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•Benefit singing. Truth Baptist Church on Sewell Road in Athens will host a benefit singing featuring The Terrys for the James Boldin family at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Proceeds will help cover funeral expenses. Contact Donald Terry at 256-233-2315 for more information and directions.
• Benefit singing. Nebo Community Church at Jones Crossroads will hold a singing at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, to benefit Limestone County Churches Involved. Bring nonperishable food items to the singing. Contact: 256-729-0918.
• Christmas concert. The annual Round Island Creek Mission Center Christmas concert will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the church on Lucas Ferry Road. The men’s and women’s choirs of Round Island Creek Missionary Baptist Association will sing. The free event is open to the public. Contact: 256-232-6247 or 232-5606.
• Holiday celebration. Holiday Praise Christmas Celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Mark P.B. Church, 740 Sanderfer Road. A variety of groups will participate in the annual Christmas program. Public invited. Contact: 256-233-1700.
• Winter Youth Concert. West Highland Baptist Church will host the The Winter Youth Concert, Saturday Dec. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7. The concert will feature the Zach Fleming Band, various local artists, and guest speaker Robert Ekis. Contact: 256-565-5331.
• Adventurous Christmas. The Cherub and Wesley Children’s choirs, of Athens First United Methodist Church will present their Christmas musical, “Have an ADVENTurous Christmas,” on Sunday, Dec. 9. Choir children range in age from 4 years through fifth grade and are directed by Mary Stephenson. The performance will be during the 9 a.m. worship service, First Light, held in the Beasley Center of the church.
• Family and Friend Day. The Mount Pleasant CME Church Family and Friend Day celebration will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 423 Bethel St. in Hartselle. Pastor Hurley Grisson and Oak Grove CME Church family will be the guest church. Contact: Priscilla Davis 256-509-4212 or 773-7430.