2009-12-13 / Harbor Beach Times

Come celebrate Christmas this afternoon

BY PAUL W. KERR CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Jasmine Learman gets a chance to sit and chat with Santa during the Port Hope Community Sing. The event is presented annually by the Port Hope Chamber of Commerce. PHOTO BY PAUL W. KERR Jasmine Learman gets a chance to sit and chat with Santa during the Port Hope Community Sing. The event is presented annually by the Port Hope Chamber of Commerce. PHOTO BY PAUL W. KERR HARBOR BEACH - Everyone is invited to “Come celebrate Christmas in the traditional way,” this afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church in Harbor Beach.

“We are having a community worship together enjoying music,” explained Rev. Paula Timm.

She added, “We have been doing this for a very long time; a long standing tradition here.”

This year participants will include different choirs, an instrumental quartet and others from around the community gathering together to sing Christmas carols.

The program will last approximately one hour and refreshments will follow. Over 150 people are expected to participate.

“This community has a strong tradition; we do many celebrations together, it’s a lot and pretty significant,” commented Timm. “Not all churches participate, but it is still a strong tradition here.”

Everyone is invited whether they attend a church or not, it is fellowship time.

This year the event being sponsored by the Harbor Beach Ministerial Association will also be collecting a free-will offering. The offering will be donated to Heifer International.

“Heifer International donated to world hunger; the poor areas in third would countries giving starter animals to families,” explained Timm.

She said the families then pass on off spring to other families, “A gift that keeps giving.”

Heifer has learned over the years that a holistic approach is necessary in order to build sustainable communities. So we’ve developed a set of global initiatives – areas of emphasis that must be addressed if we’re to meet our mission of ending world hunger and poverty and caring for the earth.

With Heifer’s efforts, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh vegetables.

Families who for generations knew only poverty will be building new homes and starting businesses and children who once were headed out to the fields to do back breaking work will be heading into schoolrooms to learn to read, according to Heifer International.

“This is a good fellowship time,” said Timm.

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