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PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK RECCEK Gavin Evans Gartlay, left, along with his grandmother Anne Evans, both of Bethlehem, raise their candles and sign PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK RECCEK Gavin Evans Gartlay, left, along with his grandmother Anne Evans, both of Bethlehem, raise their candles and sign "O Little Town of Bethlehem" at the conclusion of the Advent breakfast.
President and CEO of The State Theatre, Easton, Shelly Brown delivers this year's Advent message. President and CEO of The State Theatre, Easton, Shelly Brown delivers this year's Advent message.
The Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir performs a Christmas melody. Donald Kemmerer is the director of the choir. The Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir performs a Christmas melody. Donald Kemmerer is the director of the choir.
Miriam Devey of Bethlehem is served by Cindy Neipert of Freemansburg. Miriam was joined at the breakfast by her husband David. Miriam Devey of Bethlehem is served by Cindy Neipert of Freemansburg. Miriam was joined at the breakfast by her husband David.
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce Vice President Lynn Collins-Cunningham presents Robert D. Romeril an award from the chamber for his many years of leadership and service on the Advent Committee. Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce Vice President Lynn Collins-Cunningham presents Robert D. Romeril an award from the chamber for his many years of leadership and service on the Advent Committee.
The Broughal MS Ensemble, led by Choral Director Amy Putlock, performs a Christmas song during the breakfast. The Broughal MS Ensemble, led by Choral Director Amy Putlock, performs a Christmas song during the breakfast.
Shelley Brown, president and CEO of The State Theater, Easton, embraces Gordon Mower as he introduces her to the crowd. Brown gave this year's advent message. Shelley Brown, president and CEO of The State Theater, Easton, embraces Gordon Mower as he introduces her to the crowd. Brown gave this year's advent message.

Advent Breakfast: 'Uniquely qualified experts'

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by MARK RECCEK Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem residents gathered together the morning of Dec. 7 at Moravian Village to celebrate the 48th annual Community Advent Breakfast.

Shelley Brown, president and CEO of The State Theater, Easton, delivered this year's advent message. Former Bethlehem mayor and city council member Gordon Mower gave the opening remarks and formally introduced Brown.

Brown, a resident of Bethlehem, said during the Christmas season, Bethlehem lives up to its name as the Christmas City.

"We are uniquely qualified to be experts in Christmas," she said. "We are reminded constantly that we are blessed that the city is Christmas."

Brown said Bethlehem residents have the ability to introduce the Christmas spirit to those around them.

"We need to be spokespersons for hope," she said. "We are Bethlehem people."

During the event, those in attendance were treated to a breakfast, a musical presentation by the Broughal MS Ensemble and music provided by the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir.

Near the conclusion of the event, Jan Christensen, member of the advent breakfast committee, led the crowd in the candle lighting ceremony.

"The candle [Moravian candle] has been used to talk about Christmas," Christensen said as the large crowd lit their candles and sang "O Little Town of Bethlehem," led by John Cornish.