OCEAN PARK - A throng of about 250 people came to Peninsula Baptist Church (PBC) for the second annual Concert of Churches Sunday for a benefit for the Peninsula's Young Life program. Ocean Park Community Church pastor Marty Cole began the program with a message of hope and related it to the young people on the Peninsula.
Ten churches participated by providing singers, musicians, and their best efforts for the highly successful event. Pam Fox, committee chairperson for Young Life, also made a presentation and thanked everyone for their support.
Ocean Beach Presbyterian bell choir, directed by Stephanie Fritts, began the musical portion of the program by performing "Dona Nobis Pacem." Peninsula Baptist Church's worship team then sang "Old Fashioned Meeting." Cole and his wife Cindy sang "I've Never Been Out of His Care." St. Peter's Episcopal's John Fugitt sang "You Raise Me Up" accompanied by Barbara Bate. Grace Family Fellowship pastor Donn Smith presented a magical rendition of "The Old Violin" with no strings attached.
Next up was Ocean Park Lutheran's Andrea and Anja Patten and their moving rendition of the German song "Sonntagsmorgen" and then Andrea Patten and Everett Pace accompanied by Daniel Sass' gave a powerful performance of "The Prayer." Pastor DeWayne LaPointe of Family Worship Service's deep voice gave honor to "I Believe" and "Prayer is the Key."
Ocean Beach Presbyterian's choir sang a decisive rendition of "This Won't Get Me Down" that featured a solo by director Bob Walters. Peter Hanner and Andrea Patten then sang "Balm of Gilead" and "The 23rd Psalm" accompanied by Bate. The Peninsula Church of the Nazarene's Terry Rigdon and Debra Black performed inspirational songs "In God We Still Trust" and "The Anchor Holds."
Ocean Park United Methodist Ken Olson and the Puppeteers presented "Pupularity" to the popular delight of the crowd. Ocean Park Lutheran's Sass then presented "Children of the Heavenly Father." PBC Ladies Ensemble sang "Lamb of God" and Ocean Beach Christian Fellowship's Corina Starr performed "Beautiful, Beautiful." The Bell Choir's dulcimer tones then produced "Here I am Lord."
All of the churches and the congregation ended the concert with a medley on moving gospel songs. PBC and the participating churches and their congregants provided refreshments following the concert.
Many Young Life participants were in the audience and they expressed their thanks to those who performed and supported their ministry.