La PORTE – The December First Friday in the Chapel concert will feature organ music celebrating the church year of Advent, Christmas, and the Epiphany, and various folk tunes about baby Jesus. Organist Carol Garret will perform, starting at noon, Dec. 7, in the La Porte Hospital Family Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Garret has been a church organist for 57 years, having played since she was a child in churches where her father, a minister, presided over services. She has served as an organist in congregations in northern Illinois, Indiana, and southwestern Michigan, and locally serves as organist and choir accompanist at First Presbyterian Church in Michigan City. Garret also has substituted at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, St. John’s United Church of Christ, and First Baptist Church in Michigan City. 

A retired fourth grade teacher from the Michigan City Area Schools, Garret was known to teach her students songs connected to Indiana history, such as On the Banks of the Wabash. She continues to chaperon on study trips with her grandchildren, and is the coordinating team moderator for the Presbyterian Women. Ever active now with three adult children and four grandchildren, Garret also was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader when her children were younger. 

First Friday in the Chapel is made possible by the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to empowering residents to live healthy and well in and around La Porte. HFL is proud to support health and wellness programs and services to achieve the vision of La Porte becoming one of Indiana’s top 10 healthiest communities by 2030. For more information about First Friday in the Chapel performances, call 219-325-7633. 

The mission of La Porte Hospital is to improve the health of our patients and communities.

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