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SINGINGS BLOUNT COUNTY MIRACLE LEAGUE is having a benefit singing to help raise funds to build a Miracle Field for children and adults with disabilities. The Blue Grass Gospel Band featuring Phillip Mulkey, James Keener, Adrian Willingham, Mark Willingham, and Frank Holt will headline the singing Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Big Barn at 806 Ketchum Road, Blountsville. The event features music, free food, fun, and laughter. Tickets of $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger can be purchased at the door with all proceeds to benefit the Miracle League. Directions: From Blountsville red light, turn onto hwy 26 toward Garden City; take the third right onto hwy 74 (Double Bridge Road); take third right onto Ketchum Road; turn on dirt driveway to right; Big Barn is through the iron fence on the left.

JONES CHAPEL BAPTIST will have The Spurgeons as specials for the Dec. 5 singing Sunday at 2 p.m. Sammy Blakely is pastor, and Fay Owen is singing chairman.

SPECIAL EVENTS LESTER MEMORIAL PRAISINGERS will present “Lost at Christmas” at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5, in the fellowship hall.

The church’s Children’s Hand Bell Choir will perform Sunday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall, immediately followed by a performance of “Hotel Bethlehem” presented by the LMUMC Children’s Choir, also in the fellowship hall.

UNION HILL BAPTIST will present “Christmas in the Country” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11. The activities start each evening at 5:30 with a complimentary community soup and chili dinner with all the trimmings. Following the meal will be puppet shows, a live Nativity, children’s activities, and the musical presentation “Joy Has Dawned” at 7 p.m. under direction of Greg Hollis, minister of music and education. Pastor Bill Barnett invites all to the church, 2919 county road 39, Oneonta. For more information, call the church, 274-9232.

PARK AVENUE BAPTIST is hosting an open house in its Zbinden building after the Christmas parade tomorrow, Dec. 2. Soup, cornbread, hot chocolate, and coffee will be provided for those participating in the parade. Doors will open around 4 p.m. Donations will be appreciated.

Park Avenue’s “Celebration Sunday” will be Sunday, Dec. 5, beginning at 11 a.m., when members will have a time of reflection and praise for the just completed renovation and redecoration of the sanctuary. Lunch will be served following the morning service. A time of singing and praise with guests Mercy’s Mark will begin at 1:30. Pastor Odis Epps invites all to take part in this great day.

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST ASSOCIATION invites everyone to special events this month. Dec. 5 events will include “Hanging of the Green” at Oneonta First and Blountsville at 6 p.m. and at Center Springs and Snead at 11 a.m.; children’s Christmas program at Union Hill at 7 p.m.; STOMP Kidz Choir with “Dr. Newheart’s Christmas Cure” at Hayden First at 6 p.m.; and the Advent candle at Blountsville for five Sundays.

BLOUNTSVILLE ANGEL TREE will again this year benefit children from the Blountsville area. Residents are invited to select an angel from the tree at Blountsville Town Hall. Unwrapped toys may also be dropped off. As always, the town appreciates its residents’ generosity. Call 429-2406 for more information.

TRAFFORD FIRST BAPTIST, 3rd Avenue West, will present “One Holy Night” Sunday, Dec. 12, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. A live Nativity will be among events, including free food, door prizes, music and singing, a bicycle giveaway, hay rides, and a sweet shop.

BLOUNTSVILLE UNITED METHODIST will host a community Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities in the children’s area will include inflatables, face-painting, ornament crafts, Veggie Tales, a cupcake walk, and more. The college-career group (Inner Circle) is sponsoring additional activities.

THE GREENHOUSE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY invites the public to its performance of the Christmas musical “It All Happened in the Country” on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Blountsville United Methodist Church. After the performance, all are invited to join them for a country reception in the fellowship hall.

GRACE FELLOWSHIP ALLIANCE will have Christmas worship services each Sunday Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19, and Dec. 26 at 10:45 a.m. The Christmas program “The Real Story and The Real Star of Christmas” will be presented at the church Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Christmas goodies will be served in the fellowship hall following the program. The church is located at 418 6th Street South, U.S. 231, past the Jet Pep. For more information, call interim pastor Ralph R. Gardner at 274-8381.

TURNING POINT UNITED METHODIST Women’s quilt walk and bake sale will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. An exhibit of antique and contemporary quilts will be available for view during the free community quilt walk. A holiday luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $6 per plate, which can be taken out or eaten in the church dining room. Vendors are welcome to showcase and sell their homemade goods and crafts. For more information, contact Una Jackson at 681- 0159. The church is located at 337 Tabernacle Road, Locust Fork, about .5 mile south of the school.

THE WORD CHURCH members invite all to attend services at 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6 p.m. on Sundays and at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Pastor Don Edwards says, “Come worship with us. God loves you and we do too!” Church is located in Blountsville on U.S. 231 south of Jack’s Restaurant in the Ponderosa Mini-Plaza.

A PLACE CALLED HOPE is now conducting church services in the Neely Arts Center building, 306 First Avenue East, downtown Oneonta. Pastor Jeremy Lesley is originally from Oneonta; he is joined by Neely owner Randy Beason, bassist Billy McKeithen, and drummer Si’ave Teofilo as church band members. There are activities for children. All who need HOPE are invited to attend the new and dynamic style of worship. For more information, call 274-PLAY.