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On the evening of Dec 13th the parking lot and streets surrounding the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Penticton were packed with cars. Over 300 people crowded into the sanctuary, foyer and side rooms to enjoy the gospel sounds of the season.

This free Christmas community concert began in 2005 as fund raising partnership between the Adventist Church and the Salvation Army Church. It has been successful over the last ten years in supporting those in need in our community, and this year was no exception. Over $700 and 350 pounds of food were donated to the local food-bank?

The evening blessed all as professional and amateur musicians gathered to donate their time and talent. I was not alone in being impressed by the number of skilled musicians in our little valley. For me the highlight of the evening came at the closing when 300 plus voices lifted in praise. The old time carols rang throughout the sanctuary and no one could doubt the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Penticton Christmas Concert

It seems to me we are at our best as a church when we are aligned and striving for the same outcome. It was this way with the Christmas concert. Carolyn Rowse-Magill, the concert coordinator, began lining up performers months in advance. She was assisted by a large dedicated team that made the evening a success.

After the concert guests were welcomed to the fellowship hall where Walter Pohl and his staff served hot drinks and goodies. It was a wonderful time of fellowship as members from all walks of our community gathered to celebrate the true meaning of the season.

By Don Magill, Communications Secretary, Penticton Seventh-day Adventist Church