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Church concert to benefit veterans

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

Vocalists from around the Southern Crescent will come together this weekend, at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, to celebrate veterans and raise money for the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur.

The church's first-ever Veterans Benefit Concert will take place this Sunday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Terri Adams, the concert's coordinator and a member of the church, said the concert will bring together a wide sampling of talent from the Southern Crescent church community. Among the performers are: Joseph Wheeler, of Greater New Hope Christian Assembly in Ellenwood; John Vinson, of Flat Creek Baptist Church in Fayetteville; Kelsey Hannibal, of Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church in Jonesboro; The Grants, a husband-and-wife vocal duo from Forest Park United Methodist Church; and Sweet Inspirations and pianist, Ann Manuel, from Jonesboro First United Methodist Church.

"I think veterans in general are not recognized enough and I thought it [the concert] would be something nice and different to do for them," Adams said. "We have a lot of great musicians coming together. Joseph Wheeler is actually a singer-songwriter-producer who has actually just come out with a CD. We are excited to hear him, as well as the other musicians. There is a lot of talent."

According to Adams, entrance to the concert is free and a "love offering" will be taken midway through the concert. The proceeds of the concert will benefit the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, located in Decatur, she said. Light refreshments will be offered in the lobby of the church following the concert.

Jonesboro First United Methodist Church is located at 142 South Main Street in Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 478-6444.