An Advent offering concert will be presented by the St. Mary's Chapel music ministry at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Mary's Chapel in the SFA Catholic Student Center, 211 E. College St. The ministry group of SFA students - both vocalists and instrumentalists, children and music director, Linda Parr and husband, Andrew Parr, will perform Advent-Marian music chosen to prepare for the upcoming celebration of Christ's birth with emphasis of prayerfully sharing gifts with soldiers and their families and friends. Admission is free. Collection of Christmas items for Catholic military stationed overseas will conclude at 8 p.m. Sunday. Collection boxes for these items are located in the foyer of St. Mary's Chapel. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 903 North St., will continue its Mid Day Noels, a series of Christmas concerts, from 12:15 until 12:45 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 13 and 20. Vibre, a handbell quartet including Diane Sorrels, Gini Raney, Leslie Russell and Andy Martinez, will be featured Dec. 13, and Jennifer Dalmas on violin and Evgeni Raychev on cello will featured Dec. 20. Admission is free. A light lunch catered by Stacy's Deli will be available in Westminster Hall following the concerts. Cost of the lunch is $6. "Savior of the Nations, Come," an Advent/Christmas hymn festival will be part of 11 a.m. worship Sunday, Dec. 16, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The festival is an arrangement of hymns and original works by Michael Burkhardt. Also included will be short readings from "The Mystery of Holy Night" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dr. Robert Mann will play the organ for the festival, the Westminster adult sanctuary choir will perform under the direction of Dr. Deborah Dalton, the Westminster Bell Choir under the direction of Myra McNellie, and there will be a brass quartet accompaniment. --- Advent at First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Hospital St., is celebrated on many levels. This Sunday, Dr. Bill Gandin will bring the second sermon from his series, "Have Yourself A 'Mary' Christmas!" Using Luke 1:26-33 as a text, the title for the sermon is "What Name Is Given This Child." As the church progresses toward Christmas, other events scheduled include the children's musical "Angel Alert," Dec. 16; March to the Manger, Dec. 23; and Christmas Eve services Dec. 24. For information, call 564-8308. --- "What is the reason for the season?" will be the sermon topic at 10:50 a.m. Sunday at New Faith Baptist Church, 4105 E. Main St. Not about clothes or toys - Christmas is about the advent or coming of Jesus into the world, according to Dr. Kyle Klemcke, church pastor. Christ's birth showed God's great love for his children and his commitment in bringing us back into a close personal relationship with him, as prophesied in the Old Testament and testified to in the New Testament. The prophet Zechariah wrote about the promise of God's kingdom and the reality of his love. Worship leader is Chris Jeter. --- Sunday's life lesson at Vineyard Church Nacogdoches, 4140 FM 1878, is "Tell Me Again, What Was Paul's 'Thorn in the Flesh'?" taken from 2 Corinthians 12 to diagnose the Apostle Paul's mysterious "thorn in the flesh" and its implications. Sunday evening the Vineyard will host a free community viewing of the classic holiday film "A Christmas Carol," the 1951 black-and-white version starring Alastair Sim as the miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Free popcorn will be provided, but drinks and candy are $1 each to benefit Vineyard youth projects. Sundays at the Vineyard begin at 10 a.m. with a continental breakfast followed by contemporary worship and a practical life lesson the Bible at 10:30. For information, on the Web go to VineyardNac.com, e-mail: email@example.com or call 564-4600. --- Dr. Jerry Stefaniak will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Unity Church of Christianity, 2400 South St, on "The Power of Choice." A counselor and teacher from Houston, Stefaniak is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in accounting. He received his M.B.A. degree in systems analysis from DePaul University. In 1985, he began work on personal development, which in 1986, led him into a new career of helping others with their personal development. He speaks for clubs, churches and organizations in various states, leads classes for "A Course in Miracles" at the Unity Church of Christianity in Houston and is the author of three books: "Compassionate Living," "Everyday Spirituality," "Intimacy in Action" and "Relationships that Feed the Soul." Stefaniak will hold a workshop from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. Sunday called "Unwrapping Your Christmas Presence." For information, call 560-3853 or visit www.UnityofNac.org. --- The Christmas Collection Showing 2007 will be presented by Dorothy Warren from 12:30 until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, through Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the fellowship hall at Zion Hill First Baptist Church, 1122 N.E. Stallings Drive. The collection features Santas of all descriptions, lighted houses and churches, nutcrackers, snowmen, Christmas stockings and family heirlooms. Featured this year will be nativity scenes including Lenox, Willow Tree and Jim Shaw collections. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 560-3833 or 564-4855. --- The annual appreciation service for the choir at Bethlehem Baptist Church, FM 95 in Chireno, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Choir president is Annie Flemon. Church pastor is the Rev. Earl Hall. For information call 564-3010 --- The children's ministry at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2603 S.E. Stallings Drive, will present a Christmas musical, "Miracle on Main Street" at 6 p.m. Sunday Dec. 16. Admission is free. --- First Christian Church's music ministry and adult choir will present a musical drama "A Christmas Prayer" at 6 p.m. Sunday. While the Christmas season is a hopeful one for those who understand why Christ came to Earth, for others, it may be a painful time of the year - particularly if they have broken relationships in their life. Meet the main character of the musical drama, Phillip Galloway: He's got a 20-year chip on his shoulder because of a troubled past, and he's not really into family bonding. His family, however, has been praying that God will restore hope to his heart. This contemporary approach to the Christmas story carries a realistic, evangelical message that will pull on your heartstrings, according to organizers of the presentation. Admission is free, and a nursery will be provided. The music ministry of First Christian Church will present the children's musical, "A Mouse Christmas Musical" at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. The musical "A Mouse Christmas" is a cute "retailing" of the Christmas story from the eye-witness perspective of two mice who "accompanied" Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. All of the original songs in "A Mouse Christmas" play, like "Christmas Lullaby," are woven throughout the story to bring a depth of emotion that the audience might not expect in a children's musical. The script and songs have a universal age appeal. Admission is free, and a nursery will be provided. --- The choir of Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church, 1025 Durst St., will present its Christmas cantata during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. The Rev. David Brasher's sermon is titled "Prepare the Way," based on Matthew 3:1-12. Graduating college students will be recognized Sunday, and the Brasher family will host an open house Sunday afternoon at the parsonage. The United Methodist Women's Christmas party will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 22. For information, call 564-8427 or on the Web, go to www.perritteumc.org. --- Dr. Andrew Unsworth, organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah, will present a concert at 6:30 p.m. today at the Nacogdoches Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3307 Center Hwy. Unsworth's concert will be followed by a nativity musical program featuring the SFA Children's Choir under the direction of Jennifer Weems. A number of students from the SFA music department will also perform. Unsworth will play additional numbers as part of the program. Projected images arranged by Dr. Christopher Talbot, assistant professor in SFA's art department will compliment the musical presentations. Other highlights of the evening will include displays of miniature nativity scenes owned by families of the church as well as crèches created by children. A living nativity scene featuring live animals will be enacted by church members on the front lawn before and during the concert from 6 to 7 p.m. A reception with refreshments will follow in the church cultural hall. --- The Stanleys, a Southern gospel quartet, will be presented in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Macedonia Baptist Church on FM 226 in Etoile. Church pastor is the Rev. John Spurgeon. For information, call 936-854-2228. --- The Southern Plainsmen quartet of western central Louisiana, will be presented in concert at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at First Church of God, 3900 Appleby Sand Road. With 18 albums to their credit, the group's latest project was "By Request" (2005). For information, call 564-8028. --- The "What is a Woman" conference will be held from 1 until 5 p.m. today at Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship, 2220 E. Main St. This year's theme is "Dispelling the World's View of a Woman" which will challenge contemporary views of women, according to event coordinator, Dietra T. Moore. Guest speakers include Frankie Harvey, discussing wisdom, Minister Kimberly Carr on obedience, Natasha Williams on motivation and Mable Cannings tackling the topic of attractiveness from a biblical perspective. Minister Alicia Purvis will also speak on women and nurturing. For information, call 936-639-3582 or 832-978-3373. --- Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church is preparing for the celebration of Advent. The Rev. David Brasher's sermon for Sunday is titled "Waiting for the Savior" based on Matthew 24:36-44. During the 11 a.m. service the children's choir, the "Treble Makers," will present its Christmas program. A covered-dish lunch will be shared following the service. Fun and Fellowship will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Christmas cantata will be presented Sunday, Dec 9. For information, call 564-8427 or click on www.perritteumc.org. --- Valley Grove CME Church, off state Hwy. 225, will celebrate a church anniversary in service planned for 2:45 p.m. Sunday. Speaker will be the Rev. Tommy Starks, pastor of Pennel CME Church, Jacksonville. Church pastor is the Rev. Kevin King. For information, call 564-5512. --- "Bethlehem Live" will be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Faith Bridge Church in Douglass. A marketplace with crafts and activities for adults and children will be featured, as well as a live nativity including animals. Attendance is free. For information, call 936-462-1880. --- A "100 Women in Red" program will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at Salem CME Church. Speaker will be the Rev. Mike Davis of Grayland Baptist Church. Church pastor is the Rev. Anson Lawson Jr. --- Vacation Bible school planned? Upcoming revival? Special speaker? New outreach or ministry? Churches and religious organizations are invited to submit items for publication in The Daily Sentinel. Deadline is Thursday for Saturday publication. Mail information to Karen Standridge, P.O. Box 630068, Nacogdoches, Texas 75963; fax to 560-4267; or e-mail:dailysentinel@coxNews.com. For information, call 564-8361.