Children 3 years and older make gifts, cards, decorations, and food for needy families, Christmas story told, singing, 10 a.m.-noon, Lake Washington United Methodist...

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“Birthday Party for Jesus”

Children 3 years and older make gifts, cards, decorations, and food for needy families, Christmas story told, singing, 10 a.m.-noon, Lake Washington United Methodist Church, 7525 132nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland. Information: 425-885-3311.

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Worship services

“Gloria” by Vivaldi; Philip Tschopp, choir director accompanied by Myrna Cappand instrumentalists; 10 a.m. brunch follows, Magnolia United Church of Christ, 3555 W. McGraw St., Seattle. Brunch: $5 for adults; $15 for families. Tickets: 206-283-1788.

The Rev. James Kubal-Komoto, “I Was a Teenage Mall Santa,” 10 a.m., Saltwater Unitarian Church, 25701 14th Place S., Des Moines. Information: 253-839-5200.

Warren Jessop, homily, choir winter concert, “Winter Musings,” directed by Art Kuller, 10:30 a.m., Northlake Unitarian Church, 308 Fourth Ave. S., Kirkland. Information: 425-822-0171.

The Rev. Jeanette Keil, “Joy: Opening to Your Gifts,” music by Gerrie Broker and Friends, 10:30 a.m., The Evergreen Church of Religious Science, 2102 Bellevue Way S.E., Bellevue. Information: 425-688-0333.

Tom Rawson, folk singer and storyteller, “Sharing Traditions,” 5 p.m., Rainier Valley Unitarian Congregation, 4620 S. Findlay St., Seattle. Information: 206-722-4880.

Christmas musical and concert

Youth presentation, “Angel Alert; The Night That Heaven Came Down,” 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Bells of The Sound, handbell ensemble holiday concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Offering. St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 17222 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue. Information: 425-747-3210.


St. James Cathedral’s young women’s ensemble, Stacey Sunde, director; Advent and holiday music, carol sing-along, 2 p.m., Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Offering. Information: 425-746-7300.

Community Las Posadas journey

Introduction at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 4 p.m., participants walk to local churches and businesses, concludes at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 N. Greenwood Ave. with party. Donations: food, money or blankets for Phinney Ridge Food Bank and Homeless Shelter.

Chanukah celebration

Community nondenominational service, candle lighting, sing-along, dreidel “tournament” and refreshments for disabled or mentally ill persons, their family and friends, 4-6 p.m., Temple B’Nai Torah 15727 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue. Reservations suggested: 206-461-3240.

Chanukah party

Jewish Festival of Lights, “Night of a Thousand Latkes,” dance to klezmer music by the Shalom Ensemble, 5-8 p.m., Scottish Rite Temple, 1155 Broadway E., Seattle. Offering to benefit MAZON, the international Jewish hunger-fighting organization. Information: 206-323-7674.

“A Joyful Celebration”

Adult, youth, and bell choirs, ensembles and orchestra, 6 p.m., Cedar Park Church, 16300 112th Ave. N.E., Bothell. Information: 425-488-3600.

Christmas celebration

“God Came Near,” adult and children’s choirs and ensembles, narration by Max Lucado, 6 p.m.. Berean Bible Church, 1245 N. 185th St., Shoreline. Information: 206-363-1466.

Messiah sing-in performance

7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Bellevue Stake Center) 14536 Main St. Information 253-639-3994.

Christmas musical performance

7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, (Kirkland Stake Center) 7910 N.E. 132nd St. Information: 253-639-3994.

Organ concert

Joseph Adam, Cathedral organist, Olivier Messiaen’s “La Nativite du Seigneur,”7:30 p.m., St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle. Donations: $15; students and seniors pay as able. Information: 206-382-4874.


Holiday remembrance service

Bring picture or memento, meditation, 6:30 p.m., service, 7 p.m., Center for Spiritual Living Sanctuary, 5801 Sand Point Way N.E. Information: 206-527-8801.


Live outdoor nativity

Animals and interactive characters, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, next Saturday and Dec. 19, Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road. Information: 425-392-5848.

“The Christmas Express”

Repertory theater program, Friday and next Saturday, 7 p.m. and Dec. 19, 6 p.m., Cedar Park Church, 16300 112th Ave. N.E., Bothell. Free. Information: 425-488-3600.

Candlelight Christmas concert

Rutter’s “Magnificat,” guest soloist and harpist, Green Lake and All Pilgrims Christian Church combined choirs, carol singing, 7:30 p.m., Green Lake Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 6350 East Green Lake Way North. Offering benefits local charities. Information: 206-522-1330.

Next Saturday


“The Power of Patience,” based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book, “How to Solve Our Human Problems,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Kadampa Buddhist Temple, 6556 24th Ave. N.W., Seattle. Cost: $40 includes vegetarian lunch. Registration: 206-526-9565.

Musical performance

“Everlasting Light, a Christmas Carol for a Dark World,” guest soloist, Stephanie Reese,6:30 p.m., Ronald United Methodist Church, 17839 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline. Tickets: $10 donation. Information and tickets: 206-542-2484.


“Messiah,” Fusao Kajima, conductor, Bellevue Philharmonic music director, Bellevue Chamber Chorus, 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E. Cost: $34 for adults; $27.25 for seniors; and $12.50 for students. Ticket window: 206-325-6500. Information: 425-455-4171.

Earshot Jazz Concert

“Sacred Music by Duke Ellington,” featuring Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra; Oregon Repertory Singers, guest vocalists James Caddell and Nichol Eskridge; Tim Hickey, dancer; “David Danced Before the Lord,” 7:30 p.m. University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle. Tickets: $26 preferred seating, $21 general admission; $19 for Earshot Jazz members, students and seniors. Tickets 206-547-6763.

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