First Presbyterian Church will host its annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 7, at 3 p.m., in the sanctuary at 26 Church Street, Franklin, followed by light refreshments in Tartan Hall. The community is invited to attend. This year’s program will feature Christmas music from, “Silent Night” sung by The Chancel Choir, to Dr. Tom Fisher’s flute rendition of “Lo, How A Rose,” to the bluegrass song, “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” played by the Gospel String Band.
The White Family, with Linda Beal, is one of the special guest musicians, as is local performer, Eric Hendrix. The Carolines, The Hilltop Singers, Men Macon Music, and The Vintage Singers will also bring Christmas favorites to concert goers. First Presbyterian Church Music Director, Anne Tauber, will play piano, and Beverly Barnett will direct the combined choirs in “Waiting” and “Fall On Your Knees” to open the concert.
The concert is free, though an offering will be taken for the benefit of Macon County CareNet, a non-profit organization, funded by individual donors, groups, and churches, which serves area residents in times of crisis. Up to $1,000 of the tax-deductible donations given at the concert will be matched by a friend of CareNet.
According to the U.S. Census for 2012, 18.3 percent of Macon County residents now live below the poverty level, and though CareNet receives no federal, or governmental funding, the organization continues to help families in need through food, staples, and other assistance. Thus far, CareNet’s Soup Café has served more lunches than were provided for the entire year of 2012, and the BackPack Program, providing food for the nearly 2,000 area children who may not otherwise have adequate food on the weekends, has grown tenfold in the past five years.