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RWC Residents Choir to sing at Holy Week service

Julia Olson leads members of the RWC Residents Choir in rehearsal for their upcoming performance.

On Tuesday, March 26, The Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (RWC) Residents Choir will perform during Holy Week services jointly led by representatives of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Presbytery of the James. The service will begin at 11 a.m. in the auditorium in the Chesapeake Center on the RWC campus, 132 Lancaster Rd., Irvington. The public is invited, and no reservations are required.

The Residents Choir was the brainchild of Julia Olson. The Pennsylvania native, who moved to RWC nearly a decade ago, decided residents might enjoy singing for ceremonies and special events at the continuing care community. “I’ve been playing the organ for 67 years, and have taken great satisfaction in participating in religious ceremonies,” she says.

Olson says she feels fortunate to have access to church music from Bluff Point Methodist Church, where she played for years. She now manages affairs for the RWC choir, whose membership ranges from 12 to 15 people at any one time. Thanks to a generous donation from fellow resident and choir member Dr. James Harnsberger, the group dons blue robes for each performance.

RWC Chaplain Davis Smith said, “Inviting the public to join residents for this ceremony helps build a sense of community at a time of year when Christians are particularly focused on celebrating their faith. We invite people from the community to join us on the Tuesday before Easter so they can still attend services at their own churches later in the week.” 

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 03.13.2013

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