Perogies and Jam held their 3rd annual Community Gospel night on Saturday, November 22 with approx. 200 in attendance despite the challenging snowfall conditions. Perogies and Jam MC Don Harfield and Pastor Darryl Crocker welcomed the attendees to the Alliance Church which hosted the event. Pastor Crocker commented that the church had been recently rebuilt and the new floor plan was intentionally designed to be able to accommodate community events such as this one.
There were donations of $ 925 raised and all net proceeds will be provided to the Vegreville Crisis Association which provides a vital service in our community for individuals and families that unexpectantly find themselves in need of counseling and financial aid in a time of emergency.
As the doors opened at 6:00 pm, musicians were finishing up their sound checks and people started in the front doors and the parking lot began to fill up. At 6:30 pm, the music began with the Vegreville Youth Ensemble led by Colleen Albert with songs including Glory, Glory, Halleluia. Local singing coach Debbie Fedoruk accompanied several of her students and then performed Psalm 20 as a duet with her daughter Carissa. St. John Lutheran church was well represented with their Singers, an original song “You’re My King” by Dave Cox, and the Korean choir with “You Are My All in All” in both Korean and English.
Daphne Miller, President of the Vegreville Crisis Association expressed appreciation for the generous donation to their organization and explained their organization’s operation of the Crisis Line and the need for their services in the Vegreville area. Pastors in attendance from local Churches were acknowledged and an open invitation to attend church was extended.
St. Mary’s Anglican Church trio performed several songs including “Get Ready” which was a lively inspiration. Cloud Nine with members from Vegreville, Sedgewick and Galahad were crowd pleasers with several gospel songs and included young Alyssa and Meghan. One inspiring song “Angel by Your Side” was written by a niece (currently a Christian songwriter in Nashville) of a couple in the Alliance Church. SaskaTUNE Jam from Viking sang songs including “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” and the “Huron Carol”. The Fiddlin’ Kiddlins has been teaching fiddle to young enthusiasts for over 30 years, and under the new leadership of Callina Kirk delighted the audience to several Christmas songs. Country Sunshine has been performing country and gospel music for many years in this area, and this evening performed gospel songs including “Where No One Stands Alone”.
Cloud Nine returned to the stage to perform “Build Us Back” and ended the evening performances with a smooth rendition of “Go Rest High”. MC Don Harfield and Pastor Darryl Crocker thanked the audience for contributing to the success of the evening and their generosity. The Alliance Church hosted light refreshments as musicians packed up their instruments and mingled in their social room.
Perogies and Jam thanks everyone for coming out to this community event and wishes everyone a safe holiday season. Merry Christmas!
Photographs by Rob Hughes