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SU Hosts Annual Christmas Candlelight Service

November 15, 2007 

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – The 2007 Christmas Candlelight Service at Susquehanna University will be held Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., with pre-service music beginning at 7 p.m., in Weber Chapel Auditorium. The theme of this year's service is “A Decree Went Out,” celebrating the contrast between Caesar Augustus' empire-building edict and the tidings of the heavenly messengers who announce the birth of the Prince of Peace.

The annual Christmas Candlelight Service is one of Susquehanna's most cherished traditions, as more than 1,600 members of Susquehanna University and surrounding communities gather in the chapel. The service includes candle lighting and carols, as well as traditional readings, songs and prayers in celebration of the season. University Chaplain Mark Radecke presides and preaches, assisted by 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 Music Director and Conductor Cyril Stretansky, university organist Marcos Krieger and the SU Handbell Choir directed by Sarah Weiser '10.

In conjunction with the event, the Susquehanna University Neighborhood (SUN) Council and the Center for Volunteer Programs are sponsoring their annual food drive. Donations of non-perishable foods will be accepted from Nov. 26 through the candlelight service on Dec. 4. Collection boxes will be located in numerous areas around campus, including under the 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 will also be accepted. All donations will go to Haven Ministries, a homeless shelter located in Sunbury, Pa.

Contact: Francie Camp
570-372-4119

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