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December 24, 2013

Area churches to offer special Christmas services

DUNCAN — Several area churches have planned Christmas Eve services and a few are hosting Christmas Day services as well.

More than one Christmas Eve service time is scheduled Tuesday at a few places of worship, such as All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Its first service is at 4 p.m., which is the family friendly service. The traditional service begins at 9 p.m.

This service will feature 30 minutes of congregational singing of carols. After the service, the there will be a Christmas Party in Parish Hall where food and drink will be provided.

Assumption Catholic Church will have Christmas Eve masses at 6 p.m. and at midnight on Tuesday. There will also be a Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Immaculate Conception Church in Marlow will have a 4 p.m. Christmas Eve service.

First United Methodist Church will have communion and candlelight services on Christmas Eve. Traditional services in the sanctuary will be at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. A connexion service will be at 6:30 p.m. in the FUMCenter.

New Hope Baptist Church West is holding a Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 5 p.m. Tuesday and Immanuel Baptist Church’s Christmas Eve service begins at 5:30 p.m.

Duncan First Baptist will host a Community Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. in the church’s newly remodeled sanctuary, complete with new sound system. First Presbyterian Church’s Christmas Eve service will be at 6 p.m. as will Ray of Hope’s candlelight service.

The Hackler family will light the Christ candle during the Christmas Eve service at West Side Christian Church, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The service will include scripture readings, congregational singing of favorite carols, and a short meditation by Rev. Terry Schlein.

At Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, there will be a 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service and a 10 a.m. Christmas Day service lead by the Elders.

The forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday show no chance of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service in Norman, so travel on both days should be dry and clear. Highs will go up into the 50s, however, the air will cool off as night falls.

For those late night services, church goers will want to bundle up as temperatures drop down below freezing.

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