to bring more than music to Ripley County
A free concert will benefit the Fishes
and Loaves Food Pantry, which in turn will help many families
through the upcoming winter months, according to Bob McCreary
one of the supporters of the event. McCreary is the pastor of
the Holton Christian Church.
National Christian Artist Mitch McVicker will be giving a concert
at the Damm Theatre in Osgood this Sunday, October 18 beginning
at 6:30 p.m.
According to McCreary the concert is being sponsored by area churches
and businesses, allowing a offering that will be taken during
the concert, to go directly to the local food pantry.
Also those attending the free event are asked to bring non-perishable
food items that night. McCreary noted that things such as chicken
noodle soup, other soups and crackers are good items to bring.
Information from Carl Moore, director of the Fishes and Loaves
Food Pantry located in Osgood, are that so far this year they
have given out nearly $30,000 worth of food items to needy families.
He said that was a 51% increase over last year. The recession
is really hurting many families, Moore noted.
Moore said the food pantry currently has a waiting list or newly
registered people around 140, which is 18 more people on an average
they are serving each month.
The Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry receives no government funding
and are supported exclusively by churches, businesses, and individual
donations, according to McCreary. He says their projects distribution
for this year will be $43,000 in food items.
McCreary is thankful for the individuals who have been willing
to support the concert, and the helpfulness of Steve Gloyd of
the Gilmore and Golda Reynolds Foundation, in setting up the event.
The sponsors are also partnering with Christian radio WYGS 88.1,
who is promoting the event as well.
Mitch McVicker is a national artist who supports Compassion International,
which is an international Christian based organization providing
basic needs for children in third world countries. He is currently
on a national tour that is supporting his fifth, and most recent
CD release, Always Believe.
McCreary said, He really believes in what we are doing (in
Ripley County) and is driving in that day after doing a show in
Missouri on Saturday night.
McVicker has traveled in 49 states, seven countries, where he
has shared in nearly 1000 concerts. He has multiple awards, including
a Dove Award for My Deliverer, a song co-written with
the late Rich Mullins.
While his career path may not seem glamorous to some, as McVicker
actually does his own driving, set up, tear down and books his
tour schedule himself, he said, It is worth it.
Ive heard it said that our calling is where our deepest
joy and the worlds greater need meet. I know the last thing
the world needs is another Christian musician...but, the world
does need to know the truth. He said, I love doing
this, and I get to create and do what I can so that the truth
can, perhaps, be exposed a bit more.
McVicker has a passion for music and for helping others. He traveled
for several years with Rich Mullins before the two were in a car
accident, which claimed the life of Mullins. It left McVicker
in critical condition with collapsed lungs, broken bones, and
in a coma. It took several years for his recovery, which he says
infuses everything he does to this day.
The Always Believe tour brings these lyrics, I cant
worry about the weather. We are called to trust and believe, regardless
of the experiences we encounter. In life there is trouble; but
in trouble, there is life.
Youre invited to hear this inspirational artist right in
Osgood at the Damm Theatre this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. as he shares
his personal life through Christian music to help others in need.
Mitch McVicker, National Christian Recording Artist will
be performing a free concert at the Damm Theatre in Osgood
this Sunday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. thanks to the generosity
of area churches and businesses. Those attending are asked
to bring non-perishable food items for the Fishes and Loaves
Food Pantry in Osgood.