11:15 A.M. Cherub Choir
11:30 A.M. Children's Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT!
If your children and youth are interested in participating in the Christmas Pageant, please look for your e-evite from SignUp Genius or email Rev. Kibbie Laird at Kibbie@fpcnc.org. All children are encouraged to participate. No prior choir participation is required! It's going to be a great show this year, so please volunteer and be a part of this Christmas favorite. For more information, please call Rev. Kibbie Laird at (203) 966-0002.
Pageant Rehearsal dates: Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15 (11:30 – 12:30); Sunday, December 22 (11:30 - 1:00) Monday, December 23 (1 – 3 PM); Dec. 24th - All-cast call at 4pm for a 5pm service
Featuring Nicholas Gombert, Jan Sweelinck, Jaakko Mantyjarvi, J.C. Bach, Benjamin Britten, Lembit Avesson and Holiday Favorites and Harp Soloist.
Tickets will be sold at the door or call 203-322-5970 or visit ProArteSingers.com
FPC Christmas Concert: “The Christmas Star”
The First Presbyterian Church Choir and Orchestra will present a Christmas Concert featuring Joseph Rheinberger’s magnificent Christmas Cantata The Star of Bethlehem for chorus and orchestra featuring soloists Allison Gray, soprano, and Constantine Tsourakis, baritone, under the direction of Sean McCarthy. Rheinberger’s sweeping, romantic score captures all the beauty and drama of the Christmas story, with poetry written by his own wife. Highlights include the appearance of the angels to the shepherds, the magi racing across the desert on camelback, and Mary’s moving reflections when everyone leaves on what it all means.
The concert will include a performance of a thrilling movement from Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto in F major “The Romantic,” with Dr. Stephen Rapp as organ soloist with the orchestra. Other cherished Christmas music from the Romantic period will include Mendelssohn’s Behold a Star from Jacob Shinning and two lovely cradle carols by Brahms and Reger, sung by soloists Jamie Ratcliffe, mezzo-soprano, and Jennifer Groves, soprano. The concert will conclude with the FPC Carol Children’s Choir joining the adult choir to present John Rutter’s glorious Star Carol.
The concert is free with a donation accepted at intermission to benefit New Canaan’s own Arts for Healing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing integrated music therapy and art therapy for individuals with emotional, physical, develop-mental, and social needs throughout their lives.
Plan now to join with our entire church family to celebrate this special Christmas celebration, truly a concert to remember. Early seating is recommended. Your donation will be accepted at intermission. For more information please call (203) 966-0002.
45 Years of Doves
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Person-to-Person Dove Program.
DOVE PROGRAM: Many of the Doves have flown off the tree, but there are SOME LEFT! The gift-wrapped food boxes are due here at the church at the latest Saturday, December 14. You can bring them to the church any time before that date also. The White Doves have a list of the foods to buy on the back, and we will be collecting $15.00 for a meat voucher. With the Green Doves you can make a direct financial contribution to Person to Person for the Scholarship or Emergency Assistance Funds. Be sure to stop by the table and get your Dove before they have all flown away. There has been an overwhelming response this year....Much, much thanks! If you have any questions, please contact Karen Hanson at 203-966-5140 or email@example.com
Christmas Doves would never have been possible without the enthusiastic support of area churches. Basically, Dove boxes provide holiday food to families in need. But they also give individuals and families the opportunity to share their blessings with their neighbors at Christmas. This is a wonderful opportunity to help your children understand the joy of giving during the Christmas season. Participation is open to everyone, and may involve preparing wrapped cartons of food. Or can be as simple as making a direct donation to families/adults through Person to Person.
Each year, FPC joins with other churches, to participate in Person-to-Person’s Christmas Dove Program. Through this program, participants respond to the needs of families and seniors in our community who might otherwise go without this Holiday Season. Parishioners wishing to participate need only select a White or Green Dove on Sunday, December 8. Then follow directions printed on it -- and bring joy into another home this Christmas Season.
A financial contribution to Person-to-Person’s Scholarship or Emergency Assistance Fund. Scholarship will enable eager students to continue their education. Emergency Assistance Fund will help someone with a fuel bill, rent or a medical bill not covered by Medicaid. Please mail your financial contribution directly to Person-to Person.
RETURN your filled, closed, wrapped box to the Narthex on Saturday, December 14. If you fill your box prior to December 14, you may certainly bring it to church earlier. If you have any questions regarding the Person-to-Person Christmas Dove Program, please contact Karen Hanson at 203-966-0002.