The annual Celebration of Christmas at the historic Powers Church will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28. The public is invited to join in the service that will include singing traditional carols and reading the Christmas story in the King James Version of the Bible.

Many talented people from area churches will be featured. Jerry Sonner, Susan Sonner, Carolyn Powers and Sally Mowry, members of Top of Ohio Dulcimer Friends, will introduce the program with traditional carols on dulcimers. Kathy Aldrich will read the Christmas story with participation in song from the congregation. Kathy Aldrich and Blake Stevenson will accompany the audience on bass and guitar.

Because there is no heat in the building, everyone is invited to dress warmly, bring a lap blanket or quilt, and enjoy stepping back over 100 years to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Hot cider and cookies will be provided after the 30-minute service.

The Powers Church is a local historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1876 and has been restored to its original condition by a committee of people interested in the historical preservation of the building. Historic features include the original oak floors, wainscoting, wood stoves, pump organs and 1880s wallpaper. Kerosene lamps will provide the lighting for the service.

Three summer services are also held at the church on the evening of the fourth Sunday of June, July and August. Area pastors provide devotions at the services and area groups share musical talents. A free will offering is taken at each of the services to help in further restoration of the church. The church is located nine miles east of Angola, Indiana, just north of U.S. 20 on Old Road 1. For more information, call 260-668-5908 or 260-665-5498 or visit

(Information courtesy of the church)

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