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The Moore County Literacy Council is thrilled to announce a full slate of singers and instrumentalists who will be performing at this year’s Christmas in the Pines. The service - to be held on December 6, 2018 at the historic Pinehurst Fair Barn - will be modeled on the Cambridge Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The ecumenical worship service in support of literacy in Moore County will feature several new musical groups, as well as many returning ensembles and performers.

With over 180 performers, this year’s service will showcase a diverse array of musical gifts. New this year will be South Ridge Bluegrass, The United Gospel Singers, The Village Chapel Choir, The Chancel Choir of Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church, and The Choir of the Congregational Church of Pinehurst. These voices will complement performances from returning artists, including The Arc of Moore County’s Joyful Noise, The Emmanuel Episcopal Church Choir and The Red Door Ringers (also from Emmanuel Episcopal), JuBELLation and The Ladies Ensemble from First Baptist Church of Pinehurst, and Jesse Davis, concert pianist. Dr. Homer Ferguson will again be serving as the artistic director for the service.

From elegant choral and instrumental arrangements to soulful bluegrass and rousing gospel renditions, this year’s Christmas in the Pines service will have something for everyone. “We are so grateful to everyone who is participating in Christmas in the Pines,” says Stuart Mills, the Literacy Council’s Executive Director. “We are particularly thankful for the musical performers who are working hard to prepare during this busy season. We have an amazingly talented and diverse group, and their offerings will be a blessing and a treat for our entire community.”

The Moore County Literacy Council invites all to support literacy in our community while enjoying the Christmas in the Pines service and the cookie and cider reception to follow. Advance reservations are requested, and a tax-deductible donation of $50 per person ($25 for children and MCLC volunteers and students) is suggested. Make reservations at www.mcliteracy.com, at the Moore County Literacy Council’s Read Moore Center at 575 SE Broad Street in Southern Pines, or by calling the Literacy Council at (910) 692-5954.

About The Moore County Literacy Council: The funds raised by this event will support all the programs of the Moore County Literacy Council, including our one-to-one tutoring program for low literacy adults, our award-winning family literacy program (Motheread®), and our third-grade reading program. Since 1987, we have helped thousands of Moore County residents improve their reading and writing.

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