The fall concert is entitled “Praise His Name,” a phrase borrowed from the opening number “Wonderful Grace of Jesus.” The arrangement by Tom Fettke is a spirited one, which includes a verse of another classic gospel hymn, “At Calvary,” sung as a solo by Dick North. Other numbers from Fettke's collection, “Blessed Assurance: Hymns of Inspiration and Hope,” to be presented by the choir include “I'd Rather Have Jesus/Fairest Lord Jesus,” with a solo by Judy Smith, “Close to Thee/Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” with a solo by Rhoni Maxwell-Rader, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing/Come, We That Love the Lord” and a rendition of “Blessed Assurance.”
Jack Born, a veteran gospel vocalist, will be featured in an arrangement of “The Unseen Hand.”
The festival choir, now in its 24th year of praising God in music, again will be directed by Gail Thornton. Accompaniment will be provided by Becky Climer at the organ and Dan Ross at the piano.
There will be no charge for admission, but a retiring love offering will be received.
Patrick Madrid speaks at St. Mary's
Best-selling author and Eternal Word Television Network host Patrick Madrid will visit St. Mary Catholic Church at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, to present a seminar on the biblical and historical foundations of the Catholic faith.
The seminar, entitled “The Bible and The Catholic Church: A Marriage Made in Heaven,” is billed as “an informative presentation aimed at showing how the Bible, current events and the facts of Christian history can answer common questions and challenges to the Catholic Church, its teachings and practices.”
After an intermission for refreshments and a book signing by Mr. Madrid, who will have many of his books, DVDs and CDs available, a lively question-and-answer session with extended audience participation will follow the presentation.
Madrid earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management, did advanced studies in theology at the University of Dallas and is completing a master's degree in theology at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. He and his wife, Nancy, have 11 children.
In addition to his work as an author, Madrid is the host of four EWTN television and radio series: “Pope Fiction,” “The Truth About Scripture and Tradition,” “Where Is That In the Bible?” and “Search and Rescue,” and is the host of the Thursday edition of EWTN Radio's “Open Line” radio broadcast.
The event will be open to the public. Admission is free.
For more information on the seminar at St. Mary's Church, call (740) 354-4551 or call Julie VanHoose at (606) 932-4920, or visit Madrid's Web site at www.patrickmadrid.com.