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Dec. 2: Ferris Christmas on the Square
SHERRY LONG
News Editor
FERRIS - Come one, come all and have a Merry Christmas.

Four Ferris area churches, the Ferris Baptist Fellowship, First Baptist Church, Midway Baptist Church and Patrick Baptist Church, were presenting the Christmas musical 'The Glory of Christmas - Experience the Season.'

The free concerts were scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the First Baptist Church sanctuary, 304 W. Fifth St.

'This is our first joint Christmas musical. It's mostly musical, but a little drama,' Ferris Baptist Fellowship Pastor Bob Mashburn said.

'It's got everything from Jingle Bell Rock to Christmas carols and beyond while telling a story.'

Volunteers have been working on the hour-long musical project since October.

The churches were also scheduled to perform during Saturday's 11th annual Christmas on the Square activities hosted by the Ferris Downtown Association and the City of Ferris Main Street program.

'I'd like to invite everyone out to enjoy the festivities of the holidays,' Ferris Mayor Jim Parks said.

Children of all ages were encouraged to participate in the day's events as the Christmas parade kicks off at 2 p.m.

For more information or to sign your organization up for the parade, contact Cheree Barrett or Teresa Schiffer at 972-842-8448.

Scooters, bikes and four wheelers were invited to participate.

Ferris area schools and churches were scheduled to provide musical entertainment from 3-6 p.m. and Elvis was also planning to make a special appearance.

Shoppers could get an early start on the gift purchasing during the silent and live auctions being held throughout the afternoon.

Remind the little ones to bring their wish lists to let Santa know what they want under the tree on Christmas morning.

Entry forms for the home decorating contest must be turned into the Ivy Cottage or Cash and Mail Emporium by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Homes were scheduled to be judged starting at 7 p.m. Friday night.

Chili cook-off and cake/pie/candy bake off contestants must submit their food with entry form by 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Downtown Association tent.

Winners of all the contests were scheduled to be announced at 2:30 p.m. under the tent.

The decorating contest, cook-off and bake-off winners would receive $50 each.

This year's holiday festivities wrap up following the Town Plaza Tree and Town Lighting at 6 p.m. as hayrides and Christmas caroling were planned to be held.

The First United Methodist Church of Ferris encouraged everyone to join them for Advent singing and dinners on Wednesdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Meals would be $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for kids.

Carryout would be available for an extra 50 cents per plate.

Call the church at 972-544-2474 to make a reservation so enough food could be prepared.

During the December FUMC Pastor Cathy Mordecai said the church would be holding sermons themed 'Follow the Star' at 9 and 11 a.m. each Sunday. Week one on Dec. 3 was entitled 'Sign of the Times' based on Luke 21:25-36.

Week two on Dec. 10 was entitled 'Experience the Grace' based on Philippians 1:3-11.

Week three on Dec. 17 was entitled 'Lighten Up' based on Philippians 4:4-7.

The service during week four on Dec. 24 would be presented only at 11 a.m. and was entitled 'Christmas Around the World' - a service of scripture, music and prayer.

Two special Christmas Eve Candlelight services were scheduled for 6 and 11 p.m.

Special performances of the FUMC's children's choir, bell choir and spirit singers would be held during the different sermons throughout the Christmas holiday.

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