2018 Service of Lessons & Carols Opens the Holidays

Austin College Lessons and Carols

Austin College invites the community to welcome the holidays with the Service of Lessons and Carols on November 30, at 5 p.m. in Wynne Chapel on campus. The event is free and open to the campus and community.

Austin College Lessons and CarolsThe College’s Religious Life program and the Department of Music will present a program of choral and orchestral selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” along with readings of Old Testament messianic prophesies and New Testament advent and Christmas scripture.

Readers will include President Steven P. O’Day, Beth Gill, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty; Jim Hebda, assistant professor of biochemistry, and John Williams, college chaplain and director of church relations. Along with the A Capella Choir, several Austin College students will serve as readers and members of the orchestra.

Following the service, the campus Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will take place outside Wynne Chapel on Windsor Mall.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Santa Claus comes to Sherman Museum

Santa comes to the Sherman Museum

Santa comes to the Sherman MuseumThe Sherman Museum would like to invite the public to attend a holiday event that will include a meet and greet with Santa Claus on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Attendees are asked to bring a canned good or other non-perishable food item for FREE admission to the event. The  food items collected will benefit Grand Central Station in Sherman.

Santa will meet with youngsters on the museum’s second floor. After meeting Santa, children can craft an ornament and help decorate the museum Christmas tree while they enjoy cookies and punch. Parents are encouraged to bring their own camera for photos with Santa. “We want to celebrate our wonderful Christmas traditions, and in the spirit of giving, we ask that you bring a dry food item to feed members of our community that may be hungry during this holiday season,” stated Director, Dan Steelman. For more information call the museum at 903-893-7623.

The Sherman Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, $2.00 for students, FREE for children 5 and under and FREE for museum members.

About The Sherman Museum
The Sherman Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to collecting, preserving and interpreting objects of historical significance to Grayson
County and the Greater North Texas Region.  For more information about The Sherman Museum, visit us on the web at www.theshermanmuseum.org.

Austin College Youth Basketball Clinic benefits Toys for Tots

Roo BoundThe Austin College women’s basketball program will host its sixth annual Free Basketball Clinic for boys and girls, grades 2 through 8, on Sunday, December 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the College’s Robert Mason Complex.

The basketball fundamentals and skills clinic benefits Toys for Tots, and participants are encouraged to bring a small, unwrapped, holiday toy to be donated locally.

Participants will learn from the women’s college team and coaching staff. “We’ll teach the fundamentals of basketball including dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team work,” head women’s coach Michelle Filander said.

Pre-registration is not required, but will help with planning. To learn more or register, email the Austin College women’s basketball office at bharvey12@austincollege.edu. Parents may register their children the day of the event and are invited to observe the clinic.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes. Water fountains are available but children are welcome to bring water bottles. If children bring their own basketball (optional), it should be labeled with a first and last name.