West Michigan Christian web writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area’s faith-based arts and entertainment events over the coming month. Here are three highlights for July:
*Praise in the Park – A music ensemble from The Springs Free Methodist Church in Cedar Springs performs at 6 p.m. Sun. July 6 at the weekly “Praise in the Park” series at Garden Park in downtown Rockford. Praise-oriented music is highlighted, with different churches and area artists leading each week. There is no admission charge, bringing your own seating is encouraged. Other artists in July: Marty Miller on July 13; Perfect Shelter July 20; CrossWise July 27. (Series runs through Sept. 14). Garden Park is just off W. Bridge St. east of the dam along the Rogue River. For more information visit www.rpmoll.com/praise.
*Wintley Phipps – The inspirational-gospel singer performs at 7 p.m. Sat. July 12 at Maranatha Bible Conference, 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. Muskegon. The international performer - who is also a pastor - has sung for numerous Billy Graham crusades through the years. Phipps’ recording “The Favorite Hymns of Billy Graham,” is a selection of beloved songs hand-picked by Graham himself. He also is founder of the U.S. Dream Academy, a non-profit organization targeted to serve at-risk children and youth. No tickets are necessary for the concert, a free-will offering is received. Visit www.vacationwithpurpose.org or call 888-982-LAKE.
*Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass – The outstanding brass ensemble, led by director Tim Zimmerman, performs at 6 p.m. Sun. July 27 in Sandy Pines Lakeside Chapel at Sandy Pines Resort in northeast Allegan County. The group performs sacred, classical, patriotic and contemporary music and has recorded more than a dozen albums. The players include trumpeter Greg Allen, an instructor at Calvin and Aquinas colleges and a member of the Holland Symphony Orchestra. Chapel gate opens at 4 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs. Come to the resort’s 26th St. entrance, south of 142nd Ave. (GPS location: 3630 26th St. Dorr, MI 49323) Visit www.sandypineschapel.com.
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