Westerville News & Public Opinion

Concert raised $5,000 for Westerville Habitat

Monday December 23, 2013 7:01 PM

To the Editor:

We in the Westerville Habitat Partnership wish to thank everyone who participated in our third annual Progressive Christmas Concert on Dec.13. It was wonderful to see so many people, families included, enjoying the evening, greeting one another during brisk walks between the three Uptown churches, and sharing the community spirit we all love in Westerville.

The dedicated musicians of the five talented church choirs (Church of the Master, Gary Tirey, director; Church of the Messiah, Lindsay Smith, director; Grace Lutheran, Lora Moore, director; First Presbyterian, Earl Linhart, director; and Central College Presbyterian, David Meulenberg, director) are to be commended for providing thrilling and inspiring Christmas music at such a busy time of the year for their programs.

We also thank Senior Pastors Malcolm Davis (Central College), Mark Gauen (First), Jim Wilson (Messiah), Will Hartfelder (Grace) and Visitation Pastor Char Schultz (Master) for making this event a priority and for demonstrating so clearly what can be accomplished when the faith community works together for a common goal.

We express our gratitude to the Westerville Visitors Bureau for its ongoing support of our organization and Yes Press for so willingly printing our programs.

Everyone who attended helped raise more than $5,000 for the building projects of Habitat for Humanity in its local hands-on effort to break the cycle of poverty, one family and one house at a time. We would always welcome other churches to join us in partnership as we move forward.

Look for our summertime event, "Tapestry of a Town," on July 27, 2014 -- a walking tour of Westerville's highlights. News of our projects and events can be tracked on our website: westervillehabitat.org.

John Cameron

facilitator

Sue Ann Norton and Kay Hedges

event chairs

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