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New Birth Worship Center Music Ministry,
1033 Newbirth Drive, East Bend, will present "The
Joy of Christmas" concert on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30
p.m. The concert will feature the Mass and Youth
Choirs and the Angels of Mercy Dance Ministry.
The senior pastor is Dr. James LJE Hunt. For more
information, please call 336-699-3583 or visit
Antioch Christian Church, 1432 Underwood
Ave.,?*ill have <pe 2016 Christmas concert: "A
Christmas to Remember" on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3
pjn. The concert is free and open to the public. The
performance will feature guest musician Anderson
"Butch" Stewart, who has worked with artists such
as James Brown, Shirley Caesar and Isaac Hayes. A
light dinner will be served alter the performance.
The pastor is James A. Gilliam with Kelley Gilliam
as the Minister of Music. For more information,
contact April Gilliam or Kelley Gilliam at 336-761 -
8200 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual candlelight service
Wentz Memorial Congregational United Church
of Christ (UCC), 3455 Carver School Road, will
celebrate its annual Christmas candlelight service
on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. The service will fea
ture readings from "The Mood of Christmas," a col
lection of meditations written by noted theologian
Dr. Howard Thurman. The combined choirs of
Wentz UCC and Parkway UCC, under the direction
of Dr. Connie McKoy and Mr. Craig Collins, will
provide the music for the service. The music selec
tions by the choir will include Glory to God, In the
Silence, Choral Fantasy on Creator of the Stars of
Night and The Wexford Carol. The customary light
ing of the candles will be joined by the congregation
singing Silent Night. The concert is free and open to
the public. The pastor is Rev. Renee G. Griffin.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church. 1301 CE Gray
Drive, will present "The Birth of Christ In Song and
Dance" on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. There will be
fruit bags and two $100 gift card drawings. To
receive the gift card drawing, you have to be pres
ent. For more information, call 336-721-1959. For a
needed ride, call 336-391-5143. The public is invit
ed to attend.
Friends and Family Day and play
New Direction Movement Cathedral, 3300
Overdale Drive, will host a Friends and Family Day
on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 11 am. Then at 4 pan. the
Sunday School Department will sponsor a
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston
Salem, 4055 Robinhood Road, will present
"Northern Lights" a musical service at 10:30 am.
on Sunday, Dec. 18. The choir of the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Greensboro will join in the
musical service. Gus Preschle will speak on
"Citizenship in an Era of Globalization" at 9 am.
for At Explorations There will be a 9 am. Forum
led by Steve Weston reviewing "Breaking the Spell:
Religion As a Natural Phenomenon" by Daniel
Dennett. For more information, visit
The Drama Ministry of Mt. Pleasant Missionary
Baptist Church, 495 N.W. Crawford Place, will
present the production of "Christmas on Trial" by
Greg Thomas. The drama will take place on Sunday,
Dec. 18 at 6 pm. The production will have a per
formance by the Dance Ministry, Mime Ministry
and a special Guest Psalmist. The production direc
tor is Ms. Lucille Lewis. The host pastor is Bishop
S. T. Davis Sr.
The Watoto Children's Choir, a group of 18
orphans from Uganda, will end its six-month U.S.
tour featuring a brand new concert, "Oh, What
Love", at Winston Salem First, 3730 University
Parkway, on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The con
cert, based on the Bible verse 1 John 3:1,
will feature worship songs that share the stories
of the children and the hope that they have because
of God's love. All performances are free and open to
Movie and speaker discussion
TEEM (Temple Emanuel's Environmental
Movement) will have a free environmental movie
and speaker series at Temple Emanuel, 201
Oakwood Drive. The film and discussion will be on
Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 7-9 pan. focusing on the
movie "Jane's Journey" The films focus is on the
topic of Biodiversity extinction and primates in
Africa through Dr. Jane Goodall famous work. For
more information, contact Gayle Tuch at
email@example.com or call 336-766-2767.
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Church Girl Scout troop gives
to women's shelter for kids
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
The Girl Scout troop out of United Metropolitan
Missionary Baptist Church embarked on a journey to earn
one of their community service Bronze level awards.
Last week, the girls from Troop 40419 gave to the bat
tered women's shelter.
The troop collected gently used toys, stuffed animals
and books to give to the children at the shelter. And with
this being the holiday season, those items are needed more
than ever. The troop also made bookmarks and home
made holiday greeting cards as well.
After collecting and making the items, the girls deliv
ered them to the shelter on Saturday, Dec. 10. Troop
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leader Shannon Shore said they wanted the children at the
shelter to have a "sense of home."
There were no families in the shelter at the time of
delivery, but Shore says they will have to go back to see
the fruits of their labor. She said they plan to read and
interact with the children who have to live there.
"I think it would be good for our girls to see they just
didn't give something to someone else, and it's just float
ing out there in space," Shore continued. "These children
actually need this, they want it and they appreciate it."
The three young girls from the troop were very excited
and happy to be able to help someone else in need.
TVoop member Viviana Shore said, 'To them, those
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Photo by Tevta Stiiuon
Members of Dionn Owen's Renaissance Choir perform during the breast cancer awareness program at
Morning Star Baptist Church on Dec. 10.
Making a joyful noise
for a good cause
BY TEVIN STINSON
THE CHRONICLE __
Last Saturday, The Light Gospel Radio joined forces
with Team Pink Gem (TPG), a local affiliate of the Susan
G. Kotnen Foundation, to bring awareness to the impact
breast cancer has on the community.
During the event held at Morning Star Baptist
Church, some of the best gospel musical talent the city
has to offer was showcased while raising donations to
support cancer research in the area.
A representative from Team Pink Gem said it's a joy
to see so many people come out and support the program
each year. She said Team Pink Gem would not be what it
is today without the support of people in the community.
TPG was started in 2012 by breast cancer survivor
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Ministers' Conference to elect new officers
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
The Ministers' Conference of
Winston-Salem and Vicinity
(MCWS V) is set to have elections for
president and vice presidents on
Tuesday, Dec. 20, after its weekly
The conference holds elections
bi-annually to choose new leader
ship. Bishop Todd Fulton, the cur
rent president, has led the conference
for the past two years.
The two candidates for president
are Dr. Lamont
D i g g s
Jones of United
men currently serve as first and sec
ond vice presidents of the MCWSV.
Williams says he decided to run
because his desires are very much in
line with what the conference stands
for. He says he deems himself a
"champion of social justice" because
the cause is so close to his heart.
"My true definition of who I am
is really about serving others,"
Williams said. "It's the benchmark
of a real leader that you seek to
inspire those around you by getting
them to do what maybe they would
not have done, and in the end, you
make them feel like it's their objec
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The Forerunner of the Saviour
By the end of this les
son, we will
?See Zacharias' role
in the story of the birth of
Zacharias' feelings of
doubt and apprehension
?Accept and fulfill
the tasks to which God
has called us
Background: The time given for this writing is 7-6
B.C. and the place is Jerusalem. Zacharias is a priest, one
of many (nearly a thousand). The jobs for priests were
offering the morning and evening sacrifices for the nation
of Israel, offerings of flour and oil, drink offerings and
burning incense ... Zacharias' job was incense burner.
Incense was used to pro
vide a good smell with the
offerings as they ascended
to God. (See Exodus 30:1
Lesson: Zacharias has
been chosen (by lot) to
serve a week to offer
incense, a job to be envied
(verses 8-10). While
Zacharias was praying
inside and burning
incense, the people were
praying in the outer court
and the smoke from the
incense was an indication to the congregation that their
prayers were going up to God. Zacharias is visited while
working, by an angel who tells him his prayers are heard
and he will have a son and will name him John (meaning
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