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Calvin Church hosts 8th Annual Praise Band Fest

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Live contemporary Christian music will fill Calvin Church in Le Mars starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The eighth Annual Praise Band Fest will feature praise bands from Northwestern College and Dordt College, Hawarden Christian Reformed Church and Calvin's own group, All For Him.

Bands from local and area churches have participated in the past, according Calvin member Miriam Hector.

"Some of the usual bands had changes and conflicts this year, and weren't able to participate," Hector explained.

That opened the way to invite the bands that lead chapel services at the two colleges to participate this year.

"Our band had played with the band from the Hawarden church at an event they hosted last Memorial Day, so we invited them to join us for the Praise Fest," Hector said.

The praise band fest was first organized in 2004.

"Our drummer and singer Bruce Smit thought it would be fun to have a night with praise bands together," Hector said.

That idea is now in its eighth year.

Calvin's band, All for Him, has been playing together for 10 years. The eight members include both instrumentalists and vocalists.

Hector said those attending Saturday's event will hear new songs by groups such as Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin, and familiar songs like "Jesus Messiah" and "Days of Elijah."

"There will be a few hymns woven in there too, with a little upbeat version," she said.

Each band will perform for 20 minutes.

All the bands will combine for mass song finale.

"That makes a special end to the evening," Hector said.

There is no admission charge for the evening. A freewill offering will be received and will benefit the Le Mars Area Youth Network.

That group, Hector said, is raising money to bring a big event to Ice Cream Days as family entertainment with a gospel message.

There will be a time of refreshments and fellowship following the program.

Calvin Church is located at 326 Seventh St. S.E.

"Our church is east of Foster Park," Hector said.

Hector encourages people to attend the evening of music.

"You can relax and listen, or participate, in a beautiful evening of Christian music," Hector added.

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