The Rev. Don Crane invites one and all to accompany him on his Howard caroling debut.
Crane became the pastor of the Howard Christian Church last month after moving from Greenfield, Ind. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, he’ll step right into a church custom.
He and other congregants plan to treat the borough to familiar Christmas carols as they make their way through town to visit five shut-in residents. Anyone with similar holiday spirit is welcome to join the singing.
Afterward, the merry band of Yuletide carolers will return to the church at 367 Walnut St. for hot chocolate, cookies and cider.
“I’m excited about it,” Crane said. “We have a good group. They’re excited about it. I think it’s a good family tradition.”
Originally from central California, Crane led the Park Chapel Christian Church in Greenfield for seven years before moving closer to his wife Karen’s family in Elmira, N.Y.
“So we’re sort of coming home,” he said.
They and their five children — three of whom are adopted and four of whom have Down syndrome — are settling comfortably into their new life.
“We love the Bald Eagle Area school system,” Crane said. “They’ve been wonderful for the children.”
To his current flock he brings 19 years as an ordained minister; interests in coins, history, books and airplanes; and a passion for his calling. He’s looking forward to leading the church’s popular 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service, which traditionally packs the sanctuary.
In the meantime, he’ll lend his voice to the town’s holiday celebration. Howard isn’t getting just any of the run-of-the-mill pipes, either. Crane, who has a fine arts background and has directed choirs, orchestras and musical ensembles, served as a musical director and director in the Greenfield Community Theater.
All of which should help Howard’s Christmas proceed on a festive note.
“It’s a great community,” Crane said. “It’s still a small-town community.”
Pine Glen church
plans craft sale
On Saturday, for the second straight year, the Moshannon Community Center will turn into a holiday gift emporium.
The Pine Glen United Methodist Church will hold a craft show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center along state Route 144 in Moshannon. Items for sale will include jewelry, wreaths, ornaments and primitive crafts.
Throughout the show, soup, hot dogs with sauerkraut and other food will be available. Organizers also are planning a raffle, and a local Relay for Life cancer research fundraising group will have a booth.
As they did last year, all proceeds will benefit the church.
“That’s why we’re going to do it again,” said co-organizer Nicole Thompson, of Pine Glen. “It was one of our better fundraisers.”
For more information, contact Thompson at 387-4245 or email@example.com.
Chris Rosenblum writes a weekly column about news in the Upper and Lower Bald Eagle valleys.