Lia Kahler entertained a full house with her fabulous voice on Sunday, September 14.Also performing were her friends Phil Dietterich, organ, and Richard Gordon, piano.
Phil played his original arrangements of two spirituals, Ride On King Jesus and There is a Balm in Gilead.
Richard played a stirring piano concerto, Allegro de concierto por piano by Enrique Granados, that made the church instrument sing and shout. But simultaneously to the concert was a silent auction which raised over $2,500.
And prior to the concert Lia had fund raised for the steeple fund.
Lia’s good friends manned the auction:
…and the “Door”.
Not shown: Lia’s sister, Ann Nelson who was the usual backbone to the day’s proceedings. Fabulous refreshments were provided by church members with their grateful hearts for this beautiful occasion that raised enough funds to repair and paint the steeple and replace the 80 year old cross that was damaged in Hurricane “Sandy”.
Thanks to Ann and Lia and Nancy for manning the indoors while all the wildness went on outside.
What a wonderful morning! So many workers. Many lovely children.
Bob and Irene were ready early.
Some rode the pony, others were happy to sit the little one.
The Bounce House was a great hit.
Face Painting by a pro.
And hand painted for a reluctant little one.
Traditional catch a ball.
The magnetic fishing pole…
Decorate your own cupcake!
Very popular cup cakes.
Thanks to Julie, Kim, Sarah, Emily, Peter, Andrew, Janet, Seongmoon, Bob and Irene, Fran and Larsen’s fish market for ice, Kristine and Joe for the goats.
Arlene brought her wonderful friends with her. Jim Thomas sang an uplifting rendition of “There is a Balm in Gilead” . Susan Klein gave the children’s sermon which the adult congregation found riveting. It involved two farmers and a lost calf and a stream and a fence, an itinerant carpenter who just happened to be a peace maker and a bridge.
Arlene’s preaching was lively and timely as usual. We’re not to doubt our ability to carry on with our church mission. Doubt is not the opposite of faith but fear is, she reminded us.
After simple Good Friday and Saturday 30 minute services, Easter Sunday was grand. Sandra Bitterman’s harp gave glorious luster to the service.
The kids made “resurrection muffins”. They heard a lot about the empty tomb.
See the empty center of the “Resurrection Muffin”?
Kimchi Cooking class…
It was a great night to introduce 11 neighbors and church members about Kimchi which is a Korean traditional fermented side dish.
Every one had a chance to make and taste it by themselves. And they took the Kimchi that they made home.
Thanks to God for the beautiful night sharing Kimchi with our neighbors.
Organ and Harp rehearsal.
The music was heavenly!
Near full house enjoyed readings, carols, kids filling the creche and candles lit for silent night.
Pat, Irene, Hatsy and Jessica played Christmas Carols for Coffee Hour.
The Congregation put down their coffee cups to sing and listen to a really beautiful sound.
Seongmoon joined on the guitar.
Heidi Schultz watched her musicians.
Everyone left in the Christmas Spirit!!
A good group met for making centerpieces for the Church table at the Flea.
Katie, Emily and Kathie looking over the options.
Studying the materials.
Laurie and Jen were at it early. Lucky for us Jen remembered how it was done last year.
Susan studies the “master”.
Building up the shape.
Saturday, the 14th
Don and Laurie man the church table at the Flea. Again, Kim had it all organized for us.
Ann Checks the first shift.
She had so many “fires to put out” opening hours. Frig. & furnace not functioning. Sorting vendors. What an enterprise! Thanks, Ann.
The vendors set up.
Rodney B. got the heat going. The people came.
Judy and Kathy and Ted setting up kitchen for lobster rolls and clam chowder.
November 26 was the last Pizza night for 2013. The Ruimerman family, especially Tom, made spaghetti, ziti and lasagna. It was fabulous.
Folks lined up around the block.
Margaret made a beautiful salad. Kathie C. garlic bread. Judy M. a long tray of cream puffs.
And there were Chilmark Chocolates by Mary Beth and friends.
Julie and Janet keeping Tom company in kitchen.
THANK YOU JULIE FOR A GREAT SEASON OF PIZZAS!