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December 19, 1997 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
"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.
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September 22, 1993 | For The Inquirer / BEVERLY SCHAEFER
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.
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July 18, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 17, 2002 | By Julie Stoiber INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 24, 1993 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 11, 2005 | By Jeff Shields and Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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December 11, 1998 | By Michael Rothfeld and Kay Raftery, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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December 10, 1996 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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December 25, 2008 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 18, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 23, 2012 | McClatchy News Service
IN THE AGE of downloads, you probably can watch your favorite Christmas special any time you want. But there's something special about watching holiday films during the holidays. Here's a rundown of some classics and some new delights, in case you want to tune in. Be sure to confirm air times, which are subject to change. _ "A Charlie Brown Christmas" : Poor Charlie Brown. Though he's directing a Christmas pageant, he's lost the holiday spirit in the midst of commercialization. The blockhead regains his spirit - and spreads it to his friends - with the help of Linus and the scrawniest tree imaginable.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 25, 2008 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 24, 2007 | By Chris Satullo
Last in a five-part fictional holiday tale. The story so far: Trying to help a dazed old man find his family for Christmas, auto shop owners Tony Renzi and Bart Brewer have fended off a scam artist/car thief who pretended to know the lost fellow. As dusk turned into night on Christmas Eve, Tony and Bart decided to see whether switching duties could switch their luck in the hunt for Gino's family. Before the episode of the liar with the scorpion tattoo, Tony had been dialing all the Bontempos in the White Pages, while Bart had been calling florists - since Gino vaguely recalled that his niece's husband owned a flower shop.
NEWS
December 24, 2006 | By Alan Cochrum
Given the reaction to the Christmas pageant, I obviously missed my calling. I should have been either a professional actor or a bloody-minded Middle Eastern monarch. Wee Three Kings, as staged by my Arlington, Texas, church, is the traditional nativity drama (with its blending of material from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke), but with a twist: Two modern-day youngsters, Gert and Ernie (pause for rimshot), are accidentally transported via their parents' time machine to ancient Jerusalem.
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May 11, 2005 | By Jeff Shields and Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
January 12, 2003 | By Wendy Walker INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
At the northern tip of Chester County sits the Shenkel United Church of Christ, whose 165-year history has included three names, 25 pastors, and one memorable furor over "free love. " To celebrate the anniversary, Betty Kreiger, 68, the church's unofficial historian and archivist, delved into her box of clippings, photographs and programs from old pageants and ceremonies and put together a four-week course on the church's history. Located about a mile from Berks and Montgomery Counties, the church draws members from all three counties.
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December 17, 2002 | By Julie Stoiber INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 15, 2000 | By John Corr, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The newly formed Chester County Choral Society will present debut concerts this weekend. The group will perform Part One of Handel's Messiah, accompanied by strings and harpsichord, at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Ardmore Presbyterian Church, Montgomery Avenue and Mill Creek Road, Ardmore, and at 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 S. New St., West Chester. CANTATA "A Child is Born," a Christmas cantata, will be part of a Christmas concert service with orchestra at Central Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Uwchlard Ave., Downingtown, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
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