On Sunday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., Georgia-based gospel group This Hope will take the stage in Franklin Hall at First Federated Church for a free concert open to the public.
The group blends gospel music, a capella and instruments for a unique spiritual ministry. The church is located at 4801 Franklin Ave.
According to Pastor David Bush, two church staff members saw the group perform at Founder’s Week, an annual Christian conference at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill., and knew they had to bring the group to Des Moines.
“They told me that we needed to do what we could to get them here,” Pastor Bush says. “They play instruments and sing with a tight harmony. There’s a little something for everyone with their performances.”
In addition to the free concert, This Hope will also take over three worship services earlier in the day at the church. These worships will be held at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pastor Bush says he expects them to play traditional worship music during the services along with more contemporary fare and some of their own material.
The group, which has released nine albums and one concert DVD in their decade-plus career, consists of several former worship pastors, so Pastor Bush knows the group can connect with a large and diverse audience on a spiritual level.
“The messages you’ll hear in their music and in their testimonials will be positive, encouraging and family-friendly,” he says.
The Westminster Anchor Coffee House, located at the north end of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave., is an intimate concert venue that features music and performances from emerging artists from around the country.
The Anchor Coffee House concert series for the 2013-14 season kicks off on Oct. 5 with a performance from Chad Elliot, an Americana and country artist. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The church asks that concertgoers use the Allison Avenue entrance.
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