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Scottdale's WellSpring Church plans Coffee House event Saturday

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:02 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer
Amy Craig, mission and youth director for WellSpring Church, is seated in thechurch's studio area, a site that will be filled with music Saturday evening as part of the Coffee House event

In April, 13 members of the WellSpring Church in Scottdale will be embarking on a mission trip that will take them to San Luis, Mexico, where they will visit and minister to children in an orphanage and others in the area.

The church is sponsoring a series of fundraising events to aid with the transportation costs and other expenses the group will incur while visiting with the children and adults.

“Everyone is excited,” said Amy Craig, mission and youth director, of the group, “For many, this will be their first time.”

The church will be hosting a Coffee House event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church that will feature music, entertainment and refreshments.

“We are finishing up the schedule,” Craig said of the event. “It will be made up of some vocalists from our church and from other churches. We are also in the process of reaching out to area churches to bring in more. Our goal, overall, is unity so we welcome all.”

The event will feature several singers who will kick off the evening, that will be highlighted by the main attraction, “Northern Vibe.”

“They are a group who met up through their faith,” Craig said. “They play positive and uplifting music.”

“People enjoy them,” added Ruth Bayura, associate pastor, “They have a nice, positive message.”

The evening also will feature refreshments and coffees and will take place in the upstairs studio area of the building.

The church featured a similar event in 2013, and was pleased with the result.

“I think it turned out really great,” Craig said. “We received good feedback from it, because it's something different for people from the area to do.”

The church also recently hosted a fundraising spaghetti dinner and despite bad weather, had a nice turnout.

“It was very successful,” Craig said, adding that in addition to the dinner itself, donations and money raised from an in-house raffle raised a good portion of needed funding.

The Coffee House is open to all but since it is an evening event, it may not be the best of events for small children.

“It's open to everyone and all are welcome,” Craig said, explaining that the target age for the event is people in their 20s and up. “It could be a fun date night or a nice way to get to hear some great music.”

Donations will be accepted, as there is no set cost to attend the event.

Craig said the church is hoping to possibly start hosting similar events on a regular basis, but for now, hopes to see continued interest from the community in its quest to raise needed funding to venture south to help those in need.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming people from the community to come out for a fun and relaxing evening where they can enjoy music in a welcoming atmosphere,” Craig said.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.