Story by Leigh Calfee
NEBRASKA CITY — St. Mary Church in Nebraska City hosted a community Advent recital Dec. 2, the 38th year for the event.
Choirs from various local churches participated in the recital, with David Partsch of First United Methodist Church serving as master of ceremonies. Partsch and the choirs presented a program that included traditional hymns and modern worship music, combined with Scripture inspired by the Advent season.
Participants from the Nebraska City Catholic community included St. Mary’s adult choir, the children’s choir from St. Mary Parish, and the choir from St. Benedict Parish in Nebraska City. Several area Catholic students also sang with a local group of young women called The Pink Ladies, under the director of Sarah Roberts.
Dr. Brett and Emily Meyers’ daughter, Mikayla, a third-grade student at Lourdes Central Schools, sang with St. Mary’s children’s choir.
“The recital is a great way to start the Advent season,” Emily Meyer said. “It’s nice to see all the talent in the community come together in one place.”
St. Mary’s children’s choir is directed by Kathleen Roberts, with help from Dr. Dan DeFreece and his wife, Kay.
“The kids are so excited to sing,” Kay Defreece commented. “People in the community say that when they hear the voices of the children, it brings joy and helps prepare their hearts for the Advent season.”
Father James Morin, associate pastor of St. Mary Parish, accompanied the children’s choir on his banjo. After practicing with the children’s choir several times, Father Morin said he enjoyed watching the kids sing during the event.
“The kids were super jazzed to sing in front of a crowd,” he said.
In addition to the community Advent recital, all three choirs from both St. Benedict and St. Mary parishes sing regularly at weekend Masses. Together, the parishes serve approximately 500 families in Nebraska City.