CARBONDALE — Hopewell Baptist Church is gearing up for its annual Christmas Community Concert.

Mark Anderson, who is usually standing behind a lectern as pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church in Murphysboro, will be one of the featured performers at the sixth annual Hopewell Christmas Community Concert, which begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Carbondale church.

Tickets for the event are $10; the proceeds will go to relief for those impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The event is not just a time to get together to hear music, but a time for musicians and singers from various walks of life and churches to come together to make beautiful music and fellowship, Greta Matthews, the event organizer, said.

"My vision is always to bring the community together to try and unite us 'together' as 'one' for good causes," Matthews said.

Hopewell church plays host, but singers from throughout the community and various churches are meeting up to share the spirit of Christmas. Stacye Saunders is directing the choir.

Accompanying Matthews and the singers will be area musicians Mark McCutchen and Isaac Fletcher on drums.

The concert line-up also includes:

• State Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie, a Democrat who represents the 118th District, singing and her daughter Lilly playing the guitar;

• Mark Anderson, pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church, Murphysboro;

• Restored Worship Dance Ministry, Hopewell church;

• Phillippa McCutchen, of Zion Temple Church of God In Christ, Murphysboro; and

• Matthew Wilson, local gospel singer.

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams are expected to deliver the greetings for this event.

For more information, call 618-534-9847.


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