Choir brings community together



December 21, 2013 - 12:00 AM

MORAN — The Moran Community Choir is doing what it does best this holiday season, bringing people together.
They will be presenting their Cantata at the Moran United Methodist Church Sunday, starting at 6 p.m. It will feature both traditional hymns and carols, as well as some more contemporary renditions of some holiday favorites.
Grayce Spencer, choir director, began the Christmas tradition more than 15 years ago.
Spencer was a music teacher at Marmaton Valley High School for 23 years, retiring in 1993.
“I guess it’s always been Grayce, she’s just a real nice person,” choir member Ruth Spangler said of her motivation to join the group.
The choir is composed of members from both the Methodist church and the Christian Church, as well as those from the area who join in on the festivities.
“We’ve had a lot of support. Everybody knows everyone, we have a great time,” Spangler said. She has been a member of the choir since it started.
Brenda Armstrong originally grew up in Moran, but moved away for school and a career. She came back to Moran to raise her daughter, Jenni, and became involved in the choir — this is her second year.
In addition to their Christmas program at the church, Armstrong said the choir performed at several nursing homes this year, including Moran Manor, Windsor Place, Guest Home Estates and Tara Gardens.

THE CHILDREN in the choir will be presenting a nativity scene during the program, Armstrong said. The scene will correspond with the hymns and carols, and she said the audience will be participating as well.
 There will be refreshments in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
Members of the choir are Brenda Armstrong, Jonet Bland, Clara Boyd, Patti Boyd, Nancy Chandler, Ann Donaldson, Courtney Frame, Laura Johnson, Kim LaPorte, Audrey McCall, Ruth Spangler, June Terrell, Deb Weast, Cheryl Welch, Melvin Bland, Wayne Chandler, Dave Spangler, Glen Terrell and Robert Thompson. The children performing the nativity are Jenni Armstrong, Brynn Newman and Austin Gardner.

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