Religion Briefs: Friendship Baptist fills more than 1,300 boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Religion Briefs: Friendship Baptist fills more than 1,300 boxes for Operation Christmas Child
Members of Sykesville's Friendship Baptist Church stuff boxes for Operation Christmas Child. (Courtesy photo)

For the second straight year, Friendship Baptist Church collected donations for Operation Christmas Child. Not only do church volunteers collect the donations, they have a packing party event, a day to pack up all the donations they receive from members and regular church attendees. This year, they were able to fill more than 1,300 boxes to help make Christmas a little more special for children who might otherwise miss out. Many of the Friendship volunteers then went to the Operation Christmas Child Distribution Center in Columbia to stuff even more boxes. Friendship Baptist Church is at 1391 Sykesville Road in Sykesville.

Ascension’s Cookie Walk set for Dec. 16

The Church of the Ascension, at 23 N. Court Street, Westminster, will host a Cookie Walk in its Fellowship Hall from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Cookies will be priced by the pound. Funds raised will benefit the church's Children and Youth Ministries. For more information, call the church office at 410-848-3251.

Pancake breakfast at St. Benjamin, Dec. 16

St. Benjamin Lutheran Church’s all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to raise funds for the church is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16 from 7 to 10 a.m. For tips, children of the church will wrap presents. The church is at 700 Krider’s Cemetery Road, Westminster. For information, call 410-848-3311 or visit

Lazarus UCC to hold Candlelight services

Lazarus United Church of Christ, with services held at Lineboro Fire Dept., 4221 Main St.,Lineboro, will hold a a Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 17. There will be a 6:15 p.m. Social Hour and service at 6:45 p.m. with Communion. Lazarus also will holds Christmas Eve Service on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 10:15 a.m. with Communion. For information, call Julie Wright at 443-280-1497.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Dec. 17

The Westminster United Methodist Church Chancel Choir joins the Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County, Margaret Boudreaux, Artistic Director, in a service of lessons and carols, in the tradition of King’s College in Cambridge, England, on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Commencing with a grand processional, the festival highlights the prophesy, birth, and reign of Christ through scripture and song. A free will offering will be received for the benefit of a local charity. The Westminster UMC is at 165 E. Main St., Westminster. Call 410-848-8325 for more information.

Christmas program at Baust

The children's Christmas program of Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17 during the morning worship at 10 a.m. The youth will tell the Christmas story found in Luke 2 while the children of the church will portray the characters in the Christmas story. The third Advent candle will be lit during the service. The Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. The church is located at 2950 Old Taneytown Road in Tyrone. Rev. Jeffry Dull is minister. For more information call 410 751-1237, email or visit

Messiah presents ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’

Messiah United Methodist Church invites all to attend the Christmas musical, Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. The musical is entitled “The Greatest Story Ever Told” and was created by Dennis and Nan Allen. The church is located at 20 Middle Street, Taneytown. A free will offering will be taken and given to Taneytown Caring and Sharing Ministries. Following the musical there will be a time of fellowship and light refreshments in the social hall.

Ebenezer UMC celebrates Christmas

Ebenezer United Methodist Church invites the public to attend its special Christmas events and services at 4901 Woodbine Road in Winfield. Due to Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve falling on Sunday, there will be only one worship service at 10 a.m., and no Sunday school, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The children’s Sunday School Christmas Pageant will be held during the 10 a.m. worship service, Dec. 24. Special Christmas Eve services will include a traditional family worship with the Chancel choir at 8 p.m., followed by a candlelight worship, with special music, at 10 p.m. The Rev. Judith A. Emerson is pastor. For information call 410-795-6136 or visit

The Carroll County Times regularly publishes Religion Briefs about news from local places of worship, from new clergy to guest speakers to special services and classes. Photos are published as space allows and must be sent as JPG attachments, with caption information included. Items must be received no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday to be considered for that Saturday’s edition. Submit information to or mail to 115 Airport Drive, Suite 170, Westminster, MD 21157. Our website,, features a listing of local places of worship and their regular services. Community-oriented events are published Sundays in our Carroll Planner. For more information, call 410-857-7891.