An MLC Christmas

Staggered Saturday program series spreads out season’s spirit 


A whole school Christmas presentation of vocal and instrumental music was shared over the course of the afternoon and early evening of Saturday, December 9, by students at Mountain Lake Christian (MLC).

The pre-kindergarten class opened the program series with their two selections, “Away in a Manger” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

They were directed by their teacher, Mandy Linscheid.

Leading the students through the remaining performances was the school’s Music (Vocal and Instrumental) Director Aaron Petersen.

Kindergarten students shared “Jingle Bells” and”Go Tell It On the Mountain,” while the first grade presented “Joy To the World,” along with “Angels We Have Heard on High” to close out the three grades’ separate program.

Performances by the Oak Class (grades 2/3) and Cedar Class (grades 4/5) were next on the lineup.

Oak students sang “The First Noel” and “Feliz Navidad!,” with the Cedar class adding “His Name Shall Be” (with soloist Fairlane Penner) and “What A Glorious Night” (soloist Cristy Renteria Rojas) to this section of the day of song.

The Middle School Band and Choir were featured in the next program on the docket.

The band played three selections, “Instant Christmas Concert,” “Still, Still, Still” and “Believe.”

Choir members also shared a trio of numbers, including “Midnight Clear” (“Love Song”), Unto Us” (soloist Meghan Johnson) and “Born is the King” (“It’s Christmas”).

In addition, members of the Middle School Worship Team led in two Christmas songs, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Christmas Offering.”

The final performances on the day were by the High School Band, Choir and Worship Team, along with a trio of soloists.

The band played “Merry Mozart Christmas” and “Bell Carol Remix.”

“O Come and Sing” (“A Christmas Madrigal”), “Glory” (“Let There Be Peace”) (soloist Zadok Ford) and “How Glorious the Love of Heaven,” were the selections presented by the choir.

Zoey Smith was the first soloist to perform, presenting “O Holy Night.” Cheyanne Courts followed with “A Halleujah Christmas.” The final vocal solo performance was by Paige Riihl with “I Could Have Danced All Night.”

The High School Worship Team also presented “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Christmas Offering.”

Karin Stoesz provided piano accompaniment for several high school numbers.

Following is a photo gallery from the four separate Christmas programs:


THAVIEN MEYER PERFORMS with his pre-kindergarten classmates on “Away in a Manger.”


AVERY LESSMEIER RAISES high her star for the pre-kindergarten’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”


WITH A JAB in the air, Evelyn Stoneking puts an exclamation point on the “Go!” of “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” the second of two songs by kindergarten students.


KINDERGARTEN STUDENT IAN Meyer is exuberant in his declaration, too.


A DAPPERLY DRESSED Waylon Winters sings along with his first grade classmates on “Joy to the World.”


THE SECOND SONG shared by the MLC first grade students was “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Above, Galaxie Penner strikes a pose for the chorus: “Gloria, in excelsis Deo. Gloria, in excelsis Deo.”


THE ONKENS, Mareena, left and Levi, right, are serious in sharing the message found in “The First Noel,” one of the numbers performed by the Oak Class (grades 2/3).


ADDING EMPHASIS TO the lyrics (and spirit) of “Feliz Navidad!” are Oak students Taryn Marcy, front and Ezra Petersen, back.


THE FIFTH AND sixth grade students comprising the Cedar Class presented two songs as well. Those selections were “His Name Shall Be” (with soloist Fairlane Penner) and “What A Glorious Night” (soloist Cristy Renteria Rojas). Captured in performance are, front, Zach Klassen. Middle, Ethan Schroeder, left and Miracle Carter, right. Back, Daniel Smith, left and John Bergeman, right


CELEBRATING “WHAT A Glorious Night” are Fairlane Penner, left, and Cristy Renteria Rojas, right.


LYDIA CAVANAUGH, Middle School Band clarinet, adds her reed instrument to “Instant Christmas Concert.”


ADDING PERCUSSIVE PUNCH to the Middle School Band’s “Believe” is Tyler Dick.


“MIDNIGHT CLEAR” (“LOVE Song”), Unto Us” (soloist Meghan Johnson) and “Born is the King” (“It’s Christmas”) were three songs performed by the Middle School Choir. Front, from left, Derek Carter, Luke Klassen, Tiegan Meyer, Abi Renteria Rojas, Meghan Johnson and Lydia Cavanaugh. Middle, from left, Tyler Dick, Jordan Linscheid, Miriam Rete, Riley Schroeder, Monroe James, Lydia Rete, Dannika Sajban and Eli Johnson. Back, from left, Mark Quiring, Luke Moller, Evan Oltmans, Kate Janzen, Bella Vidana, Lydia Moller and Ella Toutges.


A VERY “MERRY Mozart Christmas” by the High School Band. From left, Elizabeth Linscheid on saxophone, Sara Quiring on the clarinet, Zoey Smith on trumpet and trombonist, Bryce Adrian.


JAMISON CARTER provided the timpani sound for the High School Band’s presentation of “Merry Mozart Christmas.”


“O COME AND Sing” (“A Christmas Madrigal”), “Glory” (“Let There Be Peace”) (soloist Zadok Ford) and “How Glorious the Love of Heaven,” were the selections presented by the High School Choir. Front, from left, Zadok Ford, Cheyanne Courts, Milana Ivanshchenko and Annelise Regier. Middle, from left, Abraham Stoesz, Jack Lepp, Summer Janzen, Regan James and Kylie Klassen. Back, from left, Bryce Adrian, Bren Toutges, Zoey Smith, Journie Carter, Paige Riihl and Sarah Sajban.



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