Copper Hill Church celebrates 200th anniversary with music
The Copper Hill United Methodist Church continued the celebration of its 200th Anniversary with a music concert on Sept. 25. Participants from at least eight different churches joined in with joyous instrumental, vocal and choral offerings.
Music ranged from the 1848 Shaker tune, Simple Gifts, for flute and harp, to the contemporary style of vocalist/pianist Joanne Firla in Faithful, a song she wrote especially for the occasion. A patriotic theme was present in several pieces: the brass quartet versions of The Battle Hymn of the Republic and God of Our Fathers, and also in the flute/piano rendering of America the Beautiful, all arranged by organizer JoAnne D. Jones.
Other musicians included a guitar ensemble led by Laura Mazza-Dixon, a men’s gospel group from 3rd Baptist in Suffield, the Copper Hill Choir, and other vocalists. A narrator introduced each selection with a historical background sketch. Those attending the concert said that they enjoyed the diversity of music from traditional hymns to upbeat gospel music.
Local churches represented included the West Granby United Methodist Church, Life Church, and South Congregational Church of Granby, East Granby Congregational Church, Third Baptist Church and First Church of Christ of Suffield.
Pastor Kelvin S. Jones remarked, “We are thankful for all those who were a part of it. It will no doubt be one of the highlights among the 200th celebration events for our church.”