45th Community Christmas Program Dec. 6 in Akron

Posted November 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

For the 45th consecutive year, the Akron community will be hosting a Community Christmas Program for all.

It will be at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 220 Hardy St.

The Christmas story will be read and many of Akron’s local church choirs along with Akron-Westfield student choirs will sing. There will also be opportunities for congregational singing.

A brass ensemble will perform Christmas songs, opening and closing the program.

Following the program, refreshments will be served.

A free will offering will be directed to the Akron Ministerial Association.

We hope to see you there

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