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Immanuel Lutheran Church East Dundee has for several years included display nativity scenes church early Advent season. Immanuel's Sanctuary Nativity

Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee has for several years included a display of nativity scenes at the church early in the Advent season. Immanuel's Sanctuary Nativity made of handpainted cast resin and made in Tuscany, Italy is pictured at a previous

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Updated: January 21, 2013 3:28PM

Christians around the world and in the Fox Valley celebrate the birth of Jesus in a variety of musical, candlelight and meditative services over the next several days. Here is a list of event notices that churches provided to the The Courier-News.

Carpentersville: Zion Christian plans candlelight

Zion Christian Church, located at 138 N. Washington St., Carpentersville will host their annual Candlelight Christmas Eve worship and celebration on Monday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. This year’s event will include Special Music and a dramatic presentation by the youth ministry, “The Zion Good News Crew,” in addition to Pastor Tom’s message, “The Miracle of Christmas,” and the traditional candlelight singing of “Silent Night.” For details contact Pastor Tom at or 847-890-2151.

West Dundee: Christmas Eve at First Congregational

First Congregational Church of Dundee will celebrate Christmas Eve with three evening services at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. The Christmas messages will be delivered by the Rev. Aaron James, Senior Pastor. Children and adults will enjoy a family friendly service at 7 p.m. with readings and carols sung by all. Traditional candlelight services will be held at 9 and 11 p.m. The church is at 900 South Eighth Street (Route 31 and Angle Tarn), West Dundee. For further details, call First Congregational Church of Dundee at (847) 426-2161 ext. 210 or visit the Website at

Bartlett: Living Nativity set at World Outreach

Bring your family and friends to the Annual Drive-Thru Living Nativity. Hosted by Faith World Outreach Church at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Dec. 21 and 22 Enjoy hot cider, homemade cookies as you drive through scene by scene and watch the Nativity story come to life. This event is open to the public and there is no charge. 1280 S Route 59 in Bartlett. For more information call 630-830-0196 or online

Elgin: Musical cantata at Northwest Bible Baptist

“Born to Die” is the title of the Christmas Cantata to be presented by the adult and junior choirs of the Northwest Bible Baptist Church of Elgin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 at the church, 9N889 Nesler Road, Elgin. The musical relates the true meaning of Christmas, and the Christian belief in the reason Jesus came, through the story of a modern-day prodigal teenage son and his parents’ unwavering love for him. The performance in the church auditorium is free and the public is welcome to attend. For more information contact the church at 847-695-6222 or visit the Web site at

St. Charles: Hosanna! sets Christmas service times

Hosanna! Lutheran Church invites the community to join us at one of four Christmas Eve worship services on Monday, Dec. 24: 3 p.m. — Children’s Service (great for families with young children); 5 p.m. — Contemporary Music Service; 9 and 11 p.m. Traditional Music Service. The Christmas Eve theme is “The Christmas Message of Hope.” On Tuesday, Dec. 25 there will be a Christmas Day service at 5:30 p.m. only and the theme will be “Our Savior Is Born.” Holy Communion will be celebrated at all five services, handheld candles will be part of Christmas Eve worship at 5, 9 and 11. All in the community are welcomed to attend. For more information please contact the church office at 630-584-6434, email at or visit our website at Hosanna! is a Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) church and is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

West Dundee: Christmas Masses at St. Catherine

The faithful are welcome to the preparation and celebration of the miracle of Christ’s birth and the New Year’s Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God at St. Catherine of Siena Church located at 845 West Main Street in West Dundee. Mass schedules for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day include:

The Vigil of Christmas on Christmas Eve - Monday, Dec. 24;

4 p.m. Mass (no incense) with Adult Choir Concert at 3:30 p.m.

7 p.m. Mass (no incense) with Music Prelude at 6:45 p.m.

Midnight Mass, 12 a.m. (with incense) and Music Prelude at 11:30 p.m.

The Nativity of the Lord on Christmas Day - Tuesday, Dec. 25:

9:30 a.m. Mass (with incense) and Children’s Chorus

11:30 a.m. Mass (no incense) with Music Prelude at 11:15 a.m.

(Note: There will be no 7:30 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day

Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God - Holy Day of Obligation

Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 on New Year’s Eve - 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mass

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 on New Year’s Day - 10 a.m. Mass

For more information, call the St. Catherine of Siena parish office at 847-426-2217.

St. Charles: Spaghetti set Sunday after Christmas

On Sunday, Dec. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the monthly event held at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Avenue, (Route 25) in St. Charles. For the holiday, special musical entertainment will accompany the dinner. Carry-out is available and the building is handicapped accessible. For information call Joe at 630-890-6586.

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