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Lenten concert planned at Catholic church
Singers from Oklahoma City University will present the classic work “Stabat Mater” at 3 p.m. Sunday during a choral concert for the Lenten season at St. Eugene's Catholic Church, 2400 W Hefner Road.
The presentation, under the direction of Ellefson and Judith Willoughby, will feature the OCU Bass School's 70-voice Ad Astra women's chorus and the 36 singers of the University Men's Chorus.
“Stabat Mater,” to be performed by Ad Astra in the original Latin, is the best-known sacred work of the Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. The work, a tribute to Mary as she witnessed the crucifixion, was composed to be sung each Friday in Lent at the church of San Luigi di Palazzo in Naples.
John L. Edwards, organist at First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City, will perform on St. Eugene's new 132-rank Walker organ for the opening and closing pieces.
Admission is free and open to the public. The 75-minute program will run without intermission.
OBU group will sing at local church
NICOMA PARK — Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison Glee Club, an all-male choral group, will sing during the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday at First Baptist Church of Nicoma Park, 1931 Nichols Drive.
The Bison Glee Club is an auditioned group of musicians on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The group has toured extensively throughout the United Stated as well as in Canada and Europe. The group is under the direction of Brent Ballweg, director of choral activities.
Visiting choir plans concert
The Greenville College Choir of Greenville, Ill., will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Monday at Quail Springs Baptist Church, 14613 N May.
The choir consists of 45 undergraduate students from various fields of liberal arts study, including the college's five music degree programs. Jeffrey S. Wilson has served as the choir's conductor since 1996.
Greenville College is a four-year accredited Christian liberal arts school founded in 1892 and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church.
For more information, call 755-9240.
Chaplain will make presentation
NORMAN — The Rev. Mike Bumgarner, staff chaplain at Norman Regional Health Systems, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at United Church of Norman UCC, 1017 Elm Ave.
Bumgarner's presentation is part of the church's 2012-2013 Speaker Series themed “The Progressive Sermon I Always Wanted to Preach: Getting Religious Culture Right!”
Bumgarner served as college minister and minister of pastoral care at First Baptist Church of Norman for 19 years. He has been with Norman Regional as full-time chaplain since 2004.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Draper to speak in Guthrie
GUTHRIE — The Rev. James T. “Jimmy” Draper Jr. will be guest preacher at 11 a.m. March 17 at Lakeview Baptist Church, just west of Interstate 35 at the corner of Seward Road and Sooner Road.
At one time, Draper served as pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Del City and also served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also served as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn. Draper is a noted author, as well.
For more information, call 282-0987.
Water4 welcomes new CEO
Water4 co-founders Richard and Terri Greenly and the Water4 board of directors recently welcomed Ray Sanders as the faith-based organization's new chief executive officer.
Sanders has served in several key leadership roles throughout his career including CEO of an international engineering and design firm, as a member of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma executive team, as the editor-in-chief of The Baptist Messenger and as host of the Baptist convention's award-winning statewide faith-based radio program.
Water4 is a faith-based public charity based in Oklahoma City and was founded in 2008 with the mission of demonstrating the love of Jesus by providing at-risk, indigenous people access to clean water.
The organization is active in more than 15 countries and has helped more than a quarter million people gain access to clean water, including a new project targeted to benefit more than one million people in Ghana, Africa, in partnership with World Vision.
From staff reports