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Shoreham news for Dec. 19

SHOREHAM — My friend said to me: “What rhymes with orange.” I said, “No it doesn’t.”
UPDATE ON PAST EVENTS
Last Saturday evening, Dec. 14,  the Addison County Gospel Choir (about 30 singers from various churches in Addison County) entertained an audience in the church sanctuary with beautiful and fun a capella Christmas music at the Shoreham Congregational Church. Following the concert, the crowd enjoyed ice cream and treats while they visited in the church Fellowship Hall.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN
Non-perishable food items, or monetary donations will be accepted for Christmas Baskets at the Shoreham Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 20, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. or at the Shoreham Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 21, between 8 a.m. and noon.
Consider helping us to fill a box or two of unwrapped toys that will be donated to the HOPE Holiday Shop. You may drop gifts off at the town office Monday through Thursday, or at the Platt Memorial Library during library hours, or on Saturday Dec. 21, between 8 a.m. and noon at the Shoreham Congregational Church.
On Saturday morning, Dec. 21, come enjoy coffee, donuts and conversation between 8 a.m. and noon at the Shoreham Congregational Church. You can see the first (and major) phase of the floor restoration project.
Platt Memorial Library holds its Preschool activity time Monday mornings from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and a drop-in craft from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday.
The Shoreham Congregational Church is celebrating their 225th year as an organized congregation (1794-2019). The building itself will be 175 years old in 2021. Look for lots of changes in the coming months. The slate roof is next on the list of necessary restoration projects. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. If you would like to be part of this restoration project, please contact Gail using the contact info above. We can use monetary donations and/or your volunteer efforts.
SAVE THE DATE
Come celebrate the shortest day of the year at the Platt Library on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. We’ll light a candle in darkness, read some stories, and (weather permitting) do some snow-themed crafts. Fun for families and kids of all ages.
St. Genevieve/St. Bernadette Catholic Churches will hold  their Christmas Eve service  on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at St. Genevieve’s. A carol concert begins at 6:45 p.m. and Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m.
Shoreham Congregational Church will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight service on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Join in and sing lots of Christmas carols, listen to the Rev. Daniel Cooperrider share his Christmas message and enjoy the soft glow of candlelight while singing “Silent Night.” The church will also  hold its Children’s Christmas Pageant on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m.
St. Genevieve/St. Bernadette asks that if you know of someone “shut-in” this winter that would appreciate a Tea and Cookie visit from our friendly parishioners, please contact Kathleen Brisson at 897-5625. We hope to get this Tea and Cookie Ministry started in the new year.

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