A very choral Christmas: Music events at local churches Sunday
This Sunday is a big day for church Christmas music, as several churches will present cantatas and other musical performances for their congregations and the community:
-- The Music Department of Fisher Memorial United Holy Church will present “Unto Us A Child is Born” through gospel, narration and liturgical dance at 6 p.m. Sunday at Fisher Memorial UHC, 420 E. Piedmont Ave., Durham. It will feature the United Voices of Praise of Durham/Chapel Hill and the Fisher Memorial Youth Choir For information, call 919-682-7416. The public is welcome. Bishop Elroy Lewis is pastor.
-- Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist Church, 1919 Fletcher’s Chapel Road, Durham, will present “Bringing Christmas Home - A Story of Hope” by the Praise and Worship Choir at 3 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will follow. Everyone is invited.
-- The Worship Choir of Bahama Baptist Church will present a Christmas cantata, “Hope Is Born Emmanuel,” by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse, at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 7917 Willardville Station Road, Bahama. Soloists will be London Turner, Beth Staples, David Rigsbee, Mike Parrish and Christopher Clark. The choir is directed by music minister Christopher Clark.
-- Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, Durham, will present “The Heart of Christmas” by Pepper Choplin during the 11 a.m. service Sunday. Orchestration by Michael Lawrence. The adult choir and soloist will be accompanied by strings, percussion, trumpet and flutists. Narrator Peggy Gold tells the story by probing the hearts of those most directly involved in St. Luke’s account of that first Christmas. Conducted by music minister Deitra Arrington-Cates. Organist is Vangie Poe. For information, call 919-309-0050.
-- The Adult Choir at Olive Branch Baptist Church will perform “Come Messiah King” by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 123 Olive Branch Road, Durham. Also, the King’s Kids Choir will perform the musical “The Light Before Christmas” by Dave Clark and Jayme Thompson during the 11 a.m. worship service Dec. 22.