The Epworth Methodist Chapel of Cherokee Sound presented a Christmas concert on November 23 in the Caitlin Grace Albury Gymnasium in aid of their renovation project. In her words of welcome the Rev. Marie Neilly, Pastor of the church, stated that this was the second time around as a similar fundraiser had been organized earlier in the year and that now Christmas had indeed come early. She thanked all the organizers and participants for their singing and fellowship and she prayed that; “Everyone’s hearts would be filled with joy and their sorrows soothed by the music.”
The Epworth Chorale opened the concert with the well-loved Christmas Carol ‘What Child is This?’ followed by the rousing ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’. The concert then progressed with beautiful Christmas song selections by Esther Bethel, Londa Sawyer, Kevin Sawyer, Monica Higgs, Viola Johnson and Jessica Pinder and closed with a moving duet by Dave Lowe and Ted Pearce. Also there was a keyboard selection by Renée Kemp and a lively Carol medley by the ‘Gospel Rake ‘n Scrapers.
Following a collection which was taken up in aid of the building fund of Epworth Methodist Chapel to assist in the renovation project being undertaken this year, the master of ceremonies, Michael Knowles, gave an update on the building project.
“This project first began to be talked about approximately 5 to 7 years ago then earlier this year we decided it was time to stop talking and get on with it. The first fundraising was done to begin the first stage of refinishing the inside walls. Unfortunately, once the contractors began to chip at the plaster it was realized that this would not be as simple a project as previously thought because the steel inside the walls was all swollen. An engineer was called in to give guidance on maintaining the integrity of the building and it was discovered that the cost would be doubled. However, the project is almost complete and we don’t owe much more considering the size of the project,” Mr. Knowles was pleased to announce.
A beautiful quilt, hand sewn by the Ladies Quilting Group of Cherokee Sound, headed by Joanne Sturrup, was then auctioned and raised the sum of $700 towards the building fund. Altogether, by the end of the night when everything had been added up including the goodwill offering collected, sale of refreshments and amounts by two anonymous donors, the sum of $9,000 was realized.