Music, led by music minister Frank Crosio, was provided by the Adult Choir, Carol Choir and the three-octave Handbell Choir, including several solos. Musical selections included the 2012 Christmas carol by John Rutter called "All Bells in Paradise," commissioned by the Choir of King's College in Cambridge, England. Others were the Biebl "Ave Maria," and "Gloria in Excelsis" from the "Christmas Cantata" by Daniel Pinkham, as well as traditional Christmas carols.
After the Vespers service, dinner for 110 was prepared and served by the GCC Board of Membership, Life and Development, featuring down-home comfort food of honey-baked ham, macaroni and cheese, corn bread and a salad. Friends and neighbors who enjoyed the service visited with members for some fellowship.
Garden City Community Church is located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Boulevard. It is an “Open & Affirming” congregation of the United Church of Christ (Protestant), so no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey all are welcome. On Sundays the GCCC has 8:30 a.m. Communion in the Chapel and 10:30 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary. The Forum is held at 9:15 a.m. Church Sunday School is held during the regular service, with babysitting in the Crib Room for children under two years old, equipped with silent pagers for parents.
Garden City Community Church is handicap accessible with ramps on the Whitehall Boulevard side of the church and a full elevator to the lower level. Please call 746-1700, email ChurchOffice@GardenCityCommunityChurch.org or visit www.GardenCityCommunityChurch.org for more information.