Community worship service to be held to collect donations for Harvey relief

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When choir leaders from First Baptist Church, Southside Baptist and Hephzibah planned a community choir concert, Harvey had not yet hit Texas.

The three churches travelled to Morelia, Mexico in August to perform as the “Una Voz” choir, Spanish for “One Voice.”

“Before we left, we had set up this opportunity before Harvey came through to do a concert on the Square,” said Bart Culpepper, minister of music at FBC and director of the Una Voz choir. “Then with the hurricane earlier last week, we said ‘Let’s make this a community event and invite people to drop off relief supplies to fill up a trailer to send to Texas.’”

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So that’s what they did; Wiley Sanders truck lines will have a trailer to load on the Square Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. with the choir performing at 7 p.m.

Priority items are duct tape, bug spray, ant poison, work gloves of various sizes, respirator masks and dust masks.

“The concert was the initial thought, but when the hurricane hit we thought we can get the community involved in bringing donations for relief,” Culpepper said.

A few local pastors will also be sharing brief messages about the Gospel during the concert, Culpepper said.