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December 3, 2013

Church presents Living Christmas Tree

MT. VERNON — The seventh annual Living Christmas Tree concert will be held this weekend.

Each year, Park Avenue Baptist Church begins a three month preparation for the concert.

The 28-foot tree structure, decorated with twinkling lights, bows and a star on top, will hold 65 choir members from around the community. The choir will be accompanied by a live orchestra.

Park Avenue Baptist Church Pastor Gary Davenport is excited about the program and expects a huge turn out.

“Last year there was around 700 in attendance; (the church) was overflowing with people,” Davenport said.

Performances will take place Saturday and Sunday. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. each night.

Getting to the church early should be considered due to the limited amount of seating, Davenport recommended. Admission for the event is free.

Davenport said the concert relays the Christmas story in a unique way.

“It summarizes the true meaning of Christmas through song,” Davenport said.

Bill Hogue, the music director at the church, has worked closely with performers to put together the music for the show, Davenport said.

“Bill is tremendous with the choir and the musicians,” he added.

The two-fold mission of the program is to entertain and bring people together to share a Christmas tradition of the church. Davenport said the gathering of so many people from around the community seems to help build strong relationships and it is just a lot of Christmas fun.

For more information about the Live Christmas Tree, call the church at 242-1882.

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