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Church choirs join voices to raise money for new roof


Jan Tucker/Daily Globe

Bruce Johanson directs a 33-member choir at a rehearsal Thursday night for the Raise the Roof Concert at Ontonagon’s Theater of the Performance Arts. The concert is tonight at 7. On the left, soloist Dave Kalivida sings, “When He Was on the Cross.” At the piano is Glenda Zielinski.

ONTONAGON — Thirty-three singers and musicians from Christian churches throughout the Ontonagon area are coming together to help one church pay for a new roof.

The White Pine Community United Methodist Church roof leaked so badly that portions of it were unusable. The new roof costs $70,000 and a concert by the newly formed Community Christian Fellowship Choir will assist in helping out the congregation.

Singers and musicians represent the Ontonagon Assembly of God, Holy Family Catholic, Ontonagon United Methodist, Rockland St. Paul United Methodist, Redeemer Free Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Siloa Lutheran ECLA, and White Pine Community United Methodist churches.

The choir is directed by Bruce Johanson, who also gives a short history of some of the hymns sung by the choir. The group held a dress rehearsal at the Theater of the Performing Arts Thursday. The program includes the Siloa Lutheran Handbell Choir, Christian Center Praise Band Victory 8:28 and several soloists.

The concert is tonight at 7 p.m. and is free, but a free-will donation for the roof will be accepted.

—Jan Tucker


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