ELYSBURG — The 28th annual Community Spirit Christmas Celebration will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, 599 W. Center St.
The unique concert includes performances by the adult choir, Southern Gospel Choir, handbell choir from the Elysburg Presbyterian Church and Jennifer Updegrove, violin soloist. The Elysburg Ministerium will read parts of scripture throughout the program. Sharon Styer will serve as pianist and organist for the evening.
The Southern Gospel Choir, under the direction of Letha Stone, will perform a medley of “O Come Ye for Christmas,” “Christmastime” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” arrangements by Brymer. They will continue with “Stille Nacht/Silent Night,” arranged by Gilpin, and “Alleluia,” by Brenchley.
The EPC Handbell Choir will perform “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” arranged by Geschke, and “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” by Tucker.
Jennifer Updegrove, violin soloist, will perform “Silent Night” on this the 200th anniversary of the composing of the favorite hymn, accompanied by Styer.
The Community Spirit Choir will perform “Glory to God,” arranged by Hansen; “Mary, Did You Know,” arranged by Schrader; “Rise Up Shepherds and Follow,” arranged by Lojeski; “All is Well,” arranged by Larson; “A-Caroling We Go,” arranged by Kern; “The First Noel,” arranged by Wagner; and “Light a Candle,” by Beck.
The program will conclude as the combined ensembles perform “Carol of the Bells,” arranged by Sherman.
This is a free concert, with a freewill offering going to the Jane Quinton Scholarship Fund. Refreshments and a social get-together will follow the concert.