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THE GAZETTE - SERVING CENTRE COUNTY

DECEMBER 24, 2010

Small Sounds of the Season

Pam Gudeman reads the Christmas story with help from children from the audience.

By Ebun Adewumi ZION – With only six days shopping days before Christmas it was easy to get lost in the pressure to find that perfect gift, worry about relatives and other company visiting, and other last-minute holiday details. However for a brisk Sunday evening in Zion, other sounds of the Christmas season could be heard. On December 19, at the Marion-Walker Elementary School the Faith United Methodist Church held a Christmas music coffeehouse. The elementary school was used as an informal setting people could hear the Christmas story and some Christmas songs. The night featured 15 different musical acts from a small instrumental ensemble playing classic Christmas music, to a brother and his wife singing a song that his sister had wrote. There were participants of all ages. Pam Gudeman read a Christmas story play where she recruited children in the audience to help her “twinkle, twinkle like a star� or “baa like a sheep.� As the story went on, however, the children got sillier, aided by the laughter of the audience. Other performers included Leah Guizar who sang Breath of Heaven and signed it at the same time, Jordan Emely read the Christmas story from the Bible, and a quartet who sang Away in the Manger and What Child is This?�. The night wasn’t all reflective, between sets Bible trivia was exchanged and cheesy Christmas jokes were told. “What does Santa call a reindeer that doesn’t work?� “Dinner.� The audience laughed and called out for more. There were also a few times when the words were displayed on the screen and the audience was encouraged to sing along. The evening ended with the lights being dimmed, everyone turning on their electric candles, and group sing of Silent Night.

Joran Emely reads the Christmas story from Luke 2.

Linda Hoffman and Larry Jensen perform a duet.

David Carter sings with his wife.

Singing Labor of Love Playing the drums in the Faith Church Ensemble

David Carter, Larry Jensen, Rick Stover and Denny Bucha sing Away in the Manger.

Instrumental music by the Faith Church Ensemble

Leah Guizar signs as she sings.

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