Allen Temple AME Church has announced that the Rev. Curtis Lewis, along with his wife, Christine, came to the church in September. Lewis replaces the Rev. Charles R. Jackson as pastor of the 143-year-old church. Services are at 11 a.m. Sundays, with Sunday school classes at 9:30 and 10:45. There is Bible study at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The church is at 824 Leonard St.
Brooksville Christian Church, 6197 Broad St., invites the community to a "Drive-Thru Live Nativity" from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (Christmas Eve). The story of Christmas will be presented from Bible narratives. There will be two nativity scenes, including live animals. A choir will sing traditional Christmas songs and hymns. Each car that drives through will receive a gift. Coffee, drinks and desserts will be offered inside the fellowship hall. Also, on Sunday, there will be a carry-in breakfast at 9 a.m. before to the 10:30 a.m. candlelight service. Call (352) 796-3221.
Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd., will present its Youth Worship Band leading Christmas music and its children and youth performing the narrated play The Mouse's Tale at 7 p.m. today. There will be a candlelight service at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. Call (352) 799-3066.
Jericho Road Ministries will serve its 16th annual free Christmas Eve Luncheon to anyone needing fellowship for the holiday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 at First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St. Those who would like to donate food for the 600 meals that will be served [or those who would like to volunteer their help] may call for a list of what items are needed. Toys are also needed so that one may be given to each child that attends. Call (352) 799-2912, ext. 110.
Great Life Church, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, will have a candlelight worship service from 6 to 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. "This is always a wonderful evening to celebrate the birth of Jesus," said Pastor Steve Bilsborough. Call (352-293-7673).
Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, will have a candlelight service at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. Beginning with the 10:45 a.m. service January 5, 2014, the church will present The Story, a 31-week reading of Bible selections that are arranged chronologically to read like a novel. "Come discover together with us how our story is found in God's story," said Holly Atkinson. Call (352) 686-4612.
First Baptist Church of Spring Hill, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, will have a Christmas caroling service at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 and a candlelight service at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Call (352) 683-2863.
First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, will have Christmas Eve services at 5, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Call (352) 683-2600. Tickets are on sale now for a concert with Larnelle Harris at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Call (352) 686-9114 or purchase through iTickets.
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