Annual cantata set for this weekend
RUSSELLVILLE -- The Community Christmas Choir, under the direction of Jamie France, will perform its ninth Annual Community Christmas Choir concert at the Russellville Community Center.
This year's concert is "The Promise of Christmas," created by Phil Barfoot and arranged and orchestrated by Dave Williamson.
The event is open to the public.
The free Community Christmas Choir concert will be performed Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. Each performance will last approximately one hour. Free nursery and childcare services will be available during each performance.
"The Promise of Christmas" will feature a 90-member adult choir, a 50-member children's choir, a multi-character narrative drama team and various special effects.
A free dinner will be provided by the Russellville Community Center and will be offered one hour prior to each performance. The meals, consisting of a Salisbury steak dinner planned for Friday evening and a chicken and noodles dinner planned for Saturday evening, will be served starting at 6 p.m.
The spaghetti meal planned for Sunday will begin at noon. A free-will offering will be accepted for the meal and all the proceeds will go to benefit the Russellville Community Center.
Free Christmas bake sale items will also be available before, during, and after each of the three performances. The volunteer members that make up the Community Christmas Choir donate these holiday cookies and candies. A free-will offering will also be accepted for these items, and all the proceeds will go to benefit the 2011 Community Christmas Choir.
The Community Christmas Choir formed nine years ago when three small churches, Browns Valley Christian, Freedom Baptist and Parkersburg Christian decided to unite their small respective choirs into a single 35 member group.
Over the past nine years, the choir has grown in popularity and size to include choir members from churches in northern Putnam, southern Montgomery and northeastern Parke counties. In 2005, the choir's venue was moved to the Russellville Community Center, where last year, more than 1,500 people attended the three-day weekend.
This year, the Community Christmas Choir is once again taking this opportunity to provide for those individuals in our local communities who are less fortunate and will not have enough to eat this winter.
Donated non-perishable food items will be collected at the door and then distributed to food banks in Putnam and Montgomery counties.