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SU Continues Its Candlelight Service Tradition Dec. 2

Nov. 25, 2008

Selinsgrove, (Pa.)—The 2008 Christmas Candlelight Service at Susquehanna University will be held Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., with pre-service music beginning at 7:15 p.m., in Weber Chapel Auditorium. The theme of this year's service is "Fear Not," which reflects on the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary and God's messengers to people burdened by fear today.

The annual Christmas Candlelight Service is one of Susquehanna's most cherished traditions. More than 1,600 members of Susquehanna University and surrounding communities gather for the service, which includes candle lighting and carols, as well as traditional readings, songs and prayers in celebration of the season. The Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke, university chaplain, presides and preaches with the assistance of the Rev. Ted Keating, pastor of St. Pius X Church in Selinsgrove and spiritual advisor to Susquehanna's Catholic community. Music is provided by the Masterworks Chorus under the direction of Rodney Caldwell, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, and Lecturer of Music Judith White; university organist Marcos Krieger, assistant professor of music; a brass ensemble and the SU Handbell Choir.

The Susquehanna University Neighborhood (SUN) Council and the Center for Volunteer Programs are sponsoring their annual food drive in conjunction with the event. Donations of non-perishable foods will be accepted at the candlelight service and through Dec. 11. Collection boxes will be located in numerous areas around campus, including under the Christmas trees in the lobby of Weber Chapel, each residence hall, Mellon Lounge and in several locations throughout the Selinsgrove community.

Some of the most needed items include canned meats, evaporated milk, peanut butter, dried and canned fruit, canned soups, rice and pasta. Donations of personal care items such as deodorant, soaps, toothbrushes and cleaning supplies also will be accepted. All donations will go to Haven Ministries, a homeless shelter located in Sunbury, Pa.

Contact: Gerald Cohen
570-372-4118

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