This marks the 12th year that St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St., will offer Noon Music in Lent, a free program of one-half-hour of music in the church Fridays at noon, followed by a free lunch of homemade soup, bread and fruit in the Parish Hall.

The weekly series’ musicians donate their time and talent. Musicians will include Howard Walen, organ; Kathryn DerMarderosian, voice; Nancy Riesgo, voice, joined by Michelle Terry on hammered dulcimer and Amy Kercsmar, harp; Kathleen Christie, voice; Suzanne Scott and Jane Schroeder, piano for four hands; and Dean Jorgensen, bass, Ed Shindle, tenor and Jane Schroeder, piano. This year’s free-will offering will be given to the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry.

Schroeder, minister of music at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, started the series in 2007 as a way of providing Sabbath time — a pause, a time for reflection — at noon on the six Fridays in Lent. Each year, volunteers sign up as soup makers, bread bakers, fruit providers, servers and cleaner-uppers for the lunch and fellowship following each musical program.

Lucy Ebbert has graciously agreed to organize the lunches this year. It takes many folks from St. Thomas’ parish, as well as the wider community, to create the music and make the lunch. All are welcome. The church is handicap accessible at the Wood Street entrance. For more information, contact Schroeder at 236-3680 or

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