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Very Merry Christmas concert tour coming to Pascagoula church

NewSong, along with Building 429 and Plumb, will bring their Very Merry Christmas tour at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 to First Baptist Church of Pascagoula, 902 Live Oak Ave. Benefiting Feed The Children, the concert tour will introduce Reno and feature original Christmas selections and beloved favorites from each artist.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the church office, by calling 1-800-965-9324 or online at www.iTickets.com. Tickets are available in advance ($19) or at the door ($22). Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are also available ($16).

"The Christmas tour always proves to be one of the highlights of our year," NewSong founding member Eddie Carswell said. "It's a time to celebrate the Hope we've been given through Jesus' birth, and it will be an honor to lead audiences in worshiping Him with our friends Building 429 and Plumb during this special season."

With a career spanning more than 30 years, 19 albums, NewSong's ministry has been highlighted by such defining songs as "Arise, My Love," "Rescue," "The Same God" "The Christmas Shoes."

Building 429 released their latest album, "Unashamed," on Sept. 25. Their previous project, "We Won't Be Shaken," debuted at No.1 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart. The band first broke through with its 2004 No. 1 hit "Glory Defined."

Throughout her decade-plus career as both a songwriter, recording artist and author, Plumb has found success in a myriad of genres, selling over half a million albums and 3 million singles worldwide. Her new album, "Exhale," reflects Plumb's journey, returning to Christian music as her principle ministry and purpose.

-- Sun Herald

Chabad plans Dec. 10 Hanukkah celebration

Chabad of Southern Mississippi will hold its annual menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebration at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 inside Edgewater Mall in Biloxi in front of the Belk entrance in the former Champs store location.

The community is invited to the event, which will include traditional foods such as jelly doughnuts and fried potato latkes, a face painter, kids' crafts, a photo booth, Jewish music and the lighting of "Mississippi's largest Menorah," co-director Rabbi Akiva Hall said.

There is no charge; donations will be accepted.

Details: Rabbi Hall, 596-5755 or rabbi@jewishmississippi.com

-- Sun Herald

'Chicken Soup' will film in Mississippi

"Chicken Soup for the Soul," a book that tells inspiring stories, is coming to the small screen and will dedicate the first 15 minutes of every show to miracles in Mississippi.

Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the motivational book, said he plans to shoot the series in Mississippi. Hansen, who visited St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Ridgeland on Monday, said the state is the perfect venue.

Anyone who wishes to share a Mississippi miracle can send an email to reception@markvictorhansen.com.

-- Associated Press

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