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December 1, 2001         Patty Kolb, Editor        http://www.fccog.org

The Members of The First Congregational Church of Greenwich, Ministers
Thomas L. Stiers, Senior Pastor
Sally Colegrove, Senior Associate Pastor
Susan M. Craig, Associate Pastor
James D. Ebert, Assistant Pastor
John Stansell, Director of Music, Senior Organist
Carolyn Diamond, Associate Musician
Dr. Joyce Baker, Missionary in Honduras
Dr. Reniery España, Dir. of Medical Services, AIEH
Sunday Services of Worship—8 am & 10 am
Church School—10 am
Nursery Care provided during the 10 am Service.
The 10 am Service is broadcast live
on WGCH 1490 am Radio.

Saturday, December 1
5 pm in the Auditorium
Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Stiers
“The Coming”
Music, prayer and communion

Sunday, December 2
First Sunday in Advent
8 & 10 am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Stiers
“The Coming”
Communion served

Sunday, December 9
Second Sunday in Advent
8 &10 am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Susan M. Craig
“Prepare the Way”

Sunday, December 16
10 am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Stiers
“A New Song”
10 am in the Auditorium
Rev. Susan M. Craig
“The Star”

Sunday, December 23
9:15 am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. James Ebert & the Pastors’ Class
11 am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Sally Colegrove
“Shine Forth”

Monday, December 24
Christmas Eve Services

10 am
4 pm
8 pm
11 pm
in the Meetinghouse
5 pm Carol Sing in Binney Park

Sunday, December 30
10 am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. James Ebert

Advent 2001 - A light Shines in the Darkness

December 1, 2001
Dear Friends,
The Season of Advent is upon us. Thanks be to God. This year we come into this joyful season at a different pace. The past days, weeks and months of our autumn have been filled with glorious color and Indian summer weather beyond compare, but still we come perhaps a bit more hesitantly. September brought us a scare, and as we have moved through that time, we have not taken the little things in life lightly.

Our beautiful weather has been received as a special gift. Family time has been cherished. Friendships have been deepened. Those sparks of life and love wherever encountered have been fanned into brightness. We have learned that living every day to the fullest matters.

While we feel that this has been a time unlike any other, it really is because we have been living on the fast track - moving quickly, relishing the moment, but hardly taking time to look back and see our present in perspective. More than that, we could also look around our earth, and realize that the struggle to survive is not absent from our time, just from our thoughts. For it is to those who struggle, who encounter darkness, that the recognition of God's light first comes.

Throughout time, God's light has shone, that we might find our way to the one who has always loved us, and created us to share that light. This Christmas we will again tell and hear the story of Christ's birth, God's light coming into the darkness of this world. Maybe, this year, at our new pace, we will be able to see more clearly the One who loves us dearly. To that end, I would offer the following poem entitled, "The Christmas Spirit", whose author is unknown.

The Christmas Spirit
The Christmas Spirit
is that hope
which tenaciously clings
to the hearts of the faithful
and announces
in the face
of any Herod the world can produce
and all the inn doors slammed in our faces
and all the dark nights of our souls
that with God
all things still are possible
that even now
unto us
a Child is born!
Amen.

Susie Craig

A Message of Farewell

November 15, 2001
Dear First Church,

After much thought and prayer, I have decided to accept an invitation to work as director of Alumni/ae Affairs at Yale Divinity School. This position will enable me to continue my ministry in both the church and the academy, two long-standing passions of mine. I will begin on February 1, 2002. However, I will continue to be with you at First Church on Sundays through Easter to provide care and continuity to the many important ministries in my charge.

This was a difficult decision to make. I have grown to care deeply about this community and this church. Having begun my fourth autumn here, I have been touched profoundly over the years by your innumerable gestures of trust, faith, hospitality, open-mindedness and generosity. My time with the middle-school students and parents in Junior Pilgrim Fellowship and Pastors' Class has kept me energized, engaged and, especially, entertained. The youth of this church are its greatest asset and represent the best of what God is doing presently in this world. I can't thank you enough for sharing your questions, ideas and faith with me over the years! Thanks also to Sally Colegrove for modeling for me one of the most effective and dynamic ministries to youth the wider church has to offer.

I want to thank the Stephen Ministers of the church for your sensitivity and support. You have served silently but powerfully those most in need in our church and community. You have counseled and prayed ably with those in need. You have counted me as a partner in this important ministry. For this especially, I thank you. Thanks go also to Susie Craig for her healing spirit. Your listening and counseling skills have taught me a great deal and bring an unparalleled depth and wisdom to this church.

Thanks also go to the 20/30 Somethings group for your enthusiasm and strong ownership as we've started this autumn. It has been a blast working with you. Allison and I have especially enjoyed spending time with other GenX-r's who appreciate the same music! It goes without saying that thanks are due to my colleague, John Stansell, who has opened my mind and heart to the merits of sacred music! Thank you. Kudos as well to our incredible Membership Committee whose tireless energy and new ideas have re-cast our member recruitment and assimilation this autumn, doubling the number of new members joining First Church from a year ago.

I want to thank the many individuals who have participated in our Second Hour and Adult Education programs over the years. As a congregation, your level of comprehension and engagement in religion, art, history, politics and international affairs have kept me continually engaged and growing, even as your comments and queries following my preaching have served to refine me into a better listener, leader and communicator. For this, I thank you; and for this especially, I wish to thank last but not least, Tom Stiers, who has, in this respect (and in countless other ways) served as my mentor. Your ability to engage the spirit of our times with the timeless spirit of our faith represents the best of our Congregational heritage and our Christian faith.

Thank you again for your support during our time here. In the months prior to assuming my position at Yale, I look forward to sharing more personally my fond memories and my heartfelt gratitude for sharing so fully your lives with me these last three and a half years.

Warmest regards,
James Ebert

People, Places & Things

Please Respect Our Neighbors When Parking

We realize that parking for worship services becomes difficult at this time of year. Worship attendance increases and there are special events such as Handel's Messiah. You may find that the only nearby parking is on the residential streets adjacent to the First Church property.

While parking is permitted on these streets (and the Church-side of Sound Beach and Forest Avenues), we ask that you be sensitive to driveways and intersections that our neighbors must be able to use. Parking too close to a driveway often limits turns in and out. Parking too close to an intersection can result in a dangerous situation where a driver cannot see oncoming traffic or make a proper turn.

Don't forget that you can park at Perrot Library on Sunday mornings (they don't open until 1pm). You can also park on the other side of Binney Park and walk through the park to the Church. If all else fails, there are also usually some spaces at the Old Greenwich Civic center lot at the corner of Tomac and Forest Avenues (for Messiah, a shuttle bus runs between the Civic Center lot and First Church before and after both performances).

Office Volunteers Needed!
The First Church receptionist position is handled by a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers. Currently, though, we need to add to our corps of substitute receptionists.
* Do you enjoy a vibrant, warm working environment with good hours and friendly co-workers?
* Do you have a couple of hours a week that you could donate to the church?
If so, would you please consider becoming a substitute receptionist? Please call Senior Administrative Assistant Donna White at 637-1791 ext. 14 if you are interested. M/F--an equal volunteer opportunity-- we look forward to hearing from you!

Church Women United
Holiday Tea
First C hurch will be the host of this year’s Church Women United Holiday Tea. It will take place on Wednesday, December 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Call The Church Office to sign up. All are welcome!

Museum Curator at Second Hour
In the early sixteenth century in Colmar, Germany the spread of a dreaded, little understood but fatal skin affliction called "St.Anthony's Fire" caused Guido Guersi to commission one of the most extraordinary altarpieces of all times, the "Isenheim Altarpiece" by the visionary painter Grunewald. In a time of unexplained death, illness, and political upheaval, this artwork offered solace and the promise of salvation to those who embraced its multi-faceted messages. Metropolitan Museum Curator Maryan Ainsworth will discuss the meaning and context of this German Renaissance masterpiece in a Second Hour on December 2. Join us in the Lounge at 11:15 am for this fascinating discussion.

Second Hour on Local History
Did you know that in the 1600’s, the Greenwich Congregationalists, because they were so wicked, had to attend church in Stamford for six years? Life was different then...would you have enjoyed it? Come to Second Hour at 11:15 am in the Lounge on January 13. Local author and history buff Turhan Tirana will tell you more!

Messiah Is Coming!
The state of our world this fall has made many of us mindful of the nurture we receive from familiar traditions. Is there a more wonderful one than First Church's annual presentation of Part I of Handel Messiah, the Christmas portion, and the Hallelujah chorus? The tradition continues with two performances, Saturday, December 22nd, and Sunday, December 23rd, at 4 pm each day. The community chorus of some one hundred singers will rehearse for two weeks, and be joined by a twenty-piece chamber orchestra and professional soloists for the performances. This year sees the return of two favorites, soprano Adele Crawford and mezzo-soprano Wanda Brister. It will be a premier appearance for our choir's tenor soloist Alberto Sanchez, and we will also welcome for the first time bass-baritone Duncan Hartman.

Tickets for members of the congregation will be available at coffee hour on December 2nd and 9th, and for the wider community in the church office beginning December 10th. (Tickets are free but a $ 15 per ticket donation is encouraged so that expenses can be covered.)

Swell the Chorus

No one who wants to sing has ever been turned away from our Messiah community chorus. The ability to read music and some choral experience are helpful, but many a novice has joined the ranks, learning along the way. Is this your year to join us? Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Wednesdays for two weeks, December 11, 12, 18 and 19 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. On the 11th registration begins at 7:30, and it is possible to register after the first night. A deposit of $ 10 for use of First Church's score (mandatory) is taken at that time. There's an extra bonus, too: Choristers are guaranteed two tickets after rehearsal that first night. Welcome, welcome!!

Recent Baptisms

July 29, 2001
Joshua Kyle Arnold, son of Melissa A. Arnold and Robert J. Arnold

August 5, 2001
Ryan Thomas Pellini, son of Kim Pellini and Gary Pellini

August 12, 2001
Julia Barton Quinn, daughter of Shona B. Quinn and Frank J. Quinn

Kenneth Thomas McCarthy, son of Karin Johanna McCarthy and Kenneth George McCarthy

August 25, 2001
Parker Geis Isaacson, son of Stacey Putnam Geis and Peter Eric Isaacson

August 26, 2001
William Leonello Frillici, son of Kari D. Frillici and Paul W. Frillici

September 9, 2001
Mark Miller Bourdin, son of Elizabeth Phillips Bourdin and Noel Bourdin

September 16, 2001
Katherine Ives Ziac, daughter of Emily Ives Ziac and Joshua David Ziac

September 23, 2001
Spencer James McLane, son of Michelle O. McLane and

Jadesola Juliana Ariyibi, daughter of Allison C. Ariyibi and Charles A. Ariyibi

Charles Akintoye Ariyibi, son of Allison C. Ariyibi and Charles A. Ariyibi

Killen Amy Carlson, daughter of Susan Gulliver Carlson and Peter Eric Carlson

September 30, 2001
Ryerson Robert Burdick, son of Becki Lynn Burdick and Robert John Burdick

October 28, 2001
Owen John White, son of Lori Ann White and Thomas Andrew White

Cameron William Pitt-Del Cristo, son of Sarah Jane Pitt and Carlos Del Cristo
Born: April 30, 2001, New York, NY
Performed by Rev. Sally Colegrove

November 23, 2001
Emma Quinn Gregor, daughter of Liv Bridget Lindstrum Gregor and Andrew Gregor, III
Born: August 8, 2001, Las Vegas, NV
Performed by Rev. Sally Colegrove

December 9, 2001
Eva Barrett Moore, daughter of Laura Wilhelm Moore and Earl Stanley Moore, III
Born: August 8, 2001, Boston, MA
Performed by Rev. Tom Stiers

December Calendar

Special Events     
1 5:00 PM Informal Advent Worship Service, Auditorium
2 11:15 AM Second Hour, “Medieval Art,” Maryan Ainsworth, Lounge
     2:00 PM Advent Craft Workshop, Auditorium
6 7:30 PM New Members Class, Lounge
7-9      SPF Christmas Retreat
9 9:15 AM New Members gather before joining, Lounge
    11:15 AM Confirmation Class Bake Sale, Auditorium
    12:00 PM Stephen Ministers party, Goodchild home
    5:00 PM JPF Christmas Party, Ebert home
11 8:00 PM Messiah rehearsal, Meetinghouse
12 12:00 PM Church Women United Holiday Tea, Auditorium
    8:00 PM Messiah rehearsal, Meetinghouse
16 10:00 AM Younger Children’s Worship Service, Auditorium
      4:00 PM Christmas Supper and Sing, Auditorium
18 8:00 PM Messiah rehearsal, Meetinghouse
19 8:00 PM Messiah rehearsal, Meetinghouse
21 5:30 PM SPF/CPF Progressive Dinner
22 4:00 PM Messiah performance, Meetinghouse
23 4:00 PM Messiah performance, Meetinghouse
         
Committee Meetings    
2 11:30 AM Nominating Committee, TLS Office
3 1:30 PM Stephen Ministers, Lounge
4 7:30 PM Stephen Ministers, Lounge
    7:30 PM Church Committee, Lounge
5 7:30 PM Membership Committee, Lounge
9 11:15 AM Christian Outreach Committee, Lounge
10 1:00 PM Rummage Room Committee, Lounge
19 7:30 PM Trustees Meeting, Lounge
          
Sunday 11:15 AM Cherub Choir rehearsal, Room 104 (not 12/16, 10:30 am 12/23)
       Youth Choir rehearsal, Choir Room (7 pm 12/16, no rehearsal 12/ 23)
   5:00 PM JPF, Room 103 (not 12/16, 23 or 30)
    7:00 PM SPF, Room 103 (not on 12/9, 23 or 30)
Tuesday 7:00 PM Confirmation Class, Room 103 (not on 12/11 or 18)
Wednesday 5:00 PM Children’s Choir rehearsal, Choir Room
      (not on 12/19 or 26)
   6:00 PM Children’s Choir Pizza Supper, Room 303
      (not on 12/19 or 26) 
Thursday 8:45 AM Palmer Handbells, Meetinghouse
   9:30 AM Hats Off, Lounge (not on 12/20 or 27)
   7:30 PM Chancel Choir rehearsal, Choir Room

Please remember
First Church First Sunday
Food Drive!
Sunday,
December 2
We are in particular need of cereal and canned meals (stew, ravioli, chili, hash). If you cannot bring your donation on Sunday, drop it by the Church Office by Wednesday, December 5.
Thank you!

From the Parish Nurse

This is the season for Thanksgiving…a time to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has helped support the Parish Nursing Program this past year. Your enthusiasm and willingness to take advantage of educational programs and support group sessions, screening activities and most recently, the flu vaccine clinic, are so gratifying!

Please take time to recognize and thank the members of the Wellness Committee. Their primary responsibility is to advise the Parish Nurse regarding potential health needs of the congregation. Together, the Parish Nurse and members of the Wellness Committee set priorities for activities and events such as the Flu Shot Clinic and Diabetes Management that was presented November 14 in conjunction with the Town of Greenwich. The members of the Wellness Committee are: Carolyn Colegrove, Mary Bausch, Ginny Breismeister, Ruth Davidson, Paul Kretschmann, Betsy Kreuter, Jillian Orozco, Vickie Altmeyer, Ruth Reed, Louise Schmitt, Charlee Tufts, Nancy Wisecup, Tom Stiers, and our latest member, Bob Alden.

As you spend time with your families during this holiday season, please consider the value of each member to the strength of the whole family, and each family to the strength of our nation. Take the opportunity at family gatherings to give thanksgiving to God for our many blessings, and ask Him to keep America strong. As in the words of Paul's Letter to the Philippians.. "I wish you joy in the Lord always..may all joy be yours…do not be anxious, but in everything make your requests known to God in prayer and petition with thanksgiving." May you know the peace that comes from Christ Jesus. Celebrate His birth with rejoicing!

Planned Giving

Get the Income Tax advantage in 2001
See the “Planned Giving” Corner” of the Church Bulletin Board; pick up from the sermon rack one or more of the planned giving brochures; and/or call Dana Low, First Church Director of Planned Giving, at 637-9315
for more information.
Go for it! You’ll be glad you did.

Finch Estate Benefits Tomac Cemetary
In our capacity as owner of the Tomac Burying Ground, First Church recently received the proceeds of a significant bequest by Willliam E. Finch, Jr. for the specific purpose of funding the “perpetual care” of this historic cemetery, which is now listed on the Connecticut Registry of Historic Places. Mr. Finch’s life-long interest in the history of Greenwich, and his dedicated efforts to preserve its records and artifacts during his years as Curator of the Bush-Holley House, are well-remembered and appreciated by all who knew him and by those who have succeeded him.

Computer Donation Needed
Person-to-Person has asked if there is anyone in the congregation who could donate a Pentium Processor PC computer to assist an in-need Greenwich resident obtain new skills and productive employment. Person-to-Person, working with Greenwich Social Services, has enrolled this individual in a business course at Norwalk Community College and the computer would greatly help in making this effort a success. If you feel you can assist, call Janet Evans, Executive Director of Person-to-Person in Darien, 655-0048.

December Birthdays

1 Wally Jansen 11 Mildred Wescott 23 Arthur Weigner
Kathy Fraser Terri Kutzen William Shaw Speer
2 Frank Preucil John Burbank Cassie Dunn
Barbara Luce Joel Perez Lindsay Anibal
Judith Chapman Frank Osborn Henry Burbank
William Sandberg Alexa Pugh 24 Sandra Plickert
Ted Carter 12 Sue Baker Andrew Schay
3 Barbara Guard 13 Martha Ahrens Christina Assing
Elizabeth Janis Winifred Bulterman Charles Fairchild
Kelly Robinson Margaret York Wyatt Davis
Lauren Bacon Sarah Saviskas 25 Parker Boles
4 Pamela Sheehy Rebecca Coleman Dale Greene
5 Dana Low 14 Thomas Davidson Melita Magness
Fredirick Arndt Karen Pacent Kellie Norrgard
Anne Strother Alison Tierney Parker Bonnell
Robert Speer Sarah VanDermeer Grace Kim-E
Alexander Ng-Yow William McKee 26 Stephanie Hanbury Brown
Elizabeth Anderson Parker McKee Tyler Sandberg
6 Linnea Perelli-Minetti Bennett Winton 27 Sandra Henry
John McCue Nicholas Joung John Gordon
Sherry Craig 15 Theodore Allen Philip Thalheim
Kristofer Arnold Helen Alison Dempsey 28 Karen Robbins
Katherine Anderson 16 Jennifer McCalley Louise Guy
Lara Esrey Anne Sherrerd Jake Carlson
Brett Hodgdon Ashley Tufts Linda Wilkinson
7 Thomas Sheehy James Willard 29 Judith Nelli
Patricia Pollack Emily Weir Diana Klingner
Katharine Wall 17 Caralliene Westbrook Christian Burke
John Angland Patricia Mendelsohn Esther Hoekstra
Holly Hanbury-Brown Hugh Hitchens Ellen Burbank
Lucas Dell’Abate Michael Provoost 30 Stuart McCalley
8 William Savage Alexander Ng-Yow Karen McCalley
Edward Mendelsohn 18 Jack Provoost Jeff Waggaman
Ann Garlid Bobby Bailey John Allen, Jr.
Nan Broeder 19 Robert Luce Tod Hedrick
9 Joyce French 20 Robert Wilson Charles Carnegie
Barbara Norrgard Rusty Rigg Andrew Sisley
Elizabeth Bonsal 21 Jessie Patrick 31 Jane Seel
Joshua Ziac 22 Peggy Coe Wm. Christian Simmons
Peder Maarbjerg Robert Burdick Adriana Seibert
10 David Cowles John Fountain
Anne Stolley Niko Fusaro
Barbara Oppedisano
Henrietta Hietala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advent 2001

The First Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 2

8 and 10 am Communion Worship Service The Coming, Dr. Thomas L. Stiers preaching.
Music: Behold a Star from Jacob Shining by Mendelssohn, the Chancel Choir, The Coventry Carol, the Palmer Handbells.
11:15 am Second Hour Metropolitan Museum curator Maryan Ainsworth, in the Lounge.
Advent Craft Workshop Make homemade Christmas gifts. Activities for all ages--from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Healing Service in the Meetinghouse, 7 pm.

Friday, December 7-Sunday, December 9
The SPF Christmas Retreat at Silver Lake

The Second Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 9
8 and 10 am Worship Service in the Meetinghouse
Prepare the Way, Rev. Susan M. Craig preaching
Music: But the Lord from the North (Elijah) by Mendelssohn, The Chancel Choir; In the Bleak Midwinter, The Palmer Handbells.
Reception of new members. 11:15 am Confirmation Class Bake Sale during Coffee Hour.
5 -7 pm JPF Christmas Party at the Ebert home.

Tuesday, December 11
8 pm The first of four community chorus rehearsals for Handel’s Messiah
registration from 7:30 pm. Additional rehearsals on December 12, 18 and 19, at 8 pm in the Meetinghouse.

The Third Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 16
10 am Worship Service in the Meetinghouse, A New Song, Dr. Thomas L. Stiers preaching.
Music: Springs in the Desert, The Chancel Choir, What Is This Lovely Fragrance, The Palmer Handbells
10 am Church School Worship Service in the Auditorium, The Star, Rev. Susan M. Craig reading. Celebrating the Christmas story with our younger children and their families. An Advent Carol, the Cherub Choir,
11:15 am Blessing and Dedication of the Creche
5 pm A Christmas Supper and Sing: A new, intergenerational event for all members of our church--families, couples, singles, and visiting relatives. A simple supper of bread and a hearty winter’s soup followed by an old-fashioned carol sing. Everyone should bring a plate of Christmas cookies! $5 for adults, $4 for under 12 and over 65.

Friday, December 21
5:30 pm SPF & CPF Progressive Christmas Dinner and Caroling Party. Call Sally Colegrove for reservations.

Saturday, December 22
4 pm Handel’s Messiah the first of two performances
tickets available from Sunday, December 2, $15 donation suggested
community chorus, guest soloists and chamber orchestra

The Fourth Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 23
At both Worship Services, Once in Royal David’s City with re-creation of the Christmas story, and Christmas Day by Gustav Holst, The Chancel Choir.
9:15 am only, God With Us, James Ebert and The Pastors’ Class preaching; music: Run to the Stable, The Children’s Choir.
11 am only, Shine Forth!, Rev. Sally Colegrove preaching; music: Wonderful! Counselor! by Michael Barrett, the Youth Choir.
4 pm Handel’s Messiah the second of two performances
tickets available from Sunday, December 2
community chorus, guest soloists and chamber orchestra
$15 donation suggested.

Christmas Eve ~ Monday, December 24
10 am Christmas Is...
a service for three generations.
Music by the Cherub Choir: Sing Noel by Natalie Sleeth with flute and percussion.
4 pm Follow the Star, Rev. Sally Colegrove preaching - an international festival of Christmas legends and song for children and adults. Music: Dormi, Dormi, an Italian carol, the Children’s Choir.
5 pm Carol Sing, Binney Park.
5:30 pm Pilgrimage to the Creche
8 pm Communion and Carols - a candlelight service, harp and organ music. “What Child Is This,” Rev. James Ebert preaching
Music: Let the Bright Red Berries Glow by Garry Cornell and Sing, Mary Sing, by Michael Patrick Murphy, the Youth Choir; O Holy Night, by Adolphe Adam, Alberto Sanchez, tenor.
10:30 pm Music for Harp and Organ
11 pm Candlelight Service with the Chancel Choir, soloists, harp and organ. Music: Before the Marvel of this Night, The Oxen, O Holy Night and more.
The First Sunday After Christmas

Sunday, December 30
10 am Worship Service Rev. James Ebert preaching.

Epiphany
Sunday, January 6, 2002
10 am Communion Worship Service
Coming to the Light, Rev. Sally Colegrove preaching, Arise, Shine, The Chancel Choir; Church School resumes.

Saturday, January 12
5 pm Informal Worship Service
communion, carols and prayer, Rev. James Ebert preaching, Auditorium.

The First Sunday After Epiphany
Sunday, January 13
8 and 10 am Worship Service Rev. Susan M. Craig preaching.
4 pm Sunday Afternoons Live
Borealis Quintet: The first in a series of one-hour candlelight concerts; refreshments from 3:30 pm in the Auditorium.

 

 

 

 

Messiah Is Coming!

The state of our world this fall has made many of us mindful of the nurture we receive from familiar traditions. Is there a more wonderful one than First Church's annual presentation of Part I of Handel Messiah, the Christmas portion, and the Hallelujah chorus? The tradition continues with two performances, Saturday, December 22nd, and Sunday, December 23rd, at 4 pm each day. The community chorus of some one hundred singers will rehearse for two weeks, and be joined by a twenty-piece chamber orchestra and professional soloists for the performances. This year sees the return of two favorites, soprano Adele Crawford and mezzo-soprano Wanda Brister. It will be a premier appearance for our choir's tenor soloist Alberto Sanchez, and we will also welcome for the first time bass-baritone Duncan Hartman.

Tickets for members of the congregation will be available at coffee hour on December 2nd and 9th, and for the wider community in the church office beginning December 10th. (Tickets are free but a $ 15 per ticket donation is encouraged so that expenses can be covered.)

Swell the Chorus

No one who wants to sing has ever been turned away from our Messiah community chorus. The ability to read music and some choral experience are helpful, but many a novice has joined the ranks, learning along the way. Is this your year to join us? Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Wednesdays for two weeks, December 11, 12, 18 and 19 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. On the 11th registration begins at 7:30, and it is possible to register after the first night. A deposit of $ 10 for use of First Church's score (mandatory) is taken at that time. There's an extra bonus, too: Choristers are guaranteed two tickets after rehearsal that first night. Welcome, welcome!!

 

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