With The Churches
A traditional Moravian Lovefeast and Candlelighting Service is planned for members of Washington Street United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. today.
A simple meal consisting of a bun and mug of coffee, it is shared reverently during the first part of the service to emphasize the bond of fellowship between all Christian believers.
In no way related to the Holy Communion or Lord’s Supper, it is designed to remove, at least for the hour, all social barriers and distinctions.
After the meal, each worshipper will be given a small candle. When all the candles are lighted, the congregation will join in singing the final hymn, lifting high the candles as an act of rededication during the closing lines.
A program of Christmas music will be presented during the service by a brass ensemble from Richland Northeast High School, by Ralph Rozier, church organist, and by the church’s three choirs – the Sanctuary Choir directed by Arletta Raley, the Youth Choir directed by Frances Graham and the Pressley Choir directed by Joan Beamer.
Ben Herlong from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., will speak at 6:30 p.m. today at Congaree Presbyterian Church.
A graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School and Columbia Bible College, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bettis Herlong of Saluda. His father is a former coach at Brookland-Cayce High School.
The Rev. Philip M. Spencer is pastor of the church at LaFayette Avenue at 13th Street in Cayce.
MUSIC AND DRAMA
“The Christmas Oratorio” by Camille Saint Saens will be presented at 7 p.m. today at Columbia’s FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH. The Church Choir is directed by Mary Rome Foster. Soloists will be Dot Ballew, Margaret Mayfield, Julie Perry, William Thomas and Charles S. Davis. Accompanying will be an orchestra, with Martha Hayes at the organ and Bill Hopper at the piano.
“King of Love,” a Christmas musical by Rodger Strader, will be presented at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH in West Columbia at 11 a.m. today.
A Christmas cantata, “The Joyous News of Christmas.” will be given by the Adult Choir of WESLEY MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, at the 11:15 a.m. service today. Soloists are Mrs. J. G. Padgett and Mrs. R. C. Barnes Jr.
The Columbia Choral Society presents “The Messiah” by G. F. Handel at 4 p.m. today at SHANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, directed by Guthrie Darr with Gary Stegall as organist.
“His Love . . . Reaching,” a celebration of God’s gift by Ron Huff and Bill and Gloria Gaither, will be presented by the music ministry of NORTH TRENHOLM BAPTIST CHURCH at 5 p.m. today.
A service of Carols and Candles will be presented at 5 p.m. today at SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. An organ prelude begins at 4:30 p.m.
“Noel, Jesus Is Born,” a musical by Larry Wolfe, Don Marsh and Bob Benson, will be presented by the CENTRAL ASSEMBLY OF GOD choir at 7 p.m. Today, directed by Mirium Gardson.
“Stranger in the Straw.” a Christmas musical for children by Vera Neff, will be presneted by the Young Musicians Choir of NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH in West Columbia at 7:30 p.m. today. Darlene Cox is director.
“An Old-Fashioned Christmas,” arranged and composed by Don Wyrtzen with script and creative concept by Phil and Lyne Brower, will be presented by the adult and youth choirs of STATE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH at 7:30 today.
Vivaldi’s “Gloria” will be presented by the adult choir of ST. ANDREWS BAPTIST CHURCH at 7:30 p.m. today in the chapel.
The sanctuary choir of TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH in Cayce will be presenting “An Old Fashioned Christmas” by Don Wyrtzer under the direction of Mike Waggoner, minister of music, at 7 p.m. today. It will be narrated by Bill Helton and will feature dramatization by Sharon Cole and John Hawk.
A praise gathering and lovefeast will be presented at 7 p.m. today. It will be narrated by Bill Helton and will feature dramatization by Sharon Cole and John Hawk.
A praise gathering and lovefeast will be presented at 7 p.m. today by the combined choirs of BLANEY BAPTIST CHURCH. The three-scene praises gathering, entitled “A Christmas Celebration, ” is written and directed by Harry Crosby, minister of music for the church. The Rev. James W. Salter is pastor.