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Hernando churches and temples ring in the holidays

As with last year’s Christmas program at Northcliffe Baptist Church, the special event this year will include music, narration and skits. [Northcliffe Baptist Church]
As with last year’s Christmas program at Northcliffe Baptist Church, the special event this year will include music, narration and skits. [Northcliffe Baptist Church]
Published Dec. 11, 2019

December is a month for religious holidays, and Hernando churches and temples have planned plenty of events for celebration.

“Come and See, Go and Tell” is the name of the free program that unveils the story of Christmas through music, narration and skit presented at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 and 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Northcliffe Baptist Church.

The program is divided into three sets, which include classical Christmas songs, a special choral arrangement and modern Christmas worship songs. It’s supported by the Northcliffe band and the Celebration Choir and Orchestra.

“The skit has special narration throughout and aims to invite guests to come and see what Christmas is all about — the birth of Jesus,” senior Pastor Jeff Dye said. “Through recognizing that Jesus is Christ the King, we in turn worship him and are compelled to go and tell the ‘Good News’ that the Savior is born.”

Following the program, families can enjoy hot chocolate and kid-friendly crafts, along with a photo opportunity with Santa.

The church is at 10515 Northcliffe Blvd, Spring Hill. Call (352) 683-5882.

Lake Lindsey United Methodist Church will present a cantata, “The Gift Goes On,” arranged by Russell Mauldin at the 11 a.m. service Dec. 15. After the service, there will be a covered dish lunch in the fellowship hall. The church is at 22400 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Call (352) 777-4319.

Spring Hill Baptist Church, 3140 Mariner Blvd., will present the Christmas story in song, “Sing Merry Christmas,” at the 6 p.m. service Dec. 15. Call (352) 683-5685.

Chabad Jewish Center of Hernando and Citrus County will host the Hanukkah Street Fair Menorah Lighting and Klezmer Concert at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at Town Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Music for the indoor concert will be by the Freylekh Klezmer Band. The menorah lighting will be outdoors. Prizes will be raffled. Refreshments include Shtetl-style food, including hot matza-ball soup, latkes and donuts and hot drinks. Entertainment includes arts and crafts for all ages.

The event is free by reservation at chabadspringhill.com/chanukah. Sponsorship and VIP seating is also available for a fee. Call (352) 600-2779.

“Join us for a fun night as we unite for light,” said Seema Lipszyc. “Celebrating the joy of Hanukkah will be an experience to be remembered.”

Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill, will host its annual Festival of Lights, “Night of 100 Menorahs,” at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28. The celebration will include a complete meal, singing, Hanukkah gelt, dreidels, presents for children and fun for the entire family.

“Bring your menorah and candles to join the celebration,” said spokesperson Elana Goodman. “When we all light our menorahs and the lights are off, you can imagine how festive and breathtaking the room becomes.”

Temple member adults cost $26, children 4-12 are $5, religious school children are free. Non-member adults are $30, children $8, 3 and under are free.

Reservations and payment are required by Dec. 20. Call (352) 686-7034.

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