p.m. Cantata by the Sevier County Choral Society, Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service, Monday, Dec. 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Graystone Presbyterian Church, 139 Woodlawn Pike, Knoxville
Wendel Werner Holiday Christmas Concert, Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. No admission fee but donations of canned goods will be accepted for the South Knoxville Fish Food Pantry. Christmas Eve Communion Service, Monday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m.
Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville
"A Feaste of Song," a Christmas dinner and concert by the Maryville College Choirs, on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Clayton Center for the Arts. Dinner guests are invited to a reception that begins at 5:30 p.m.; a traditional Christmas dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, with the concert featuring the Maryville College Concert Choir following at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theater. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $32, and tickets for the concert alone are $12. To purchase tickets, visit www.claytonartscenter.com or call the box office at 865.981.8590. If you plan to attend the dinner, please purchase tickets by Mon., Dec. 3.
Mercy Junction, our new church development in Chattanooga
Banjos and Biscuits, a drive for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mean Mug Coffee House, 114 W. Main St., Chattanooga. Bring canned food items - monetary donations also accepted. Music provided by Matt Downer. Biscuits from the Bluegrass Grill. Event flyer
Northminster Presbyterian Church
4791 Hal Drive, Chattanooga
Special Advent Prayer around the Cross services on Wednesdays, Dec. 5 and 12, 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Room. These are services of contemplative prayer, singing, and silence. Christmas cantata, Heaven's Child, by the choir on Sunday, Dec. 9, 11:00 a.m. Cookies and Carols on Wed., Dec. 19, 6:00 p.m. We will enjoy Christmas cookies and have a Christmas hymn sing in the sanctuary. Casual Christmas Eve Service with Candlelight, Monday, Dec. 24, at 6:00 p.m. for all ages.
Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave., Chattanooga
Wednesday Evening Advent Events - Dinner at 5:15pm (Adults $6, children 12 and under $3) followed by special Christmas activities: Dec. 5 - Christmas Caroling, Dec. 12 - Christmas Stories, Dec. 19 - Christmas Play. Christmas Canata, Sunday, Dec. 16 at 11:00am. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Monday, Dec. 24 at 5:30pm.
Wartburg Presbyterian Church, 205 Kingston Street, Wartburg
Christmas Concert, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Hear Carnegie Hall performer and UT School of Music tenor Andrew Skoog, accompanied by pianist Judith Bible, perform a Christmas concert at Wartburg Church. In lieu of admission, please bring canned or boxed foods, and/or new toys for young children or gift cards for teenagers. Food, toys and gift cards will be given to the Morgan Scott Project for distribution to needy families. A reception will follow the concert in the Wartburg Fellowship Hall.
West Emory Presbyterian Church, 1035 Emory church Road, Knoxville
Centre College Choir Concert, Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 pm. The Centre Singers is a select group of 31 undergraduate singers at Centre College, a Presbyterian-related college in Danville, KY. They represent the choral program in concerts on campus and in the region, and have traveled across the eastern half of the nation and abroad. They have performed operas and madrigal feasts, premiered new compositions by student composers, been featured with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and in performance for the American Handel Society.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Drive SW, Knoxville
Twilight Christmas Concert, Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4:00 pm, presented by the Westminster Chancel and Brass Choirs. Composers will include Gabriel Fauré, John Gardner, Reginald Jacques, Francis Poulenc, Leo Sowerby, and Philip Stopford. The Brass Choir will be playing several carols arranged for the Canadian Brass, and will join the Chancel Choir with percussion on the Gardner. This Christmas Concert is being offered as a benefit to raise funds for our Sanctuary stained glass window project - a freewill offering will go toward the windows. The concert will be followed by a reception in the Schilling Gallery. After the reception, stay for the Youth Christmas Drama. It's a hilarious play featuring the beloved children's book character, Junie B. Jones. The play reminds us how funny real life can be, and has a sweet message about being a "giver." Christmas Eve Services, Monday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Communion and candlelight service will be held at both. A nursery is available at the 5 p.m. service.