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First United Methodist congregation shreds its mortgage

As a result of the May 2012 fire

By Monty Siekerman
The First United Methodist Church members retired the church's mortgage during the morning worship service last Sunday.

Pictured are Pastor Mary Jo Yeakel and Brian Hofman, lay leader, shredding the mortgage document.

Usually, when a mortgage is paid off, there is a burning of the mortgage, but not in this case. Tragedy struck the church on March 13, 2012, burning the structure to the ground. Thankfully, no one was injured in the all-consuming fire. So, last Sunday's ceremony was a shredding, not a burning of the mortgage.

Ada congregations celebrate Christmas

Several opportunities to worship this weekend

By Monty Siekerman
Church services in Ada and Alger have different schedules this weekend since Christmas falls on a Sunday. Several churches will have Christmas Eve services on Saturday. Some churches have modified their usual Sunday schedule, perhaps not having Sunday School (when children may be opening presents) or cancelling an evening service. Dress in some cases is more casual.

Here's what's happening at several Ada and Alger churches.

Ada Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve service includes carol singing

The Christmas Eve service at the Ada Presbyterian Church, 201 S. Main, will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. Those present will read Scriptures about the birth of Jesus and sing carols.

Ada Family Center Christmas eve service in McIntosh Center

The Ada Family Center will have a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. The Sunday service will be at 10:30 a.m. and will include communion. The church meets at McIntosh Center on campus. Ray Hadley is pastor.

Bethel Church of Christ candlelight service Christmas eve

Bethel Church of Christ will have a candlelight service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve on Saturday, Dec. 23. Worship on Christmas Day will be at 10 a.m. Bethel is located at 4014 CR 304, which is old route 30. Brandon Mayden is pastor.

Cornerstone Gospel sings at Church of Christ

Cornerstone Gospel sings at the Ada Church of Christ community candlelight service on Saturday evening. From left are Larry Leach , Don Barrett, and Mel Melody. They have been singing together for 20 years.

Weather cancels First United Methodist Church live nativity

The live nativity planned Sunday evening at First United Methodist Church, Ada, is cancelled due to the weather.



First United Methodist live nativity Sunday night

Despite the chill in the weather there will be a Live Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 18, at Ada First United Methodist Church, 301 N. Main St. starting at 6:30 p.m. It will reset every half hour. Come see this depiction of our Lord's birth.

"Starstruck" play performed Sunday at Ada Full Gospel Church

Several events take place Dec. 18 at the church

Ada Full Gospel Church will have several programs this Sunday.

The Christmas play, "Starstruck," will be performed during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Santa will visit the Sunday School classes. A candlelight service is set for 6 p.m.

The church is located at 1047 SR 235 north of Ada. Karen and Fred Rarey are the pastors.

Church of Christ hosts community candlelight service Dec. 17

Ada Church of Christ will host a community candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 17. Cornerstone Gospel Quartet and Peggy Richardson will sing. The evening will begin with light refreshments at 6 p.m. followed by the service at 7 p.m. which will conclude with the singing of "Silent Night."