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The Eurma C. Hayes Center was built in 1973 and is a focal point for the northeast Carbondale community.

CARBONDALE — A Carbondale church is hosting its third annual Christmas concert that will raise funds for the Eurma C. Hayes Center.

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church is hosting the Christmas Community Fest at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the church at 400 E. Main St.

Admission is $10.

The event will feature the Carbondale Community High School choir, teen saxophonists Elijah James and Jarion Weston, clarinet player Jamie Robison, a soloist from The Ridge Church, and Hopewell's mime ministry. The event will also feature St. Louis resident Shamar Jordan, a Murphysboro native who will also perform solo.

"The object is to get the community to come together to enjoy an evening of Christmas songs, but to also help two community organizations," said Greta Matthews, a psalmist and organist who is Hopewell's minister of music.

The sole beneficiary of this year's concert fest is the Eurma C. Hayes Center.

"The center has been a vital part of the community for years," Matthews said. "Many programs were housed in the center, which are now gone."

She noted that the center needs a lot of work, and volunteers to help with repairs.

"I thought it would be a great idea for us to reach out and help," she said. "A lot of organizations utilize the center for various functions. This is a way for us to give back."

Past beneficiaries have been Bethel's community kitchen; the I Can Read! literacy program; the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale; and the YES, or Youth Empowerment Services program.

Carbondale's mayor and city manager are expected to present greetings. At the end of the program, the organizers plan to distribute door prizes.

Hopewell's pastor is the Rev. Chris Swims.

For more information, call the church at 618-529-3975.


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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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