December 9, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 17 Religious Notes (continued from previous page) night Shabbat service and concert featuring holiday music performed by cantors Ilan Mamber and Ben Rosner along with the Kol Rishon adult choir, the Beth Rishon Hebrew School Youth Choir and Zemer Rishon, the new congregational teen choir. A variety of Chanukah songs from the classical, Sephardic, American, and Eastern European repertoires composed by Benitto Marcello, Debbie Friedman, Tom Lehrer, George Frederick Handel, Peter Yarrow, and other well-known composers will be performed. An Oneg Shabbat will follow. A congregational dinner at 6 p.m. will precede the service and concert. Free to members with reservations made by Thursday Dec. 10. Non-member cost is $15 per adult, $7 per child under 13 or $36 per family. For reservations or more information call the temple office at (201) 891-4466 or visit Nativity scene tells the story Drive by the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Ramsey any day through Jan. 9 to see The Christmas Story told through life-size figures in the church’s well-loved Nativity Scene. For almost half a century, members of Redeemer have delighted the Ramsey community with the scene showing the birth of Christ with Mary, Joseph and the Child in the stable; the angel hovering over the Child; and the shepherds and magi and their animals coming in awe to worship. Originally conceived as part of Vacation Bible School activities in the summer of 1960, each figure is fashioned out of a wooden frame covered by chicken wire and then papier-mâché. The figures and animals are clothed with fabric, and the scene is adorned with items that may have been brought as gifts for the Holy Family. The Nativity scene is open around the clock for people to see and walk through and is lighted at night. The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer is located at 55 Wyckoff Avenue in Ramsey at the junction with Woodland and Ackerman. For more information, call the Rev. Dr. Carol Brighton at (201) 327-0148 or visit www. Advent service offered at Immaculate Conception The Church of the Immaculate Conception is holding an Advent lessons and carols service on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. Attendees can escape the holiday bustle and restore the true peace of Christmas with this meditative music-filled program retelling the Christmas story of old through Scripture and song. Church of the Immaculate Conception is located at 900 Darlington Avenue, Mahwah. Call (201) 327-1276 or email for more information. First Presbyterian Church sets Advent and Christmas services The Hand Bell and Chancel Choirs at the First Presbyterian Church will be performing at the Advent IV Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. All are invited to this unique and memorable service. The children and young people of the congregation will present the Annual Christmas Eve Pageant at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24. The Men’s Choir will be singing at 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. At the 11 p.m. Candlelight Service, the Chancel Choir will be singing under the direction of Dr. Deborah S. King. The First Presbyterian located at 15 Shuart Lane. Ramapo Reformed Church offers Christmas pageant, services Ramapo Reformed Church, 100 Island Road, Mahwah will present this year’s Christmas pageant on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. Two candlelight services will be held on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 at 7 and 11 p.m. The earlier service is informal and family oriented, both services will feature traditional lessons and carols. Sunday school for children ages three through sixth grade and a nursery is provided during regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Call (201) 529-3075 or visit Christmas services at Bergen Highlands Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church will celebrate the Christmas season with services in December featuring the music of the season. The regular church service on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. will feature the Sunday School Christmas presentation. The children’s and youth choirs will sing special Christmas music. Members of the Sunday school and youth groups will perform skits and recreate the manger scene. At 5:30 p.m., the semi-monthly Sunday evening service will include a singalong of traditional Christmas carols and favorite secular songs. Bergen Highlands’ three choirs will perform the annual Christmas Cantata for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service on Dec. 20. This year’s cantata includes music from “Song of Christmas” by Robert J. and Betty C. Hughes, and “Morning Star” by Joseph M. Martin. The children’s, youth, and senior choirs, under the direction of Betsy Haley and accompanied by Becky Kester, will tell the story of the Christmas miracle through song. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. This family service includes scripture, caroling, and music. The children who attend will participate in bringing the Christmas story to life. The children’s, youth, and senior choirs will perform Christmas favorites. The church will continue to celebrate Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 27 with a service of lessons and carols at the 10:30 a.m. service. Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church is located at 318 West Saddle River Road in Upper Saddle River. For more information, call the church office at (201) 327-3960. Powerhouse Christian Church Email: • Web: 500 W. Main Street, Suite 2, Wyckoff • 201-540-1993 December 13, 9:00am & 10:45am “He Gave...Signs” December 20, 9:00am & 10:45am “He Gave...Himself” December 20, 6:00pm “A Christmas Carol” ~ Special service around the piano December 24, Christmas Eve Services 5:30pm Family Service ~ Special puppet show presented by the Pearl Puppet Theater 7:30pm Classic Service ~ Candlelight with a traditional flavor 11:30pm Sacred Service ~ A solemn, contemplative time to reflect Friday, December 11, 8:00pm Noel...Music of Christmas, a Christmas concert  December 13 10:30am: 3rd Sunday of Advent Service Rev. Norman Brown - “Herod: The Horrible” 5:00pm: Informal Carol Sing and Supper  December 20 10:30am: 4th Sunday of Advent Service with Sunday School Christmas Program Rev. Norman Brown - “Jesus: The Holy Infant” 6:00pm: Candlelight Service with Cedar Hill Choir and Girls’ Chorus  December 25 10:30am: Christmas Day Service Rev. Norman Brown - “Angels: The Heralds” 12-9-09  December 27 10:30am: Sunday Morning Service PowerhouseChurchHoliday3x3(12-9-09) - “At Home in His Father’s House” Rev. Norman Brown 6:00pm: No Evening Service 3col x 3”  from Nancy Old Communion Pat... December 31 7:00pm: Rev. Year’s Evening Servicea-Sense of the Past and Future” Norman Brown - “With  January 3 10:30pm: Sunday Morning Service Rev. Norman Brown - “A Plan for the Fullness of Time” rev: Janine Cedar Hill Church A Christian Reformed Community A Family of Christ Where You Belong 422 CEDAR HILL AVE, WYCKOFF Church Office: 201-652-4277 Worship Service 10:30am & 6:00pm Disability Accessible Worship Service for the Sick or Homebound: 201-447-5300 e-mail: website: