From left, Fred Tyner, Suellen Oswalt, Martha Ruth Parvin and Jim Ormon rehearse a quartet number Thursday for Gospel Jubilee 2017: "That Old Time Religion," set for Aug. 27 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Starkville First United Methodist Church. Call 662-323-5722 for free tickets. Photo by: Courtesy photo
August 19, 2017 10:27:36 PM
The music ministry of Starkville First United Methodist Church will present Gospel Jubilee 2017: "That Old Time Religion" on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 200 W. Lampkin St. in downtown Starkville.
The program presented by the Jubilee Choir and Quartet includes solos and ensembles as well as plenty of audience sing-along participation. In addition to a lot of good "old-time religion singing," the program features piano duets by Carole Sorenson and Gwyen-Elizabeth Sutphin. Sutphin, a Mississippi State University sophomore who plays piccolo with the Famous Maroon Marching Band, is an active member of FUMC. She is also the choir accompanist at Grace Presbyterian Church in Starkville and studied piano with Kathryn Wasson, a longtime adult choir member at First Methodist.
Another important Jubilee feature is a tribute to John Robert Arnold, a local legend who has been a member of church choir for many of his 94 years. Retired Methodist minister Jim Ormon will offer a spoken tribute, followed by the choir's presentation of "Daddy Sang Bass," arranged by Russell Mauldin.
Director of Music Ministries Peter Infanger reminds attendees that free tickets are required for guaranteed seating. They can be obtained through the church office Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., or call 662-323-5722. Those without tickets will be admitted on a space-available basis five minutes before the presentation. A nursery is available for children 5 and younger, Infanger said.
As in the past, an offering will be received. It will benefit the Backpack Meals Program that provides weekend meals for students in the Oktibbeha-Starkville School District.
"This ministry is important in our community and to our church, and the choir wants to do what it can to help," said Infanger. "We hope attendees will be extremely generous in giving to this worthy cause."
The sanctuary is handicap-accessible.
For more information, contact the church office at 662-323-5722.