Central Carroll: Christmas concert coming up at Westminster UMC

Central Carroll: Christmas concert coming up at Westminster UMC
The Friendship Honey Bee Quilt, being raffled off by Carroll Lutheran Village, is a 92-inch by 92-inch work of art, hand-sewn by the Carroll Lutheran Village Quilters. (Courtesy Carroll Lutheran Village)

Nothing inspires the Christmas spirit more than music. When that music shares the reason for the season, it doubles the impact and makes for a winning concert. For a Christmas concert that offers more than just music and song, check out the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a free service at Westminster United Methodist Church (WUMC) on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

This inspirational concert will feature Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County and the WUMC Chancel Choir. In the tradition of King’s College from Cambridge, England, the concert will begin with a grand processional and will highlight the prophecy, birth and rein of Christ through scripture and song.


Masterworks Choral of Carroll County will perform under the direction of Dr. Margaret Boudreaux and the WUMC Chancel Choir will perform under the direction of Kyler Brengle.

“We have been holding a Lessons and Carols service every other year,” said Brengle. “This will be the third one. This was started at our church to provide our congregation with a service during the Advent season that was different from the normal fare by following the format of the traditional Lessons and Carols Festival. This service format has its origins in the Anglican church, the first one being held in 1880. In 1918 it was adapted for the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England, which is where the annual Christmas Eve broadcast now originates.”

Brengle said this is their first time to collaborate with a choral group from within the community.

“Although the service format is the same from year to year, featuring the same scriptures and sequence, the music selections can be different each year — even though they are selected to move the story forward,” said Brengle. “Our service will include readings by current and former pastors of our church and a mix of organ music, new and familiar choir anthems, and traditional carols sung by the congregation.”

Scripture will be presented by clergy readers — Rev. Malcolm Stranathan, Rev. Dr. David Highfield, Rev. Ken Humbert and seminarian, Vivian (Dong Eun) Lee.

“By combining our choir with Masterworks Chorale, and then adding the voices of all gathered, the beauty and joy of the seasonal music should be a reassuring testament to all that the true meaning of the season is alive and well,” Brengle said.

Boudreax is also looking forward to the collaboration.

“We are very happy and delighted to be able to contribute our voices to such a vibrant and joyful community event,” she said. “It will be very meaningful for our voices to combine at a time in the year when communities come together in such a warm and wonderful way.”

For more information: or 443-789-9754

Quilt Raffle to benefit Carroll Lutheran Village

Each winter, Carroll Lutheran Village holds a quilt raffle that features a different and unique handsewn treasure. That quilt raffle is underway once more, with tickets being sold through Jan. 27.

The quilt, entitled Friendship Honey Bee Quilt, is a 92-inch by 92-inch work of art, hand-sewn by the Carroll Lutheran Village Quilters. To get a peek at the quilt, you can stop by the Village where it is on display at the Village Corner Gift Shop, 300 St. Luke Circle in Westminster.

Tickets cost $1 each or $5 for six and are available inside the shop, Mon. through Sat. from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Or, you can call 443-605-1068 for tickets. Proceeds of the quilt raffle benefit the Carroll Lutheran Village Resident Assistance Fund, which supports residents of the Village who have outlived their financial resources.

The winning ticket will be drawn on Jan. 27 during the annual Winter Games event at Carroll Lutheran Village. The winner need not be present to win.

For more information contact Lisa Albin, Director of Church & Public Relations at Carroll Lutheran Village at 443-605-1008 or email her at

Final Christmas Market coming up

The last farmer’s market of the winter season will take place on Dec. 16. It is also the last Christmas Market for the Carroll County Farmer’s Market.

The market, held at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature an array of unique and unusual gift ideas plus Christmas decorations and greens.

“December 16th is our last market for the 2017 season,” said market manager Heather Kuykendall. “All of our customers favorite vendors will be there and it will be there last opportunity to place orders for the holiday season. We will have between 75 and 100 vendors featuring handmade crafts and decorations, homemade baked goods, live greens, wreaths, and arrangements, farm raised beef, pork, and lamb, farm fresh eggs, gourmet dips, jams and jellies, honey, and nuts. We will be open even during bad weather.”

Look for handmade jewelry, handsewn bibs and towels, scarves and other items, fresh baked goods, jams, jellies, ornaments and more. Purchase a variety of homemade Christmas cookies, woodcrafts, honey, eggs, and seasonal produce.

Breakfast and lunch will be served throughout the event with homemade sandwiches, like pulled chicken salad, handmade bar-b-que, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey clubs and BLT's. and soup made from scratch. Also look for homemade cakes and pies for dessert.

The Carroll County Farmer’s Market is located at 706 Agriculture Center Drive in Westminster. Parking will be open on the upper lots.

For more information visit them online at, call 410-848-7748 or email