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Marble Falls churches join voices to ‘Celebrate the King’

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

MARBLE FALLS — When First Baptist Church of Marble Falls and First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls combine their voices Dec. 14-15 for “Together We Sing, Celebrate the King,” organizers hope it will show the community that despite worshiping under different roofs, they’re all Christians.

“We thought it would be great to get beyond our own walls and let the community know we’re one in the same ministry,” FUMC music director Joni Bedard said. “We all want to glorify God.”

First Baptist music minister Dorey Stubblefield agreed.

“I like the idea that we’re coming together as two churches to celebrate Jesus’ birth and show the community that we all love Christ and want to honor him,” he said. David Bend of Faith Academy of Marble Falls and Harmony School of Creative Arts also is throwing his talents into the productions as well.

The event is free. Both performances start at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 501 12th St.

One of the wonderful parts of the two churches coming together is the combined voices of the two choirs. The audience will enjoy the more than 80 voices lifting up in traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. The performance also will feature children’s choirs, a string quartet and several community band members.

People can expect a mix of music and styles from traditional to the eclectic.

“This is our gift to the community,” Bedard said. “It’s our way of sharing the story of Jesus’ birth with people.”

Stubblefield added Christmas music has a way of getting into people’s hearts that other forms of communication doesn’t.

Bedard hoped people who don’t typically go to church might give this performance a chance. Which is one of the reasons she has produced a cantata or Christmas musical production each Christmas.

“This is really a calling. It’s a ministry,” she said. “It could be one person who hears the Gospel for the first time through the music. And if we can introduce the Gospel to just one person like that, well, it’s what this is all about.”

Call (830) 693-4381 or (830) 693-4341 for more information.

daniel@thepicayune.com