An assortment of choral groups -- and one instrumental ensemble -- will converge for a Christmas concert to benefit the Southside Community Ministries Food Pantry in Merion Village.

The Germania Singing and Sport Society, Mendelssohn Liedertafel, Columbus Swiss Singers and Alphorn Gruezie will perform sacred and pop Christmas songs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in St. Paul United Church of Christ.

The food pantry operates from space at the church, 225 E. Gates St. The pantry and church are separate entities.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The groups will be asking for a goodwill offering, which will be donated to the food pantry, said Kathleen Megown, vice president of the damenchor, the female choir of the Germania Singing Society.

Some of the Germania's numbers will be sung in German and English, Megown said.

All choirs will participate in a Jubilant Christmas, which features a medley of "Angels We Have Heard on High," "We Three Kings" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

The evening will close with "Silent Night," in which the audience can participate, Megown said.

"We really love the idea that while sharing the music we also can receive a goodwill donation for the food pantry," she said. "Everything we get goes to the food pantry."

The concert draws people from far and wide, said Heather Hier, secretary-treasurer for St. Paul.

"It's a big item for the church," Hier said.

"And anything that helps our ability to raise money for the pantry we try to do."

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