Benefit concert, Thanksgiving service Nov. 20 in Shrewsbury

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Shrewsbury – The First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury will be hosting a benefit concert and the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Sunday, Nov. 20. The service will be preceded by a concert to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank, with the collected offerings going to St. Anne's Human Services, an organization which works closely with the Worcester County Food Bank. The Rev. John Nieman will be preaching at the service, and clergy from many of the Shrewsbury churches will be participating.

The benefit concert will start at 6 p.m. and feature the WPI Brass Ensemble. The 16-member honors ensemble from WPI will present a wide range of magnificent music for brass, using both the FCC organs and an array of percussion. Admission to the concert is free, but a collection will be taken (suggested donation of $10 general admission and $5 for children and students) to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank.

The concert will be followed at 7 p.m. by the annual Shrewsbury Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, which will also feature the WPI Brass with a community-wide choir singing beautiful music for the season, as well as the handbell choir, the Shrewsbury Ringers. The concert is being presented in partnership with the WPI Music Department, and is a great way to support a wonderful charity, the Worcester County Food Bank, at a time of the year when feeding people in need is such a real concern.

All are welcome to attend the concert and the service. For more information about this event or to sing in the community choir, contact the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury at 1-508-845-7286 or e-mail the church office at [email protected].