March 21, 2009 [LINK / comment]

Emmanuel Night Out: smash hit!

Emmanuel Episcopal Church had a special "Emmanuel Night Out" fund-raising event as part of the "Raise the Roof" campaign on Saturday evening, and it was a big success. At least 70 people jammed into Memorial Hall to hear some of our congregation's finest (and mostly unheralded) musical talent. Allan Hadfield began and ended the program with his fine bagpipe playing, and our organist Sarah Grove-Humphries performed with the women's vocal ensemble which she leads, Lyrisa. A number of children and adults, myself included, performed a wide variety of songs. The main purpose of this event was to gather enough money to pay for the replacement of the church's roof, an urgently-needed (and costly) project. The work is now nearly complete. As the night came to a close, it was announced that we had just surpassed the fund-raising goal, a major achievement. Many thanks to Randy Hamblett for coordinating this wonderful event.

Andrew Clem Band

LEFT TO RIGHT: Randy Hamblett, Matthew Poteat, Andrew Clem, David McCaskey, and Woody, playing a classic Ozark Mountain Daredevils song from the 1970s:

If you wanna get to Heaven, you got to raise a little Hell! smile

Photo by Jacqueline.