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Advent Services At Lanesboro Church
Two Advent Organ Meditations Set
Dinner, Concert At St. Mark's

Advent Services At Lanesboro Church

Lanesboro Community Church announces its services for the Advent/Christmas season, all of which are designed to highlight the miracle of God coming to us in Jesus Christ.

Each Sunday, beginning November 30, there will be Sunday school for all ages beginning at 9:30 a.m. Then at 10:30 a.m., praise singing begins the service in the sanctuary, each week featuring families lighting the Advent candles. Additional special highlights include a covered dish luncheon on November 30, honoring recently given gifts of time, talent or money; Holy Communion on December 7, and the children’s presentation on December 21.

Everything culminates in the beautiful and inspiring Christmas Eve candlelight service on December 24 at 8:00 p.m.

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Two Advent Organ Meditations Set

Two advent organ meditations will be offered during the month of December at the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose. The first meditation will be on Wednesday, December 10 at 12 noon. Mrs. Sarah S. Bertsch will present Advent music. Mrs. Bertsch is a longtime resident of Montrose and was church organist for over 32 years at the First Presbyterian Church. During this time, Mrs. Bertsch accompanied the Montrose Community Choir, directed by Mrs. George Golis, in presenting Gaul’s "Holy City," Stainer’s "Crucifixion," Brahms’ "Requiem," Handel’s "Messiah," Mendelssohn’s "Elijah" and Beethoven’s "The Mount of Olives." Paul Spencer Adkins, known to many local people, was guest tenor soloist at the "Messiah" presentation in 1986. Mrs. Bertsch has also accompanied many soloists throughout the years. She recently accompanied Todd Robinson, a former choir director at the Presbyterian Church and now a soloist with an opera company based in California.

Mrs. Bertsch played for the "Hour of Inspiration" services held at the First Presbyterian Church for over thirty years. These services were broadcast weekly over WPEL radio station. Since 1964 Mrs. Bertsch has been presenting a fifteen-minute program of church music weekly on WPEL.

The second meditation will be on Wednesday, December 17 at 12 noon. Richard and Evelyn VanAuken of Brackney will present a meditation with organ and piano music. The VanAukens are familiar artists to Montrose, having played in Advent and Lenten series previously. They have been actively engaged in music for many years as teachers, church musicians and performers. They have also conducted church music workshops in various locations throughout the United States.

Mrs. VanAuken spent many years in a teaching capacity and served as Director of Music for the Anglican Catholic Church of the Incarnation, Quakertown, PA. Mr. VanAuken served as artist-teacher in the Music Dept. of Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA for 28 years as well as being a Visiting Instructor at Lafayette College.

Together, the VanAukens have appeared at the concert series of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC as well as teaching and performing on the island of Jamaica during January for four years, at which time they worked with the Bethlehem Teachers College Choir to prepare them for concert appearances.

The public is cordially invited to these meditations. A soup and bread luncheon will follow. Proceeds from the luncheon are directed to the local food pantry.

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Dinner, Concert At St. Mark's

A lasagna dinner is being served at St. Mark’s Church, Main St., New Milford on Friday, December 5, 5:30 p.m. After dinner a concert of seasonal music will be held in the Church at 7:30 p.m.

The dinner is being prepared and served by the parishioners of St. Mark’s. The menu features home made lasagna and all the appropriate accompaniments.

A newly installed pipe organ will be featured in the concert. To celebrate the addition of this fine instrument to its musical program, the parish has invited back The Schola Cantorum of Delbarton School, Morristown, NJ. The group toured Scotland this past summer presenting concerts at a number of historic sites. Dr. Roy Horton is director of the group. Dr. Horton is a resident of Susquehanna County and married to the Rev. Canon Carol Horton, rector of St. Mark’s.

For information about the dinner and concert call 465-3896 or 879-2907.

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