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UMO to Hold Three Christmas by Candlelight Services

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive is hosting three Christmas by Candlelight services, which will be held on December 4-6 at the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall.

"Christmas by Candlelight is a gift that the University offers to the community as a means of giving back," said Campus Chaplain Carla Williamson. "Many families have added this event as a tradition to begin their Christmas season. It is a great way to celebrate the Advent season."

Guests will enjoy a Christ-centered service patterned after the Festival of nine Lessons and Carols, a traditional English evening service, which began in Cambridge in 1918. The service will include six Scripture lessons, tracing salvation history, and each reading will be followed by a carol.

Music will be provided by the University of Mount Olive Music Department and the Mount Olive Middle School Choir. Luminaries are being sold to honor or memorialize individuals. Proceeds from the sale of the luminaries goes to Coats for Kids, a collaborative project with the University of Mount Olive CFFA organization to provide coats, gloves, and hats to needy children in the local Mount Olive community.

Because of the popularity of the event, the Christmas by Candlelight has grown from one service to now having three. The December 4 performance is at 7:30 PM, and the December 5 performances are at 2:30 and 6:30 PM.

The event is free, but tickets are required. For more information about the event and advanced tickets, please contact Melba Ingram at or 919-299-4582. To purchase luminaries, contact Carla Williamson at

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College. For more information, visit

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