Terry's Picks for February

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

EVENTSWest Michigan Christian web writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area’s faith-based arts, entertainment and conference events over the coming month. Here are three highlights for February:

*Calvin College Gospel Choir – The dynamic ensemble performs at 3 p.m. Sun. Feb. 15 in First United Methodist Church, 227 E. Fulton St. Grand Rapids. Since 1996 the choir has been directed by Calvin professor Dr. Charsie Sawyer and currently assisted by Nate Glasper Jr. Their repertoire includes spirituals, African music, anthems, contemporary, jazz and African-American gospel music and the group has been called the most diverse musical ensemble on the campus. Choir membership is open to Calvin students, faculty, staff and alumni. The performance is part of First United Methodist’s Celebration of the Arts. There is no admission charge. Visit www.grandrapidsfumc.org.

*Marriage Conference – A “weekend to remember” conference is set for Feb. 20-22 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. The format includes general sessions led by a three-person speaker team with titles such as “Unlocking the Mystery of Marriage” and “From How to Wow.” There are also couples projects and getaway time. An alternate weekend is scheduled April 24-26 at the Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo. Hotel charges are separate from conference fee: mention Family Life Weekend to Remember for group rate. Sponsored by the Family Life ministries organization. Visit www.familylife.com/weekend or call 800-358-6329.

*Choral Concert – Various vocal ensembles from Cornerstone University, including the Chancel Singers, Credo and the University Chorale, perform in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 21 at Matthews Performing Arts Center on the campus of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary at 3000 E. Beltline NE. The Chancel singers are directed by Cornerstone faculty Art Joslin. Credo is a smaller, all-acapella group. And the Chorale offers its final performance before leaving on an east coast trip for concerts in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other eastern seaboard states. There are no tickets required. Visit www.cornerstone.edu.

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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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