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Over 950 Christmas celebrants attended Ohio Christian University’s 2017 Festival of Carols performed for the first time on December 2nd and 3rd in the University’s new Ministry and Performing Arts Center!  In the future, the Center will be used for the community as well as OCU events.

Produced as a gift to the community, the University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Circleville Community Choral Society, and Festival Orchestra beautifully realized this year’s What Can I Give? theme. Instead of focusing on what we receive in this Christmas season, Dr. Bennett focused on paying forward with the blessings of Christ. A participant explained, “Every year, the festival brings a new message, and this year’s was especially moving. It doesn’t matter what you have to give, it matters that you simply give Jesus your heart.”

A creative rendering of A Christmas Carol, the multi-media drama explored what it means to transcend being Scrooge, selfish, stingy with time, energy, possessions, and love, to become like Christ—the greatest example of giving and unselfish love. With singing, instrumentals, dramatic performance, and a narration throughout, the festival elevated the message of giving what you can.

OCU Chamber Winds’ prelude featured favorites "Sleigh Ride" and "All Is Calm".  The Festival programme opened with "Fanfare–Realms of Glory" and a welcome and prayer by Dr. Jon Kulaga, OCU President. The University was excited to welcome in the Advent season with such a celebration.

Highlights were inspired renderings of "E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come", "Let Us Be", "In the Bleak Midwinter", and "I’ll Give Him My Heart" followed by the beloved "O Come All Ye Faithful", "Little Drummer Boy", "Bugler’s Holiday", "Glorious Sounds of Christmas", "12 Days After Christmas", "Silent Night, O Holy Night", "Joy to the World", and "What Can I Give Him", concluding with a unique arrangement of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s Messiah.

Dr. Dione Bennett directed the University Chorale with Cherié Knapp, on piano, and Dr. David Bennett, as guest conductor.  Dr. Jon Kulaga closed this memorable event with a heart-felt benediction.

Featured participants were Cody McClurg, Timothy Carpenter, Gary Dean, Mary Jane Dean, Ian Monaghan, Savanna Harlow, George Edge, Walker Flowers, Dr. Valerie Jones, Bruce Morrison, Dr. John Anthony, Pat Beathard, Donald Glenn, Marty Hayes, Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Dr. Adrienne Lape, Jonathon Satterfield, Dr. Rodney Sones, Linda and Roger Stieg, and Teresa Woerner. 

Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year to all!

Festival of Carols 2017 Recap Video

 

 

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Published: April 12, 2019

Engage: Evangelism at the Intersection of Faith
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Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference

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Published: April 5, 2019

Over fifty youth leaders from more than thirty churches and organizations converged on the Ohio Christian University campus for the second annual Youth Leadership Conference. Anticipation for the conference was met with engaging and relevant information applicable to those in attendance. The subject of the day was the importance of actively engaging youth with the reality of Biblical Truth in these formative years. Dr. Walt Mueller, expert in youth culture and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, began the conference with a dive into youth culture and practical ways
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Published: March 28, 2019

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OCU To Hold Nashville Styled Songwriting Boot Camp

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Published: March 25, 2019

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by Keegan D’Alfonso   Ohio Christian University will hold its first songwriting conference on March 30 from 9:00 am to 5 pm. Michelle Martin, Coordinator of Worship Arts at OCU, envisioned this event after experiencing many similar writing workshops in Nashville, TN. “My heart for the day was just to create an opportunity for song writers in central Ohio to come together and get an
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Record Attendance at 10th Annual Festival of Carols

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Published: December 3, 2015

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Published: October 21, 2015

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University Chorale and Orchestra to Perform at Pumpkin Show

Published: October 20, 2015

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Published: October 15, 2015

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OCU Homecoming Celebrates Nine Years of Building Community

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Published: October 12, 2015

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