‘A Jazz Nativity’ concert set Dec. 15 at St. Peter’s Church

A free performance of “Follow That Star: A Jazz Nativity” featuring Kansas City musicians and actors will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 700 E. 110th St., Kansas City, Mo.

“Follow That Star: A Jazz Nativity” offers a contemporary retelling of the Christmas story, featuring modern American jazz and 21st century portrayals of biblical witnesses. The music is provided by The Oîkos Ensemble, a national jazz ministry under the direction of The Rev. Clifford Aerie, saxophonist.

No reservations are required, and ample parking is available. A freewill offering will be collected for Joplin tornado relief efforts and St. Mark Child and Family Development Center, and attendees will also be encouraged to bring canned goods and boxed food items for the local Community Assistance Council at Red Bridge Food Pantry and pet food for Spay & Neuter Kansas City.

The first two performances were offered in St. Louis in 2011 to unanimous acclaim with 700 people attending. “We are offering the concert again this year in St. Louis and expanding to Kansas City,” notes Aerie.

For information call St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at 816-942-1155.

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Missouri Mid-South Conference United Church of Christ 483 E. Lockwood Ave., Suite 15, St. Louis, MO 63119 314-962-8740, www.missourimidsouth.org

Contacts: Dr. Marc A. Wessels, MMSC Office: 314-918-2601, Cell: 314-604-2397, marc@mmsucc.org Susan Pepperdine, KC Public Relations: 913-262-7414, Cell: 913-205-5304, susan@pepperdinepr.com

About The Missouri Mid-South Conference: The MMSC is the collective body of all United Church of Christ churches in the Missouri, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tenn., areas. The UCC is a branch of mainline Protestant Christianity of approximately 5,600 churches and 1.2 million members. The UCC is a welcoming church known for its “radical inclusivity.”

About Oîkos: Oîkos has performed at more than 300 faith-based communities around the country. Grammy Award winner Paul Winter said, “I salute Cliff Aerie and the Oîkos Ensemble for their inspired music and mission. They are serving the world with their song.”

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