By Renee Larr
For those wanting to get into the holiday spirit and help the community at the same time, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church will hold two free concerts with donations benefiting Crooked Creek Food Pantry in Indianapolis. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 4 p.m. Dec. 5. The theme for this year’s annual concert is Night of Wonder – Dawn of Grace.
“The concert every year is designed as a gift to the community. Our music department works itself ragged to present a glorious musical opportunity,” said Patricia Case, St. Luke’s director of marketing and communications. “There is an orchestra, a chancel choir, a number of ensembles and this time we have a number of guests who will be part of the group presenting—North Central High School’s Counterpoints,The Circle City Ringers and Praise in Motion.”
For the last two years the concert has benefitted Crooked Creek Food Pantry. Last year the concerts raised more than $12,000 to assist those in need.
“This year they have decided to benefit (the food pantry) again, and a donor has come up with a $15,000 gift, which will be matched by the donations received at the concert. Every penny of that offering goes to the food pantry,” Case said. “It’s really a gift in more than one way. It’s a gift to the community as far as the musical performance, but it’s also a gift to the people who use the food pantry.”
The concerts are held in a candlelight setting in the sanctuary of the church. The groups will perform traditional seasonal carols, choral classics and newly commissioned work written for this year’s performances.
For more information, visit stlukesumc.com.