Hillsboro-wide Thanksgiving service will include music by Tabor College

The public is invited to attend the community-wide Thanksgiving service and fall festival concert, ?With Praise and Thanksgiving,? beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

The event is co-sponsored by Tabor College and the Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association and will feature concert performances by a variety of groups and soloists from the Tabor Music Department.

Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Main Street Ministries. An offering will be gathered for the work of the Ministerial Alliance.

?The goal of the ministerial association is for churches of the community to fellowship together and work together to meet the needs of people in our community, said Gaylord Goertzen, chair of HAMA and pastor of Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church.

?Tabor College is an important part of our community, and we are thrilled to have a joint fall festival and Thanksgiving service with Tabor.?

The community service has traditionally been an opportunity for members of the Hillsboro community to worship together.

Richard Cantwell, professor of instrumental music and chair of the music department at Tabor, said musicians from Tabor are eager to add their musical talents and songs of praise to this year?s festivities.

?In partnering with the ministerial association and the Tabor College Music Department, the celebration is energized by the broader participation of the city and the college,? Cantwell said.

Under Cantwell’s direction, the symphonic band will play selections from the holiday favorite Tchaikovsky’s ?Nutcracker Suite? with accompanying visuals. The trombone choir will be featured in a couple of selections, and the handbell choir will be playing the Christmas favorite, ?Do You Hear What I Hear??

The concert choir, under the direction of Brad Vogel, professor of choral music, will perform a number of seasonal selections with a variety of instrumentation, including student violinists Mary Goering and Julie Wiens, oboist Corina Neufeld, and vocal soloists Kayla Vix and David Vogel.

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