WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Church of the Assumption of our Blessed Lady hosted the borough's the first ever "A Christmas Gathering" singing event between the three religious service organizations in Wood-Ridge on Saturday evening.

The event was a collaborative effort between the borough's three churches, Assumption Church, Transformation Life Church, and Saint Paul's and Resurrection Episcopal Church. Members of each church's music ministry joined together to lead residents in singing fourteen Christmas songs, from traditional hymns to popular songs. Everyone received a lyric sheet with all the songs.

Upwards of 200 were in attendance. Ezio Altamura, who coordinated the event, thanked Father Richard Mucowski of Assumption Church, Pastor Jim Armpriester from TLC, and Father Jacob Nanthicattu from Saint Paul's, as well as the music ministry leaders Gabe, Anil and Kesley. 

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"I am looking forward to continuing this new tradition next year," said Altamura.

Mayor Paul Sarlo, his wife Connie, Councilman Phil Romero and his wife Kellie were in attendance and engaged in song.

"I was happy to see so many people singing their hearts out accompanied by a conductor for the combined three church choirs and musicians which included a keyboard, trumpet player and violinist."

Refreshments were served afterwards, where people could meet and greet their neighbors.

"During this holiday season and always Let us always be thankful for what we celebrate in our lives each and every day and lend a helping hand to those less fortunate than us," said Altamura.