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Religion briefs: Festival of Lessons and Carols held at St. Joseph Catholic Community

The Hand Bell Choir performs during Saint Joseph Catholic Community's Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Dec. 14 in Eldersburg.
The Hand Bell Choir performs during Saint Joseph Catholic Community's Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Dec. 14 in Eldersburg. (Courtesy photo)

The fourth annual Festival of Lessons and Carols was held at Saint Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg on Dec. 14. The Festival is an Advent/Christmas concert based on the concert of the same name first performed at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, in 1918.

The service included: Christmas caroling, scripture readings, short reflections from the early church fathers and special musical offerings. The concert included the Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Hand Bell Choir, Schola Cantorum, Contemporary Ensemble and vocal, piano and organ soloists. The event was directed by Mr. Lyle Peters, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music. Following the concert a reception was hosted by SJCC 150th Anniversary Committee in the Cassidy Center.

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The Children’s Choir, Adult Choir and Baltimore String Quartet perform during Saint Joseph Catholic Community's Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Dec. 14 in Eldersburg.
The Children’s Choir, Adult Choir and Baltimore String Quartet perform during Saint Joseph Catholic Community's Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Dec. 14 in Eldersburg. (Courtesy Photo)

Members of Saint Joseph Catholic Community Music Ministry include:

Children’s Choir: Celia Anthony, Veronica McNamara, Clare Anthony, Katherine Nelson, Vanessa Corso, Audrey Ong, Zachary Corso, Erin Peltier, Blesing Huynh, Abigail Richelderfer, Olivia Lohrmann, Maddie Richelderfer and Grace Mattingly.

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Adult Choir (*Schola Cantorum members): Sopranos: Jackie Antkowisk*, Angela Anuszewski, Megan Channing, Kristen Pressimone*, Lara Miller, Patricia Settle*, Zeny Winterling, Michelle Wolfe, Kathy Worgul*, Tenors: Joe Dorsey*, Sherry Hohol*, Mark Nacewicz, Paul Norfolk, Altos: Diane Desimone, Janice Duffy, Thelma Grimes. Basses: Christopher Graye*, Bud Housel, Michale Hurley*, Bob Ohm. Accompaniest: Sandy Shenk.

Conductor: Lyle D. Peters.

The Adult Choir performs during Saint Joseph Catholic Community's Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Dec. 14 in Eldersburg.
The Adult Choir performs during Saint Joseph Catholic Community's Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Dec. 14 in Eldersburg. (Courtesy Photo)

Soloists: Jackie Antkowiak (vocal), Kristen Pressimone and Don Pressimone (duet), Joe Dorsey (vocal), Michelle Wolfe (vocal), Megan Channing (vocal), Sherry Hohl (vocal), Carole Gauthier (organ), Christopher Graye (organ).

Special Guests: The Baltimore String Quartet: Robert Sorel, 1st violin; Dorothy Cooper, 2nd violin; Hannah Leigh, viola; Jacques-Pierre Malan, cello.

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Hand Bell Choir: Chris Flanagan, Cathy Haines, Danny Haines, Debbie Henretty, Elena Hodgkiss, Audrey Novak, Susan Hurley, Dave Schwark, Linda Schwark.

Conductor: Carole Gauthier

Contemporary Ensemble: Sam Castiglione, bass/vocals; Mark McGregor, keyboard; Danny Gallagher, guitar/vocals; Anna Roys, vocals; Kevin Lohrmann, drums.

Deacons, elders to be installed at Emmanuel UCC

Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ will have the sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, Jan. 6 during the morning worship at 10 a.m. During the service new consistory persons will be installed and ordained into the positions of deacons and elders. The church is located at 2950 Old Taneytown Road in Tyrone. Rev. Jeffry Dull is minister. For more information, visit the church on Facebook or at www.ebucc.com or email office@ebucc.com.

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