December 19, 1997 |
"Christmas Is a Child" is the annual Christmas pageant to be presented at 9:15 a.m. and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at St. David's Episcopal Church, 763 Valley Forge Rd., Wayne. The program features community members portraying the Holy Family, including a live infant Jesus, surrounded by live sheep and lambs, baby goats and a small donkey. There are more than 120 cast members. SERVICES A nondenominational candlelight service for those who have lost a loved one will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Rd., Media.
September 22, 1993 |
Katherine Enna, 3, delights in touching Falcor, a llama belonging to St. John's Episcopal Church, Bala Cynwyd, which celebrated its 130th anniversary Sunday with an open house. Cara Smith, 10, was holding the reins to the llama, which doubles as a camel during the Christmas pageant.
July 18, 2013 |
Barbara J. Robinson, 85, of Berwyn, author of humorous children's books including The Best Christmas Pageant Ever , died Tuesday, July 9, of cancer at her home. The former Barbara Webb was born in Portsmouth, a river town in southern Ohio that she credits with shaping her literary path. She spent her childhood with her widowed mother and an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and the characters who flourish in small towns. Mrs. Robinson began writing - poems at first - at a very early age. By the time she reached adulthood, she was an accomplished short-story writer, with 40 to 50 published stories in McCall's, Ladies' Home Journal, and Redbook magazines.
December 17, 2002 |
Good Lord, what a Christmas pageant. The cast is on the chapel floor, brawling. And the director, sweat streaming down her face, is shouting encouragement. "Good! Let me see it!" The fight is the climax to a rehearsal packed with rowdy disruptions and snide remarks, and director Penny Rasnake couldn't be prouder. This is just what the head of youth and music at First Presbyterian Church of Olney had in mind when she cast children from the neighborhood in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a street-smart turn on the traditional Christmas story.
December 10, 2010
REGARDING Paul Litwin's letter on not objecting to Christmas: As a Jew going to public elementary school in Chester during the '50s, I was often subjected to anti-Semitism. I heard the taunts "Jew" and "Christ-killer. " Every morning, we were required to read our favorite passage from the Bible, and therefore I would have to listen to excerpts from the New Testament that were quite alien to me. The "Christmas" pageant had absolutely no Hanukkah songs, yet 10 years after the Holocaust, I was required to sing "Stille Nacht.
December 24, 1993 |
One of Philadelphia's warmest holiday offerings - the Bob Beru Christmas Benefit at 23 East - will be staged for what could be the very last time tomorrow night. A feast of rocking holiday party music, this annual Christmas night bash attracts the cream of the Philadelphia music community. It also raises lots of money to feed the homeless - this year to be disbursed through Shepherd's Place in Upper Darby. But after 10 years of sacrificing his holiday, event mastermind Bob "Beru" McCafferty says, "It's time for other people to pick up the torch and march into the darkness.
May 11, 2005 |
Fire destroyed Conshohocken's 134-year-old First Baptist Church yesterday, leaving a congregation and its pastor praying for part of their historical building to be saved. The church's stone walls and bell tower remained standing after the morning fire, and a wrecking crew did its best to salvage two large stained-glass windows while removing charred portions of the building. "We're going to try and preserve whatever we can," Borough Manager Jack Heleniak said. The fire apparently was started accidentally by laborers repairing the roof with a blowtorch between 8:45 and 9 a.m., according to Heleniak.
December 11, 1998 |
At St. John's Episcopal Church in Glen Mills, Sunday school students will present a Christmas pageant, featuring the traditional story of the virgin birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, with Mary and Joseph, the stable, the wise men, and the angels and shepherds. The pageant will begin at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at the church, 576 Concord Rd. For information, call the parish office at 610-459-2994. A CARNIVAL The children of the Macy Solomon Religious School at Congregation B'nai Jacob in Phoenixville will present a Hanukkah Carnival on Dec. 20. It will tell of the Jewish revolt against the Syrian-Greeks and their leader, Antiochus, led by Judah and the Macabees in 165 B.C. The carnival will begin at 10 a.m. at the synagogue, at Starr and Manavon Streets.
December 10, 1996 |
The Church of St. Andrew the Apostle, Foss Avenue and School Lane, Drexel Hill, will host an interdenominational Advent service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The evensong will include musical selections by Handel, Bach, Praetorius and Saint-Saens. The combined choirs from St. Andrew, St. Bernadette Catholic, St. Dorothy Catholic, Holy Comforter Episcopal, Grace Lutheran, Drexel United Methodist and Riverview Presbyterian will sing. Clergy representing the seven congregations will read lessons.
December 25, 2008 |
There is a Christmas story that every new member of the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square learns soon after joining. It is about two friends in 1868 - a rector and his organist - and the inspiration that grew from procrastination. Yesterday afternoon, as church volunteers arranged sprays of red flowers around the altar and children put on costumes for the Christmas pageant, the story of the carol that put the 150-year-old church on the Christmas map was recalled by members.