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Advent Cantata

Posted October 24, 2012 in Altoona, Community Featured

Lutheran Church of the Cross is hosting its annual Advent Cantata again this year.

The holiday season is upon us, and although we have yet to fill our bellies with the delicious treats Thanksgiving brings, Lutheran Church of the Cross is busy planning its eighth annual Advent Cantata, “Hope Arising.”

Beginning at the Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. worship service, Church of the Cross will feature its choir accompanied by the orchestra in five pieces of holiday music. The show will continue into the Sunday, Dec. 2 services at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

“We have done the cantata since 2005,” says Stacey Amensen, Coordinator of Worship Ministries at the church. “There’s nothing to bring; just come and enjoy the music put on by our very own choirs and orchestra.”

The church will also be providing each family with a daily devotional for 24 days — the entire season of Advent. For more information regarding the Advent Cantata or any of the other activities taking place at Church of the Cross, visit its website at, or stop in at 1701 Eighth St. S.W.

The upcoming holiday season isn’t always as joyful for everyone, though. It also brings a high demand for assistance, as people’s dollars are stretched and budgets are strained. This is where the Caring Hands Food Pantry comes in to help families in the Southeast Polk area, put food on their tables and clothes on their back.

What began at Adventure Life Church more than a decade ago has now spread to include nine other churches in the community. The plan for its upcoming Thanksgiving project is to give out turkeys and other accompaniments for people this holiday season.

“Right now we’re in need of canned green beans, corn and soups,” says Caring Hands director, Larry O’Connor.

The pantry serves the entire Southeast Polk School District and is busy all year round but gets busier during the holiday season. It opens its doors every Monday and Wednesday from 4 – 6 p.m., and the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 9 – 11 a.m.

There are opportunities available for volunteers besides food donations, including interviewing clients, carrying boxes to the clients’ vehicles, restocking shelves or making a monetary donation. For more information on the food pantry and volunteer opportunities, call (515) 967-4533, visit the Adventure Life Church website at, or stop in at 1700 Eighth St.

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