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Annual Christmas Cantata to be presented

 Arma United Methodist Church, Arma, KS—The Arma Community Choir will present its 2017 Christmas Service, open to all surrounding communities, at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Arma United Methodist Church, Arma.

The choir, comprised of men and women throughout the area, will sing the cantata, entitled Go Sing It on the Mountain, by Pepper Choplin. The orchestra is made up by Linda Roberts, piano; Donna Bogner, organ; Norma Hiatt, violin; Daniel Munguia, cello; Andrea Dinkel, flute; Dr. Carol Deats, horn; and Michael Brewer, percussion. Featured soloists are Lori Stotler, John Gladson, Buddy Gorentz, Delores Wishart, Sharon Barone, Sherry Sharp, Tamara Warford, Tony Sanchez, and Mary Jo Harper.

“This Christmas choral celebration is filled with beautiful mixture of mountain melodies, folk hymns, spirituals, familiar carols and original music that is sure to surprise and delight” said Michael Doue, conductor. “This cantata also speaks a quiet word of hope to those who are suffering, who need to feel the Lord’s presence. Many around us are grieving and full of despair. Go Sing It on the Mountain lifts up all of us with courage, hopefulness, peace, love and joy. The choir and orchestra have put a great deal of time and energy into preparing for their performance. Everyone will enjoy it! No one will leave disappointed.”

A free will offering will be collected, and canned goods are also welcome. Any of these items may be left at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. For more information, please contact Karen Pryer, 620-347-4613.

“All proceeds will be used to provide food baskets and clothing items to families currently experiencing a hardship in our community,” said Pryer. “We have an extraordinary need for donations again this year as we have over 40 food baskets that are needed! We generally help approximately 30 to 35 families. Each child is to also receive a pair of sweats. We are also providing items such as tooth brushes, toothpaste, socks, gloves, etc. for the children of the families we assist. We hope everyone in Arma and the surrounding communities will help us celebrate the season and support this worthy cause. The choir does a terrific job and their performance will touch everyone as the Christmas story is told and sang!”

Prelude music will begin at 5:50 p.m, and refreshments will be provided following the performance.