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"Seasonal church celebrationsHoly Land Advent seriesFr. Fletcher Davis, a retired rector and resident of Freeland who has also lived in Jerusalem, leads the final session in an Advent exploration of the Middle East at St. Augustine's Episcopal Parish on Dec. 19, 7:30-9 p.m.In Hope for the Future, Davis will discuss what can be done to build a lasting peace in the land of Jesus' birth. Call 341-2209 for more information.Advent supper with craftsLangley United Methodist Church holds its last Advent soup supper and craft evening today, Dec. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. with a simple meal of soup, breads and desserts. The theme is Let your light shine, and families will make Christmas tree ornaments, sing Christmas songs and take part in a short Advent devotion. The program will end by 7:30 p.m.Concentric Circle of BlessingsUnited Methodist Women's Christmas program on Dec. 21, beginning at 11 a.m.. will feature Langley Pastor David Vergin and program associate Mary Vergin in A Concentric Circle of Blessings, followed by a special Christmas luncheon. For more information contact Ginny Mayer at 321-5956. 'The Longest Night' serviceLangley United Methodist Church will hold The Longest Night service of solace on Thursday, Dec, 21 at 7:30 p.m. The service honors feelings of grief and loss in a season of joy. Whether you have experienced a loss or a broken relationship, can't go home for the holidays, or simply have Christmas anxiety, you can join kindred souls in a call for ease of heart on the longest night of the year.For more information, call 221-4233. Carols for the Longest NightFr. Jim Friedrich will lead acoustic musicians in a community sing of carols on Dec. 21, 7 p.m., to celebrate the winter solstice and full moon.The carols will be from many lands and span seven centuries. All are invited. Call 341-2209 for more information.Live Nativity SceneTrinity Lutheran Church in Freeland invites the community visit its Live Nativity Scene, Dec. 21-23, from 6-8 p.m. in the back yard of the old church building. Complete with stable and actors, the Live Nativity has a cast that includes Mary, Joseph and of course, the baby Jesus, plus visits from angels, wise men, and shepherds. There will be Christmas carol singing, and on some evenings music by the Trinity Brass and other special musicians. Drop in for a up of cider or coffee and Christmas goodies. Call 331-5191 with questions.Christmas Eve at LMCLangley United Methodist Church will offer four services on Sunday, Dec. 24. Two morning services at 9 and 10:15 will celebrate the fourth Sunday in Advent, with caroling between services. An intergenerational candlelight Christmas Eve service will be held at 4:30 p.m. The communion candlelight service will begin at 11 p.m. Both services will feature scripture readings and songs of the season. St. Augustine's Christmas servicesA Christmas Eve Carol Service, a tapestry of delightful carols sung by the Sophia Singers, Sunday school children and congregation, starts at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Freeland. Festive Family Eucharist follows at 5:30 p.m., with Holy Eucharist (Rite II), including a storytelling version of the Nativity and candlelight singing of Silent Night.At 10:30 p.m., the St. Augustine's Choir and congregation will take part in a Christmas Eve Carol Service, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass at 11 p.m., which includes a chanted Liturgy, with carols and anthems.A Christmas Day Holy Eucharist will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 25, with Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and carols of the season.St. Augustine's will also hold Solemn Evensong at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Evening vespers honor St. John, apostle and evangelist. A festive potluck dinner will follow.The church is located on Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland; call 341-2209.Christmas services at St. HubertSt. Hubert Catholic Church in Langley will celebrate Sunday morning masses on Dec. 24, at 8 and 10:30 a.m, and two Christmas Eve masses that evening: A family mass, at 5 p.m. with the children's choir led by Beverly Graham, and Midnight Mass at 11 p.m., when the full choir will sing.The Christmas day mass be will be celebrated at 10 a.m. with full choir.Traditions of Light at UnityUnity of Whidbey will offer a Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, honoring many of the world's traditions, including Hanukkah, Advent, Kwanzaa and the Mexican/Christian tradition of Las Posadas. The Unity Choir and Youth Choir under the direction of Heidi Hoelting will perform.Unity will also hold a Christmas service at 10 a.m. Dec. 25, featuring Bible readings and songs and the message, When the Soul Feels its Worth, with Melinda Mack as guest vocalist.Unity meets at Bayview Hall on Bayview Road.A Tale of Three TreesWhidbey Evangelical Free Church in Greenbank presents A Tale of Three Trees, by Glad Tidings, at 9:15 a.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. That evening at 5:30 p.m. the church will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight service.Candlelight service at St. Peter'sSt. Peter's Lutheran Church in Clinton will celebrate Christmas with its annual Candlelight Christmas Eve, 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. on Dec. 24. Holy Communion will be served at both services. All are welcome.Trinity Christmas servicesCarols will be sung and the Christmas story told at a child friendly informal worship at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. A Candlelight Communion Service with adult choir, hand bell choir and organ will begin at 10 p.m. to welcome Christmas.Morning worship on Dec. 24 will be held at 9 and 10 a.m.Christmas Eve at House of PrayerA worship service will be held on Dec. 24 at 10:30 a.m., with coffee hour at 9:30, at House of Prayer, 5719 Pioneer Park, off highway 525. The message will focus on Matthew 4:16: The people living in darkness have seen a great light.Childcare is provided for children three years and under. Call 321-6070 for more information.Calvary Chapel Candlelight serviceThe Christmas Eve service at Calvary Chapel will be a candlelight and communion service, held from 7-8 p.m..The church is located at 3821 French Rd., Clinton; 579-2570.Festival of Light at UUCWIThe Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island will celebrate Christian, earth-centered and Jewish spiritual roots and religious traditions on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Festivals of Light will use meditation and prayer, music, song, story and verse to reflect the joy in this special time of seasonal change. The service is intergenerational -- children are invited; childcare will be offered for children under five.UUCWI meets at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland, first sanctuary. "

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