'Candles and Carols' popular at Trinity
Christmas stories spun and carols sung by candlelight, with a homemade turkey dinner to follow -- it's all part of the tradition at Detroit Lakes' Trinity Lutheran Church, which will host its 10th annual "Candles & Carols" celebration this Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
"It's not a concert," says Trinity's music and arts director, Mark Berg.
Though the Trinity vocal and bell choirs will perform, "Everyone sings, so we try to pick songs everybody knows," Berg added.
Everyone also gets a candle to light. "We light them twice during the program," Berg said. "With over 300 candles -- it's fun to see."
There will also be seven storytellers on hand to tell some Christmas tales both old and new, including not only the biblical stories of the First Christmas, but also a reading from the children's book, "The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey."
"With both our Christmas stories and our music, we try to use a blend of both new and traditional," Berg said.
The theme for this year's celebration is "Light One Candle," which basically means that "everybody has something important to share," Berg said -- whether it be a special talent or ability, a tale to tell or a gift to give.
"It's a dark time of year for many," he added. "We try to give out a little hope."
Though there is no cost to attend the celebration, a free will offering will be taken during the program.
Afterwards, everyone is invited to enjoy a Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings, homemade by caterer Jill Mikkelson and her crew.
Admission to the dinner is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 5-12. All children age 4 and under can eat for free, Berg added.
"Come have dinner with your family, sit back and relax for an evening," Berg said.
All proceeds from the 2012 "Candles & Carols" celebration will benefit the Becker County Food Pantry, Berg said, though each year's beneficiary is different.
"It's become a community-wide event," he added, noting that more than 300 people usually attend the celebration, and at least 200 of them stay for the dinner as well.
Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 1401 Madison Ave. (behind the high school and next door to Ecumen-Detroit Lakes). For more information, please call Trinity Lutheran Church at 218-847-7211.
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