Hand Bell Choir Concert 4th of July


Mark Your Calendar: Recorded Hand Bell Concert – July 4 at 7 PM
You won’t want to miss this very special event. It’s a beautiful 50-minute recorded Penney Memorial Church hand bell concert conducted by Jennifer Goodwin that will be broadcast on TV channel 21 and on Face book Live on Sunday July 4 at 7 PM. And it will be shown later on Facebook/Vimeo. It represents many hours of practice with 12 volunteer Bell choir members. The music ranges from Beethoven to lively gospel music. Watch and enjoy.



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Young Artists’ Recital – May 12 7:00 PM

Penney Memorial Church will feature young artists in concert on Wednesday May 12nd at 7:00 PM. Their performance will come to you from the sanctuary (with limited seating) and virtually via: Facebook Live (click) and Vimeo (click). The honorees for this concert are Graham & Julia Lacy, and Hugh & Frances Porter.

Link: Young Artists’ Recital – Commemorative Concert

Commemorative Programs Board.

Neil Petty, Chairman. Nancy Anderson, Mary Anthony, Nancy Moore, Lois Veldman, Verlander, Bill Waterston, and Lois Young.

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Piano and Flute Duo, Sunday 7:00 PM

Penney Memorial Church will feature a flute and harp duo in concert Sunday May 2nd at 7:00 PM. Their performance will come to you from the sanctuary (with limited seating) and virtually via: Facebook Live (click) and Vimeo (click). Artists are Angela Massey, flutist, and Bonita Wyke, piano. This is part of the Commerative Concert Series. The honorees for this concert are LaVerne Archibald, Raymond W. Beaver, and Alice Dunning Coble Henry,.

Link: Piano and Flute Duo – Commemorative Concert

Commemorative Programs Board.

Neil Petty, Chairman. Nancy Anderson, Mary Anthony, Nancy Moore, Lois Veldman, Verlander, Bill Waterston, and Lois Young.

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Naomi Roth Otterbein Bryant


Note: The family has provided photos to remember Naomi. These photos are at the bottom of this article. If necessary select the “Continue reading” link. You may download the slide shows to your computer or use the in-line viewer. Due to the size of the photos the viewer may be slow to load. In the viewer click on a photo and scroll down to view the next photo, or use the slider on the right. Click on the “Pop-out” arrow icon to leave our website and view larger photos on Google Drive.

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Naomi Roth Otterbein Bryant was born February 18, 1921 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, one of six children to Georgiana and Samuel Roth. Her college and university studies were at Carthage College where she earned an A.B. degree in 1942 and Northwestern University where she earned an M.A. degree in 1965. As an educator, her special concern was for the problem learner, specifically in the field of reading. She was a tutor-trainer in Laubach Literacy and was active in many civic and religious organizations, as well as a women’s education society, the Delta Kappa Gamma. In 2017, Naomi was honored with the Valiant Woman Award by Church Women United for her life of service to church and community.

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World Day of Prayer – Friday March 5

The World Day of Prayer, sponsored by Church Women United, will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021. There will be a prayer vigil in the church sanctuary from 9 – 5. You may sign up for time slots in the HUB. Residents in the satellites are also encouraged to pray in their rooms. A program will be held in the church sanctuary at 7 p.m., and it will be broadcast on channel 21.

The featured country this year will be Vanuatu, a Y-shaped tropical archipelago in the South West Pacific. Vanuatu is a beautiful, diverse, independent nation with 65 inhabited islands, each with their own customs, language and religion. The indigenous peoples are mainly of Melanesian descent. Christians comprise 83 percent of the total population of 312,000 in Vanuatu

Choosing the land, the foundation, on which to build a home is a very important decision in Vanuatu; their islands are prone to earthquakes, cyclones, volcanic eruptions and rising sea water. The theme of the program is Build on a Strong Foundation based on Matthew 7:24-27. Our sisters’ call of faith to us is to build our lives listening to the Word of God, in love for one another, with informed prayer and prayerful action. Christ is our Foundation.

Save the date, March 5, and join us in prayer, word and song.

Checks to the projects serving women and children all over the world may be made to: Penney Memorial Church, with Church Women United written on the memo line. Contributions will be collected in the white, locked, church box in the HUB. Please write Church Women United on the outside envelope. If you mail contributions to the church, please send them to Penney Memorial Church, Box 354, Penney Farms, Florida 32079.

Beverly Wightman
Church Women United

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Hymns for Him: Friday February 26 2:00 PM

Larry Verlander and Larry Roff will perform a number of duets from the sanctuary of Penney Memorial Church.  Remote viewing only.   They will feature arrangements of some of the gospel songs written by Bill & Gloria Gaither, including such favorites as The Family of God, He Touched Me, Because He Lives, and Gentle Shepherd. The concert will be broadcast live on Channel 21, and available for streaming on (click) the PMC Facebook Page or (click) the PMC Vimeo Page.

Link: Hymns for Him Lyric Sheet (PDF Format)

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Armond Eugene Stroud

Armond Eugene Stroud 92, of Penney Farms, Florida, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021, after a life that was well-lived.  A.E., as he was known to others, was born on November 3, 1928, in Huntington, Indiana, to parents Donald Stroud and Mary Marie Morrett.  He married Betty Kiefer on November 15, 1950.  On that day they drove to nearby Ft. Wayne, had lunch at a drive-in, chose a church that looked “just right”, and cornered the resident minister to marry them.  They lived in Charleston, South Carolina for a short time, later in Cocoa Beach, Florida and finally settled in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Joseph Hugh Frazer

Joseph Hugh Frazer, died February 9, 2021 in Penney Farms, FL.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Georgia McWhorter Frazer; daughters Mary Orsted, Hilary (Henry) Abeger, Georgia (Mike) Clarke; and grandchildren John Orsted, Caleb Boberg, Nils Boberg and Jeremy Boberg; brother and sister-in-law Purnal “Judge” and Pat McWhorter; and niece Sarah and nephew Dan (Candace) McWhorter.  His daughter, Valerie Lenore, preceded him in death.

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RareSong Concert Sunday February 21 at 7:00 PM

RareSong is a Renaissance Ensemble, consisting of seven musicians singing and performing on recorders, viola da gamba, harpsichord, and other historical instruments. RareSong have brought the music of its early European colonizers to the First Coast of Florida since 2015.

This concert is part of the Commemorative Programs Series. Tonight we honor Luman & Geraldine Cockerill & Hugh and Ruth McElrath.

The next concert will be Marc Dickman and the River Jazz in Barrows Hall on Sunday, March 21 at 7:00 PM.

Remote Viewing: Campus Cable Channel 21.

Live Streaming: https://penney.link/u/fbwatch

Once uploaded, the videos may be viewed on:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/PMCFla

Facebook: https://penney.link/u/fbvideos

Visit the RareSong website:  www.RareSongJax.net

View the RareSong YouTube Channel

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Rebroadcast of David LaMotte Concert

UPDATE:  the David LaMotte Concert will re-air on Channel 21 on Sunday January 17 at 4:00 PM and Sunday January 24th at 7:00 PM.

Click:  to stream the concert on Vimeo.

David LaMotte, folk-guitar player and award-winning songwriter, speaker and writer will be coming to our community on December 13, 2020 at 7:00pm via Facebook Live (link), Channel 21 and later Vimeo (link). The Social Concerns Ministry of Penney Memorial Church is happy to sponsor this talented individual who was first heard by some of our community members attending Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington DC. David has performed in over 3000 concerts in all 50 states and on 5 continents. He was a recipient of the Rotary World Peace Fellowship to study International Relations, Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and in rural Andhra Pradesh, India working with a Gandhian Development organization.  Richard Rohr said “David LaMotte is a very good partner in this important work, both for our world and for the human soul”

Link: Bio of David LaMotte

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