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Church of the Brethren exceeds Praise Program goal

The Tyrone Church of the Brethren, for the second year in a row, hosted a Summer Praise Program aimed at teaching area children songs of praise, choral skills, stage presence and an appreciation of worship. The additional objective was to raise money for the Tyrone Police Department to use in their drug prevention efforts.
Last year, the program, which was the brain child of Kristen Rhodes, the Church of the Brethren’s Music Minister, raised a little over $1,600 towards those efforts. This year, the goal was to raise $2,000. That goal was, in fact, surpassed in grand style. After all the sponsors, advertisers and individual contributors had graciously supported the program, the total raised came to $2,301.52.
The concert, which was held on the evening of August 26, was well attended and the children’s efforts were well received. Some of the songs performed were ‘Lifesaving 101’, ‘Bubbling Joy’ and ‘Take A Stand’. And in fact the Tyrone Church of the Brethren, the sponsors, advertisers and contributors, and the children did take a stand.
During the midpoint, Officer Franks presented a letter from Chief Beachem and then answered questions that the concert goers had about the department’s drug prevention efforts and what local citizens can do.
The Adult Praise Team of the church also lent their talents singing ‘We Can Make A Difference’. They also joined the children for the closing number ‘This Is Our God’. A wonderful time was had by all.
Much laughter was also shared that night due to the presence of a ‘donut’. If you missed it, be assured there will be a concert next year.
The check for $2,301.52 was presented to Chief Beachem at the Tyrone Church of the Brethren on September 11. The Chief has revealed that the department is hoping to use the funds in conjunction with other funding to purchase and train a drug/patrol dog and train an officer to handle the canine.
Plans next year are already under way and anyone wishing to contribute, seek information on sponsorship or advertise in the Concert Program may contact Pastor Jeff at 684-4940.
Special thanks to: Consolidated Graphics, Texas Hot Dogs, Reliance Bank, On Target Archers, Tyrone Church of the Brethren Prayer Shawl Ministry, Yoked With Jesus Sunday School Class, Friendship Bible Class, Lights of Christ Youth Group, Pastor Jeff and Ellie, Tyrone Chiropractic Center, The Bull Pen Restaurant, Harry Sickler and Associates, The Sickler Family, Miller’s Car Care Center, JC’s Barber Shoppe, Scents of Life Gift Shop, Clearbrook Family Medicine, Baney’s Flowers and Gifts, Tyrone Sandwich and Six Pack and Harrison and Karen Raling and Family.
Also, Jean-O’s Pizzeria, Mobile Inks and Toners, Robert J. Sloss D.M.D., Moore Chiropractic, Moyer’s Sew and Vac, Marianna’s and DelGrosso, Helen Mengel, Pat Shellenberger, Holly’s House of Style, Cornerstone Builders, Dan Parson’s Used Cars, BelleMeade Family Medicine, Berky’s Campers, and the combined Vacation Bible School of the Christ United Methodist, Wesley United Methodist and the Tyrone Church of the Brethren churches, and of course The Daily Herald for posting the event in the community section of the newspaper.
The children and youth involved this year included: Brooke Cox, Ryan Cox, Seth Umholtz, Paige Umholtz, Elizabeth Hill, Olivia Dickson, Samantha Johnson, Chase Burke, Chance Burke, Alicia Couch, Makeighla Diehl, Andrew Lang, Randi Riggleman, Hilari Moore, Bryttany Sciarilo and Hailey Fetterman.
For those interested in the fight against drugs, visit the website www.drugfree.org or call the local police and ask what you can do.