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Church Briefs

Holy Trinity hosting fall ham ball supper Oct. 26 Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1409 S. Eighth Ave. E. in Newton, will host a Harvest Ham Ball Supper on Saturday, Oct. 26. Menu items include ham balls, scalloped potatoes, buttered corn, cole slaw, rolls and dessert. Serving will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 for those age 13 and older and $5 for those age 12 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the parking lot repair fund.

Jazz band plays at Bridgehouse

St. Stephen’s to raise money for crops

By Dave Hon Daily News Staff Writer

Bridghouse was flowing with a little more than coffee Tuesday night. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, homeschool students in a jazz ensemble presented their first concert. The group of seven entertained children and adults at Bridgehouse with songs like “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guradi and the classic New Orleans tune “The Saints Go Marching In.” John Thorpe, a priest at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Dave Hon/Daily News and a father of children who are John Thorpe gives director to the home-schooled students before they homeschooled, led the group. start up the next song. “My family and I homeschool, and we like it, so we’re a part of ally has four to five people in it, learn jazz.” the group, and there’s a big home- but he said the number of stuThorpe said some of them are school group here in Newton,” dents interested in joining the interested in studying music in Thorpe said. “It’s a pretty active group was a little over that. He college and should know some group. We like each other, and said they’ve not only learned how basic skills, like improvisation. last spring I put on a presentation to play instruments but studied “Even if they’re going to play with over 32 different musical in- improvisation and jazz theory symphonic stuff for the rest of struments for the kids.” too. their life, they need to know During that presentation, Thorpe said he studied mu- something about it because it’s some of the students wanted to sic in college, but his love of just a huge part of music,” Thorpe learn more about how to play jazz started when he was in high said. some of the instruments. Thorpe school. He said his high school Brock Patterson, owner of said some of the students were jazz band director was extremely Bridgehouse, said they’ve had more advanced than others. talented. other bands come in and play be“There were over 80 kids in“With our own kids now, fore, like for the 24 hour prayer volved, and some of them had it’s hard to get around and play event. never seen instruments before,” in a band,” Thorpe said. “So, I “They did an awesome job,” Thorpe said. thought, I have a desire to play in Patterson said. “I’m very proud of Thorpe said a jazz group usu- a band. I’d love to see these kids them.”

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Members of the parish of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church raised money to help combat world hunger through the annual CROP Walk, held Sunday afternoon in Newton. St. Stephen’s was among several denominations throughout Jasper County who participated. The walkers from St. Stephen’s included Rochelle Dungan, Jonnelle Farver and Barry Hurto. Together they collected $275 in pledges for the cause. CROP, which stands for Christian Relief Overseas Project, was started after World War II to help meet hunger needs all over the world. In recent years, it has partnered with Church World Service to continue its mission of helping to alleviate hunger in parts of the globe through education.

Least of Saints Ministry Leader to speak at UMC Scott Greene, founder of the Least of Saints Ministry, will share the story of the ministry’s start at St. Luke United Methodist Church this Sunday. Greene felt there was a need for a place for people who wouldn’t usually enter a church building. He and wife, Linda, rented the former Axtell building on First Avenue in Newton and began preaching in July. The St. Luke praise band will play, and an offering will be received to support the Least of Saints Ministry.

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