With a song in their hearts and a mission on their minds, the children at Mount Airy's Calvary United Methodist Church are out to change the world this weekend.
As a part of Calvary's Missions Month, more than 50 members of two children's choirs will present three performances of "Heart to Change the World!" The missions musical, a Kid's Praise! offering compiled and produced by Ernie and Debby Kerner Rettino, will be presented during Calvary's 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday.
A special performance also is to be presented free to the community at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy, said Tom Mitchell, the director of programs.
The uplifting musical is a joint effort of teens in the Youth Choir and children 8 years and older in the Calvary Singers. The focus of the play is "Psalty," a talking song book who encourages his audience to do missions work at home and far away, said Calvary Singers director Kathy Weddle.
The 45-minute play is "kid-oriented" and features lively songs with an international flavor, said Mrs. Weddle, who has worked with the Calvary children's choirs for five years. "The kids are looking forward to dressing up in costumes from other countries."
Calvary Church, which has an active membership of about 350, has two children's choirs, a teen choir and a youth bell choir and enthusiastic participants who regularly share their talents with the church, Mr. Mitchell said.
Mrs. Weddle said the choirs provide a fun way to increase Bible knowledge while they allow youths to participate in church services. The children learn at an early age to be at ease in front of an audience, and "they love solos," she said.
Youth participation in Calvary's choirs grows each year. Ann Paulin's Cherub Choir is open to children who are at least 4 years old. Choir members move up to the Calvary Singers when they enter second grade.
The Youth Choir was created for older youngsters and has kept teens interested in church activities.
Four years ago, the Youth Choir started with nine members and now has 30, said director Carol Isemann.
"It's the wonderful music," she said. "People love to hear it, and the kids want to be a part of it. It's really a blessing for me to be able to work with them."
Mrs. Isemann said the youth and children's choirs have worked "really hard" on "Heart to Change the World!"
"I hope that a lot of people come out and see it," she said. "They love to sing and they love to share the message."
"The Carpenter's Tools," a seven-member musical mission group sponsored by Youth For Christ International, will play a free concert at Calvary United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. Everyone is welcome.
The group, known for its contemporary, upbeat Christian music, has toured 35 countries since 1982 and has performed in front of more than 1 million high school students.
For information, call (301) 829-0358.
The next meeting of the South Carroll High School Parent Involvement Committee will be held at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium.
A brief business meeting is planned, along with opportunities for parents to visit some classrooms. All parents are invited to the meeting.
The committee will soon begin a school-wide pizza fund-raiser to earn funds for computer lab equipment.
To volunteer to help, or for more information, call Vicki Peltierr, 795-5334.
American Legion Gold Star Post 191 will take a one-time break from its weekly Friday night fund-raising dinners March 19 for a special members-only celebration of the 74th birthday of the American Legion.
The local veterans' organization, which has 778 members, will celebrate Post 191's 47th birthday May 13.
Here's some local trivia that recently appeared in a newsletter tTC about how a name was selected for the post: During World War II, it was a custom for mothers to hang a white banner bordered in red in the front window with blue stars for each family member serving in the military. If a family member was killed, the blue star was replaced with a gold star.
Because Mount Airy had many families with gold stars on their banners, the 39 charter members decided to name the new organization "Gold Star Post" in tribute to those mothers and those servicemen and women who gave their lives in the war.