The Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers will host a “Candlelight and Choir” Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

The service, led by the Rev. Janet Russell, will include singing Christmas carols, readings from the Bible telling the story of Jesus’ birth, and music by the 49er Choir. The church’s newly resurrected Hand Bell Choir will debut with a Christmas medley also.

At the end, the sanctuary will be darkened as the congregation sings “Silent Night” by candlelight.

A daylight service will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 24 for a regular Sunday morning Christmas Eve service.​

The church is at 11155 Jackson St. in Columbia, at the intersection of Parrotts Ferry Road and Jackson Street.

For more information, call the church office at (209) 532-2441 or go online to

An Advent Penance Service will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 11700 Catholic Cemetery Road in Big Oak Flat, on Dec. 22.

The service will begin at 4 p.m.

Call (209) 532-7139 for more information.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church will hold four services in celebration of Christmas.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 24, and at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

The church is at 13880 Joshua Way in East Sonora.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church will hold an Advent service at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The church is at 13880 Joshua Way in East Sonora.

Twain Harte Bible Church will hold a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church, 18995 Twain Harte Drive.

The church holds regular Sunday morning worship services at 10:45 a.m.

To add your church’s event, email, or call (209) 588-4535.