Pat Catherman stood in shock on her front porch — her friend Peggy Myers had told her a moment before that there was a surprise waiting outside.
About 20 singers serenaded her Sunday afternoon with “Joy to the World” and “Merry Christmas.”
“Peggy told me there was a surprise, but I didn’t know what it was,” Catherman said. “They’ve always been real good with people, and we’ve always been like a family at the church.”
Members of Grace United Church of Christ game-planned for moments like this a month in advance. They wanted to do something that would be inclusive for the Spring Mills community and settled on caroling at local businesses and houses. Grace United members were joined by residents not involved with the church.
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“There’s not enough community activities,” church member Andrea Mills said. “Some things that used to be a part of the fabric of our life have fallen off. This is a smaller community, but not too many community things happen. We think it’s important to do that to get to know each other and to support each other.”
Stops in Spring Mills included the Penns Valley YMCA, Pizza Heaven and the Evans family home.
“This is our church, so we figured they’d be around,” said Becky Evans, another church-goer. “It was a real pleasure.”
Myers hopes the old tradition, which hadn’t been done in several years, will continue next year.
“It’s fun to see the reactions of people, because it’s not done very often,” Myers said. “I think it’s s pleasant surprise.”