LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP – with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter
March 23rd 2014
Burlington Presbyterian Church
335 Cambridge Street – Burlington MA
Three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter have created a dramatic ensemble that takes you deep into the myths, magic and fabled history of this most captivating instrument. You will hear three harps, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Cittern, Irish Bouzouki and more. History, humor and heartwarming stories are woven together with enchanting music both ancient and new.
Contact Burlington Presbyterian Church to reserve your place for this amazing concert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-272-9190.
As we anticipate the varied colors and whirling winds of autumn, here are a few notes of summer news and fall expectations:
Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda, our wonderful secretary. At this writing she is awaiting word from possible bone marrow donors. Mary Lou has been faithfully filling in with essential office needs, and Susan has helped prepare
An exciting and soul-refreshing one-day retreat, Walking Humbly With Our God, is planned for Saturday, September 29. See the article in this Crossroads
Window-installers are at this moment putting in long-awaited new windows for the sanctuary, atrium and offices. The Capital Reserve Fund and a special donation are making this possible
Many thanks to the volunteers who kept our worship lively during summer, and provided regular children’s activities through “Summer Celebrations.”
Likewise, to our Farmer Dave volunteers while Jane visited in Denmark – Mary Lou, Kathleen, Peggy, Judy; and those who delivered the leftover produce to the pantry and senior center – Joseph, Joan and Linda.
And to Hospitality members, especially Sally, for one of the best-attended and exuberant church picnics ever!
Movie fans enjoyed 5 features as part of our Friday Night at the Movies series, looking for the presence of grace in a variety of thoughtful and entertaining films
Despite the early summer heat, a crowd of close to 60 (many from outside our church family) responded enthusiastically to Celtic harpist Patrick Ball in late June
This is just a smattering of what’s been happening, and what is on the way. Please note the
additional news on the front page and calendar of this Crossroads, and join in for the start of
a new season.
By the way – please keep your offerings up-to-date and consider an extra gift. Our
stewardship has fallen behind a little more than usual over this summer.
Burlington Presbyterian Church
Thursday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear a renowned Celtic musician and storyteller!
Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “hauntingly beautiful ballads and lilting storytelling… a gem.” (Variety)
Tickets are $15. Available at the door or in advance by calling the church, 781-272-9190. Church is located at 335 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA. Plenty of parking.
To so many whose good will and energy helped us truly give thanks during BPC’s 50th Anniversary.
Praise God… and congratulations:
To Amoah Yeboah-Korang on his graduation from U.Conn Medical School on May 13. Amoah is headed for Chicago and a residency at Rush Medical Center.
And to Kevin Haley and Kelley O’Hearn who became engaged on May 4.
And to our Hunger Walkers, too, who on May 6 raised over $3000 for programs that serve people in need throughout the Boston area.
Ray Gabler and Shelley Henderson will be wed in Stockbridge, Mass by Rod MacDonald on June 9. Matt Gabler will serve as best man.
Treading on fresh “ground”…
We have a beautiful and durable new carpet in the sanctuary – thanks to our trustees for making it happen.
On June 10, we will be honoring our teachers and celebrating the end of our regular church school program. The children will have an opportunity to participate in the worship service. Following worship there will be a cook out. Hot dogs and hamburgers and rolls will be provided but we are asking that others provide some side dishes such as potato salad, pasta salad, chips etc.
During the summer there will be an activity time during worship for those children from pre-school to second grade.
Friday Night at the Movies
Sometimes…there’s grace where you least expect it, even at the movies. I’ll be hosting occasional movie nights over the summer. Expect to be entertained as well as challenged to think! Features will be intended for adult audiences, with no charge. Plan to bring a friend.
The first offering headed the choices made by our Sunday adult class from a list of possibilities. Remaining features TBA. If you would like to have a vote in selections, there will be a list available on Sunday mornings.
First feature will be Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m. —
Nobody’s Fool (1994) — Comedy-drama that features one of Paul Newman’s best roles (in my view!). “Sully” is something of a loser and mischief-maker in a small upstate NY town. His going-nowhere life takes a turn when his estranged son and the grandson he’s never met show up, needing his help. What does make for a good life after all? With Jessica Tandy (her final role) as Sully’s landlady, Bruce Willis, and Melanie Griffith.
Next feature will be Friday, June 29.
Thank you to Judy Brunner and James McIninch for re-arranging my office, Joseph Porte, James and Kasper McIninch for painting my office, Sally Morrison for making the curtains and Mark & Cheryl Wells for hanging them. And of course to Rod for agreeing to all this…!
My ‘thank you’ seems so small compared to all you’ve done, but it comes from my heart.
The Burlington Food Pantry needs our help! Items they have requested include:
– 100% Juice Boxes
– 100% Juices (cans or plastic containers; no glass)
– Baked Beans
– Canned Beef Stew
– Canned Broth
– Canned Chicken, Turkey or Ham
– Canned Fruits and Vegetables
– Canned Soup
– Canned Tomatoes
– Coffee, Hot Chocolate or Tea
– Instant Oatmeal
– Liquid Dish Detergent
– Liquid Laundry Detergent
– Macaroni and Cheese
– Pancake Syrup
– Salad Dressing
– Shelf-Stable Milk (1%)
– Spaghetti Sauce
– Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
Please check the expiration dates on food to make sure they have not expired before donating them. Our regular collection date is the first Sunday of every month, but food can be brought and placed in the red tub outside the church office at any time. If you prefer, you can also donate money. Checks should be made payable to the Burlington Food Pantry.
Celtic Harpist and Storyteller
In Concert at BPC— Thursday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear a renowned Celtic musician and storyteller at our church!
Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “hauntingly beautiful ballads and lilting storytelling…a gem.” (Variety)
Tickets will be $15 (our church will benefit by 30% of proceeds). Please invite your friends. We plan to publicize this event extensively throughout the area. For more information, contact Rod MacDonald.
We danced 60s-style, dined internationally, worshiped on a beautiful Sunday morning, and even have 100+ hygiene kits ready to send to Church World Service, all as part of a fine Golden Anniversary for Burlington Presbyterian. If you haven’t already done so, please join me in expressing hearty and heartfelt THANKS to a faithful, creative, and hardworking Planning Team: Judy Brunner and Sue Hadsell, co-chairs; Jen Dewar, Steve and Barbara Karanja, Susan Kemen, Marion McPhee. They rounded up some great volunteers who helped, notably Mark and Cheryl Wells who coordinated the anniversary reception.
Now, let’s all take a deep breath as June arrives, bringing summer. It’s been a full season, and a year that has been full of joys, sorrows, and hard work.
But our enjoyment of times together, in friendship with one another and in service of God, will not end. In fact, here is a preview of a few things coming our way as summer unfolds:
June 10 will be our Christian Education celebration with cookout. After that
Sunday there will be “summer celebrations” for children preschool-grade 2 in
place of Sunday School.
I’m looking forward to hosting a “Friday Night at the Movies” series, spread
throughout summer weeks.
On Thursday, June 21, a well-known Celtic harpist and storyteller, Patrick Ball,
will give a performance in our sanctuary.
More information about the above appears in Crossroads.
The Session will start piecing together a process for exploring the future of ministry in our building – since our fine nursery school program of 43 years held its final “graduation” on May 25.
So with thanks in our heart, some chance for a needed rest, and anticipation of the future together, let us move into summer.