Gospel hour raises cash for local agencies

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Church of Our Lady’s COOL country gospel hour accomplishes more than singing.

The COOL country gospel hour at Church of Our Lady raised money for Joe's Place on Sunday afternoon.

“A whole number of various agencies benefit from the offering,” said Doug Shepherd.

Moose Jaw Transition House and Festival of Words are just two of the organizations who have received donations from the old-time gospel sing-a-longs.

“We have quite a list of agencies and groups — all local,” Shepherd said. “We try to focus on local groups.”

Shepherd is a member of the church’s social justice committee.

Church of Our Lady has been putting on the event for a couple of years. Shepherd said his previous church, Central Lutheran, had been doing them for almost a dozen years. He was asked to help lead an outreach program, something Shepherd had experience in.

Shepherd and his wife are in the unnamed band that leads the congregation through the songs. The lyrics are displayed on projectors.

He said the band has a great time playing gospel favourites like Shine, Jesus, Shine.

“It’s a good outreach for the church,” Shepherd said.

“It gives the congregation a profile in the community and says ‘Listen, Church of Our Lady cares about the community, so if you’d like to come and be a part of it, please do.’ And it’s good I think, on another level, for members of the congregation to see that their church is out in the community doing these things.”

On Sunday, the offering was going to help Joe’s Place Youth Centre.

“They do such good work in the community …. If ever there were a group that’s doing some good, good work in the community for the young people, Joe’s Place has got to be it. They just do some spectacular stuff. They have a good profile in the community and lots of credibility,” Shepherd said.

“I hope we made a lot of money for them today.” 

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