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Christmas open house set for Dec. 8
Trinity United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas open house for the community from 2:30-
6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The church will open its historic sanctuary, decorated for Christmas, so all may enjoy its beauty. Refreshments will be served and a variety of musicians will provide entertainment during the afternoon. The adult handbell ringers will play traditional Christmas music at 2:30 p.m. Restrooms will be available for those on the Southport homes tour.

Carolina Master Chorale sets Christmas events
‘Feliz Navidad’
The Carolina Master Chorale, conducted by music director Timothy Koch, will infuse its annual holiday program with a Spanish flair by presenting “Felíz Navidad: Christmas Music from Spain and Latin America” on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16.
The program will be presented at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
International operatic superstar mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez will join the CMC as guest artist. Artist in residence Jeffrey Jones and collaborative pianist Daniel Francis will also be featured as soloists.
The chorale will perform a wide range of entertaining music from Spain, Puerto Rico, Mexico and other Latin American countries, featuring composers from Tomás Luis de Victoria to José Feliciano and classic carols in dynamic and virtuosic arrangements from “Fum, Fum, Fum” to “O Holy Night.” As always, the CMC holiday concert offers plenty of familiar carols for audience sing-along.
Chávez has captured worldwide attention and acclaim in her signature roles and is now known as one of the definitive Carmens of the day, a role that she has performed with great success throughout the country and elsewhere in the world, including Japan, China, Taiwan, Europe and Australia.
This concert marks her fourth appearance in Myrtle Beach as a guest of the Carolina Master Chorale. She will return for a May 5 performance of her signature role in the CMC’s production of Bizet’s beloved opera, “Carmen.”
Tickets for the performances are $20 adults, $15 seniors and $5 students (under 25 with ID). Call the CMC office at (843) 444-5774 or visit its website at www.carolinamasterchorale.com.
‘A Carmen Christmas’
The Carolina Master Chorale will present “A Carmen Christmas: A Spanish Holiday Evening with Kirstin Chávez” on Tuesday evening, Dec. 18, at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
A pre-concert reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. featuring gourmet heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar followed at 7:30 p.m. by a gala recital of Spanish songs and Christmas classics from opera superstar Kirstin Chávez benefiting the Carolina Master Chorale.
Chavez will be joined by Italian pianist Paolo André Gualdi, a member of the faculty at Francis Marion University. He has performed in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras in Italy, Brazil and the United States.
Tickets are $40 per person and include the recital and the pre-concert reception with gourmet heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. For tickets, call the CMC office at (843) 444-5884 or ask any chorale member.


‘Christmas Tour’ is Dec. 8 concert
Faith Building Mission and 90.5 FM will present “Christ is Come Christmas Tour,” a free concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Highest Praise Worship Center, 19 Red Bug Road in Shallotte.
The concert will feature Big Daddy Weave and Mikeschair with special guests La Poema and Simply JK.
Tickets are available at New Life Christian Book Store in Shallotte. Optional donations will be received at the door. For more information, contact Highest Praise Worship Center at (910) 754-4809 or Dean Siler at (843) 283-7007.

Clemmons to sing Dec. 9
Mount Olive Baptist Church, 2919 Galloway Road in Bolivia (mile marker 24 on U.S. 17 S), will host a night of worship featuring the music and ministry of Michael Clemmons at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, as he debuts his first solo project, “Unending Love.”
Clemmons is the 2008 Brunswick Idol winner; one of the Brunswick Beacon’s Ten Most Interesting People from 2009; a member of the Southern Gospel family group, The Guiding Lights; and a dedicated Christian who seeks to represent Christ in all.
“Not only has Michael chosen 11 songs that will speak straight to your heart, he produced the CD, sang on it, recorded most of the harmonies and authored one of the songs,” said Mike Milligan, owner of Serenade Studios. “He absolutely has a project that will appeal to all ages. In a word: fantastic.”
Be prepared to worship, be inspired and encouraged listening to the message in song, including a brand new song written by Clemmons, titled “Out of the Depths.” For more information about the concert, call 754-6808 or 253-5546.

Hurricane relief truck heads north Dec. 10
Grace Baptist Hour Ministries’ Christians for the Crisis has once more teamed up with Bible Baptist Church of Holden Beach to help our friends in the northeast that are suffering in the cold from Hurricane Sandy.
Last year with everyone’s help, a big truck loaded with food, clothing, furniture, tools, and cleaning materials was driven to Alabama to help hundreds of people who suffered in the tornados.
Now, your help is needed again. The ministries’ big 26-foot truck will be leaving on Dec. 10, taking a load to help those in need in New York. The need is great. Will you please help us help them?
An extra burden at this time is to collect toys for the children for Christmas gifts. Sometimes we forget about the children.
Send all gifts and donations to the following locations:
Grace Baptist Hour Ministries, 323 Dennis St. in Shallotte.  For information on drop-off or large item pickup, call 754-3316.
Bible Baptist Church, 2428 Sea Shore Road in Supply. For information on drop-off or large item pickup, call 842-7822.
Tax-deductible receipts are available for all donations. Records are available to anyone making financial donations.

Sermons set for Dec. 9
“Do You Know What I Know?” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
Based on scripture from Luke 3:7-18, this will be the third in a series of sermons on Advent, focusing on preparing the way. The handbell choirs will play at the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services in the sanctuary.
Traditional worship services will be at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Murrow Hall, with music led by Praise, the worship band. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Nursery care is available at all services.
For further information, visit the church website at SouthportTrinity.org or call 457-6633.

Church to honor pastor
Greater Tabernacle Church in Longwood will celebrate Cathy S. Moore’s eighth anniversary as pastor on Dec. 11, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. It will conclude with an 11:30 a.m. morning service and a 4 p.m. evening service on Sunday, Dec. 16.
Guest preachers will be the Rev. Anne Butler of Spiritual Lighthouse Church in Whiteville on Tuesday, Dec. 11; the Rev. Ray Gilbert of Good Shepherd Community Church in Tabor City on Thursday,
Dec. 13; the Rev. Mumford Hamilton of Come As You Are Church in Myrtle Beach, S.C, on Friday, Dec. 14; the Rev. Kevin McGeechy of New Prong Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Whiteville on Sunday morning, Dec. 16; and bishop Varnie N. Fullwood of Mount Pleasant Church Ministries in Clinton on Sunday evening, Dec. 16.
Dinner will be served after the Sunday morning service. Everyone is invited to come out and help celebrate this occasion.