Annual Cookie Carnival

Thursday, December 11th

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

at the

Beaver Island Christian Church

Special Event

While home on leave for the first Christmas in 13 years, MSG Ron Gregg, will be presenting "Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)": a soldier's perspective, an interactive Slide Show and Lecture at the Beaver Island Community School on December 23rd at 7:00 p.m.  The program will consist of a slide show with a brief introduction and discussion afterwards, with time for questions.  The focus will be on the 101st Airborne Division's role in the operation and what the life of a deployed soldier is like.  Plan on attending and learning about the war in Iraq from someone who was there.  In advance, thanks go to Gregg for giving an evening of his short leave time to share his experiences with the whole community.

Vickie McDermott

Mary V. "Vickie" (Connaghan) McDermott, 81, of Charlevoix and formerly of Beaver Island, died Dec. 8, 2003, at Charlevoix Area Hospital.   Vickie was the daughter of Hugh and Catherine Connaghan of Beaver Island.  She is survived by two sons; Bill (Jennie) Bennett and Chuck Dudley and two daughters; Rosalee Harrison and Yevette McDermott.  She is also survived by her sisters: Lila Selfridge, Marguerite Welsh, Catherine "Georgie" Gatliff, Anna Mae Maxwell and one brother, Lester Connaghan.

The Rosary will be Friday evening at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.  Following the graveside service there will be a luncheon at the Peaine Township Hall.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Vickie's family.

It's A !

Christopher and Kristin Bass of Fishers, Indiana are the proud parents of a baby boy who arrived on December 8, 2003.  The littlest Bass is Tiernan Timothy who weighed in at seven pounds and two ounces.  He's twenty and half inches long making him well within legal limit.

Excited grandparents are Bob and Margaret "Mugs" Bass of Beaver Island, Kathie Sykes of Akron, Ohio, and Per and Karren Goeth of San Diego, California.

Congratulations to the Bass family!

3rd Annual Christmas Cantata

The Promise of a King

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This years' Cantata performances were on December 6th and 7th at the Beaver Island Christian Church.  Written by Lloyd Larson and Joseph Martin, The Promise of a King tells in musical format what the Old Testament prophets foretold about the promised Messiah who would be sent by God to earth.  Those awaiting the fulfillment of that prophecy believed that this promised One would come with power and might to conquer and assume a kingly throne.  God's plan was that the promised King would take the form of a baby and change the world not with might, but by the power of love.

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It's that power of love that brings the island singers together to form the Community Choir.  It's that power of love that has them adjusting family/work schedules to make the many, many rehearsals.  It's the power of love that makes director Kathy Speck, Judi Meister and Laraine Dawson start start organizing the cantata before summer is over.  It's that power of love that gives them the beautiful voices that have thrilled the audiences the past three years.  Finally, it's that power of love that truly makes this the most wonderful Christmas gift for the entire community.

Who took part this year?  The list is extensive:

Choir Director Kathy Speck
Pianist Judi Meister
Organist Laraine Dawson
Orchestra Director Mike Scripps
Children's Choir: 12-6 Children's Choir best.jpg (151682 bytes)Jenna Battle, Kristy Bousquet, Jenna Butler, Olivia Cary, Jewell Gillespie-Cushman, Brighid Gillespie-Cushman, Briana Maudrie, Brogan Maudrie, Mac McPherson, and Hannah Robert
Sopranos: 12-6 Soprano section.jpg (153450 bytes)Christy Albin, Melissa Bailey, Audrey Beilman, Kathy Brouard, Shirley Detwiler, Marilyn Duda, Brenda LeFevre, Christine McDonough, Elaine West, Krys Lyle, Kathy Ruis, Signé Thomas, Nancy Tritsch, Shirley Voogt and Karen Whitcraft
Altos:  12-6 Alto section.jpg (144903 bytes)Jayne Bailey, Lil Gregg, Pam O'Brien, Diane McDonough, and Jean Palmer
Tenors: 12-6 Tenor section.jpg (143070 bytes)Cindy Gillespie-Cushman, Susie Fisher, Betty Hudgins, Joe Moore, Tina Morgan, Gale Seger, and Nancy White
Basses: 12-6 bass section.jpg (152470 bytes)Bob Bass, Phil Becker, Bill Detwiler, Earl Seger, Gary Voogt, Tom Whitman


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Keyboards: Judi Meister, Laraine Dawson, Mike Scripps, Brenda LeFevre, Signé Thomas
Clarinet: Tammy LaFreniere
Trumpet: Bill Scripps, John Scripps, Mike Scripps
Euphonium: Doug Scripps
Bass Guitar: Patti Cull
Flute:  Evie Folkening
Narration: Pinky Harmon

While the music was beautiful, the Saturday performance did not have the smoothness of the Sunday afternoon concert.  It was unfortunate that the music at times over-whelmed the voices and once completely drowned out the narration.  On Sunday both voices and instruments were flawless and the house was packed.  The problems of the previous day had obviously been resolved and those in the audience were most appreciative, giving a standing ovation.

The 3rd Annual Christmas Canata began with a prelude of O Holy Night performed by Judi Meister and Laraine Dawson.  On Saturday, Caitlin Boyle and Signé Thomas, who also took part in Sunday's program,  played piano solos.  The Children's Choir, which Kathy Speck directed in her spare time, made beautiful music singing Oh, Leave Your Sheep; Bethlehem Lay Sleeping; What Can I Give Him? and Silent Night, Holy Night.  Joe Moore and Judi Meister played Ave Maria superbly.  Brenda LeFevre's magnificent voice was perfect for Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring accompanied by Joe Moore on his violin and Laraine Dawson on organ.  That was just the appetizers, then came the entré... the full choir and narration.  Their proclamation of hope included The King Shall Come, Celebrate the Promise, Sleep Little Baby - with a solo by Jayne Bailey, Let Every Nation, Christmas Bells Are Gladly Ringing, Fit for a King, The Birthday of a King, The Lord Bless You and Keep You along with last years' favorite Mary, Did You Know?  The music was so moving, narrator Pinky Harmon was in tears at one point.

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All in all, it was truly a gift of love from all involved and the island community thanks all those musicians, singers, narrator, and all the other helpers for making this one gift that we can take out of our memories over and over throughout the coming holiday season and into next year as we look forward to the 2004 Christmas Cantata.

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