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Jodeco Road United Methodist presents live nativity

Dec. 10-12

Tara Baptist Church invites the community to view the O Holy Night, Nativity Display, on Friday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 p.m., until 8:30 p.m. More than 600 nativities, from all over the world, will be displayed. The event is free, and no reservations are required. The church is located at 10461 Tara Blvd., in Jonesboro. For more information visit www.tarabaptist.com, or call (770) 473-0874.

Harvest Point UMC and The Landing Church of God will host the fifth annual "Return to Bethlehem" event. The event includes a walk through a nativity scene, which includes music, live animals and an enactment of the story of the birth of Christ. The program will be held at The Landing Church of God, located at 1640 Highway 42, in McDonough. The event will take place on Friday, through Sunday, Dec. 10, 11, and 12, from 6 p.m., until 9 p.m. The event is free to the community.

Dec. 18-19

Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, located at 1500 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, presents a live nativity that will take you on a trip through the streets of Bethlehem. Admission is free, and visitors will enjoy free refreshments and Christmas music. The program will be held, on Saturday, Dec. 18, and Sunday, Dec. 19, from 6 p.m., until 8 p.m.

Jan.6

The Clayton County Ministers' Conference, and ministers' groups throughout Clayton County, will participate in the annual Ministers' Breakfast Fellowship, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. The event will be held at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, which is located at 9151 Tara Boulevard, in Jonesboro. The annual event will be co-hosted by the Clayton County Sheriff's Office and the Ministers' Conference. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m., in the cafeteria adjacent to Sheriff Kem Kimbrough's office. For more information contact Rev. Mike Glanton at (678) 479-7730, or Captain Deeann Cash at (678) 618-0689, or e-mail Glanton at glantonm@bellsouth.net. The breakfast is free and open to all ministers.

Ongoing

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. Contact the church office, or Bob Baptist, at (678) 571-0423.

The Laymen Ministry of Christians for Change Baptist Church, located at 2110 Bethsaida Road in Riverdale, is pleased to announce the arrival of The Cub and Boy Scouts at CFC. The Cub Scout program is for boys in grades one through five, and the Boy Scout program is for boys between 11 and 17. The Cub Scouts meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m., in the Family Life Center, and the Boy Scouts meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., in the same location. Call (770) 991-7080.

Community Bible Church, located at 2001 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, offers Celebrate Recovery every Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. The support group provides a place where people can work toward conquering anxiety, depression, anger, food addiction, chemical dependency, co-dependency, drug addiction, and heartache. A dinner begins at 6 p.m., with worship taking place at 7 p.m. Call Linda Smith or Jack Bartlett at (770) 914-0808.

Destiny International Foursquare Church, located at 737 Veterans Parkway, Suite 600, in Jonesboro, invites the community to the following weekly services: Sunday Worship Service at 11 a.m., Tuesday Boy Scout Night at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Bible Study at 6:30 p.m., and Friday Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Willie M. Simpson is senior pastor, and Rev. James K. Boxdale serves as outreach pastor. Call (770) 756-9100.

Faith Open Door Community Center, at 217 Arrowhead Blvd., A-2, Suite 13, in Jonesboro, is looking for volunteers to tutor children in math and reading at all grade levels. Tutoring will take place from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (678) 372-4713.

Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, at 1500 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, regularly hosts support groups and classes on Bible study, grief recovery, discipleship, dealing with mental illness, weight loss, and knitting. Call (770) 957-8300.

First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, at 147 Church St., Jonesboro, hosts a cancer support group on the first Saturday of each month, at 11 a.m., at the Recreation Outreach Center, located directly across from the church. The group provides support for cancer patients, as well as friends and family members of cancer sufferers. Call (770) 478-6710, or (678) 479-3376.

New Vision Christian Church is now offering services every Sunday morning at 9 a.m., at AMC Theaters Southlake Pavilion 24, at 7065 Mt. Zion Circle, Morrow. Dr. Luke S. Hall is the head pastor. Call (404) 797-0295.

The Clayton County Marriage and Family Initiative is starting a Marriage Hall of Fame that will be posted on the organization's web site. It is interested in the names, length of marriage, and contact information of local couples who have been married the longest, particularly couples who have been married more than 50 years. The group would also like to receive stories about those who remained married through difficult problems and struggles. Visit www.gomarriage.org, or call (770) 478-4472.

Shelter from the Storm is a Christ-centered support group, based out of Rock Springs Baptist Church, for women who have experienced emotional, verbal, physical, or sexual abuse. Women can come together in a safe, anonymous environment to heal from the effects of abuse. The church also hosts, "Living Life Abundantly," an HIV/AIDS support group, which seeks to show people how to live life abundantly, despite their disease. Call (404) 407-0182, or e-mail rev.12.11LT@gmail.com. The church is located at 5900 Reynolds Road in Morrow.

Higher Living Christian Church, with campuses at 2450 Mt. Zion Road in Jonesboro, and 2455 Mt. Carmel Road in Hampton, is expanding its ministry. The Mt. Zion location will offer Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7 p.m., and Thursday Bible Study from 12 p.m., to 1 p.m. The Mt. Zion location is also offering a morning service on Sundays at 8 a.m. The Mt. Carmel location will offer a service at 10 a.m. Visit www.higherliving.org.

New gospel talent is featured every Sunday, starting at 4 p.m., at The Palace, at 188 North Ave., in Jonesboro. Call (678) 519-4798, or (404) 454-2817.

First Baptist Church of Riverdale, at 6805 Church St., is seeking donations for its food pantry. The pantry is in need of peanut butter, jelly, fruit, corn meal, flour, sugar, canned tomatoes, canned potatoes, beans, corn, Ramen noodles, tuna, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, and black-eyed peas. Call (770) 997-6161.

Redeemed Biker Church, at 11622 Hastings Bridge Road, holds meetings every Thursday at the Lovejoy Community Center, from 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m. The ministry is geared toward motorcycle-riders, in a family atmosphere. Each event includes a cookout and Bible study. Call (770) 595-7237, or e-mail Info@RedeemedBikerChurch.com.

Liberty Baptist Church, at 1077 Ga. Highway 314, in Riverdale, hosts a grief-and-loss support group on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, from 4 p.m., to 5:30 p.m., in room 203. The class uses videos from Norman Wright, workbooks, and group discussion. Call Bob Baptist at (678) 571-0423.

Unity South Atlanta Church hosts community worship services at 11 a.m., on Sundays, at 7483 Mt. Zion Blvd., in Jonesboro. "A Course in Miracles" class meets at 9 a.m., on Sundays. Prayer services take place on Wednesdays at noon. Unity South Atlanta is affiliated with publishers of "The Daily Word" and the Association of Unity Churches. Visit www.unitysouthatlantachurch.com.

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