“Let the whole earth shout triumphantly to the Lord! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalm 100:1-3)
Unite Music Festival
LaVale Baptist Church, in Maryland, will host the professional Southern Gospel group “The Perrys” at 7 p.m. on August 22. The award-winning Tennessee based group formed in 1970. Through many changes, the group has continued sharing the Gospel through music for almost five decades. Hits include “Celebrate Me Home,” “If You Knew Him,” and “I Rest My Case at the Cross.” Tickets are $15 and will be pre-sold on a first-come basis. For more information or to buy tickets call 301-707-3100.
The Perry concert kicks off the third annual “Unite Music Festival,” Aug. 22-24, presented by a local group of ecumenical pastors and lay leaders. Jim Jeffries, the pastor of LaVale Baptist Church, is a part of the core group of leaders and will be participating as a musician.
On August 23, the festival will feature a “Unite Exhibition” at the Allegany County Fairgrounds multi-purpose center starting at 7 p.m., with local Christian artists sharing a variety of music. Artists include Mark Jewel, Calvary Chapel, Grace Community Church, Kristen Beeman, Bishop Kenny Watkins, Pastor Jim Jefferies, National Day of Prayer Choir, Chris Talley, Rob Taylor, and Caleb Shafer. A fortunate one-hundred people will win preferred seating tickets for the next night’s featured concert.
The final festival day, August 24, features the nationally known music group “The Afters,” along with Calvary Chapel Praise and Worship, Wheelhouse Pilot, and The Amani Children’s Choir. “The Afters” are known for their songs, “Well Done,” “I Will Fear No More,” and “Light up the Sky.”
Churches will have booths offering a variety of games and activities throughout the free family-themed event. Food will be available.
Eric Turner, a coordinator for the festival, said that the purpose of the festival is to unify the church and give local musicians the opportunity to use their God-given giftings in a professional atmosphere. “We have walls of denominationalism that separate us,” he said. “This is one opportunity where we can all come together and…enjoy Christian music together.”
See the United Music Festival – Cumberland Facebook page for more information.
Montgomery Baptist Association will have their annual revival from 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 13-16 at Ashton Baptist Church, in Maryland. Byron Day will be the guest speaker. Day is the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Laurel. He is also a former Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware president, and he currently serves as the president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The revival brings together churches throughout the association for worship and fellowship. Varying churches provide music.
Churches supporting Churches
The Children in Action kids club at Calvary Baptist Church, in Bel Air, Maryland, picks a specific missionary to support each year for “Christmas in August.” This year they chose Baltimore Church Planter Nehamiah Cole, founder and pastor of Agape Praise Fellowship in Essex. Agape Praise Fellowship ministers to many immigrants as well as the local community. Cole has over 20 years of missionary experience in West Africa.