Religion Briefs for South Mississippi 1205

Send religion-related events to or fax to 896-2104. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday.


Cedar Lake Christian Assembly: Celebrate the Wonder of Christmas, 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6. Traditional carols, big band Christmas medleys and more. Candlelight Christmas Service, 5-6 p.m. Dec. 20. Address: 11555 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. Details: 392-6279.

Chabad of Southern Mississippi: Menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebration, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, at Edgewater Mall, inside in front of Belk's entrance, Biloxi. Donations appreciated. Event includes traditional foods, face painting, kids craft, photo booth, Jewish music and lighting of Mississippi Menorah. Details: 596-5755.

Christus Victor Lutheran Church: Quilt drawing, 11 a.m. Dec. 13. Benefit for mortgage principal fund. Sponsored by the WELCA Ladies. Tickets: $3 each or $10 for four tickets. Address: 2755 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs.

Coalville United Methodist Church: Birthday Party for Jesus, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6. Entertainment by Family of Faith Gospel Choir, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church and Cornerstone Praise and Worship Band. Spaghetti dinner and birthday cake. Bring a donation of a sleeping bag, backpack, blanket, hats and gloves to benefit Seashore Mission's homeless program. Details: 596-3772.

Congregation Beth Israel and the Gulf Coast Unit of B'nai B'rith: Festival of Lights with a Chanukah Party, 5:30 p.m. Dec 6. Features holiday songs, traditional foods, games and raffle prizes. Address: 12277 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport. Details: 539-1655.

Escatawpa Baptist Church: Live Nativity, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 18-20; Candlelight Service, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Address: 7101 Mississippi 63. Details: 475-2938.

First Baptist Church, Long Beach: Fifth annual One Starry Night, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 5. Details: 864-2584.

First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs: Christmas program followed by dinner served by the Harbor Youth Ministry, 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Come, O' Dayspring -- Service of Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Address: 921 Ocean Ave. Details: 875-5326.

First United Gospel Assembly: Toy and Clothing Giveaway, 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 12. Address: 2000 28th St., Gulfport. Details: 669-0054.

First United Methodist Church of Long Beach: Sea Santa Sail-a-bration event on the Town Green, 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Second Sunday of Advent, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 6, main campus, Sanctuary Worship Services. Sermon Services-Come to the Manger. Long Beach High School Madrigal Singers will perform. The Well Service, 11 a.m., Fleming Auditorium at University of Southern Mississippi. Sermon Series-A Stable Influence. United Methodist Women's Christmas Tea, 2 p.m. Santa Breakfast in the Christian Life Center and Christmas on the Avenue at the Town Green, 8 a.m. Dec. 12. Address: 208 Pine St. Details: 863-9619.

Gateway United Methodist Church: Parent's Shopping Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5. Adult supervision, organized activities and lunch provided. Address: 16020 S. Swan Road, Gulfport. Details: 832-0135.

New Life Family Church: Christmas Ladies Night Out, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Guided by Kerri Garrard, owner of Artzy Kreations. Cost: $30 and includes materials. Childcare will be available, $5. Details: 388-5183.

Springhill Avenue Temple: Hanukkah celebration, meeting room at Comfort Suites Biloxi-Ocean Springs, Big Ridge Road, 4 p.m. Dec. 12, by Rabbi Dana Kaplan. Details: 251-478-0415 or 475-1166.

St. Mary Catholic Church: Groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a new church, 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6. Bishop Roger Morin will preside. Address: 8343 Woolmarket Road, Biloxi. Details: 392-1999.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church: Midweek Advent service, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. Soup and sandwich supper, 6 p.m. Address: 1301 31st Ave., Gulfport. Details: 864-6264.

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church: Ninth Grade Rite of Entry, 6 p.m. Dec. 6; Christmas pageant dress rehearsal in church, 12:45 p.m. Dec. 6; Vigil Mass, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7; RCIA meet, 7 p.m. Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8:30 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Address: 720 E. Beach Blvd., Long Beach. Details: 863-1610.

Unity of Gulfport: Noon lunch, after service, followed by a 1 p.m. class on anointing with sacred essential oils, Dec. 6. Reserve a space: 731-7731.