Songs from Scriptures Music, drama ministries to feature sacred themes

March 18, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Performers will take cues from the Scriptures this weekend as music and drama ministries come to Westminster.

Spiritual songs and sacred themes will be presented for the benefit of area churches and charitable organizations in the county.

Spirit'song will give a Christian contemporary concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Western Maryland College's Baker Chapel.

A free-will offering will be donated to Shepherd's Staff, an organization that helps the needy in Carroll County.

The 20-member group offers "their time and talents as a gift to God," said Kathy Brown, director of Shepherd's Staff. "They only give a few benefit concerts a year. They heard about us and offered their ministry."

Chris Grohs, an original member of the musical group formed in 1984 in Baltimore, said Spirit'song performs a variety of vocal and instrumental pieces and often invites audience participation.

l "Any denomination can relate to our music," said Ms. Grohs. "We do gospel, contemporary and even jazz."

On Sunday, Bethesda and Zion United Methodist churches invite all to a "jamming session for God."

The churches will present their 15th annual Country Gospel Music show with three groups from Nashville, Tenn., at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the Westminster High School stage.

"If you come, you will get high on Jesus," said Charlotte Eaton, who has helped organize the show for 14 years.

"Once you go to one of these shows, you will come back year after year.

"Give the concert a chance," she said. "The musicians' personal experiences will really move you."

The Chuck Wagon Gang, the Nashville Gospel Brass and Karen Peck & New River give "their testimony of conviction and love in song," Ms. Eaton said. They also interact with the audience, offering all a "super upbeat time."

The show is usually sold out.

"We have a lot of community involvement to help us put this show on," she said. "The churches realize a small profit."

Tickets, available at several county locations, are $8 for main-floor seats and $4 for balcony. At the door Sunday, they will be $1 more. Reservations can be made by calling Ms. Eaton at 795-1728.

Also on Sunday, the Church of the Ascension in Westminster is sponsoring "Sing, O Barren Woman," a liturgical drama, at 7 p.m. in the church's Great Hall on Court Street.

"Scripture comes alive," said JoAnne Kreider, who saw the performance last summer and worked to bring it to Westminster.

The original theater piece builds on the lives of biblical women who experienced periods of infertility. The hour-long drama appeals to audiences of all ages, Ms. Kreider said. Her 8-year-old daughter "understood and loved" the show.

"It is about searching, letting go and walking out the blueprints of God's design for our lives," said Ms. Kreider. "All the characters eventually have children through God's intervention."

The free, family-oriented production, set in a nomadic tent, features music, drama and liturgical dance with characters dressed in authentic costume.

Actresses will mingle with the audience following the hourlong production.

The church will collect "a love offering" for Martha MacDonald, one of its youth missionaries working in the Philippines.

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