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Christmas Music at FUMCA

BY: SEAN HALE Director of Music & Worship

Every year, we have many special musical offerings during the Christmas season, but this year is shaping up to be one of the best as we have a wide variety of ensembles and musical groups singing at FUMCA.

CHANCEL CHOIR SINGS MESSIAH

December 8  at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. On Sunday, December 8, in the 11:00 Sanctuary service ONLY, the Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present a joyous collection of music that shares different perspectives on the Christmas story highlighted by Francesco Durante’s setting of Magnificat. The worship service will also feature arrangements of more familiar Christmas carols arranged by two of the best American composers today: Dan Forrest and Elaine Hagenberg.

ARLINGTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS WINTER CONCERT

December 10 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. ACC is an auditioned honor choir of elementary-aged students throughout the Arlington ISD. They regularly rehearse at FUMC and will be sharing their Christmas music with us on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 pm. It is a free concert.

ARLINGTON MASTER CHORALE CONCERT

December 12 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. AMC will be presenting their Holiday Concert in our Sanctuary on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 pm. The concert is entitled, “The Life of Christmas,” and will also feature the Children’s Chorus from Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through their website (arlingtonmasterchorale.org).

CAROLING WITH THE CHOIR 

December 11 at 7:30 pm. We are always looking for ways to connect with those who live near the church and caroling is such a great way to do that. On Wednesday, December 11, join members of the Chancel Choir as we share the joy of Christmas with the neighborhood around the church. Everyone is welcome! We will meet in the choir room at 7:30 pm.

CENTER 313 CHRISTMAS CONCERT

December 15 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Come out and join us for Center313's Christmas Concert! You’ll hear your favorite Christmas songs and maybe even some new ones. Bring everyone you know, you don’t want to miss this special evening! Admission is free, but everyone is encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy.

AWAKEN ENSEMBLE CONCERT WITH ARLINGTON CHARITIES

December 22 at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Come and Awaken to Christmas with Awaken Ensemble in concert on Sunday, December 22 at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Awaken Ensemble is led by Sean Hale and is in its first concert season. The chamber choir is comprised of music professionals across DFW. Tickets are $5 online (through Eventbrite & Facebook) and $10 at the door. Awaken is also partnering with Arlington Charities for the concert and is doing a non-perishable food and hygiene drive. Here are items we are collecting that you can bring to the concert: Cereal Cooking oil Shampoo Toothpaste & Toothbrushes Laundry detergent Toilet paper Razors Bath soap/bath gel Shaving cream Dish soap Diapers-Size 4, 5, 6

CHILDREN’S CHOIRS SING

The Children’s Choir will sing on Sunday, December 22 in Revive at 11:00 am and on Christmas Eve, the Children’s Choirs will be joined by our Joyful Noise preschool choir at the 4:00 pm service in the Sanctuary. Come celebrate with us!