Children's Advent Festival: Paynesville Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will host a children's advent festival from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 with crafts, lessons, music and games.

Gospel Concert and Homecoming: The Solid Rock Community Church will host a gospel concert at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 to kick off the 13th annual homecoming celebration. The concert will feature Chuck Compton of Mt. Gay, W.Va. The homecoming service will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 with a meal to follow the service.

Handel's Messiah: The Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus and Hanover College Concert Choir's annual performance of selections from Handel's Messiah will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts on the Hanover College Campus. Tickets are $7 and are available at The Madison Courier, VisitMadison Inc., from chorus members and at the door.

Joy to the World - A Celebration of Carols: Trinity United Methodist Church's Chancel Choir will present a Christmas musical at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 in the church sanctuary, 412 W. Main St. The music, "Joy to the World - A Celebration of Carols," by Jay Althouse, retells the story of Christmas through carols blended with narration and a guest soloist. For more information call (812) 265-3059.

The Blackwood Legacy: The Southern gospel quartet will perform Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 501 E. Main St. Admission is free. A free will offering will be collected. For more information call (812) 265-3983.

Trimble County Hymn Sing: Will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Bedford Springs Church.

Taize: A Taize worship service will be held Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Madison Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome. Taize services will be held on the first Friday of the month at Madison Presbyterian Church, 202 Broadway and on the third Friday of each month at Hanover Presbyterian Church, 174 East Main Street, Hanover.

Ladies Lunch: Paynesville Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will host a ladies lunch and candy auction at 11 a.m. Dec. 8.

Crist Family Christmas Tour: North Madison Baptist Church will host the Crist Family Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and the price includes a dinner buffet at Ponderosa Steakhouse from 4 to 6 p.m.

26th Annual Christmas Celebration: Will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Austin High School Auditorium, 401 S. U.S. 31. The concert is hosted by David Richie and will feature Aaron Wilburn. Wilburn was a featured guest on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and videos. The concert is free to the public. A free will offering will be collected. For more information call (812) 722-0093 or visit www.communitylifeinc.com.