LAKE PLACID — First Presbyterian Church will host its ninth annual Community Gospel Sing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the church’s Genesis Center.
The event continues a tradition begun by long-time Lake Placid residents Jan and Stan Schoonover. The Gospel Sing draws more than a dozen groups and performers from around Highlands County to help provide food to the hungry. Proceeds from this year’s sing will go to the New Testament Mission in Sebring in thanks for the life of the Rev. Mike Karl, who died Dec. 31, and for his 40 years of ministry to the less fortunate.
Performers at this year’s Gospel Sing range in age from elementary-school-aged Mya St. Louis and young people such as the Classical Cousins and Emily Finke to senior citizens who continue to share their gifts and talents with the community.
“Every year the line-up is a little different,” says Joshua Klatt, music director at the Presbyterian Church, and one of the organizers of the event. “There are some performers who are unable to come this year, and some that join us for the very first time.”
New to the line-up this year is Steve Irving, pianist with Nancy and Barney Miesse, whose guitar and auto-harp playing are a special treat. David Mains is also new to event although he’s probably familiar to people who frequent the Good News Café in Lake Placid.
“It’s always exciting to see how things come together,” Klatt said.
In addition, returning performers will include Andy Spires, Kay Whitehouse and His Willing Vessels, R. T. Byrum and the Way Singers, the GospelHeirs, George and Joan Arndt, and violinist Diane Osborne.
Skook Wright, music director at Eastside Christian Church and organizer of the complementary “August Array of Praise,” will also be singing and presenting a repeat performance of the song “Proud to Be a Christian” by popular request.
There is no charge for the concert, but a love offering will be collected to help feed the hungry. Attendees are also encouraged to bring cans of food, too, if they have any to share.
The Genesis Center at First Presbyterian Church is located at 218 E. Belleview St., between Dal Hall and Interlake boulevards. For more information contact the church office at 863-465-2742.