Mount Calvary Church to make music for studentsPublished 5:55am Saturday, November 7, 2009
By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star
Music is not an unusual thing to find at a church service.
But on Saturday, Nov. 14, Mount Calvary Baptist Church will be all about the music.
The church is presenting the W.L. Daniel Scholarship Musical event with special guests this year being Andrews University’s Deliverance Mass Choir, a collection of more than 100 voices.
The mission of the musical is to raise funds and gather donations for the church’s upcoming scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors at the end of the year.
Pastor Bryant Bacon said the church has been awarding members who are also graduating seniors with scholarships for at least as long as he’s been with the church, six or seven years.
Students are evaluated based on their GPA and their involvement with the church.
How many scholarships are awarded and their value depend, Bacon said, “on how many people we have graduating,” and have reached up to $1,000 in value.
Scholarship winners “have to be actively involved in some kind of ministry,” Bacon said. “One of the goals is we want to make sure the kids have some kind of investment.”
Bacon said he’s heard good reviews of the Deliverance Mass Choir and is looking forward to their performance.
“It’s basically going to be a gospel musical,” he said. “I think really what you’ll get out of it is I think you’ll have a really good time.”
Scholarships such as those provided by Mount Calvary can have quite an impact when it comes to those students looking for aid in going to college.
“I think it’s very important,” Bacon said. “There are a lot of scholarships out there but everyone is going for them.” Scholarships like those given by churches such as Mount Calvary provide students with more opportunities for a little help with books, tuition or other college expenses.
“We try to give the children here the best possible opportunity that we can give them,” he said.
The gospel musical will take place Nov. 145 at Mount Calvary, 601 Ferry St. at 6 p.m.
For more information, call 684-0243.