POINT PLEASANT — A local cantata will be telling a Christmas tale through various vocal performances and narration this weekend.
The Mason County Community Cantata will be celebrating its 10th annual Christmas show on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Cantata Director Larry Jones, advises guests to arrive early for optimal choice seating.
The cantata is comprised of 31 voices with 15 local churches represented among these individuals. The program for this year is titled, “Christmas is Real.” The piece is composed by Travis Cottrell and has group and solo performances along with narration to praise and worship Christmas. The event is free of charge, but an offering box will be available for guests at the entrance where the ushers stand. All proceeds will be going to Lakin Hospital’s Operation Santa Claus.
“One of my favorite songs is ‘Love has not Forgotten Us,’” said Jones.
According to him, the song demonstrates how God sent Jesus to earth to resolve humans of sin and God takes humans just the way they are. Jones shared he wants the audience to walk away with the message that God accepts and loves people the way they are currently, clean or unclean with sin.
The cantata was formed 13 years ago by Jones. He had experienced a community cantata earlier in his life and when he moved to Point Pleasant he sought to create such a group. After finding other individuals with his same goals, the Mason County Community Cantata was formed with Jones as the director. The cantata performs a show for Easter and a show for Christmas yearly. Jones expressed anyone who has a passion for singing is welcome to be a member. The members of the cantata self finance the organization and all the proceeds from their shows go to support any local individuals in need or local programs focused on helping those in need.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.