Church services scheduled

By Jason Ferguson

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Custer County churches are gearing up to celebrate the birth of Christ with a variety of services and events to celebrate the occasion.

Mountainview Baptist Church will have a Christmas play/music program Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. The program involves several of the congregation’s youth and adults in both play acting and song. The story revolves around a modern-day “Scrooge” who, with the help of some heavenly visitors,” discovers what  he’s been missing.

Congregation members plan to do Christmas caroling this year on the evening of Dec. 21 at various homes throughout the community. The church will have its regular Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.

Custer Lutheran Fellowship’s Advent theme this year is centered around angels and Christmas Eve  services begin at 9:30 a.m. with a service titled “The Christmas Angels.”

The 4 p.m service will be a family-friendly worship followed by a quieter, more traditional service at 7 p.m. with the message “Angels Proclaim to the Shepherds.” Both services will include the lighting of candles and the singing of “Silent Night” at the close of worship.

Crossroads Church will host a Christmas Eve service from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church will host a special Christmas Eve service from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Attendees will receive a goody bag.

Shepherd of the Hills will host a Christmas Day service at 10 a.m.

Abundant Life Fellowship will host a Christmas Eve service at 10:30 a.m.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host a Christmas Eve Mass at 8 p.m. and a Christmas Day Mass at 8 a.m.

Vineyard Black Hills Christian Fellowship will go Christmas caroling Dec. 23 beginning at 3 p.m. Those interested in joining should meet at Pizza Works. Vineyard will have a Christmas Eve service at 3:30 p.m. at the Buglin’ Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar.

Custer Community Church United Church of Christ will host a regular Christmas Eve service at 9:30 a.m., and a “lessons and carols” Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m. that same day.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church’s events start tonight at 7 p.m. with a midweek Advent worship service. On Dec. 20 there will be a 7 p.m. children’s  Christmas program. Christmas Eve will see two services, a 9:45 a.m. worship service and a 7 p.m. worship service.

Southern Hills Church of Christ and Grace Family Fellowship will have regular services.

The Pringle United Methodist Church will host a Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m.

In Hermosa, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will begin with its Disciples of God Night Christmas Program, a community Christian ministry that will be an “unpolished” Christmas program.

The event, open to everyone, will feature children ages 4 through eighth grade singing and performing skits about the birth of Jesus and the three wise men. Presents the children made will be given to all those who attend and it will be followed by a free sloppy Joe and birthday cake meal.

On Christmas Eve, the church will host a regular worship service at 9:30 a.m., with candlelight services at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The 4 p.m. service will include an impromptu Christmas pageant by the children.

On Christmas Day, the church’s community outreach will sponsor a free community dinner at the church at noon. The meal is open to the public, although those who plan to attend are urged to make reservations so it is known how much food is needed. To make reservations, call 255-4662.

The church will offer child care this Saturday, Dec. 16, from 5-8 p.m. for parents who may want to go Christmas shopping, go to a dinner or just relax. The child care, which includes a dinner for the children, is provided by the church’s youth group for a donation.

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