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Natick faith community celebrates 50 year anniversary of Natick Service Council with luminary bags, concert

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 31, 2012 12:00 PM

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Several local faith communities will gather to support the Natick Service Council and celebrate its 50th anniversary by selling luminary bags next month, and also hold a multi-faith concert to benefit the service organization.

The concert will be held Jan. 6 at the First Congregational Church on East Central Street at 3 p.m., followed by the lighting of the luminaria around town.

Those performing include groups from Temple Emmanuel, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and First Congregational, as well as several other groups from the Natick community, including the debut of the Holiday Harmony Happening under the direction of Daryl Robbins of Strike Up the Band.

Many houses of worship in town have been strong supporters of the Natick Service Council through financial contributions and volunteer commitments to the organization's food pantry and other outreach projects, according to the service council's website.

Luminaria Kits can be purchased for $10 in Natick at: Strike Up the Band at 5 Washington St.; The Natick Service Council at 2 Webster St.; First Congregational Church of Natick at 2 East Central St.; and at the "Light Up the Night" concert at First Congregational on Jan. 6.

Each kit has the makings of eight luminary bags to set outside residents' house for that evening. Residents will need to supply sand, stone or kitty litter to anchor the bags. All proceeds support the Natick Service Council.

According to the council's website, twinkling luminary lights all over town are a symbol of the organization's missions for neighbors to help other neighbors.

"None of us alone can solve the problems of unemployment and high housing costs but each of us can let our light shine and make at least one corner a little brighter because we took the time to care," the website says.

For more information, visit the organization's website.

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