n First Baptist
This church, located at 67 E. Main St., will have a live nativity scene at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 8, with rain dates set for Dec. 14 and 15.
n Steuben UCC
STEUBEN — Advent, a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child, begins on Sunday. The scripture lessons, based on the theme “Prophets of Peace,” are Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, and Matthew 24:36-44. The Rev. Patricia E. Welch, pastor and teacher, will lead worship during the 11 a.m. service. Large print and children’s bulletins will be available.
n Norwalk Baptist
This church, located at the corner of U.S. 20 W. and Halfway Road, just west of Norwalk Big Lots, will conclude its youth group fundraising project on today. The group is taking orders for boxed oranges and grapefruit. Anyone who needs fruit for the holidays should call the Todd Hartman home at (419) 465-4433 no later than today. Even if there is no answer, calls will be returned . For further details regarding this or any other church matter call the the Rev. Dr. Michael J. Smith at (419) 668-1563.
n St. Mary/St. Anthony
Christmas cleaning of the church will be held at St. Mary at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
There will be an Advent mass at St. Anthony beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of observation, will be celebrated at St. Anthony at 7 p.m. Friday and St. Mary at 9 a.m. Dec. 8.
n First Presbyterian, Norwalk
The community is invited to celebrate the beginning of Advent this Sunday during the 9:30 a.m. hour in Fellowship Hall with ADVENTures. There will be activities for all ages to help usher in the Advent season including family Christmas craft projects and wreath making. Light refreshments will be served.
During the 10:45 morning worship service, the church will observe the first Sunday of Advent. The Advent wreath will be lit by Gretchen Hester and Ethan Colbert; the sacrament of communion will be celebrated.
The annual evening of Christmas caroling to friends-at-home takes place at 5 p.m. Dec. 9.
n Clarksfield UMC
CLARKSFIELD — This church, located at 5151 Zenobia Road, will have services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. There will be a guest speaker, Karen Duchoslav. Church members will light the first candle of the Advent wreath during the service.
The Christmas party for the United Methodist women will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church for the ladies of the church.
n Norwalk Alliance
This church will be celebrating “A Simple Christmas” this Advent season. Beginning Sunday, the Rev. Bruce Rzengota will deliver a series of messages focusing on the relationships, family and simpler gatherings that will focus on the simple message that God so loved the world that he sent his son. Simple gift exchanges, Christmas card giveaways, caroling and even a wassail bowl are being planned.
Also during Advent, the Rev. Wayne Mushett is organizing a holiday workshop choir and new volunteers are welcome. Cheryl Rzengota will begin “Christmas in Children’s Church” during the 9 a.m. service.
The Great Commission Coffee House is open after Sunday services.
n Milan Baptist
MILAN — This church is having its Christmas Wonderland celebration from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club, 295 Townline Road 151.
Those attending should bring a non-perishable or canned-foot item to be donated to a local charity. Adults are free. Children are $1 each, with the cost not to exceed $4 per family. Bring this church brief for one free admission. Call (419) 499-2265 for details.
n St. Paul Episcopal
Service time this is at 10 a.m. Sunday. Bishop Williams will be present as will the congregation of St. Thomas Port Clinton. Brunch will follow.
The renewal class will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday.
n Trinity Lutheran
MONROEVILLE — The church will be visited by characters from the Journey to Bethlehem during worship in the Advent season. Due to construction the Journey will return next year with even more stops along the way. This week meet Elizabeth and Zechariah, the aging parents of John the Baptist. They will share with the congregation how God does surprising things in the lives of humans and in the world. Worship begins at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.
n St. Paul Catholic
Blood pressure screenings a free hearing test will be offered after 7 a.m. Mass Sunday. Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be at the 9 a.m. Mass. The Norwalk Catholic School Choristers will be singing at the 11 a.m. Mass. Spanish Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. and blood pressure screenings will follow.
The rosary will be recited at 1 and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Evening prayer will take place Wednesday evenings throughout Advent, beginning this Wednesday.
Masses will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Friday and at 8 and 10 a.m. Dec. 8 for Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
n St. Peter Lutheran
This Norwalk church will begin celebrating the Advent season this Sunday by lighting the Prophets’ candle. Mid-week Advent worship will be held at noon and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A soup and sandwich luncheon will be served following the noon service. The theme for the three mid-week services this year (Dec. 5, 12 and 19) is “Breaking the Isaiah Code.” This week’s message is “Code — Light.”
n First United Methodist
The church is hosting a Gingerfest Christmas Carnival from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Norwalk Bronson Conservation Club. A $1 donation per child is requested. The family-oriented event will include games, crafts and lots of fun.
The LOGOS program has adopted a unit serving in Iraq, which includes church member Lt. Eric Gentzel who was deployed in October for a 15-month tour of duty. the LOGOS children made notes and cards for Gentzel and other soldiers and Christmas stockings also will be sent to them.
The congregation is collecting Christmas gifts for the Flat Rock community. Items are due by Monday.
The church youth room is in need of couches in used but good condition. If you have one to donate call (419) 668-1938.