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Annual Celtic Worship Service March 17th

UPublish story by Jeannie Michel

Public Invited to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at

Celtic Worship Service Sunday, March 17th at

New Philadelphia First United Church of Christ

The First United Church of Christ, located at the corner of Fair Avenue and Second Street NW in New Philadelphia, is continuing its tradition of celebrating the birthday of Saint Patrick through music and scriptures in its 12th Annual Celtic Worship Service on the Saint’s birthday, Sunday, March 17th.

Special music, beginning at 9:40 a.m., will feature harpist Sarah Fouts and soprano Laura Gray and Cody Feucht, a bagpiper who plays with The Celtic Eagle, an Akron competition band, and The Akron & District Pipe Band, a show group. During the service more special music will be performed by church Cantor Stephanie Levengood as featured vocalist, and members Amber Pottmeyer and Jack Pottmeyer on flute and Irish whistle, respectively.

Rick Michel, the church’s Organist/Pianist and Chancel Choir Director, has coordinated the music portions of the service, which are based on traditional Irish melodies. The Choir will sing his arrangement of “I Bind Unto Myself Today” to the tune of the traditional St. Patrick’s Breastplate. Levengood will sing “May It Be”, a modern Celtic song performed by both Enya and Celtic Woman; and Michel and Feucht will play the popular “Highland Cathedral” as an organ/bagpipe duet.

Pastors Jeffrey Gerber and Jill Lovett will conduct the traditional elements of the worship service, which starts at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour.

A traditional Irish-style dinner of bangers (sausage) and colcannon (a potato, cabbage & bacon dish) will be available afterwards in the church’s social hall for $6 for adults, with a children’s menu available for $2. As part of its outreach ministry, First UCC is glad to provide the public with an opportunity to hear authentic harp and bagpipe music and to celebrate St. Patrick’s birthday in an indoor, handicapped-accessible facility.

For further information, please contact the church at 330-339-6412. Casual dress is appropriate; wearing ‘o the green is optional!

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