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Christmas Cantata At Thompson UMC
Live Nativity, Cantata At N.M. Baptist
Holy Name of Mary Plans Celebration
Radio Rally At Bridgewater Baptist

Christmas Cantata At Thompson UMC

Have you ever heard the Angels sing? This year the Angels are singing on December 9. The Ecumenical Choir will perform the popular Christmas Cantata at Thompson United Methodist Church, starting at 3:00 p.m.

The multi-Denominational Choir will sing a medley of challenging songs, beginning with "Awake, O Earth!", written by Frank L. Cross and Eugene Butler. Then a two-part voice ballad, "Bethlehem," words by Joan Balay and music by Betty Fidler. This bouncy song will be followed by an inspirational, soprano led, "Christmas Song," written by Adolphe Adam (flutist Diane Powers will accompany the choir). A mixed voice, "Sing Baloo, Sing Balow," written by Philip Gordon will follow.

Up next is a rare phenomenon in the history of legitimate music. The men will sing, "We Three Kings of Orient Are," a cappella; you read it right, without music. You may not want to miss this rare event.

"The Little Drummer Boy," by Harry Simeone, Katherine K. Davis and Henry Onorati will be sung with precise syncopation in four parts. The arrangement by Harry Simeone, of, "Do You Hear What I Hear," written by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne will be sung with precise rhythm. The ladies will then stand up and sing, "Were You There On That Christmas Night." The words and music to this lovely ballad are written by Natalie Sleeth. The sopranos and altos are "just awesome." Grab onto a pew for this next one. It’s the "Hallelujah Chorus," from Handel’s "The Messiah." The choir has worked so hard on this, knowing that you will really feel "The Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth, Hallelujah."

Before Conductor Brenda Potter puts her baton away, the choir, along with everyone in attendance, will sing "A Song of Peace."

Susan Lee will accompany the choir on the piano this year. Mark the date and time: Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 p.m. at Thompson United Methodist Church.

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Live Nativity, Cantata At N. M. Baptist

A live nativity will be presented in New Milford on Friday evening, December 14, with programs at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., by the teens from South New Milford Baptist Church. Complete with live animals and costumed actors and actresses, the story of the first Christmas will be told. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and join in with the singing of Christmas carols during this event sure to help you get into the true spirit of the season. Horse-drawn carriage rides around the park will also be another enjoyable activity during the evening, thanks to the Bruce Conklin family. The live nativity will be located at the New Milford Green near the war memorials on Main Street.

Other events coming up for the Christmas season to be held at the South New Milford Baptist Church include the Sunday School Christmas program on December 16 at 7:00 p.m., and the Christmas Cantata, "There is a Bethlehem" on December 23 at 7:00 p.m. The Cantata contains many of the familiar old favorite carols as well as some new songs. A very special Christmas Eve service at 6:00 p.m. with music performed by RaeBelle Albeck and Robert Fisher is also an annual event at the church. All are welcome to come and enjoy these events. The church is located on Route 848 approximately 1 mile west of the Gibson exit of Route 81.

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Holy Name Of Mary Plans Celebration

Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, celebrates the December 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary with a vigil Mass at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7 and a Mass at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8.

Since this is the first Friday weekend, Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the 12:10 p.m. Mass on Friday and conclude with benediction on Saturday, at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 9:00 a.m. Mass.

On Sunday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. the parish community invites all to the Advent Evensong – a time to quiet ourselves down in preparation for the birth of Christ. Choir will sing evening prayer, which is drawn from sacred scripture.

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Radio Rally At Bridgewater Baptist

The Family Life Network will be conducting a Radio Rally on Sunday evening, December 9, at the Bridgewater Baptist Church in Montrose, at 6:00 p.m.

The Family Life Network owns and operates ten Christian radio stations throughout western New York and northern Pennsylvania. WCII in Binghamton, NY is its local affiliate.

The Radio Rally consists of network staff sharing their goals and vision for Christian broadcasting, as well as personal testimonies. A twelve-minute multimedia presentation is then shown. The rally is concluded with a fun and informative time of questions and answers.

WCII (Where Christ Is Inspirational) is a 24-hour a day Christian station offering inspirational music; Bible instruction by Chip Ingram, Chuck Swindoll and David Jeremiah; "Focus on the Family" with Christian psychologist Dr. James Dobson; and a money management program with Larry Burkett.

For more information concerning the rally, call Pastor Jeff Taylor at (570) 278-2352.

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