On Sunday, February 26th the Hope Center took center stage at a benefit concert hosted by Brownsville Church of the Brethren.
Our residents had a fantastic time at this event! Not only were they the guests of honor, but the men took the stage and sang “Victory in Jesus.” Two of our residents, Chad and Eddie, gave their testimonies. A free-will offering was presented to the Hope Center.
Following the concert everyone enjoyed desserts and other light refreshments provided by the people of Brownsville Church.
One of the outstanding vocalists, Bethany Norris, is a 5th grader at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. Her teacher sent letters out to every student in the school inviting them and their parents to the concert. She also asked them to make a contribution to help the Hope Center. She placed jars around the school for students to have the opportunity to give. During the concert the teacher and several of the students presented Executive Director, Sonny Shank, with a contribution totaling $247! What a blessing the students, teachers and families of Pleasant Valley Elementary are to the staff and residents of the Hope Center!
Brownsville Church of the Brethren is no stranger to the Hope Center. The church and congregation have been very involved with our ministry. Brownsville is one of the many churches that faithfully comes in to the Hope Center to hold chapel services. In addition to being a part of our chapel service ministry, twice each year Pastor Alan Smith and the people of Brownsville Church of the Brethren invite our residents to worship with them and following the service they provide lunch for them. The men have enjoyed going to Brownsville for years.
Considering the great attendance at the concert, and very positive response from so many in the community, it may become an annual event! If you missed out this time then make sure you mark your calendars for the next time! It was truly a wonderful evening of great music and wonderful fellowship!
We want to be sure to thank Julie Norris and Brownsville Church for planning and organizing this great event!
For more information about Brownsville Church of the Brethren, please call 301.834.8538. Their website, www.brownsvillecob.org, is currently under construction. If you’re interested in attending services, the church is located 1911 Rorhersville Rd, Brownsville, MD 21715.