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Church notes 12-6

Published: December 6, 2012 5:00 AM

Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye

Sue Thomas has gone through many trials in life. She lost her hearing at age 18 months and is presently experiencing multiple sclerosis. Thomas worked for the FBI as an agent because of her ability to lip read. She loves the Lord and has an amazing testimony. Come and listen to her share her story Sunday, Dec. 9 during the 9 a.m. service at Light In The Valley Chapel, 4150 Township Road 162, Sugarcreek.

Noel Festival is Sunday

Apple Creek United Methodist Church will present its annual Noel Festival on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. The festival features a variety of instrumentals, vocalists and the show choir from Smithville High School will be performing. The concert is free and refreshments will be served afterward. The church is at 265 W. Main St.

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Bazaar, rummage sale benefit mission trip

Freedom Fellowship Church, 6209 S. Carr Road, Apple Creek, will hold its first-ever bazaar and rummage sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, with proceeds to benefit a mission trip to Peru to build a home in Iquitos.

The event will be Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with a soup luncheon from noon-2 p.m. by donation.

The sale will include baked goods, Christmas greens, wood crafts, goat's milk fudge and goat's milk soap, hard-tac and used household items. There will also be Home and Garden Party dealer's inventory and Tupperware for sale. On Saturday, clothing will be sold for $5 per bag.

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Coshocton Christian Tabernacle presents live Nativity

"Journey back through time toThe Live Nativity," will be presented Dec. 7-9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Coshocton Christian Tabernacle, 23891 Airport Road, Coshocton, (across from Wal-Mart).

The live Nativity, in its 15th year, has become a holiday tradition for many in the past. Luminaria light the way as visitors drive through the scenes depicting the birth of Christ, and other well-known events of his life. This 10-minute journey begins at the market place in Bethlehem where the dreaded tax collector awaits, the Inn which is full for the evening leads to the stable where Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus find rest. A host of heavenly angels alert the shepherds guarding their sheep with good news of Jesus' birth, while the Wise Men worship the newborn Christ child. The journey is completed with scenes of the most told stories about Jesus ... the carpenter's shop, Jesus walking on water, a soldier praying at the cross, Jesus at the tomb, and most importantly, Heaven's Gates.

More than 100 church members donate time, talent, animals and costumes to bring the gift of the Christmas story alive to the community. Guests are encouraged to drive through more than once. Videotaping and photos are allowed; keeping in mind the flow of traffic must be maintained.

For more information call, 740-622-4133.

Candlelight Church Walk is Dec. 14

The Millersburg Candlelight Church Walk will be held Friday, Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m. Tour six churches and enjoy music, decorations, historic information and light refreshments at each stop.

Complete the evening by returning to Millersburg Mennonite Church at 8:15 p.m. for a time of special music. Maps are available at any of the participating churches in downtown Millersburg.

Churches to be toured are Millersburg Christian, First Presbyterian, Faith Lutheran, St. Peter's Catholic, Millersburg Mennonite and Grace Pointe Community Church.

Shop at Alternative Gift Market

Want to send a gift that you know will be appreciated by the recipient and others around the world? Send an Alternative Gift.

An Alternative Gift Market, sponsored by six local churches, will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster, on Sunday, Dec. 9, from noon-2:30 p.m. The entire community is welcome. There will be a lunch of homemade soups, chicken sandwiches and pies, with proceeds to benefit People to People Ministries, Salvation Army and local churches serving meals to the community.

The Gift Market offers a wide variety of gifts that are tax deductible and support local and global humanitarian and environmental causes. You can purchase food for the hungry, care for the sick shelter for the homeless, renewal for our endangered planet and much more in honor of your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and even children's teachers. Shoppers can also choose from handmade crafts from around the world, offered by World Crafts of Kidron.

Alternative Gift Markets are a concept of Alternative Gifts International, a nonprofit that carefully selects nonprofit agencies with proven track records for their donors to support through charitable gifts.

A night of music at Welcome Church

A night of music in celebration of the Christmas season will be held at Welcome Church of Christ on Sunday, Dec. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 740-610-7317.

Join trip to Israel

Pastor Bob Fetterhoff of the Wooster Grace Brethren Church will be leading a tour of Israel and Jordan. Call 330-264-9459, Ext. 220.

The 12-day trip features first-class hotels, round-trip airfare, two daily meals and admissions to sites like the Temple Mount, Garden Tomb, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Petra, Masada, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and more.

The price is $4,895 per person based on double occupancy from Cleveland including taxes and tips. Call 330-264-9459, Ext. 220, or email info@woostergrace.org.

Donations needed

Donations are needed to help troubled boys. The Trading Post Thrift Store has recently opened at 7703-B state Route 241, just west of Mount Hope.

All proceeds will go to support the Ohio Wilderness Boys Camp. Donations can be taken to the store or dropped off at Ray Shaum's located at 2678 S. Kohler Road, Orrville. Call 330-857-5516 or 330-464-1261 for information.

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