Fisher's Kelly to direct Gibson City hymn sing

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Music Foundation (GAMF) will host its annual hymn festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the United Methodist Church of Gibson City.

The popular event is free and open to all ages. The audience is invited to sing along on most hymns, with music provided in hymnals and lyrics projected on the large screen.

Milt Kelly of Fisher will direct this year’s program, with a theme of “Songs of Grace and Peace.” He will offer short backgrounds or stories about the hymns or their composers.

Kelly taught 30 years in the Fisher schools as director of instrumental and choral music, and he served four terms as Fisher’s mayor.

He and his wife, Connie, have three grown sons. Nathan is an associate professor of political science at the University of Tennessee; Jon is principal at Fisher Junior-

Senior High School, and Ben is an educational technology coach for Champaign Unit 4 schools.

The program will feature hymns such as “Standing on the Promises of God” and “God Is Our Refuge and Strength.”

Two features will be Ben Kelly as soloist for the Dottie Rambo song, “He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need,” and Milt Kelly will accompany “I’ve Got Peace Like a River.”

This year’s organist is Stephanie Swearingen, a 2000 graduate of GCMS High School and a 2004 graduate in piano performance from Illinois Wesleyan Univeristy in Bloomington.

The church is located on the corner of Church and Tenth streets in Gibson City, and offers elevator access to the sanctuary from the north entrance. Ample free parking is available in lots to the north and east of the church, as well as free on-street parking. The church’s spacious sanctuary features large stained-glass windows and a pipe organ, both of which are over 100 years old.

A free-will offering will be taken to support events and scholarships funded by the music foundation. Donations may also be made directly to Gibson Area Music Foundation, PO Box 292, Gibson City, IL 60936.


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