Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I must begin by commending our performers on our Advent recital series which took place on the four Tuesdays of Advent. On behalf of the chapter, thank you to Timothy Belk, Peggy BeVille, Edwin Taylor, Linda Pointer, Joshua Whiteneck, Sandra Rogers, and Mark Prater. These recitals raised more than $800 for the chapter and allowed a combined 300+ audience members to experience wonderful music of the season. A special thanks as well to our four hosts: St. Ignatius Catholic Tarpon Springs, Trinity Presbyterian Clearwater, Good Shepherd Episcopal Dunedin, and Prince of Peace Lutheran Largo. I’m already looking forward to our Tuesday Lenten series. I’m sure it will be equally successful.

We close out the Christmas Season with a Twelfth Night Afterglow at the home of Bobbie Hoopes. The board is providing the meal consisting of two soups (Cream of Chicken and Tomato Bisque), fresh baked bread, salad, dessert, and a variety of beverages. We are also collecting non-perishables to be donated to Religious Community Services of Clearwater (now Hope Villages of America). Bring a guest or a new colleague and enjoy the fellowship!

Finally, our Bach-a-thon is just around the corner. We are looking for performers of all ages and instruments. Do you have a congregation member who can play the flute? What about a beginning piano student learning one of the inventions? This is a wonderful performance opportunity for professional and amateur alike.

Shawn Thomas, Dean