Happenings (Week of Dec. 17, 2008)

Methodist Church to present Cantata


The Hillsboro United Method?ist Church choir will perform a Christmas cantata at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the church, 905 E. D St.

The cantata, titled ?How Great Our Joy!? is directed by Allen Ediger with piano accompaniment by Marie Adams.

The public is invited.


HMS, HHS holiday concert is Dec. 22


The Hillsboro Middle School and High School band and vocal departments will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, in the high school gymnasium.

The middle school band will perform first, followed by the high school bands, seventh-grade choir, eighth-grade choir, Mixed Chorus, Spirit-N-Celebration, and Concert Choir.

The choirs will join for a mass number to end the concert.

The public is invited.


Goessel Christmas concert Dec. 18


The Goessel High School music department will present its Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in the high school auditorium.

The 57-member Bluebird Band, under the direction of Mike Connell, will perform four selections, including ?Star of Wonder,? a medley of three ?bell? carols, ?The Bells Of Christmas? and ?Mary?s Boy Child.?

The latter number is a traditional calypso carol featuring a number of senior and junior band members.

Following the band?s performance, the 68-member Concert Choir, under the direction of Greg Bontrager, will perform a variety of songs, including: ?The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy,? ?Out of the Orient Sky,? ?All is Well? featuring a sixth-grade ensemble and ?Coventry Carol? accompanied by a woodwind ensemble.

The Elbiata Singers will also be featured.

To close the concert, the audience will be invited to join the Concert Choir in the traditional singing of Handel?s ?Hallelujah Chorus.?


Sign-up assistance offered to seniors


The Marion County Depart?ment for Elderly is providing assistance to seniors seeking enrollment in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan before the Dec. 31 deadline.

The department can help compare plans and sign up seniors who want to change their current coverage.

Seniors who switch to a new plan should do so sooner rather than later so the change can be processed by Medicare before the end of the year.

Many seniors in Marion County have also received information about Medicare Advantage plans.

For more information about these plans, call 620-382-3580 or stop by the office located in the Marion Senior Center. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Lehigh Christmas party on Saturday


Lehigh and Lehigh Township residents are invited to a Christmas party starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Lehigh City Building, 110 E. Main.

Noel Tompei and his elf, Timothy, will be on hand as Santa?s helpers to pass out Christmas sacks to the children.

For more information, call Louis Coyle, 620-483-3005.

Goessel library seeks sponsors


Goessel-area residents are encouraged to celebrate the holiday season by sponsoring a book ornament on the Goessel Public Library?s Wishing Tree.

?During this time of giving, consider sharing books or materials you would like to read or use,? said Laura Dailey, library director. ?Visit the library and chose a book ornament from the Wishing Tree, then either donate the money needed to purchase that item or purchase it on your own and donate it to the library.

?Or, if there is something you think the library should have, you can choose blank ornament to donate toward or purchase that material.?

Materials can commemorate or honor a special occasion or person. Personalized bookplates will be placed in each item purchased.

Contributions will be used to enhance the library?s collection, which includes material as varied as children?s picture books, DVDs, young adult books and cake pans.

?If you have someone on your list that is hard to buy for, you might want to consider the gift of a library book or material in their name,? Dailey said.

For more information call the library at 620-367-8440.


Two blood drives planned in county


American Red Cross invites those in good health to donate blood this month at one of two drives in Marion County.

The Goessel Blood Drive will be from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Goessl Mennonite Church, 109 S. Church St.

The Hillsboro Blood Drive will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, 610 S. Main in Hillsboro.

All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt.

?Too often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is that the true meaning of this time of year is to reach out to others,? said Pam Head, CEO, Central Plains Region. ?Celebrate the holidays by giving this greatest gift and help save a life.?

As the holidays traditionally are hard times on blood collections, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to recruit college students home for the holidays, high school students on winter break and other family and friends.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, donors should call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit bloodisneeded.org.

Individuals at least 17 years of age (16 with completed parental consent form), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in general good health, may be eligible to donate blood. The Red Cross reminds those coming to donate to bring a photo ID.


Christmas services at Alexanderwohl


The public is invited to Christmas week services at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church near Goessel.

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, the Chancel Choir, under the direction of Renae Schmidt Peters, will lead a service of lessons and carols. Anthems include ?A Virgin Unspotted,? ?In the Bleak Midwinter,? and ?Sussex Carol.?

At 7 p.m. Dec. 24, the children?s Sunday school department will present the Christmas story.

The annual Christmas Day worship service will begin with the organ prelude by Jason Peters at 9:45 a.m. The remainder of this one-hour service will include Christmas carols and prayers, a meditation by Pastor Lee Suderman and music by Amy Schroeder Hiebert, a professional singer who resides in Middletown, Conn.

The church is located one mile north of Goessel on Kansas Highway 15.


Peabody-Burns concert set Dec. 19


The Peabody-Burns Junior/ Senior High instru?mental department will be presenting its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in the Brown Building Concert Hall.

The Peabody-Burns Junior/ Senior Tomahawk Band will open the program with a variety of seasonal music.

The elementary school?s sixth-grade saxophone quartet will provide an interlude between bands.

The PBHS Warrior Band will present Mannheim Steamroller arrangements of many holiday songs. The junior high and high school stage band will provide postlude music.

The public is invited.

Musical planned at Parkview Dec. 21


Parkview Mennonite Breth?ren Church, Hillsboro, will present a musical, ?One Incredible Moment,? at 8:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21

The public is invited.


HMBC children to present musical


The children of Hillsboro Men?nonite Brethren Church, kindergarten through sixth-grade, will be presenting a Christmas musical titled, ?Finding the Christmas Star,? at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

The public is invited.

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