APACHE JUNCTION: Bread of Life Christian Fellowship Church, 32 N. 114th St., will present a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. today, led by Shirley Colvin, a member of the church’s praise and worship team.
The Chicago native has been associated with many professional groups and choirs, but now focuses entirely on spiritual work. Also singing will be the church’s children’s ministry, Rebecca Martin’s Ministries dance and mime, Malachi Tressler, and Sharon and Reggie Hill. The concert is free. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the church’s food bank. (480) 354-8247.
“The Star of Christmas,” an animated Christmas movie by Veggie Tales, will be shown 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Gateway of Hope Church, which meets in the Performing Arts Center of Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. Refreshments will follow the half-hour film that precedes 11 a.m. worship. (480) 354-7038.
Christmas Eve services will be 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2211 S. Goldfield Road. Christmas Day worship will be 9 a.m. Advent worship is 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday and 5 p.m. Dec. 23. (480) 982-8266.
A dramatic musical, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” written by Deborah Craig-Claar and Mark Hayes, will be presented 5:30 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Sunday at Chandler First Assembly of God, 532 W. Ray Road. (480) 963-6868.
The Chancel Choir will perform a Christmas cantata during worship at 9 a.m. Sunday at Chandler United Methodist Church, 251 W. Chandler Blvd. A play, “The Nativity,” will be presented by children at the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve program. Other worship of Christmas Eve will be 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., featuring a candlelight service, communion, Scripture and carols. Holiday mission projects include filling socks for Sidewalk Sunday School and collecting food for Chandler Christian Community Center. (480) 963-3360.
Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Road, will hold services at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. (480) 963-3997 or www.chandlercc.org.
Women of Gilbert Christian Church, 326 E. Guadalupe Road, will have a potluck and cookie exchange at 5:30 p.m. today, with fellowship, prayer, ministry and Christmasrelated activities. (480) 892-9612.
Boulder Mountain Christian Church, 9390 E. McLellan Road, will host a live nativity and petting zoo 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today. The free event will allow the public to drive past the manger scene or park and walk around it and visit the petting zoo. The church will give each family a small gift and serve hot chocolate, coffee and cookies around a bonfire. Holiday crafts will be available. (480) 986-0006.
Festival Choirs and a symphonic orchestra will present “This Gift — Sounds of Christmas” concerts at 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Baptist Church, 2130 E. University Drive. Free. Dessert receptions after concerts. Child care for children to age 5. Attendees are asked to bring canned and nonperishable foods for the needy. Christmas Eve candlelight services at 5 p.m. in the worship center, with a Spanishlanguage service at 5 p.m. in Myra Chapel. (480) 834-9120 or www.trinityofmesa.org.
“La Pastorela: The Shepherd’s Odyssey: A Latino Christmas Tale,” will be presented 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today in the Piper Repertory Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. It is presented by the Cultural Coalition and Colores Actors-Writers Workshop. Tickets for the musical, comedy and drama, written by James Garcia, are $8 to $22. (480) 834-5731 or www.culturalcoalition.com.
First Presbyterian Church, 161 N. Mesa Drive, will present “What Sweeter Music,” a Christmas cantata featuring children’s and adult vocal choirs, hand bells and a signing choir, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. A Family Christmas Eve candlelight communion service will be 10:30 a.m., with a traditional candlelight communion of lessons and carols at 9 p.m. (480) 964-8606.
The Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., will present “A Candlelight Christmas” by Benjamin Harlan at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday. Harlan’s work will be presented by a chamber orchestra and organ. A family Christmas Eve service will be 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. candlelight service, both in the sanctuary. A New Year’s Eve Watch Night service will be 11 p.m. in the sanctuary. (480) 844-4509.
“One Small Child,” a new musical by award-winning arranger Tom Fettke, will be presented at Advent worship services at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Church of the Master Presbyterian (USA), 6659 E. University Drive. The 30-member Church of the Master Choir, directed by Don Borrmann, and a 10-piece orchestra have worked since August on the production. Child care will be available, refreshments will follow and donations will be accepted. (480) 985-1660. Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring the 40-member Mesa Symphony Orchestra and Mesa Community College choirs totaling 114 singers, will be performed at 2:30 p.m. today at the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. It will feature guest musicians Stephanie Clark, soprano, and Kathleen Ruhleder, mezzo-soprano. Tickets are $15 to $40, with student, senior and group rates available. (480) 644-6500 or www.mesasymphony.org.
A singalong of Handel’s “Messiah” will be 7:30 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, 161 N. Mesa Drive. The performance will include the oratorio’s Christmas portion and “Hallelujah Chorus.” Glenn Bennett, director of choral activities at Mesa Community College, will direct the choir, joined by Mark Ramsey on the Visser-Rowland pipe organ and a string ensemble and soloists. The public is encouraged to bring “Messiah” scores and sing with others. (480) 964-8606, Ext. 24.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 805 N. Country Club Drive, will have Christmas Eve day services at 10 a.m. (instead of the regular 9 a.m.) with a family worship with candles and carols at 5 p.m. and candlelight communion service at 11 p.m. (480) 833-7312.
Cornerstone Church, 4248 E. Broadway Road, will have a 45-minute Christmas Eve service, beginning at 6 p.m. It will feature Advent readings, carol singing and instrumental music. (480) 832-1150.
Desert Heritage Church (related to United Church of Christ), 1020 N. Horne, will have Christmas Eve services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (480) 969-5631.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 3257 E. University Drive, will have candlelight Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m. Christmas Day services will be 10 a.m. (480) 830-1723.
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive, will have Christmas Eve services 9:30 a.m. (Advent worship led by Sunday school children); a family Christmas service at 4 p.m.; a service of lessons and carols at 7 p.m.; and candlelight communion service at 11 p.m. A festival communion service will be 10 a.m. Christmas Day. New Year’s Eve services will be at 7 p.m., besides regular morning services. (480) 969-4414.
Christ’s Church of the Valley will have seven identical Christmas season services. They will be 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Dec. 23; and 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road. No child care during worship. (623) 376-2444 or www.ccvonline.com.
St. Mark Lutheran Church, 3030 E. Thunderbird Road, will have a children’s Christmas program 7 p.m. Wednesday. Christmas Eve services will be 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., with candlelight services at 11 p.m. There will be 11 a.m. Christmas Day services. (602) 943-3383.
The Christ-centered yoga ministry at Mountain Park Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road, will have a Christmas yoga event 6 p.m. Thursday. A worship experience will mix yoga with Christmas music, fellowship and stress-relieving exercise. It is open to the community with no registration required. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rosie’s House Holiday Concert will be 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St. It will feature musicians from lowincome families. Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children began 10 years ago. Karin Thomas is artistic director. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Rosie’s House, 527 W. Pima St., Phoenix, AZ 85003. (602) 252-8475 or www.rosieshouse.org.
Rock Point Church, affiliated with the Baptist General Conference, will offer three daytime services and one evening service on Christmas Eve. Camp Kidzrock Kids will sing holiday music at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4068 E. Pecos Road. A traditional service will be 9 a.m. in the high school’s library. A Christmas singalong will be part of the service at 5 p.m. in the performing arts center. (480) 988-5391.
The Worship Arts Ministry of Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., will present its remaining performances of its 21st annual Christmas production, “He Came … The Story Begins,” at 7 p.m. today with a matinee at 4 p.m. More than 200 performers from the adult and children’s choirs, orchestra, dance and drama teams will take part. It is free, but tickets are required from the church. For more information, call (480) 824-7200.
Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s Messiah for the 29th season, featuring a community singalong, orchestra and soloists, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Grace Chapel, 8524 E. Thomas Road. It is free, but an offering will be taken. Choir members from across the Valley are invited to take part. (480) 945-8071 or www.scotsymph.org.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 7405 E. McDonald Drive, will have regular worship at 10:15 a.m. on Christmas Eve with evening services at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The church’s Christmas Cradle Project is collecting diapers, wipes, blankets and clothing for the Crisis Nursery. (480) 948-5636.
University Presbyterian Church, 139 E. Alameda Drive, will have Christmas Eve services at 9:30 a.m., with evening family services, with a children’s program, at 4 p.m., with communion, and a candlelight communion service at 8 p.m., with Chancel Choir music. (480) 966-6267.
A Christmas concert, featuring the church choir, bell choir, organ solos and carols will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 1337 W. 11th St. A reception will follow. Advent devotional services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday. They revolve around the theme Names of Jesus, and include caroling and hymns. Soup supper at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. (480) 967-2660.
Christmas Eve services will be 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 101 E. Sixth St. (480) 967-2275.
Reconciliation Catholic Church and Franciscan Friars of Reconciliation will host a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. at Montecito Clubhouse, 2727 E. University Drive, with a potluck to follow. For more information, call the Rev. Michael Hillis, (480) 649-0901 or www.reconciliationcatholicchurch.org.