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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. Sunday. (501) 374-2891.

First United Methodist Church, 615 E. Main St., Batesville, will host a performance by the Hendrix College Choir at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; the choir will also perform at First United Methodist Church, 6701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free and registration is not required. (877) 208-8777.

Highland Valley United Methodist Church, 15524 Chenal Parkway, will host the Christmas music presentation “Lessons and Carols” at 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. Sunday. (501) 224-6047.

Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St., will host the Chamber Singers performing “Christmas at the Old State House” at 3 p.m. today and Sunday. Admission is free and registration is required at bit.ly/2qCytfp or (501) 377-1121.

Park Hill Presbyterian Church, 3520 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, will have a Christmas Choir Cantata at 11 a.m. Sunday; afterward, a free hot potluck meal and visit with Santa will be held.

(501) 753-9533.

Pulaski Heights Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 4724 Hillcrest Ave., will celebrate Gaudete Sunday with a “Joyful Jazz Advent Service” at 3 p.m. Sunday, with the church’s musicians and guests Vickie Woodard, “The Band” and solo saxophonist MarQuis Hunt.

(501) 663-8149.

Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4501 Rahling Road, will host a Christmas concert performed by its choir, soloists and guest instrumentalists featuring Michael Smith’s Agnus Dei: Lamb of God, Born to Us at its 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. (501) 868-5848.

SPECIAL EVENTS

First United Methodist Church, 723 Center St., will hold a worship service at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5, for those opposed to implementation of the denomination’s Traditional Plan, as part of an organized National Day of Resistance. Contact Ward 3 City Director Kathy Webb at [email protected] (501) 372-2256 or resist-harm.com .

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. today in the church’s Fellowship Hall. (501) 374-5832.

Park Hill Presbyterian Church, 3520 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, will hold a “blue” service with guest guitarist Michael Brymer at 11 a.m. Dec. 22; and will have a traditional, family-friendly Christmas Eve service with candlelight and open Communion at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. The church will also offer breakfast Mondays and Wednesdays this month (except Dec. 25) at 9 a.m. in Steen Hall; the meal is free for those 60 and older, and donations are accepted for those under 60. Reserve a spot for breakfast at

(501) 753-9533.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi St., will hold a healing Eucharist in its chapel at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. (501) 225-4203.

Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, will hold a Faith and Grief Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Register at faithandgrief.org , [email protected] or (501) 227-0000. The church will also hold a Blue Christmas service at 5 p.m.Thursday.

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:

[email protected]

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