August 22, 2008
Youths Invited to Rock Their Faith for the Hungry
By ERIC FEBER
By Eric Feber
On Saturday area tweens and teens will rock their faith while helping feed Chesapeake's hungry.
Led by church teen Alicia Ahlgrim, the Grace Lutheran Church's youth group is organizing its inaugural "Concert on the Lawn" Saturday evening to offer area youth an opportunity to sing praise in a contemporary manner along with Norfolk based Christian rock band GC Squared (Greatest Commandment, Greatest Commission).
The quintet features Josh Montgomery, 23, on lead guitar; Nate Barclay, 19, on bass; Sean FitzGibbons, 18, on rhythm guitar; Ryan Mekkis, 15, on vocals/songs; and Michael Davenport, 14, on drums. Montgomery is a Beach resident while the rest of the band hails from Norfolk.
The group was born out of Sunday morning worship services at the Tabernacle Church's Lighthouse youth ministry center. Soon its original praise rock and energetic stage presence caught on with the Norfolk congregation's young members. The band eventually signed with the Norfolk-based Highest Praise Music Group.
"While leading these worship services, Ryan asked Josh and Sean to rehearse songs he had written. That progressed into real band material," said manager/Highest Praise CEO Terrence Austin. "I first had the opportunity to hear them at these youth services and I saw their love for their music ministry. Seeing their good musical relationship on stage I asked them to be a part of our musical family."
Although admission is technically free, concert planners are asking prospective audience members to show up with a donation of non-perishable food to benefit the church's food pantry.
"I'm overwhelmed and humbled by the fact that our church youth wants to support our food pantry," said Juanita Urps, Grace Lutheran's food pantry coordinator. "They came to me with the idea, they thought that up on their own."
Urps said the church receives food through regular donations from its congregation, a USDA program, area restaurants and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
But in these tight economic times, people are always hungry and in need, she said.
"Last month we helped 95 households," she said. "But the need increases every month, we're always in need of food. "
Urps said the church's pantry needs cans of tuna, macaroni and cheese box mixes, peanut butter and jelly, pastas, rice, cans of raviolis, and breakfast cereals (preferably non-sugared ones).
"But we'll take any and all food."
So bring some boxes of mac 'n' cheese and a jar or two of peanut butter, and rock the Lord's praises with GC Squared.
Eric Feber, 222-5203, [email protected]
praise the Lord, feed the hungry
What "Concert on the Lawn."
Who Featuring the Christian rock band GC Squared
Where Grace Lutheran Church, 521 S. Providence Road
When 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday
Free But donations are requested of non-perishable food items to benefit the church's food pantry
More info Call 214-7555 or 479-0989
Praise the Lord, feed the hungry
What "Concert on the Lawn."
Who Featuring the Norfolk based Christian rock band CG Squared.
Where Grace Lutheran Church, 521 S. Providence Road.
When 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday .
Free But donations are requested of non-perishable food items to benefit the church's food pantry.
More info Call 214-7555 or 479-0989.
Originally published by BY ERIC FEBER.
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