10th annual Christmas cantata features ecumenical choir

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The 2018 Christmas cantata featuring an ecumenical choir is the 10th annual celebration of Christmas in cantata form at St. John’s Lutheran Church (“The Clock Church”), 101 W. Main St., Gillett. The first cantata was performed four times on one Sunday in 2008 and was 25 minutes long. It featured about 15 performers.

This year’s selection is called “Then Came the Light … the Love … the Life …”

Created and arranged by Derric Johnson, who wrote the Christmas cantata performed last Christmas season, “Then Came the Light” captures the wonder of the Christmas story, offering an opportunity to take part in this ancient story and experience how it is still moving today. It celebrates the wonder of Jesus’ eternal light as the songs of the season make room for the transforming miracle of Christ’s birth.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Dec. 21 and 27, and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 30. Each performance is followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. There is no fee for admission, but a free-will offering will be accepted. St. John’s Lutheran Church is handicapped-accessible for all.

Performers are Chelsea Aprill, Rachel Block, Kayla Blumreich, Micki Carlson, John Darga, Judy Darga, Shirley Dittman, Jason Fenendael, Jenny Fenendael, Anita Graziano, Derek Hanson, Carol Jossie, Darlene Kapelke, Patti Konkle, Bobbie Olshesky, Joe Quade, Ruth Riesch, Patty Stabbe, Wayne Strei, Chique Tousey-Tabar, Mark Vorpahl, Wendy Vorpahl, Cathy Wocking, Sandy Wright and Alex Young.