Atlanta faith calendar

Opening concert: The Festival Singers of Atlanta will open their 35th season titled “A Season of Celebration” at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at Northside Drive Baptist Church and 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Mark United Methodist Church. The program will include works by Parry, Lauridsen, Morley, Howells, Victoria and Atlanta-based composer N. Grant Pfeifer. Both concerts will be free and open to the public. Information: Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-237-8621, St. Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-873-2636,

Holiday party: Celebrate the holidays with L’Arche Atlanta’s community party featuring a potluck dinner, caroling, raffle prizes, photo booth and a hot cocoa bar from 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 3 at Trinity Anglican Mission — Eastside. Email to RSVP. Free and open to all. Information: 630 E. Lake Drive, Decatur. 404-367-6500,

Advent service: A special service for Advent lessons and carols based on the Great O Antiphons will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Free and open to all. Information: 1790 LaVista Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-634-3336,

Advent Bible study: During the special worship on Wednesday (WOW) series titled “Living With an Advent Attitude,” topics such as living with great expectations and looking for miracles and a season of prayer and praise will be covered. The remaining series will be held from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at Ebenezer Baptist Church’s MLK CRC banquet hall. Free and open to all. Information: 101 Jackson St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-688-7300,

Christmas workshop: For some people, the holidays are a time of sadness due to the death of a loved one, a divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, an illness or a myriad of joy-stealing emotions. To help people find comfort and solace, a special remembrance and reflection service called “Blue Christmas” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Grace Episcopal Church. Free and open to all. Information: 422 Brenau Ave. N.E., Gainesville. 770-536-0126,

Menorah lighting: Bring your family and friends to a ceremonial menorah lighting from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Congregation B’nai Israel. While there, learn about Hanukkah, sing songs, nosh, spin dreidels and get ready for the upcoming holiday. Information: 1633 Ga. 54 E., Jonesboro. 678-817-7162,

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