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Church news: Community Christmas Carol Fest planned for First Presbyterian

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will host a Soup and Dessert Caf at 5 p.m. Friday Dec. 3 in the meetinghouse of the church. Immediately following the tree lighting in the front yard of the church there will be a carol sing in the sanctuary featuring Christmas music from the string ensemble of the Cazenovia High School under the direction of Mary Coburn. The Sounds of Chimes and Jubilate Bell Choirs under the direction of Catharine Wheat will also add to the festivities.

So stop by the Cazenovia Presbyterian for some warm soup, tasty desserts and wonderful Christmas music on Friday Dec. 3. Then go on the streets and enjoy the Christmas Walk in downtown Cazenovia.

The Season of Advent: Anticipation and Hope

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the Advent Season by lighting the Bethlehem Candle, the second candle on the Advent wreath at its morning worship service at 10 a.m. Dec. 5. The public is invited. The Rev. Dr. Steven R. Thomas will deliver the message "The Holy Way."

The service will feature Christmas in Brass with trumpeters Aaron Velardi and Patrick Carney playing special music and accompanying the hymns. The Sound of Chimes will play "In The Bleak Midwinter." The Senior Choir will be singing the "Hallelujah Chorus" and yes, you may sing along!

The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing, of hope.

Advent devotional booklets are available at the church office at 27 Albany St., or pick one up during the Sunday service.

If you are looking for an open and friendly place to celebrate Sunday morning worship, the Cazenovia Presbyterian Church welcomes you. Child Care and Sunday School are available during the service. For more information contact the church at 655-3191 or cazpres.org.

Sharye Skinner is the publicist for the Cazenovia First Presbyterian Church.

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