Posted by: charlesdamschen | December 28, 2004

Belated Merry Christmas. . .

and a Happy New Year! We pray that you are all well and enjoying the holiday season. . . I love how Christmas kind of lingers for a bit this time of year.

Like you, I’m sure, we’ve been singing lots of Christmas songs lately–we traveled to Minneapolis the first weekend of December to take part in Louis and Marlene Brown’s annual Holiday Brunch. Louis and Marlene are dear friends so it was really special to see them and be a part of their event. We enjoyed brunch in a cozy conference room at the Holiday Inn, then violin and piano Christmas duets by Louis and Marlene and a full afternoon of music and fellowship. One of the highlights for me was visiting with Marlene’s mom, a fellow Northwestern College alum . . . she is 96 years old!! We had an instant connection. 🙂

Two weeks after being in the Cities we had our annual Christmas concert at the Audi Theater in Cando, ND. It was a little cold and blustery outside, but that didn’t seem to stop many. We were very glad to have some special guests with us this year: Silver Strings (a local string quartet) provided prelude before the concert, Julie Neidlinger joined us with her violin on one number, Pastor Tim and Pastor Bud both did special readings, Jim Vilandre (national recording artist) joined us for a couple of songs and shared some of his award-winning music, and we even talked Gabie into doing a solo this year! Singing here at home is always extra special (and a little extra nerve-racking!) because of so many people in the audience who are close to our hearts. We are thankful for each of you and appreciate your support so much!

Last year we did an “after-Christmas” Christmas concert at the Prebyterian Church in Devils Lake and everyone seemed to like that idea. . . so that’s our first event in 2005. If you missed the concert at the Audi, please join us on January 9, 2005 at 2:00pm for our “after-Christmas” Christmas concert at the Presbyterian Church in Devils Lake, ND. We’d love to see you there!

Happy New Year! May God richly bless you in 2005.

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