DANVILLE - The annual Advent service sponsored by the Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic group was held at Maria Hall in Danville Dec. 1.

This year's service of "Sharing the Gift of Christ's Love" began the season of Advent with religious songs, scripture readings, prayers and a homily given by the Rev. Frederic Stevenson, of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Shamokin.

Presenting scripture readings and prayers were the Rev. David Byerly, pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Shamokin, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Gowen City; Frank Stoshack, lay minister at Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township; the Rev. Alfred Bashore, pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church, Kulpmont, and the Rev. Francis Karwacki, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel.

Deacon Richard Hazzard of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Mount Carmel, proclaimed the gospel.

Cantor Sister Maria Theresa led the congregation in reciting the Advent gospel acclamation and also sang "Children, Run Joyfully" as a solo when the gifts were brought to the altar. The organist, Dennis Bobber, provided musical selections, including "Silent Night," sung in German, Slovak and English.

One hundred children in Northumberland County will benefit from gifts offered from Grace Lutheran, Holy Trinity Episcopal and Mother Cabrini churches in Shamokin, St. Paul in Gowen City, St. Mark and St. John in Elysburg, Our Lady of Hope in Coal Township, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Mount Carmel, Holy Angels in Kulpmont and the Sisters of SS Cyril and Methodius, including the Carmelite Sisters.

The annual LARC vespers service to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, West Chestnut and South Seventh streets, Shamokin. All are welcome.

A light reception will follow.