Christmas Day celebration

First Baptist Church members invite everyone to share a cake cutting with beverages served in the library of First Baptist Church, 231 N. Court St., Ottumwa, on Christmas Day at 9 a.m. The regular Sunday worship service will follow at 10:10 a.m. Handicapped parking is available. Please enter the church from the Fifth Street parking lot. The service is friendly, informal, and questions may be directed to Pastor Gary Reeves at 641-680-2307.

Hark! The Angels Sing

The Calvary Baptist Church, 915 Overman Ave., Ottumwa, invites everyone for a musical presentation of Hark! The Angels Sing at 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

The Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1901 W. 2nd St., will host its Christmas Eve communion and candlelight services at 5:30 p.m. The church will host a Christmas Day service at 10:30 a.m.

Religion page submission guidelines

The deadline for religious news items is noon on Wednesday, prior to Saturday’s publication, space permitting. News items include announcements on guest speakers, pastors and musicians or other special services. Submissions announcing other events will be passed on to the appropriate department.

Announcements regarding Christmas, Easter, Advent and Lenten services will have special guidelines as the seasons approach.

Those items submitted after the noon deadline on Wednesday will receive consideration, but there is no guarantee of publication.

Items will be published in the order they are received, as close to the date of the event as possible. While every effort will be made to run them on certain days, there is no guarantee of publication on a certain day.

Religious news items may be submitted via email to All submissions must include a name and phone number. For more information, call the news clerk at 641-684-4611 ext. 335.

Questions or information related to the church directory should be directed to the Courier’s classifieds department at 641-684-4611, then select classifieds option or by emailing


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