AUMC Musical will entertain, give back to community

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Asbury United Methodist Church is joining with the Shreveport Symphony and the Prisma Vocal Ensemble to provide a night of Christmas music and giving back this Sunday.

Asbury Arts and Prísma Vocal Ensemble present Christmas in north Bossier, “Child of Wonder,” a musical experience to begin your Christmas season at 7 p.m. December 7 in Asbury United Methodist Church’s sanctuary.

“Christmas in North Bossier began as a dream of mine to bring an exceptional music performance to north Bossier as well as coming together as a community to help benefit a local charity,” said Asbury’s Director of Music, Prísma Vocal Ensemble Director and conductor of the event, Adam Philley. “Our first year we partnered with Centenary College and presented Handel’s Messiah. The community was immediately in support of our efforts as there was standing room only in Asbury’s sanctuary. Last year we partnered with the newly formed Prisma Vocal Ensemble and once again had great attendance from the community. The community offering last year went to help build a house through the Fuller Center of NWLA for Housing as well as Asbury’s own efforts called Katy Build. I’m very excited to see both the number of performers as well as the community offering grow each year.”

Christmas in North Bossier will feature orchestral musicians accompanying a choir comprised of members from Asbury UMC and the semi-professional Prísma Vocal Ensemble. They will be performing two suites by Fort Worth, Texas composer Randol Bass entitled Seasonal Sounds and Christmas Flourish as well as Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone by renowned movie composer John Williams.

Included in this evening are stories of some of the traditions of Christmas as well as a special focus on the wonder of Christmas through the eyes of our children.

Not only will there be a beautiful evening of music for the community, but there will be an opportunity to give back to Bossier City through supporting the efforts of the Fuller Center of NWLA for Housing and Asbury’s own Katy Build III in their plight to eradicate homelessness in Shreveport/Bossier. This joint project’s goal is to provide housing for veterans whom have never owned a home.

“I hope that families come and are inspired to have a Christmas season that not only focuses on the joy of the season but also on giving back to the community,” said Philley.

Asbury UMC is so able to offer this concert at no cost to the Bossier-Shreveport community through generous donors. The concert also combines efforts from all across the church — volunteer teams from parking to greeting to singing to playing Asbury will have around 100 volunteers serving to make this event happen.

“We are so delighted to offer the third annual Christmas in North Bossier with our presentation of Child of Wonder,” said Rev. Dr. RL Bethley, Asbury UMC pastor. “This event will not only be a wonderful artistic performance but all donations from this event go towards building our third house in conjunction with the Fuller Center For Housing to help a homeless veteran through Asbury’s Katy Build project. Asbury UMC is delighted to offer this as a gift to our Shreveport/Bossier community.”

Philley notes there is “no better way to start your Christmas season.”

“I hope you’ll make time to come and be inspired,” he said. “Come early as there is no assigned seating and it fills up fast. There will be a special focus on Christmas through a child’s eyes so bring your families and your childlike wonder to experience the traditions of the season anew!”