Old Fashioned Gospel Sing planned
The Indian Creek Valley Methodist Charge is continuing to spread God's word through music with the Fourth Old Fashioned Gospel Sing.
This year's event will be held July 30 from noon to 7 p.m. It will be hosted once again by the Calvary United Methodist Church located at 328 Calvary Church Road in Champion.
The Rev. Paul Freidhof is minster to the three churches which make up the charge including Calvary United Methodist, Davistown United Methodist and Mt. Salem United Methodist Freidhof said the gospel sing is itself a ministry. "It's just another media to reach out to people with the Gospel message," he said.
The event is designed to appeal to all ages. Event Chairperson Bob Kalp said the event is very popular. While there are many local attendees, people have come from as far away as Punxsutawney and Zelienople. "Last year we had about 200 people attend . It grows every year," Kalp said.
Kalp said the church will collect a "love offering" from the audience to help defer the cost of the stipend paid to the musical artists.
This year's musical acts include two groups who have performed at the festival in the past, the Van Ripers from Washington and Heaven For Sure from Lancaster County. The other musical acts include the Michael Family from Punxsutawney, The Gaithers from Oakland, Maryland and The Shepherds Voice of Charleroi.
Also new on this year's slate is The Richters from Connellsville. Don and Micki Richter along with Don's sister Janet Dellinger make up the musical group. They perform a variety of gospel music including traditional, country and southern gospel. The group has released three gospel music CDs including their most recent "Justified & Sanctified" which they recorded in Nashville.
"We've attended the previous gospel sings at Calvary United Methodist Church, just to enjoy the music. This is the first year for us to participate in this event. We're delighted to join the other artists for a day of singing gospel music. We all want to share the good news of Jesus with the audience," Micki Richter said.
The musical acts will perform outside on the church grounds weather permitting. In the case of rain the event will move into the church. Only a few chairs will be available so attendees are asked to bring their own chairs if possible.
The ladies of the church will have food available for purchase. All of the money raised from the food concession will go to fund church mission work locally and abroad.