SYCAMORE It has been said that the Christmas season truly begins at Sycamore United Methodist with the beloved annual Christmas Choral Celebration. This year’s production, "Seeing Jesus," focuses on finding Christ in the middle of the chaos that sometimes accompanies Christmas.
The public is invited to the Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, productions, both beginning at 5 p.m.
Mixed with the congregational carols are pieces by the 42-voice Adult Choir, including the gorgeous "See Amid the Winter Snow," a rollicking version of "Amen, Amen" and the rousing spiritual "Looking for the Light." The Junior Choir, directed by Peggy Carey, will sing as well as form the live manger scene, and the Youth Ensemble pairs with the Adult Choir women in Natalie Sleeth’s classic "Were You There?" Craig Fritz is the accompanist for the performance and Beverly Rauch wrote the production and directs Adult Choir and Youth Ensemble.
The cantata is an opportunity for smaller groups to shine as well, such as the beloved Good News! Men’s Quartet, directed by Doug Elder, and a Men’s Trio, singing the favorite "Mary, Did You Know?" Marcia and Paul Watson blend their beautiful harmonies with Phyllis Horst, and the Mixed Quartet performs a '50s style number, with Adult Choir joining for a full ending. Tony Alvarado will solo on "One Star in the Night" from the '60s television special "Little Drummer Boy."
Tim Keller adds his percussion skills in his first cantata, and Katie Denius and Chanette Oeser enhance several pieces with violin and flute. Jim McCue, tech director, adds PowerPoint and special lighting effects to the performance.
Refreshments and child care will be provided. The church is located at 160 Johnson Ave.
For more information, contact the church office at 815-895-9113, or check the website at www.sycamoreumc.org.