Searchlight Tour coming to Taneytown church

As part of its Searchlight Tour to end world hunger, the band Willet will be leading an acoustic worship service at Grace United Church of Christ beginning at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 14.

"We're excited to have an uplifting, modern service," said Beth Hogg, a member of the church's Lay, Life and Work committee that reached out to Willet. "We just wanted to do something different and invite the community to join us for fellowship."


The church's pastor is on sabbatical, Hogg said, so parishioners have been reaching out others to lead Sunday worship services in his absence. Willet will be doing the entire service, she said.

Hogg said the director of the church's learning center had heard Willet and recommended them, and the fact that they are local makes the choice — and the band's gracious acceptance — even more appealing.

Brothers Jeremy, Justin and Jordan Willet, from Westminster, have "been serving in full-time ministry since 2006, performing and releasing recordings internationally" in an effort to serve "unreached people globally," according to the band's website,

The band partners with the nonprofit New Missions Systems International to use music, tours and merchandise to raise awareness and funds for global missions, including ending world hunger.

The band has a 1 Million Meal goal. According to its website, over the past eight years Willet has "mobilize[d] over 450,000 nutritious meals for school feeding programs worldwide while also raising over $8 million for community development projects through child sponsorship."

To do this, they lead worship services, preach and participate in community projects around the world, including Ethiopia, Mozambique, Haiti, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Bahamas, Jamaica and the United Kingdom.

A goodwill offering for Willet's ministry will be accepted at the service, said Bev Bales, church secretary, in addition to the regular church offering.

According to a press release, the band is continuing its efforts to "proclaim the gospel to the nations" with a U.S. tour; trips to Thailand, India, Haiti and countries in Africa; and its new full-length "Searchlight" worship album, which was released Aug. 26.

Hogg said the Lay, Life and Work committee is anticipating a great service and welcomes all from the community to attend.

For more information about the service or the church, call 410-756-2302.

Grace United Church of Christ is at 49 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

Vendors sought

Calling all artists and crafters: Vendor applications are being accepted for the 2014 Carroll Vista Craft Show to be held in the clubhouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1.

The $15 fee includes a 6-foot table, and vendors are encouraged to bring their own table covers. Vendors can also bring their own tables, if they choose, and electricity is available if needed.


Setup begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event, and vendors need to be ready by 10 a.m. Setup the day before the event may also be arranged.

For more information or to request a vendor application, contact Pamela Foy at 410-756-1992 or

Proceeds from the bake and lunch sales the day of the event will be donated to the Taneytown Food Bank.

The Carroll Vista Clubhouse is at 1 Clubhouse Drive, Taneytown.

Hymn sing

If you're in the mood for fellowship and either singing or listening to hymns, Taneytown Baptist Church is hosting a community hymn sing beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31.

All are invited to the event, which is expected to last from one to one-and-a-half hours.

The church is at 4150 Sells Mill Road, Taneytown.

For more information, contact the church at 410-756-4444.

Kim Stenley covers Detour, Frizzelburg, Harney, Keymar, Keysville, Mayberry, Middleburg, Taneytown and Tyrone. She can be contacted at 410-756-6402 or