In September I was asked to do volunteer public affairs work for my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) My assignment was to assist in both stake (a group of regional congregations) and multi-stake public affairs matters. First thing on our agenda: pulling off a large Christmas concert. My work started full-force right away as I got together information to share with the media about our concert. I had two press releases printed in the paper at work at — you can read them here and here.
Here's what my first release said:
Oklahoma members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host “Joy to the World: A Musical Christmas Celebration,” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. The free choral and orchestra concert is open to the public.
“We wanted to share this Christmas celebration with our neighbors in Oklahoma. We believe in Christ and we have much in common with our Christian friends, many of whom have agreed to join talents with us in the choir and the orchestra,” said Walter Hobbs, local church leader and concert coordinator.
The concert will be Led by Dr. Craig Jessop, former Mormon Tabernacle Choir director. Special guests will include baritone Anthony Eversole and soprano Lisa Howard.
Orchestra and choir members are composed of people from all faiths in central Oklahoma, with the core choir membership drawn from 44 Mormon congregations in cities such as Stillwater, Ardmore, Woodward, Seminole, Oklahoma City and Norman.
Favorite Christmas songs performed during the concert include: “Joy to the World,” “What Child Is This,” “White Christmas,” “Glory to God,” “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
I think all of us deemed the concert a success — it was beautiful, uplifting and celebrated the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. For me, it was the perfect way to ring in the holiday season! I had the opportunity to go to both concerts and loved every minute of each performance. I was grateful to be a part of the volunteer force that put this together!
The choir and orchestra, directed by former Mormon Tabernacle Choir director, Dr. Craig Jessop, rehearsal the night before the performance.
In front of the Christmas tree with Nathaniel after the concert.