Nassau Bay Baptist Church will present the musical, “Christmas is Jesus,” at 6:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at 18131 Nassau Bay Drive in Houston.

“This particular program is about the purpose of Christmas and the joy we’re given through Christ,” said Chris Dale, the associate worship pastor, in a prepared statement. “It’s about sharing the love of Christ with our community and the relationship we can have through him.”

Admission is free.

For details, call 281-333-3844.


The Chancel Choir at Santa Fe’s Aldersgate United Methodist Church will present its cantata, “Sing Christmas!,” directed by Ben Guillotte, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at 13217 FM 1764.

“It will be delightful and familiar,” said Joanna Wilson, a long-time church volunteer. “It will be an exciting presentation. It’s part of our regular service with the cantata taking the place of the sermon. And there will be a couple of places the congregation can sing along.”

For details, 409-925-2552.


Texas City’s First Baptist Church will be giving away food donations to those in need of assistance from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at 2120 36th St. N. in Texas City.

“The most important thing to know is that we only have provisions to give out 100 hams with other groceries,” said the Rev. A.L. Bell.

“We’ll stay open until everything is gone, but that only takes an hour or two so please come early to avoid a long line. We’d like to offer even more hams and canned goods if anyone would like to donate them. We do this because we have a heart for everyone to have a wonderful Christmas while enjoying enough food. We want to be a blessing and we believe it is better to give. We call this ministry Matthew 25 which is about how when you were hungry you fed me. Please note we do this kind of distribution four or five times a year. All you need to do is to come. There are no other requirements or paperwork to receive food.”

For details and qualification guidelines, call 409-927-9287 or 903-780-4798.


Update: Our Faith will soon feature its annual Christmas sermon previews, but first a staff story in Christianity Today offers some helpful tips on things one might want to eschew in such sermons.

First, don’t embellish with things not in the biblical text. Such accretions might include an innkeeper, a definite number of wise men with given names or even adding a manger cat. Second, the cultural choices of evergreen trees, individual gifts, bright lights and so on, while not objectionable, also aren’t part of the original narrative. On the other hand, the magazine cautions not to tone down the story’s clear assertions of miracles, the Jewishness of Jesus or the special nature of his birth as presented in the Gospels.

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