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St. John's UCC of Belvidere Annual "A Christmas Music Celebration"

St. John's United Church of Christ 401 N. Main St. Belvidere IL 61008
Start your Christmas Season off with a Song!
December 6th 2014
2:00 pm
Admission is always free.
A free will offering benefiting
The Belvidere-Boone County Food Pantry
Refreshments will be served!
Our facility is handicapped accessible from the parking lot entrance
Come and hear the Music of Christmas!
www.stjohnsuccbelvidere.org


Lettie Thurman
815-544-3773



The Rockford Community Nativity Display & Concert

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 324 W. University, Rockford, IL 61107
Start the Christmas season with Christ at the center of your celebrations. The public is invited to attend “The Rockford Community Nativity Display and Concert” presented by the Rockford Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 324 West University, Rockford, IL on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 5:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:00-8:00 PM . ADMISSION IS FREE AND FREE REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. On Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:00-8:00 PM, join us for the broadcast of a Christmas Devotional with messages from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Christmas music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir which is also a fee event. If any nursing homes or other groups that require assistance with wheel chairs or other special needs, please contact us through our facebook page; contact Christine Garner at clgarner@ldspublicaffairs.org or call her at 630-660-6346.
To celebrate the birth of the Savior, over 500 Nativity sets will be displayed for the public to view. The event is a family friendly event and activities will be available for children to enjoy. DONATIONS WILL BE COLLECTED FOR THE ROCK HOUSE KIDS http://rockhousekids.org. YOUR DONATION OF A NEW UNWRAPPED TOY UNDER $25 FOR AGES 5-18 WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! "If you help a child today, you won't have to repair and adult tomorrow"
The event is a family friendly event and activities will be available for all ages. Besides nativity displays there will be:
* A story teller
* Crafts for the children
* Scavenger hunt
* A nativity scene for dress up play
* Live performances depicting scenes surrounding the Savior's birth
* Family History Center for free Genealogy Research
Christ centered Christmas music will be presented throughout the event and the schedule of musical presentations are as follows:
Friday, Dec. 5th, 2014
5:00 Belvidere North HS Choraliers
5:30 Voices of Harlem
6:00 Linda Kunz - Organist
6:30 Svea Soner
7:00 Rock Valley Children’s Choir
7:30 Greater Rockford Barbershop Chorus
8:00 Flute Club - Betty Leeson
8:30 Rockford Operetta Party

Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2014
2:00 Westminster Presbyterian Bell choir
2:30 Debra Moreau Dunnivan-Organ/piano
3:00 Rockford Area Horn Club
3:30 Piano Students of Marilyn Cade
4:00 Jim McElhaney
4:30 Belvidere Young Women choir
5:00 Swahili Choir
5:30 Swahili Choir
6:00 Rodriguez Family Quintet
6:30 Truman’s Ridge Blue Grass Band
7:00 Spanish Choir
7:30 Special Presentation to The Rock House Kids – Christmas carols
For directions:
visit www.rockfordnativity.org or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/therockfordstakenativity


Christine Garner
630-660-6346



Bethlehem - A Virtual Experience

Beth Eden UMC, 3201 Huffman Blvd, Rockford, IL
Bethlehem- A Virtual Experience

Step back in time as you experience the excitement on the day after the Angels sang! Beth Eden United Methodist Church, 3201 Huffman Blvd. in Rockford, IL presents “Bethlehem- A Virtual Experience” on Sunday, December 7th from 1-4pm.

Witness the beginning as you leave the hectic pace of your current lives to experience Bethlehem when Mary and Joseph arrived more than 2000 years ago. Touch the animals, smell the fresh baked bread, escape the Roman Soldiers and feel the excitement in the air as people in the town whisper about the baby that was born the night before. Search the town for baby Jesus, lying in a manger with Mary and Joseph keeping watch. Could this be the entrance of a King?

Admission is free to the event, however, we are accepting non-perishable food items to be given to local food pantries. Beth Eden United Methodist Church is handicapped accessible.


Jarrod Severing, 815-378-7754


Christmas Vibrations Concert

Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church, 318 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101
The Second Annual "Christmas Vibrations" concert promises an afternoon of seasonal favorites performed by three adult handbell choirs in the gorgeous sanctuary of Rockford's historic Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church. Admission is free. An optional offering will be collected.

Julie Cook Ramirez, Julie@secondfirst.org, (815) 543-9739


Drive-thru Live Nativity

Riverside Community Church 8616 N. 2nd St. Machesney Park, IL 61115
A Drive-thru Live Nativity with live characters and animals. Includes 5 scenes depicting the birth of Jesus. This event is free and our git to the community. No donations expected.

Riverside Community Church
815-877-4444
Bobby Sheets



A Christmas Carol

Rock Valley College Studio Theatre
Charles Dickens’ family classic comes to life in this adaptation by Mike Webb. Ebenezer Scrooge, the greedy London businessman whose coldness is matched only by winter itself, is taken on a journey across time and possibility by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and all the rest of Dickens’ unforgettable characters come alive –as if from the very pages of the author’s book– to tell this memorable story of light, joy, warmth, and transformation. Studio Theatre’s A Christmas Carol is certain to bring your family a feeling of love this holiday season!

Mike Webb, 815-921-2160


Rockford Dance Company and Rockford Symphony Orchestra Present The Nutcracker

Coronado Theatre Rockford Symphony
Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsjy’s The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journet willed with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. Guest dancer from nationally-renowned dance companies join the Rockford Dance Company and the RSO to present this holiday tradition, great for the whole family.

Ticket prices are $20-46. Students tickets ages 12 and under are $12.

info@rockfordsymphony.com