'Tis the season to be jolly,
and the South Ripley Ministerial Association (SRMA) wants to
help you be jolly! The association would like to invite the
public to attend its Community Christmas Carol Festival titled
"A Night of Awareness" on Tuesday, December 6 at the
South Ripley High School Auditeria at 7:00 p.m.
After years of sponsoring a "Thankmas" service after
Thanksgiving and before Christmas, SRMA has decided it's time
to change things up a bit. This year's community Christmas Carol
Festival will be a traditional Christmas Carol service with
carols led by Nancy Durham, performances by the South Ripley
Young Confederates, a solo performance and scripture reading
by Jessica McIntosh and a short message delivered by Pastor
Doug Norman. The crowd will be able to join in the caroling,
as the words for each song will be printed in a program.
Retired Pastor and SRMA member John Halford has seen the need
to entertain both young and old crowds saying that in years
past the entertainment has been too loud for some attendees.
"The older crowd wants to hear worship, not warships,"
laughed Halford. He reassured the event would satisfy the needs
of all in attendance.
The goal of "A Night of Awareness" is to raise money
and food supplies for the food banks and charitable organizations
that serve the disadvantaged in our community. The need is especially
great this year as the tough economic times leave many families
unable to provide food and other needs.
SRMA encourages the public to attend the event. There is no
charge for admittance but attendees are encouraged to bring
can goods, groceries, toys, gifts, and other donations to the
event. An offering will also be taken up during the event. All
donations will be given to local food banks and charities such
as Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry and others.
"Local businesses have been very generous in supporting
our Community Christmas Carol Festival," said Halford.
He said SRMA would like to thank the many businesses that have
helped make this night possible.
Halford noted the Community Christmas Carol Festival might become
the SRMA's new Christmas tradition if all goes well.