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Embracing the Vision: Steeped in Tradition

Steeped in Tradition  

“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us: authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6, NRSV 

During the Advent season, there is activity, movement, and dynamic experiences within our vibrant family here at FUMCWP. These experiences are tools to help guide our focus during this time of anticipation and preparation for the birth of Christ. These events also build community and allow us to grow in discipleship together. Over the years, Festival Gloria – a special Christmas concert that our Music Ministry hosts – is one of those experiences that has become a Christmas tradition for many in our congregation and the local community.  

Michael Roberts, our Director of Music Ministries, conducted the concert early in December to kick-off the Advent season. One of the interesting elements of this event is that we not only use the talent within our own congregation but we reach out to the community to expand those in the orchestra and choir.  

Festival Gloria is not just a musical presentation, but those who joined with us that Sunday morning where truly blessed with this annual celebration, pointing our focus to the arrival of Christ. Unique to Festival Gloria is the audience’s opportunity to sing with the Festival Choir and Festival Orchestra as Michael turned from the front to encourage the congregation to join in song.