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Bethel College to present German Advent service

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College German and music departments will present Deutsche Weihnachten, a German Advent service, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 in Bethel College Mennonite Church on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. Admission is free and open to the public. Presented entirely in German, this year’s traditional German Advent service will include candlelighting, scripture readings, a meditation, traditional German carol singing and service music by Bethel College choirs and instrumentalists. This is the 18th year for Deutsche Weihnachten at Bethel, according to German professor Merle Schlabaugh.

James Regier, a senior German and history major from Haven, will present the meditation. Regier studied in Germany during his junior year.

Scripture readers will include Karenza Kroeker, senior German and music major from Chouteau, Okla.; Clark Oswald, senior German and business major from Kalona, Iowa; Kristine Thimm, senior German and psychology major from Beatrice, Neb.; and Erin D. Schmidt, senior English major from Newton.

Other readers will be Snjezana Duvnjak, junior from Wuppertal, Germany, and Allison Penner, junior from West Chester, Ohio.

Bethel College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble and college instrumentalists will perform German Advent and Christmas works. Organist Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, will also perform. Director is William Eash, professor of music.

Musical selections on the program include "Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme" by J.S. Bach; "Zu Bethlehem Geboren" by Manfred Meier; "Weihnachtslied" by Rob Geyr.

An offering will be taken for Mennonite Central Committee hunger relief or disaster relief projects.

A reception of German Christmas goodies will follow in the church fellowship hall. The church, located at 27th and College Avenue in North Newton, is handicapped accessible.

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