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Party to raise funds for Action Ministries
Several church congregations and staff members to perform at 'Action Bash'
Priscilla and Keith Jefcoat from Gainesville First United Methodist Church is set to perform at the Action Bash next week.

Action Bash

What: An evening of music and fellowship for all denominations benefitting Action Ministries Gainesville

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 8

Where: First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville

Cost: $25 per person

More info:, 770-531-0144

Music, ministry and making a difference are common themes within the religious community in Gainesville.

At Action Ministries Gainesville’s inaugural “Action Bash” fundraiser Aug. 8 at First Baptist Church, all three ideas will come together for a “Party with a Purpose” as the organization entertains and educates to achieve its goals.

“Our year-round mission is to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing and education,” said Terri Armour, executive director of Action Ministries Gainesville. “This is our first and only fundraiser this year, and we hope to make it an annual event.”

The evening will feature music from classical piano to vocal performances by local ministers and music directors. Church congregations or staff members participating will be from Chicopee United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Gainesville, First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, Grace Episcopal Church and St. Paul United Methodist Church off Washington St.

Tickets are $25 per person with a casual attire dress code. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Action Ministries website at, at any participating church, or at the Action Ministries office in Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center on Calvary Church Road.

“I think we have a lineup that is second to none,” Armour said. “There is phenomenal talent. We have classical piano, four-hand piano, violin, a flautist and vocalists. A couple of the performers are (the) Rev. Mark Green and Dr. Jon Kerrick from First Baptist and Keith and Priscilla Jefcoat from Gainesville First United Methodist Church.”

Green and Kerrick will play a couple of classical hymn arrangements together, with Green on piano and Kerrick on violin. Green noted the caliber of musicians in the local churches is high.

“(Armour) has enlisted good musicians from each church to provide an evening of entertainment,” Green said. “Dr. John Kerrick is a fabulous violinist, and I will be accompanying him. I’ll also be playing a couple of piano solos including a jazz arrangement of the African-American hymn, ‘Go Down Moses.’”

Green said he is looking forward to hearing the other musicians as well.

“Tim and Laura Gale have beautiful voices,” Green said. “He’s a tenor, and she’s a soprano and they do great duets. Keith and Priscilla Jefcoat perform wonderful piano duos.”

Action Bash is the first event of its kind for Action Ministries. Armour said she got the idea after reading about a meeting of local pastors.

“It was laid on my heart after reading an article where they met once a month,” she said. “Two pastors I highly admire and respect, Dr. Bill Coates and (the) Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, were recently quoted saying, ‘Relationship trumps doctrine every time.’ I believe that is taking place with this event.”

Action Ministries sponsors a summer feeding program titled Smart Lunch, Smart Kid, which provides more than 15,000 lunches during the summer to kids who otherwise would go hungry. The organization also has an emergency financial assistance fund to help prevent homelessness and has educational programs about financial stability and computer literacy.

“Action Ministries Gainesville is supported by 15 different local churches of all different denominations,” Armour said. “We are all getting together to have a good time and fellowship, and all monies benefit Action Ministries Gainesville and our programs.”

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