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November 24, 2014

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BCF Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis leads the congregation in singing carols during the Annual Christmas Musical held at The Baptist College of Florida.

From Leroy Anderson’s classic Sleigh Ride to the horse and buggy rides available in Heritage Village, The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville certainly knows how to usher in the Christmas season. Beginning with the annual Christmas musical, “A Festive Christmas” directed by BCF Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis, BCF delighted audiences with musical selections from classical holiday favorites to new contemporary Christmas choruses. Two spectacular days of the BCF Choir, College Singers, Women’s Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Male Chorale, and Orchestra sharing the Christmas story and thrilling the crowd with Christmas trivia and seasonal entertainment. From the touching stories portrayed in Christmas in Sarajevo and Breath of Heaven to the powerful proclamation of Nothing Compares, the gospel story is the reason for celebrating Christmas.

Following the Christmas musical, hundreds of people strolled through Heritage Village enjoying the special music and carolers while artisans displayed their crafts. The annual Holiday Heritage Festival is one of the highlights of the season as each year artisans demonstrate their skills in making soap, jewelry, baskets, ornaments, candles, glassware, pottery, and grind cane to make the syrup. There were beautiful antique quilts on display and all of the historical buildings were opened to tour reminiscent of days past.

In addition to the skillful artisans that displayed their crafts, the faculty and staff wives sold bake goodies, chili, ham biscuits and chicken perleu raising money for scholarships. BCF Teacher Education majors were involved in touring children through the historic village while the award winning gospel duo Mercy Revealed performed during the afternoon activities.

As BCF students prepare for finals and put the finishing touches on their term papers, it was extremely refreshing to see them share their time and talent performing in the musical and volunteering in the village. It was a blessing to have the campus open and celebrate the birth of Christ with the community, neighbors, family and friends. For more information on other upcoming events at The Baptist College of Florida, please call 850.263.3261 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.

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Award winning gospel duo Mercy Revealed performs during the Annual Holiday Heritage Festival held at The Baptist College of Florida.