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Join the crowd for Christmas in the Park in Morrow

Dec. 6

On Saturday, from 2-7 p.m., the City of Morrow will host "Christmas in the Park," at Milton Daniel Park, near the Morrow Municipal Complex. The event will feature imported snow, and activities, arts and crafts, hosted by churches, non-profits, and businesses from around the Southern Crescent. It will also include choir, orchestra, and band performances throughout the day. Several churches will host fund-raisers for local charitable organizations. For more information, call (678) 614-3824. Milton Daniel Park is located at 1500 Morrow Road in Morrow.

Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 122 Watterson St., in Jonesboro, will host its Holiday Arts and Crafts Show on Dec. 6, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. For an admission fee of canned goods, visitors will be able to shop for wonderful, hand-made gifts, jewelry, dolls, and other items. Children will be able to visit the Secret Santa Shop and take pictures with Father Christmas. The proceeds of the event will go toward the church's capital campaign for the Community Multipurpose Building. For more information, call (770) 603-7880.

Greater Works Baptist Church is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair/Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. Hand crafters specializing in art, such as knitting, crocheting, jewelry-making, quilting, woodworking, and basket-weaving will display and sell their work. Everyone will have an opportunity to view and shop for one-of-a-kind treasures. The event will take place at the church, located at 3296 Walt Stephens Road in Jonesboro. All are welcome.

Dec. 12

Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, located at 2165 Highway 138, SW, in Riverdale, will host its annual Christmas Dinner on Friday, Dec. 12. The evening will begin at 7 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments at the home of Howard and Carol Meyer. At 8 p.m., we will gather for dinner at the church. Roast turkey and roast beef will be served along with traditional side dishes and special desserts. The cost is $10 per person. To make it even more fun, please bring a "white elephant" gift (some old thing you have lying around that you want to get rid of). The men will give gifts to men and the women will give gifts to women. For more information, call (770) 997-7117.

The Association of Christian Ministers of Clayton County (ACMCC) will host its yearly banquet, entitled "Finishing Strong," on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel on Sullivan Road. The event will honor President Gerry T. Anderson of the New Macedonia Baptist Church, who has served as ACMCC president for the past two years. The night will feature entertainment from gospel recording artist Candi Staton, as well as saxophonist Antonio Allen of "Five Men on a Stool." Tickets are $60 each, and must be purchased in advance. For tickets, call (404) 207-3817.

Dec. 12-14

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, located at 7102 Mt. Zion Blvd., in Jonesboro, will host its annual "Walk Thru Bethlehem," from 6-9 p.m., Dec. 12-14. The event is an interactive drama where guests become part of the Christmas story. You'll be immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the ancient city of Bethlehem. Tours will begin in the "G" building [also know as the ARC]. The approximately 20-minute walk is outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, call (770) 478-9842 or e-mail danny@mzbc.org.

Dec. 13

The Music Ministry of Greater Works Baptist Church is hosting a Christmas cantata, entitled, "The Gift that I Would Give," on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 4-6 p.m. The public is invited to a holiday experience and presentations by various Christian and gospel artists. The event will take place at the church, located at 3296 Walt Stephens Road in Jonesboro.

Dec. 13-14

Hampton First Baptist Church, located at 85 McDonough Street in Hampton, will host the Christmas musical, "Shine on Us," on Saturday Dec. 13 and Sunday Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.

This musical provides an excellent opportunity for church members to invite family, friends and neighbors to the church to experience the hope that is found in Christ. A reception will follow the Sunday evening performance.

For more information, call (770) 946-4804.

Dec. 14

First Baptist Church of Riverdale, located at 6805 Church Street in Riverdale, will host the Christmas cantata, "And this Shall be a Sign," during the 11 a.m., service on Dec. 14, the third Sunday of Advent. The cantata will be presented by the church's Children's Choir and Sanctuary Choir. For more information, call (770) 997-6161.

Dec. 17

Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, located at 142 South Main St., in Jonesboro, will have "Caroling on the Corner" on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature Christmas caroling with a brass ensemble, and hot cider. For more information, call (770) 478-6444.

Dec. 20

Under the leadership of Rev. Gerry T. Anderson, New Macedonia Baptist Church is hosting, "A Visit to Bethlehem," on Saturday Dec. 20 from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. The entire community is invited to step back in time to commemorate when our savior, Jesus Christ, was born. The event will feature a live nativity scene, several craft stations, and light refreshments. The event is free to the public. For more information, call (678) 479-8190, ext. 2. The church is located at 7725 Hwy. 85 in Riverdale.

Dec. 21, 24

Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5320 Phillips Drive in Lake City, will host two separate Christmas activities on two separate days. On Dec. 21, from 11 a.m., to noon, the church will host a Poinsettia Service, as well as the Christmas Cantata, "Festival of Carols." On Dec. 24, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the church will host its Christmas Eve Communion Service. For more information, call (678) 565-9607.

Dec. 31

On Dec. 31, New Year's Eve, join Lion of Judah Family Worship Center for a commanding "Transition of Power Service," starting at 10 p.m. The new year will be filled with new challenges. However, new champions are continually arising to finish strong. Please invite your friends and family to hear the prophetic word of God. The worship center is located at 6030 Hwy. 85, Suites 202-204 in Riverdale. For more information, call (678) 833-9172 or visit www.lojfwc.org.

Ongoing

Center of Hope Church, where Rev. Alfreda Young is senior pastor, has moved from Headland Drive in East Point to 3460 Noah's Ark Road in Jonesboro. For more information, contact Rev. Young at (678) 595-0653, or e-mail pastorawyoung@aol.com.

Beginning Sunday, Nov. 2, Liberty Baptist Church will have a support group on the first and third Sunday afternoons each month, from 4-5:30 p.m. This class will benefit those who have suffered a significant loss through death, reputation, aging, health, possessions, goal or dream, lost custody of a child as a result of divorce, etc. The cost is $25. For more information, call (770) 478-1635.

Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5320 Phillips Drive in Morrow, will host the GIRLFRIENDS Leadership and Mentoring Program of Clayton County every other Tuesday, from 6-8:30 p.m. We are a 501(c3) organization. For more information, call (770) 210-1528.

Jonesboro First United Methodist Church invites you to participate in a Taizé Prayer Service. The Taizé Prayer service is a meditative experience that has been enjoyed by people, young and old, around the world. Its beginnings are in a small community called Taizé, located in France. The overarching theme of a Taizé Worship Service is reconciliation through prayer. This worship experience is offered on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m., in the sanctuary.

Unity South Atlanta Church invites the community to worship at 10 a.m., Sundays at Pristine Chapel Lakeside, located at 7541 Mt. Zion Blvd., in Jonesboro. Unity South Atlanta Church teaches positive, practical Christianity. The church is affiliated with publishers of The Daily Word and the Association of Unity Churches. To learn more, go online to www.unitysouthatlantachurch.com.

Liberty Baptist Church in Riverdale is looking for men and women interested in participating with other churches throughout Georgia in witnessing to people in jails and prisons. Training will be provided. If you are interested, contact the church office or Bob Baptist at (678) 571-0423.

Faith Notes is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Joel Hall. To submit an item for publication, e-mail jhall@news-daily.com, or fax to (770) 472-2060 attention: Faith Notes.