St. Patrick’s Day Interfaith Community Prayer Service

Easton’s Interfaith St. Patrick’s Day prayer service will be held at Noon, Friday, March 17 at Grace Lutheran Church, 111 Brookletts Ave., Easton. The program will include readings, prayers and Irish songs for the entire community.

The theme of this gathering is “A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of Hope.”

During this time of upheaval in our world and the fear and helplessness such chaos engenders, we will gather as a community to lift up the alternative reality of hope. On the day traditionally celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day, we will surround ourselves with both the stories of St. Patrick, which continue to captivate us, and a message of hope found throughout the writings of our diverse and interconnected faith communities.

Patrick’s personal story, a story that includes slavery and immigration, ends with the gift of redemption; it resonates with a universal message of peace as it continues to serve as a model of kindness, compassion and charity.

Patrick was born in Britain in 385, kidnapped while a youngster, and sold into slavery in Ireland. He escaped to Britain, but returned as a Christian monk to serve his former oppressors; he built churches and charities all over Ireland. He died on March 17th in 461.

Please join us for an inspiring and joy-filled community assembly.

Grace Lutheran Church Presents “A Tribute to Madeline Kahn”

Katy Proofs Headshots 001Grace Lutheran Church invites the community to the final concert in its 2015-2016 “For the Love of Music” series, Sunday, June 5 at 4PM, featuring Katy Shackleton Williams, soprano in a “Tribute to Madaline Kahn.” The concert, which is free of charge, will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in historic downtown Easton at the corner of Brookletts Ave and Hanson Street. There will be a free will offering.

Katy Shackleton Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with prestigious organizations such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), Pittsburgh Opera, Civic Light Opera, the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater and River City Brass Band. She has also had the pleasure of singing with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee.

Katy was a featured soloist for the PSO Holiday Pops concert series, singing the Marvin Hamlisch original song “Take Me to Christmas Past.” She made her Pittsburgh Symphony debut in September 2005 and has been a frequent guest artist ever since. She has performed with the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and has sung the National Anthem at Three Rivers Stadium. She has recorded with New World Records and under the Naxos label. Katy has also had numerous notable solo engagements across the country.

Currently, Katy is a chorister in the Pittsburgh Opera and adjunct music staff at Point Park University and Washington and Jefferson College. She is the soprano soloist at Rodef Shalom, Oakland, and the vocal artist in residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Lebanon. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance.

Selections will include favorites from Giacomo Puccini, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Victor Herbert and Mel Brooks. There will even be a special guest appearance from Grover of Sesame Street fame.

Plans for The Grace Lutheran Church 2016-2017 concert series are underway and will be published at a later date. For more information, contact Kevin Thomas at (410) 822-2904, gracemusicandyouth@gmail.com or visit www.gracelutheranchurcheaston.org.

Save the Date: Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota

The Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota, “Minnesota’s Singing Boys”, will present a concert of sacred and secular music on Saturday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be hosted by Grace Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Brookletts Ave and Hanson Street in historic downtown Easton. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information contact Kevin W. Thomas at 410-822-2904, gracemusicandyouth@gmail.com or visit www.gracelutheranchurcheaston.org.

The Land of Lakes Choirboys believes in developing boys through the discipline of music. Their extensive training, based on the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life program, trains the boys in the areas of music theory, sight-singing and ear training, and intense vocal studies. But it’s their joy of singing, sparkling stage presence, and their ability to engage the audience that sets this Minnesota choir apart from the rest. Now in its fourth decade and the recipient of many national and international awards, the choir auditions young boys from ordinary small-town backgrounds and trains them to perform complicated musical works with sensitivity and artistry.

Their training can begin as young as five years old and may continue through voice change at which time they are encouraged to join the Land of Lakes Men’s Chorus. In addition to their musical studies, the boys are taught about leadership, appropriate behavior, and traditional manners. The choir’s motto is “Music, Respect and Honor” and the boys, as they grow into fine young men, come to understand how important this motto is in life.

The Land of Lakes Choirboys performs for audiences around the world. The organization has travels through all of the United States with exception of Alaska and through many countries around the world. Locally, the choir performs an average of 20 concerts each season. The choir believes strongly in programming music that is appealing to its audiences. They perform music by the great masters of Bach, Schubert, Strauss and more. They also perform music from Broadway, Folksongs from around the world and other inspiring selections that promise to leave their audiences with a song in their heart. Their performance in our community will include Music from around the world.

The Land of Lakes Choirboys’ mission is to enrich the lives of boys by teaching excellence in choral music and self-discipline. Learn more about the choirboys at www.lolcb.org. Come enjoy the wonderful sound of “angel voices” as the Land of Lakes Choirboys lift your soul with their gift of music.