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Annual Hymn Sing prepares special music

By Staff | Aug 27, 2013

MUNCY – The Rev. Beverly Cotner, pastor of Messiah/St. James Lutheran Parish of Clarkstown/Pennsdale, will be the minister at the Annual Hymn Sing at Old Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lime Bluff Road, Muncy, on September 15 at 2:30 pm.

Pastor Cotner, who lives in Turbotville, has constructed the service based on “The Faith that we pass on,” and has chosen hymns such as “Beautiful Savior,” “Rock of Ages,” “I love to tell the story,” “What a friend we have in Jesus,” “Children of the Heavenly Father,” “Jesus loves me,” and “This is my Father’s world.” The combined choirs of the Messiah/St. James Lutheran Parish will offer special music: “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Amazing Grace,” and Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.’ Carol Waltz, of Williamsport, will provide accompaniment on the antique pump organ, which was donated to the church by the family of Lester McConnell.

Old Immanuel is the mother church of Lutheranism in Lycoming County. Founded in 1791, it lived until its doors shut permanently in 1920. At least 10 Revolutionary Soldiers are buried in its historic cemetery. The first structure built on the property was of log; the second and third (and remaining) structures were of brick. The church was built on land donated by Henry and Barbara Shoemaker, of “Shoemaker Mills” at the Routes 442/405 intersection.

The public is invited to attend this service as well as to tour this historic church. Light refreshments will be served after the service.

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