Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Columbia will hold its annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday. The seasonal music will be presented by the church's Adult Parish Choir, Children's Christus Choir, Teen Vocal Ensemble, Beginning Bells, Prince of Peace Bell Choir, String Ensemble and Liturgical Dancers.

After the performance, refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall. The church is at 10689 Owen Brown Rd. A freewill offering will be accepted. For more information, call the church office at 410-997-8770.


Channing Memorial Church in Clarksville will host a "Sounds of the Season" celebration at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. All ages and levels of talent are invited to share instrumental and vocal music and holiday desserts. The church holds services at Pointers Run Elementary School, 6600 Trotter Rd. For more information, call 410-480-8232 or go to the church Web site,


Christ United Methodist Church in Columbia will hold a "Hanging of the Greens" ceremony and covered-dish dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday. Participants are invited to bring caps, scarves and socks to hang on the church's mitten tree. The items will be donated to area needy people. After dinner, there will be Christmas cookies for children to decorate for dessert.

The church also will hold a Children's Christmas Pageant at 10 a.m. Dec. 19. That evening, at 5, carolers will meet at the parsonage, 6446 Tauler Ct., for Christmas caroling in the neighborhood. The church is at 7246 Cradlerock Way. For more information about any event, call 410-381-6329.

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