Community Christmas dinner set

A Community Christmas dinner is set for Dec. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church, 648 Oak St., Newcomerstown.

They will be serving ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, rolls, cookies and drinks.

Santa will make a visit to read stories, and share cookies and hot chocolate with the children.

This event is being sponsored by the Newcomerstown High School Rotary Interact group.

For questions, call the NHS office at 498-5111.

Any donations will be given to the Newcomerstown Bicentennial Committee.

Candlelight Service set

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be Tuesday, Dec. 24 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 S. College St., Newcomerstown.

Pre-service music starts at 7:30 p.m. and worship at 8 p.m.

The service includes: A children's sermon preaching on the Christmas Gospel and the sermon title is "See the Great Light Holy Communion."

Church to have

Christmas Eve service

Christ United Methodist Church, 648 Oak St., Newcomerstown, will have a traditional Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary.

All are welcome.

Christmas Dinner planned

Churches of Journey's End Ministries in Newcomerstown is inviting the community to its Christmas Dinner on Dec. 19 at the St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church, 440 S. River St., Newcomerstown.

Serving will be from 6 to 7 p.m.

Come and enjoy a good meal, and Christian fellowship.

Longest Night service planned

COSHOCTON -- Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.

The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation - all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.

Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.

For these reasons four Coshocton area United Methodist Churches, Canal Lewisville, Grace, Park and Roscoe are coming together to offers a special Longest Night service. The service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Grace United Methodist Church sanctuary. The church is located at 422 Walnut St., Coshocton.

For information, call 740-622-1302.

Women for Jesus to meet

The Women for Jesus of the Calvary United Methodist Charge will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Calvary United Methodist Church, corner of State Street and Heller Drive, Newcomerstown.

All women are welcome to come and enjoy crafts, Christian fellowship and light refreshments.

They will be working on mats for the homeless and packing boxes for needy families.