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First Baptist, Indian Trail

Christmas program: "An Indian Trail Christmas 2011." 7 p.m. Dec. 15-18 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17-18. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. Reserved seating available at www.fbcit.org.

Grace United Methodist

Christmas program: The chancel choir and bell choir, along with a guest cellist, will present a program of lessons and carols. 5 p.m. Dec. 18. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.

Wesley United Methodist

Christmas cantata: The chancel choir, with guest musicians, will present "Mary, Did You Know?" Free. 11 a.m. Dec. 18. 3715 Rea Road. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.

St. Stephen United Methodist

Christmas Eve worship: Family service, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight services, 7:30 and 11 p.m. Visitors welcome. 6800 Sardis Road. www.ststephenumc.net.

St. Ann Catholic

Mass: A Solemn High Mass, according to the 1962 Missale Romanum, will be celebrated by Timothy Reid. Newly-ordained Seminarian Jason Barone will be the deacon and homilist. The Mass will be in Latin, with worship aids available. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17. 3635 Park Road. www.stanncharlotte.org.

Myers Park Presbyterian

Food donations needed: The church will accept donations for Loaves and Fishes. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays at the Outreach Center, 1073 Providence Road.

Travelers' Service: "Christmas Eve" service for those traveling over the holidays. 7 p.m. Dec. 19. 2501 Oxford Place. www.myersparkpres.org.

St. Matthew Catholic

Polish mass: 3 p.m. Dec. 18. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available at 2 p.m. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Christmas concert: The Ballantyne Chamber Orchestra will perform. The program will include selections by the chancel choir. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

Service: A service of lessons and carols will be held at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 18. Child care provided. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. www.smpchome.org.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Hand bell concert: The Queen City Ringers will present "Ring We Now of Christmas." Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 20. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.queencityringers.org.

Trinity Presbyterian

Music for the season: Carol Sugg will sing Appalachian carols by John Jacob Niles, accompanied by Jane Arant, who will also play organ arrangements of familiar carols. A reception follows. Free. 4 p.m. Dec. 18. 3115 Providence Road. www.trinitypreschurch.org.

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