If you think the NCC Christmas Fair is just a fundraiser think again. “For 75 years our Christmas Fair has been bringing all of Newmarket together,” said Marilyn Allen, Co-Chair of the fair this year. She attended her first fair in 1969.
And like the Christmas Fairs of old, this fair, held on Saturday, December 1, from 8-2, will be filled with food, fun, raffles, and auctions. Santa will also visit for pictures with kids and businesses, and restaurants will donate items for a silent auction.
Volunteers, baked goods and auction items are needed for this town-wide event. If you would like to help, call Marilyn Allen at 608 7106, or talk to Mary Burson after Church.
Cookies for College
Deacons, Mary Burson and Jim Sabatino are in full cookie making mode as the deacons make cookie care packages for college kids and several seniors.
She sings like an angel, plays the ukulele and piano and directs the NCC choir. All that’s in addition to being a busy mom and teaching voice lessons to many young students.
After meeting her husband Bryan and getting her music education degree at Plymouth State, Hannah and Bryan moved to Durham NH where they have lived in deep faith since 2000. Bryan is a chaplain at UNH
“I feel blessed to have found such a wonderful church home,” Hannah said. You could call her a choir director, but she is really a minister of music, having received her certification as a minister in the Assembly of God. “I believe that music is just another way of lifting our hearts up to God,” she explained.
For six years Hannah served as the minister of music at Connect Church in Portsmouth where she led a church band and a choir in several cantatas. “It was a lot of work because the church service entailed a half hour of contemporary music, Hannah said.
She started taking piano lessons at age ten–typical for many young girls—- But her first lessons took place in Haiti, where her parents were missionaries.
Hannah could actually start a family band of her own. Her son, Ethan, 14, plays trombone and piano. Micah, 12, plays Viola and Libby, 9, is a budding singer. Look for Ethan to fill on occasion with the NCC choir.
“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.”
~ Desmond Tutu