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Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 815 W. 16th St., will host its 43rd presentation of excerpts from Handel’s Messiah performed by the Art Porter Singers at 5 p.m. Dec. 15. (501) 374-2891.

Bethlehem Methodist Church, 2540 Bethlehem Road, Lonoke, will hold a candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The “Christmas Road to Bethlehem,” the set of hand-painted scenes and signs that tell the Christmas story located on Bethlehem Road off Arkansas 31 in Austin, is now open. Call (501) 438-2272 or (501) 454-0183.

Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway, will hold its choir’s Candlelight Carol services at 7:30 p.m. today , and at 4 p.m. Sunday at Greene Chapel. Today’s service will be live-streamed at; registration at the website or at (877) 208-8777 is required for both Greene Chapel services. The choir will hold services (no reservations required) at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at First United Methodist Church, 615 E. Main St., Batesville; and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at First United Methodist Church, 6701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Drive, will host the Chamber Singers performing holiday concerts at 7 p.m. Tuesday; advance tickets are $15 and $10 for students, and are $18 and $12 for students at the door. The Chamber Singers will give free performances at 7 p.m. Friday, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 14-15 at the Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St. Reservations for all concerts are available at or (501) 377-1121.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4106 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, will host the free performance “Music for the Holidays” with May Tsao-Lim, Andrew Irvin and David Renfro, at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A reception will be held afterward. (501) 753-4281.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 925 Mitchell St., Conway, will host the church’s Artists’ Collective “Winter Make-and-Take” event from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Refreshments will be served and Lady J and the Trebled Souls will provide music. The event is for those 21 and older; tickets are $30 at (501) 590-8990 and proceeds benefit the Conway Alliance for the Arts.

Winfield United Methodist Church, 20100 Cantrell Road, will have its Living Nativity with actors portraying Nativity scenes from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday.

(501) 868-4225.


Ecumenical Buddhist Society, 1516 W. Third St., will have an introductory overview of Buddhism led by Dr. Jay McDaniel from 1-4 p.m. today. Register for free at; send questions to

(501) 376-7056.

Faith Lutheran Church, 7525 W. Markham St., will have a Christmas Market at 8:30 a.m. today. Free admission and hot cider; the market will sell items including handmade crafts and baked goods. Proceeds benefit the homeless ministry The Van and the Tyler Dannaway Foundation.

(501) 666-0850.

Mount Zion Baptist Church, 908 Cross St., will hold its Advent Season Prayer Retreat, “Advent: A Season of Prayer,” with speaker Carol Miles, at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14 in the church’s Fellowship Hall. (501) 374-5832.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi St., will have “A Spiritual Prescription for Advent and Christmas” with Dr. Joanna Seibert, “Angels in the Conference Room” with Michael McCain and silent meditation at 9:15 a.m. Sunday. (501) 225-4203.

Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, will hold a Sunday School class, “Advent Perspectives Through the Eyes of C.S. Lewis,” at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 and 22. (501) 227-0000.

Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4501 Rahling Road, will feature children in its 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. (501) 868-5848.

The deadline for Religion calendar submissions is 5 p.m. Monday for Saturday publication.Addresses are in Little Rock unless otherwise indicated. Items must have an address and a phone number and be open to the public. To submit a news release, fax (501) 372-4765 or email the information to:


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