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The combined First Baptist Church and the First United Methodist Church choirs closed the 2011 Community Christmas Sing.
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A Show of Harmony

Community Sing Raises Needed Funds

Published Dec. 12, 2011 @ 7 p.m.

The annual Community Christmas Sing was a glorious evening of music and song for about 300 people Wednesday, December 1, at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC).  

The event showcases the talents from various churches in the community to share the holiday spirit with those in attendance while raising $2144 for Post Cares, a mission of the Post Ministerial Alliance. 

After FUMC's Scott Richards welcomed everyone, the congregation joined together for "O Come, All Ye Faithful".  Then the Golden Plains Angel Choir presented "Silent Night" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" with Margie Maestas on piano and Noel White on guitar.

The hour-and-a-half long program continued with William "Scotty" Scott singing "The First Noel" acapella, the FUMC Covenant Ringers bell choir played "Christmas Mediation", the kindergarten kids from First Baptist Church Christian School recited Luke 2:1-20 and then were joined by the school's older students for "Away in a Manger" and "I've got the Joy Down in My Heart". 

The praise band from St. Luke's Southwest Methodist Church in Lubbock performed acoustic versions of "Worship You Alone" and "My Soul Magnifies the Lord".  The band consists of two former Post residents Mark McCallister and Robert Baldree.

John Bill Hedrick and Metta Tyler harmonized on "Then Angels Cried" followed by the Graham Chapel Church of Christ choir singing "Grace Greater than Our Sin" and "Praise the Lord".      

Maestas played "Gesu Bambino" during the offering followed by "Give Me Jesus" by Pleasant Valley Baptist Church's Kenneth and Donna Winchester, "The Gift" by Scott Richards, Hedrick and Sherry Richards and Lynette Thuett's solo piano medley "Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella-The First Noel-Angels We have Heard on High".

To complete the performance part of the program, the choirs from First Baptist Church and FUMC, under the direction of Karen Nichols, filled the sanctuary with "Song of the King" and "Heaven is in This House".

The 2011 Community Christmas Sing ended with the congregation joining voices in "Joy to the World" followed by the benediction offered by Noel White.

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