This is the column in which West Michigan Christian News writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area's faith-inspired arts/entertainment/enrichment events in the coming month. Here are a few possibilities for August...
"Praise By The Pier" – The summer series continues with an ensemble from Central Wesleyan Church of Holland leading the music at 7pm Sun. Aug. 8 at Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium in downtown Grand Haven. No admission charge. This event is part of the summer Sunday series at the waterfront that runs through August and also features the BBop Big Band Aug. 15, the Singing Crusaders with Proclamation Brass on Aug. 22 and closes with the Hark Up Horns with a community mass choir Aug. 29. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/PraisebythePier
Jason Gray – The Christian singer-songwriter performs at 7pm Sat. Aug. 14 in the amphitheatre in Walker Community Park, 700 Cummins Ave NW in Walker. One of Gray's recent radio hits is "Bring It All," from his latest album, "Order, Disorder, Reorder." Another new song is titled "What I Wish For You." The Vine Church in Walker is coordinating this community event. There is no admission charge for the concert, but donations will be received for Matthew's House Ministries, a ministry for poor and homeless in Grand Rapids; and King's Table Ministries, which serves people with special needs. Food trucks available. For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/onthevinechurch/photos/a.442192853038155/876553252935444/
"Smoke on the Mountain" – The comedic musical is presented by Master Arts Theatre at 1 and 4pm Sat. Aug. 21 and 28 at Central Christian Church, 2525 Leonard St. NE in Grand Rapids. The storyline features a "gospel sing" at a small country church in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina in the 1930s. Bluegrass gospel is the order of the day performed by the mythical Sanders Family, with several humorous moments involving the church's enthusiastic pastor. The production is directed by Pris MacDonald. The performances are free with a donation of any size. However, seating is limited. Reserve tickets at www.masterarts.org or by phone 616-455-1001.
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