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St. John the Evangelist Church, Susquehanna, St. Lawrence Church, Great Bend and St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson, their choirs and St. John's Folk Group held a Night of Music on December 29, at St. John's Church.
Rev. David Cramer and Assistant Pastor Alfhonse Penikala serve the three churches and took part in the evening's program. Jeffrey Keyes and Susan Lee were the organist and pianist. Choir directors for the three churches are Martha Stanford, St. John's Church, Susan Lee, St. Martin's Church and Holly Snitzer, St. Lawrence Church. Kathy Matis leads St. John's Folk Group.
Parish members David Lee, Ellen Reavey and Theresa Whitehead added to the program with readings.
The program opened with "O Come All Ye Faithful" and continued with an evening of familiar Christmas carols and other appropriate music of the season, ending with "Joy to the World." Father Cramer hosted a reception in the Parish Center following the service.
On Sunday afternoon, December 13, the Tri-Boro Ministerium held an Advent Scripture and Song service at St. John's Church. Members of the Ministerium are the Rev. Blaine Detwiler of the Lakeview Mennonite Church; the Rev. Carl Batzel of Lanesboro Community Church; Rev. Cramer and Rev. Penikala of St. John's Church and the Rev. James Rouse and the Rev. Robert Harris (Ret.) of Susquehanna United Methodist Church.
Note-A-Bells, a bell choir, and other church musical groups and soloists provided an afternoon of music leading up to the celebration of the birth of Christ.
A reception following the Advent Service was held in St. John's Parish Center hosted by the women's organizations of St. John's Church. The offering from the December 13 service will go to the Outreach Ministries of the Tri-Boro Ministerium.
Fr. David Cramer, Pastor, and Fr. Alfhonse Penikala, Assistant Pastor, of St. Lawrence, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Martin of Tours, welcomed to the area the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth.
In mid-December the Sisters began residency at their new St. Joseph Convent, the former rectory at St. Martin of Tours, Jackson. Presently three Sisters live at the convent, with more expected to arrive soon. A sister convent is located in Tunkhannock.
The Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth are a community of apostolic contemplatives, following in the footsteps of St. Francis. The prayer life of the Sisters is centered on the Eucharist. From their strong communal life, they reach out through retreat work, catechesis, and youth work.
Sr. Kelly, Guardian, may be reached at the convent Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 9:00-11:45 a.m., 1:00-4:30 p.m., 7:00-8:15 p.m. at 756-2205.
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