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Community Christmas Concert Scheduled for this Sunday

Marilou D. Horton
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak.  And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It more blessed to give than to receive” -  Acts 20:35

Echoing the book of Acts, a group of pastors from Seminole meet once a month to discuss the needs of the community and ways in which they, and their congregations, can serve others in the area.  Ministerial Alliance member Bill Wiebe, pastor of Gospel Mission Church in Seminole, said that it is the group’s mission to assit local residents. “If someone needs help, we are there to help.  It doesn’t matter who you are, if you are hungry, you are hungry,” Wiebe said.

The Ministerial Alliance was formed in the late 90’s and First Methodist Church of Seminole pastor Charles Johnson, president of the organization, said the purpose of the group is to “proclaim Christ together, and to represent and acknowledge each other.” Comprised of ministers from a variety of denominations, members of the Christ-based alliance do not focus on their differences, Johnson said, but instead embrace those things which they have in common.

Joined by a mutual desire to help the community, the group of ministers are involved with a number of projects that focus on the needs of the children of Seminole.  Through their youth-oriented program, Kidsteem, the Alliance has provided school supplies for needy families and are currently working on plans to provide new coats to a number of local children. According to the Seminole ministers, there are a few local children who could use a helping hand, and a little warmth, during the winter months.

The group, which rotates their monthly meeting locations between churches whose pastors are currently involved in the Ministerial Alliance, is open to all preachers in the community.  Johnson said there are currently twelve ministers who attend the meetings and fellowships but the alliance is open to all. “Every church is welcomed. What makes this group effective is that it is based on faith; it is not tied to labels as much as it is to the calling. Those are the things that we hold in common,” Johnson explained.

Much of the funding for the non-profit organization projects stem from an offering collected yearly at the Community Christmas Concert held in December.  This year’s event will be held at Community Church, 317 Co Rd 303 in Seminole, on Sunday, December 2, beginning at 6 PM.  Rehearsals for the musical extravaganza have been ongoing since October at First Baptist Church of Seminole and were open to anyone interested in participating.  Choir members were not limited to a specific church or denomination, but open to anyone called to share their musical talents during the holiday season.

Following the concert, an offering will be collected for the Ministerial Alliance, Johnson said.  The money goes back into helping the community by funding Kidsteem activities, he added. Also, backstage during the concert, choir members will take up a collection which in turn will be given to a local high school student in the form of a scholarship.

The event is free of charge and members of the community are encouraged to attend.