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CALIFORNIA
RANCHO CORDOVA

The Cordova church presented an Easter a cappella musical, “The Gift,” April 18-19. The full-length production takes the words of Jesus from the biblical text beginning with the healing of Bartimaeus to the great commission, said Susan Shrum of the congregation.

Old and new hymns and an original composition by Gary Ferguson of Sweet Deliverance are interspersed with the text in the show’s 13 scenes. “The Gift” is written and directed by Diane O’Laughlin.
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In the Cordova church's musical 'The Gift,' Caiphas, Walt Fennel, center, bargains with Judas, Gary Ferguson, to betray Jesus.

CONNECTICUT
DANBURY
More than 45 middle school and high school young people participated in the New England Bible Bowl hosted by the Danbury church in March, reported spokeswoman Angela Steed.
Winners included Trumball, Conn., first place senior high team; Chicopee, Mass., first place junor high team; Jarrod Lively, Trumball, first place senior winner and Jennifer Post, Trumball, first place junior winner.
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Students use boxes to display their answers in secret at the New England Bible Bowl.

MICHIGAN
DETROIT

The Metropolitan Detroit Youth Chorus marked its 38th year with a spring tour April 17-26, traveling from Detroit to Nashville to Myrtle Beach and back to Detroit, said director Andy Borchers.

The choir is composed of about 100 members from grades 9-12 from dozens of area churches throughout Southeast Michigan, Borchers said.

“At each performance alumni of the chorus come forward and sing one of the closing songs. It is truly amazing to see how many people — some in their 50s — have been influenced by the chorus over the years,” Borchers said.

NEW JERSEY
COLLINGSWOOD

The Collingswood church began the year with a “50-Day Spiritual Adventure” which ended in mid-March. It was followed by “40-Days of Prayer and Fasting,” according to minister Mark Finn.


The church’s bids for building construction exceeded initial estimates and are being evaluated for areas to cut and additional options for fund-raising are being considered, Finn said.

TEXAS
DALLAS
The Lita Witt Music Foundation is hosting John Marks Hicks of David Lipscomb University May 18 for its annnual presentation on a cappella music at the Preston Road church, Dallas. Hicks will speak on “Singing for our Lord’s supper: Brooding o’er the vale or rejoicing in the presence of God.” A reception will follow.
For information e-mail murray@prestonroad.org.  


FORT WORTH
The Richland Hills church honored longtime employee and volunteer Gay Davis with a handmade memory quilt signed by Davis’ many friends at the church. The quilt was presented during a worship service by minister Rick Atchley.

Davis has served Richland Hills a total of 45 years — as an employee as a print shop operator, camera operator and secretary; and as a volunteer for the church’s children’s program, Bread for a Hungry World ministry and as producer of the church’s bulletin.

“I tell people I’ve done everything but bookkeeping and preaching,” Davis said.
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Gay Davis receives a memory quilt from Richland Hills minister Rick Atchley. 

WASHINGTON
VANCOUVER

The Andresen Road church is moving out of its property while construction on its new building begins and is changing its name to Vancouver Church of Christ. In the interim period the church will meet in a local school which does not have room for adult Bible classes. Mid-week small groups will be the focus for Bible study and fellowship.

Ministry leaders are asked to wear a navy blue shirt, sweater or dress on Sunday mornings so guests can identify them to ask questions or seek help.

WISCONSIN
MILWAUKEE

The Northtown congregation has grown from an attendance of less than 100 people five years ago to more than 225 today, says Michael Blakley, minister. Blakley believes much of that growth is attributable to changes in the worship format including addition of a praise team.

The church chronicles the development of its praise team and worship changes in a 15-page document. Topics included aremaking the decision, getting started, preparing and practicing, improving quality, buying equipment, preparing the worship program and planning the worship.

 

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