Members of two local churches will combine their talents to present "A Gift of Song" and simultaneously help local families in need.
The Mifflin Presbyterian Church Choir and Stonybrook United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will present a collaborative concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Stonybrook, 485 Cherry Bottom Road in Gahanna.
Admission is a nonperishable food item to benefit Gahanna Residents In Need and its pantry at 165 Granville St.
"This is the time of year when our choir members need something different in which to participate and look forward to," said Jeff Shellhammer, Stonybrook's choir director.
"These two Gahanna choirs of more than 60 total will come together to share musical selections. Each choir will perform selections and then the choirs will combine to share selections," he said
Kate Cremean, a leader of the traditional worship service at Mifflin, will direct its choir.
Shellhammer said this is the first collaboration between the two churches.
Stonybrook's choir will perform "The Lord Is My Shepherd" with Josh Bullock, oboe soloist; "I'll Fly Away" with pianists Rhonda Taylor and Christina Cebriak; and "It Is Well with My Soul" with organist Debbie Chotkevys.
The combined choirs will sing "He Never Failed Me Yet" with soloists Kevin Blanke and Randy Baker; "Immortal, Invisible" with Greg Miller, snare drum, and brass musicians Kelly Shellhammer, Jim Henry, Ian Ryan, Maria Williams, Jonathon Bradshaw, Meg Ryan, Catie Ryan and Don Wentzel.
"Meditations of My Heart," written by Elaine Hagenberg, which the Stonybrook choir commissioned and performed last year in honor of retiring Stonybrook pastor Robert Thomas, will feature the combined choirs, as will "The Image of God," with a flute solo by Rachel Amidon, "Praise to The Lord" and "The Majesty and Glory of Your Name."
Mifflin's choir will perform selections on its own as well. They include "Somebody's Knocking at Your Door," "Oh Come, to Set Us Free" and "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus."
"Audience members will really enjoy the power of 'Immortal Invisible,' the joy of 'He Never Failed Me' and the poignancy of 'Image of God' and 'Meditations of My Heart,' " Shellhammer said. "The event will benefit our community not only musically, but also Gahanna Residents in Need."
Brenda Johnston, executive director of GRIN, said both churches have been reliable partners that GRIN has been able to count on.
"We always need canned meats, such as chicken, tuna and salmon," she said. "I think our February food list is pancake mix and syrup, as well as paper towels. I am so thrilled and appreciative that the community responds to our food pantry needs."