The Good Tiding Benefit Choir invites you to listen for a cause. This all volunteer ecumenical choir formed 29 years ago to help the local food banks through the work of the Geauga Hunger Task Force (GHTF). The Choir will continue their legacy of raising spirits and funds by performing the Easter sections of GF Handel’s “Messiah.” To enhance the understanding of the Easter story, a digital photos presentation of treasured art will also be presented during the music. There will also be guest performances at the beginning of each benefit from Sounds of Little River Dulcimers on March 18th and Spirit Bound on March 25th. The two performances will be Sundays, March 18th and March25th at 3 pm at Notre Dame Chapel, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson. There is no charge or reservations for the performances but a goodwill offering will be taken. All attendees will also be invited to join in the Hallelujah chorus.
“We mimic the composer G. F. Handel who used his “Messiah” to raise funds for the needy in his lifetime. He built orphanages, hospitals, and helped the poor with concerts in the cities of Europe,” said Sue Juhasz, Project Coordinator. “Although it is sad that we continue to see increases in need, it is wonderful that this area continues to produce such a talented and committed people ready to help their community. In 2017, the local food banks were able to provide over 475,000 meals, supported the Home Delivered Meals program for those under 60 and disabled as well as NextStep from this community’s support.”
The choir is under the direction of Robert Boles and accompanied by Joy Leirer. The program will include Mary Ann Ratchko-Gamez on flute and Rick Tate on trumpet. There are solos by Robert Boles, Laura Christian, Sara Hamrick, Sylvia Jurcak, Patsy Orosz, Brenda Moosbrugger, Charles Moosbrugger, Joe Waid, and Aubrey Woods.
The Geauga Hunger Task force is a volunteer organization whose mission is to ensure that no resident of Geauga County goes hungry. This is accomplished by seven food pantries located throughout the county that provide emergency food. These Benefits have become a tradition to so many. Please consider attending this wonderful event and extending your neighbors a loving hand.
Burton Congregational Church's Food Pantry is looking for dependable volunteers. If you are interested or would like more information please come to the committee meeting on Saturday March 3rd at 11:15 am. You are also invited to tour the Food Bank in action from 9-11 am on March 3rd.
Burton Congregational Church is located at 14558 West Park St. Burton.
Lord of Life Church, in support of the Burton Food Cupboard, will present "Harmony for Hunger", a winter concert to fight hunger in our community. It will be held on Friday, February 23rd from 7-9 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5 and will be available this Sunday in the Gathering Space. Non-perishable food donations are encouraged. If you would like to help with the event, please contact Pastor Steven at firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office. There are also sign-ups in the Gathering Space.
Lord of Life Church is located at 17989 Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
It was for this purpose, the Good Tidings Benefit choir was formed 28 years ago. The caring and talented people of this community could see the need of the Hunger Task Force and found a creative way to help. This volunteer group performs this challenging music to raise monies for the area’s people in need. The talented, all volunteer Choir has raised the spirits of so many over the past 28 years either through song or through financial support. You only need a willing spirit to join. Choir members should be High school age and above. HS students receive community service hours for their work. You may bring your own copy of the Messiah, purchase through our local music stores, or copies will be available at the practices for approx. $8. The practices will be at Notre Dame Chapel at 13000 Auburn Center Road in Munson, Ohio on Sundays from 2 – 4 pm starting on February 4th and continue until the performance on March 18th and 25th. Soloists are chosen from the choir members through auditions.
This benefit mimics Handel’s efforts to care for the poor. The monies from the performances of his oratorio, Messiah freed people from debtor’s prisons, built orphanages and hospitals. We don’t have debtor’s prisons today but the grip of poverty is agonizing and we work as a community to free people from their shackles. The gift of food becomes far more than just a meal. What you do today, will make a difference now and in the future for your neighbors in need.
The Geauga Hunger Task Force was established in 1977 to serve the emergency food needs of Geauga County. The need will not decrease during the winter. Please consider lending a voice to help this community.
President Geauga Hunger Task Force
Joe and the Good Tidings Benefit Choir Singing Handel's Messiah at the 28th Christmas Musical Benefit to raise money for Geauga Hunger Task Force.
Several donations of food and gifts helped to make this Christmas extra special for those in need in Geauga County.
We are truly thankful for the love and support of the volunteers and donors in our community for their incredible donations.
Our holidays distribution went well with lots of smiling faces and happy tears of joy.
(Children received toys and Christmas pajamas) (Women received a red tote with sweet gifts).
Many blessings to all of our board members for your time and love for our community. You are the reason many families all over Geauga County enjoyed a beautiful Christmas. Food is a huge part of any celebration. Thank you for helping people to celebrate Christmas in an unforgettable way. Happy holidays to all! - Helyne Walker of Chagrin Falls Park Food Pantry
Pictures submitted by Helyne Walker
The Geauga Hunger Task Force Pantry Captains were very thankful this year to receive turkeys from University Hospital Geauga Campus the week before Thanksgiving.
The weather is cooling and the snowflakes will be flying. This should bring the delight and beauty of the holidays. For some, it just brings more financial burden and emotional pain. There are many families working hard but struggling to keep food on the table. With your help, we can share our joy with those in need and make their holidays brighter.
Great music is always a part of these holidays and so members of this community have joined together as the Good Tidings choir with this event for 28 years to begin the season and help their neighbors. The members have ranged from ages 15 to 93 and take their vision to raise funds for the Geauga Hunger Task Force seriously. Hope is our mission.
The Good Tidings Benefit Choir will be performing Christmas selections including a portion of GF Handel’s “Messiah”. As a tradition, concert goers will be invited to join in the Hallelujah Chorus. Also performing will be Pilgrim Brass from Pilgrim Christian in Chardon, Rory Swift from Aurora on Saturday and Johnnycake Ridge Singers from Mentor on Sunday. The performances will be December 2nd at 7:00 pm and December 3rd at 3:00 pm at Notre Dame Chapel, located at 13000 Auburn Road in Munson, Ohio, home of the Sisters of Notre Dame. There is no charge for the performances but a goodwill offering will be taken. Reservations are not necessary.
The choir is under the direction of Robert Boles, Aubrey Woods, Joy Leirer, and accompanied by Joy Leirer. The fine Messiah soloists this season will be Robert Boles, Chris Condon, Laura Christian, Sara Hamrick, Sylvia Jurcak, Charles Moosbrugger, Katie Paskey, and Aubrey Woods. Additional instruments will be added by Mary Ann Ratchko-Gamez (flute), Dan Maloney (trombone) Rick Tate (trumpet), and Katlin and Charles Klein (strings).
The Geauga Hunger Task Force is a volunteer organization established in 1977 whose mission is to ensure that no resident of Geauga County goes hungry. This is accomplished by seven food pantries located throughout the county that provide emergency food to people in need. See also http://www.geaugahungertaskforce.org/. Twenty years ago, approx. 105,000 meals were provided. Ten years ago, the foodbanks provided 192,000 meals. With just seven weeks remaining in 2017, it is projected that our local food pantries will provide just below 500,000 meals. The Task Force is supported throughout the year by generous food and monetary donations from the community but the holidays are always a bigger challenge. Please consider attending this wonderful event and extending your neighbors a loving hand.
Please come join us this holiday season for an amazing weekend of beautiful Christmas music. There's no better way to celebrate Christmas than to enjoy inspiring music while knowing it is in support of those in need in your community. This is one of the Geauga Hunger Task Force’s largest fundraisers, so please tell a friend and come join us December 2nd and 3rd this holiday season.
The Messiah was an outstanding event, filled with joy, wonder, and generosity!!! You the community came together to give nearly $9,000 to the Geauga Hunger Task Force!
What a gift!!!
We are so grateful to the community and to all of the fantastic and talented musicians who provided such a beautiful concert.
If you are eager to share in the gift of music once more, Pilgrim Christian Church is hosting a concert this Friday (December 16) at 7:30pm. The Olympic Brass will perform their "Silver Bells" repertoire that is perfect for the whole family. Pilgrim Christian Church is located at 202 South Hambden Street in Chardon. Come one, come all!
Mark your calendars for a remarkable weekend of musical offerings to celebrate the Holiday Season. This is one of the largest fundraisers for the Geauga Hunger Task Force. You can enjoy the music and share a gift knowing that it is all to the benefit of your neighbors and your community.
If you are considering a way to get involved with the Geauga Hunger Task Force and support the food pantries that operate in Geauga County. There is a beautiful opportunity this summer to be a volunteer that grows something good for our neighbors.
Churches and community organizations around the county have raised beds on their property (like this one at Pilgrim Christian Church) that may welcome volunteers to grow vegetables or flowers for such a purpose. Some apartment complexes have raised beds too. Other apartment complexes may have the space that could be set aside for such a purpose if someone or some group were prepared to build and support a garden. And, of course, if you have a garden in your own backyard and would like to offer contributions to the food pantry closest to you, please contact the local pantry and ask how you can help.
Let's see how much good we can grow for everyone in Geauga County.
The Good Tidings Benefit Choir performed beautifully this past weekend! The concert raised over $3,700 to help fill our food pantries! This is the second highest total for the Spring Concerts!
A special thanks to Kaitlin Emmert for coming from Cleveland with her violin. And to Joy M. Leirer for accompaniment and Bob Boles for his direction. And certainly the Sisters of Notre Dame for their generosity with their home Chapel.
What a compassionate and gifted community!
The Good Tiding Benefit Choir invites you to listen for a cause. This all volunteer ecumenical choir formed 27 years ago to help the local food banks through the work of the Geauga Hunger Task Force (GHTF). The Choir will continue their legacy of raising spirits and funds by performing the Easter sections of GF Handel’s “Messiah.” The two performances of this timeless Oratorio will be March 12th at 7pm and March 13th at 3 pm at Notre Dame Chapel, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson. There is no charge or reservations for the performances but a goodwill offering will be taken.
“We mimic the composer G. F. Handel who used this same music to raise funds for the needy in his lifetime. He built orphanages, hospitals, and helped the poor with concerts in the cities of Europe,” said Sue Juhasz, Project Coordinator. “Although it is sad that we are seeing such large increases in need, it is wonderful that this area continues to produce such a talented and committed group ready to help their community.”
The choir is under the direction of Robert Boles and accompanied by Joy Leirer. The fine soloists this season will be Robert Boles, Laura Christian, Sara Hamrick, Colleen Juhasz, Sylvia Jurcak, Brenda Moosbrugger, Charles Moosbrugger, and Aubrey Woods. The attendees will also be invited to join in the Hallelujah chorus.
We hope you can come and enjoy the blessings of community and the gifts of music.
As Valentine's Day is approaching, you may be searching for the perfect way to tell your friend, family member, or loved one that you care about them. If you are seeking a more creative way this year, please consider making a donation to the Geauga Hunger Task Force in honor of your loved one. It is a perfect way to tell your "special someone" that you love them and all of your neighbors in Geauga County (but in a very platonic way).
With the gracious hospitality from the Sisters of Notre Dame, the gifts of music from the community choirs, and the generosity of all who came to hear such joyous music for this season, over $9,000 was raised to support the mission of the Geauga Hunger Task Force!!!
That is a tremendous gift for any season and at any time!
Our incredible gratitude for the generosity that stirs your hearts to care for our neighbors.