Vespers and Candlelight Dinner at Garden City Community Church took place on
Sunday, December 16th. The public was invited and newcomers came.
part event started in the Sanctuary with the theme "A Service of Lessons
and Carols" in celebration of the upcoming birth of Jesus Christ. Beautiful
music was performed by three different choirs: the Adult Choir, the Carol Choir
(children in second grade through fifth grade), and the Handbell Choir. In
addition to GCCC's five regular soloists: Hope Hudson, soprano, Tammy Hensrud,
soprano, Hanne Andreasen, contralto, John Hudson, tenor, and Clark Perry, bass,
the Adult Choir was joined by guest artists: Kim Foxen, soprano, Michael
Castoro, tenor, and John M. Simmons, bass. Carols and hymns that were performed
included "A Christmas Carillon," "For Unto Us," and the
more familiar "Joy to the World" and "Hark! The Herald Angels
Music Minister, Frank
Crosio stated, "The service of Nine Lessons & Carols had its origins
in England in the 1880s at Truro Cathedral, but attained world-wide fame
through yearly radio broadcasts from the chapel of King's College Cambridge.
Since then churches all over the world have held similar services of their
own using the Nine Lessons as a springboard and adding carols and hymns
from their own traditions."
The Candlelight Dinner was coordinated
by the Membership, Life and Development Committee. Dinner was “Italian–
style”, including home-made lasagna, meat sauce, salad and delicious home-made
tortoni and cookies.
Membership, Life and
Development chairman, Paul Birkenstock said, “The Vespers music and dinner
afterwards was a great success, measured in smiles and full stomachs. We all
had a great time sharing the holiday spirit.”
public is invited to join us in celebrating the true spirit of the Christmas
season with three Christmas Eve
services at the Garden City Community Church. A wonderful night of prayerful
services with joyous music is planned. People are asked to bring optional
“green gifts”, non-perishable food items. The food collected will help
the hungry in our area.
pm- Family Service- Geared for children and
pm- Candlelight Communion Service with musical prelude starting at 8:15 pm.
pm- Candlelight Communion Service with musical prelude starting at 10:45 pm.
Garden City Community Church is located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and
Whitehall Boulevard. Please call 746-1700 e-mail ChurchOffice@GardenCityCommunityChurch.org or go to www.GardenCityCommunityChurch.org
for more information.
by Suzie Alvey)
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