by Lorie Lewis Ham
For more than 30 years, the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church has been presenting spectacular Christmas concerts, and this year is no different, as they will be presenting A Christmas To Remember December 17 and 18.
This will however be new M.B. Music Pastor Randy Janzen’s first big Christmas concert at the Church. “This is my second Christmas at the church but we took a lower profile last year and did not perform an extra concert other than our weekend service.”
A Christmas to Remember is actually a Christmas musical that includes drama sketches. It will be performed by the Celebration Choir (Adult choir) along with Kickstart (kids’ choir grades 4-7) and accompanied by an orchestra. “[The musical] reminds us of some of the memories that we create as families,” continued Randy. “There are a few fun songs like “Sleigh Ride” and “Jingle Bells”, along with songs that point our thought and hearts toward Jesus and His birth. This particular musical caught my eye and ears because of the fresh way it tells the Christmas story.”
A great deal of preparation has gone into this Christmas musical, with rehearsals beginning in mid October and continuing once a week and then twice a week this past month. The orchestra is made up of local musicians and a few players from Visalia.
“We have been blessed with an amazing music department,” said M.B. Senior Pastor Dennis Fast. “When they all join forces to produce a presentation for the community, something electrifying takes place as we fill our large worship center with lights and sounds. We truly hope to make this evening a ‘Christmas to Remember.’”
“We invite the city to come either Friday night December 17th at 7 p.m. or Saturday the 18th at 6 p.m.,” stated Randy. “We hope it will be full both nights.” The doors will open at 6:30 Friday evening the 17th and 5:30 on Saturday Evening the 18th.