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"Sing to the Lord a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.  For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He Does"   
Psalm 33:3-4

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2020 Concerts

More to be announced!


THE PERRYS
IN CONCERT

with special guest
LIVIN FORGIVIN

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Epworth UMC
105 W 8th St
Matthews, IN 46957
www.matthewseumc.org

Doors open at 6:00 PM, Concert begins at 7:00 PM

$10 at the door.  Also, a love offering will be received.

If you have ever seen The Perrys in concert, you have undoubtedly sensed the power and conviction with which they sing. From the high-octane, hand-clapping hit, "I Wish I Could Have Been There," to the anointed anthem, "If You Knew Him," the Dove Award-winning group has been delivering soul-stirring performances across North America for nearly five decades. Their sound, unmistakable. Their calling, unarguable. Their performances, unforgettable. Their joy, unspeakable.

The Perrys—Libbi Perry Stuffle, Jared Stuffle, Troy Peach, and Andrew Goldman—have forged a deep sense of unity. This is due, in part, to the fires through which they have walked over the last few years. After battling a longterm illness, Tracy Stuffle, Libbi's husband and Perrys' esteemed bass singer, passed away on February 4, 2018. With unparalleled determination, Libbi and her beloved group have continued to heed the call to carry the Gospel to the multitudes.

Loved by gospel music fans around the world, The Perrys have earned many accolades over their illustrious career. In addition to their Dove Award for Song of the Year and countless Dove nominations, they have garnered numerous #1 songs and 15 Singing News Fan Awards, including the 3-time Favorite Mixed Group honor, 2-time Song of the Year, Favorite Album, as well as Libbi being named both a 2-time Female Vocalist of the Year and 8-time Favorite Alto of the Year.

A career spanning nearly fifty years, their commitment to the calling of God upon their lives has never been greater. "Now, more than ever," says Libbi, "we want to share the good news of Jesus Christ in song." The Perrys are looking toward the future with great expectation. One cannot help but be affected by their story of tragedy and triumph. The Perrys are living proof that God can work all things both for our good and for His glory. "Yes, life is tough," Libbi shares, "and we all have battles—some we win and some we lose—but we can choose joy."

In the book of Nehemiah, we read that the joy of the Lord is our strength. The Perrys are living proof of this promise, and they are stepping into this new season of ministry still declaring God's faithfulness, still proclaiming His praises, and still choosing joy.

Visit their website at www.perrysministries.com

Livin Forgivin is a southern gospel trio based out of Kokomo, IN with its members from Russiaville, Sharpsville, and Rushville. The group consists of Mike Sandefur (lead), Rex Crockett (baritone,) and Scott Evans (tenor). Mike was raised in church and sang from a very young age before going through some years that challenged his faith and walk with God. He sang rock and country music before getting back on the right track and forming Livin Forgivin in 2009. They sing variety of styles but could be classified as a modern southern gospel trio with a country Flare. The group released their debut project by Chapel Valley entitled "Love Like Rain."  Livin Forgivin's mission is to see souls saved through great southern gospel music!   

Visit their website at www.livinforgivin.com.


THE TAYLORS
IN CONCERT

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Epworth UMC
105 W 8th St
Matthews, IN 46957
www.matthewseumc.org

Doors open at 6:00 PM, Concert begins at 7:00 PM

$10 at the door.  Also, a love offering will be received.

The Taylors are a brother-sister trio from the heart of North Carolina. Jonathan, Suzanne, and Christopher are dedicated to stirring up the faith of the Christian community, as well as reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ through Gospel music. The Taylors are currently performing over 150 dates a year across the United States, including several mission-oriented trips abroad. Since their formation in 2006, God has allowed them to see over 7,500 decisions for Christ.

The Taylors grew up as members of Fellowship Baptist Church, a small country church, where their father has been a Southern Baptist minister for over 32 years and their mother the minister of music. With their mother's guidance, it was around the church piano that The Taylors learned their family harmony.

Growing up in a Christian home has reinforced their faith and values and has created in each of them a strong desire to proclaim their salvation through the ministry of music. God is at the center of The Taylors' ministry and at the center of their hearts. To Him be all the glory!

In 2008, The Taylors won First Place in the Talent Showcase of The National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. They are also the 2008 NC State Singing Convention Grand Champions In 2013, The Taylors were named the New Mixed Group by the Singing News Fans!

Visit them online at www.thetaylorsmusic.com


CHICKEN NOODLE FUNDRAISER DINNER

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Serving will be from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

 dine-in or carry out

Free will donations to benefit the concert ministry

Epworth UMC is known for our noodles served at Cumberland Covered Bridge Festival and this is an opportunity to enjoy a delicious homemade chicken and noodle dinner prepared in the same tradition. Dinners include chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, beverage, and dessert.

Free will donations for the meal will be gratefully accepted for the EUMC Concert Outreach Ministry Fund, which enables us to offer concerts at the lowest admission charges possible. Even with us asking for admission at the door for most of the concerts now, there are still many expenses to keep this ministry running. We appreciate all your support!


SOUL'D OUT QUARTET
IN CONCERT

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Epworth UMC
105 W 8th St
Matthews, IN 46957
www.matthewseumc.org

Doors open at 6:00 PM, Concert begins at 7:00 PM

$10 at the door.  Also, a love offering will be received.

In May of 2004, in answer to God's call on his life, Matt Rankin of Georgetown, Ohio started a journey to find men of kindred spirits and equal yoking to partner with him in a mission to fulfill that calling by evangelizing God's word through song. Now, in 2013, Matt's calling and dream have been realized in Soul'd Out Quartet. Soul'd Out Quartet, which is comprised of Dusty Barrett (tenor), Jason McAtee (lead), Matt Rankin (baritone), Ian Owens (bass), is not only a vocal group continuing the heritage of Southern Gospel music, but is also and foremost a ministry team answering God's call as stated in Ephesians: He gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors, and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV) 
In this spirit, Soul'd Out Quartet travels the country with a mission of evangelism and discipleship to not only win souls for Christ by telling the world "what the world doesn't know", but also to further strengthen and encourage God's people to be the salt and light to the world and ambassadors for Christ, that we are each called to be and to exhort God's people to be servants with hearts on fire! 

Soul'd Out Quartet has performed for many Churches, Theatres, Fairs, Festivals, and many other events. This Christian vocal singing group has a wide variety of music to reach all ages. Soul'd Out Quartet mixes hymns as well as original music to promote the Gospel message of Jesus' love and saving grace. 

Visit them online at www.souldoutquartet.com


BRIAN FREE & ASSURANCE
IN CONCERT

Friday, May 15, 2020

Epworth UMC
105 W 8th St
Matthews, IN 46957
www.matthewseumc.org

Doors open at 6:00 PM, Concert begins at 7:00 PM

$10 at the door.  Also, a love offering will be received.

Brian Free is undeniably the most recognizable tenor of our generation. Since 1982, he has been at the forefront of Christian music since first joining Gold City Quartet, then moving on to form his own group. Christian music has always been Brian’s first love, and fans have responded to his music by honoring him and the group at the Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Performance of the Year, “Say Amen,” in 2014 as well as “Long As I Got King Jesus” in 2006. Brian Free and Assurance has also made a number of notable television appearances, including TBN, Gospel Music Channel, Prime Time Country (TNN), Hee Haw (CBS), The “Today Show” (NBC), 27 of the “Gaither Video” series. In the summer of 2014, BFA was chosen by BBC to represent Elvis Presley’s love of Gospel Music on That’s Alright Mama, a Tribute to Elvis Presley with his arrangement of Peace In The Valley.

These accolades show the consistent response to BFA’s music, how God has used them, and how he will continue to use them. While the guys all come from different backgrounds, they all agree on one thing, and that is to use their God-given abilities to take the message of Jesus Christ to everyone they can.

The mission of Brian Free and Assurance is to lift up Jesus Christ through their music, see souls come to know the Lord as Savior and be an encouragement to Believers across the nation and abroad. They believe in helping others grow in their walk with the Lord by forming exhorting relationships with their fans and investing in them at concerts. Everything is done for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. Brian, Bill and Mike are passionate about their calling and they are unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Visit them online at www.brianfreeandassurance.com


TRIBUTE QUARTET
IN CONCERT

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Epworth UMC
105 W 8th St
Matthews, IN 46957
www.matthewseumc.org

Doors open at 6:00 PM, Concert begins at 7:00 PM

$10 at the door.  Also, a love offering will be received.

Since 2006, multi-award winning and multi-Dove Award nominated recording artist Tribute Quartet has become one of the country's most dynamic, beloved and sought after male quartets in all of gospel music. Gary Casto, Josh Singletary, Gus Gaches, and Anthony Davis have proven to possess a combination of musical talent, warm and engaging personalities, and a focus that has kept them on the path to continued success since their inception.

In an ever-changing musical climate, Tribute has remained steadfast in their goal to make music that is both timely and relevant to the current musical scene and their fan base while propelling their mission to share the Hope of the Gospel. With a career that has already spanned the U.S., as well as several foreign countries, Tribute continues to shine a Light into a world in need of truth, hope, love and healing.

With several awards and number 1 songs to their credit, Tribute's music continues to inspire and encourage generations of believers. With their passion for this music and the message it brings, this team is dedicated to a quality presentation of communication through the art of gospel quartet music.

Fans, peers, and industry insiders agree Tribute brings a breath of fresh air to Gospel Music.

Visit them online at www.tributequartet.com


THE OLD PATHS
IN CONCERT

Friday, July 17, 2020

Epworth UMC
105 W 8th St
Matthews, IN 46957
www.matthewseumc.org

Doors open at 6:00 PM, Concert begins at 7:00 PM

$10 at the door.  Also, a love offering will be received.

With loads of enthusiasm and ministry experience, The Old Paths Quartet materialized out of Atlanta, Georgia to become one of the most influential, trend-setting Christian groups in Southern Gospel.

After taking some time off in 2016, the quartet made the announcement in January 2017 to return to the road with the lineup of Tim Rackley (lead), Douglas Roark (baritone), Daniel Ashmore (bass) and the addition of Steve Ladd (tenor).

Upon signing with Crossroads Music’s Sonlite Records in 2012, The Old Paths Quartet wasted little time in perfecting their craft. They immediately released "Right Now”, a rapid paced project featuring exquisite vocals and propulsive, non-linear Christian songs with powerful messages. Though their previous project, "Wonderful Life" introduced such charting songs like the ever popular "The I of the Storm"; the "Right Now" project would be the album to define and propel The Old Paths Quartet to greater prominence, garnering two number 1 songs, “Battlestand” and “God’s Great” in a record breaking 6 months span.

Visit them online at www.theoldpathsonline.com


THE SOUND
IN CONCERT

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Epworth UMC
105 W 8th St
Matthews, IN 46957
www.matthewseumc.org

Doors open at 6:00 PM, Concert begins at 7:00 PM

No admission charge, a love offering will be received.

The Sound was originally a quartet based out of Houston, Texas. Throughout the 1980’s, The Sound’s lineup contained many southern gospel favorites like Pat Hoffmaster, Scott Fowler, Jeff Chapman, Rick Strickland, Frank Seamens, Terry Davis, Mike Presnell, and more. The Sound then became a trio with Rob Mills as the lead singer from 1990-1992.

Twenty five years later, The Sound had long been a retired name. In 2017, however, Rob acquired the name and started his own group with his two sons, Levi and Jacob. They’re young, talented, and they have a passion for God’s music! The Sound is back and better than ever before. Rob, Levi, and Jacob are all musicians as well as singers; an attribute that is a regular feature at their live performances.

What is The Sound? The Sound is family harmony, quality musicianship, great songs, and a whole lot of fun. Their goal is to see people come to the life changing touch of Jesus Christ. A New Day Records artist, their major-label debut album "Make It Count" released in November 2019.

Visit them online at www.thesound.org


THE NEW SPEER FAMILY

IN CONCERT

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Epworth UMC
105 W 8th St
Matthews, IN 46957
www.matthewseumc.org

Doors open at 6:00 PM, Concert begins at 7:00 PM

$10 at the door.  Also, a love offering will be received.

George Thomas “Dad” Speer and Lena Brock “Mom” Speer formed the Speer Family singing group in 1921. With Dad’s sister, Pearl, and her husband, Logan, they traveled, full time, by horse and buggy to church services, singings, and other events near their home in Alabama. Dad and Mom had four children; Brock, Rosa Nell, Mary Tom, and Ben. Dad was so studied in music that when each child was old enough to talk, they had to learn to talk on pitch. The girls eventually married and began families, leaving Brock, Ben, “Mom” and “Dad” Speer. Dad and Mom died in the mid-1960’s leaving Brock and Ben to “adopt” other singers into the Singing Speer Family and the group carried on until their retirement in 1998, a consistent and unprecedented 77-year run. 

The last of the four Speer siblings of “Mom and Dad Speer” passed away in 2017, marking the end of an era. In 2018, a new season began with the formation of the New Speer Family. Third-generation Brian Speer, youngest child of Brock and Faye, is joined by his wife, industry veteran Allison Speer, Mike Allen, and exciting newcomer Ben Waites to form an exciting new sound, The New Speer Family. 

Brian relates, “When my sweet Aunt Rosie passed in 2017 it seemed like the history of the Speer Family might be lost altogether. Allison and I felt an urge to keep my family’s heritage and their great music alive somehow. We asked two other Speer Family fans to join us and we began singing the great songs of Dad Speer.” 

Their first recording, A Singing Heritage, showcases songs the Singing Speer Family sang at various times during their long reign as America’s First Family of Gospel Music. “Six of the songs we recorded were written by my grandfather, Dad Speer. Most will be familiar to listeners, but at least one, “Hallelujah Chorus”, may be new even to folks who have been followers of the Speer Family. The biggest song the Singing Speer Family ever recorded is the latest song we chose to record is “The King Is Coming” by Bill and Gloria Gaither and Chuck Milhuff. In all, this is a collection of great music that we hope will bless hearts as much as the original recordings did,” says Brian. 

Allison Speer has been singing professionally for 33 years and shows no signs of slowing down. She has recorded 14 solo records and will continue to perform alone between New Speer Family concerts. Mike Allen has sung with notable groups such as Poet Voices, The Weatherfords, The Blackwood Quartet, Mike Lefever Quartet and traveled 15 years with the Gaither Homecoming Tour. Both Allison and Mike are regulars on the Gaither Homecoming video series. Ben Waites is an ordained minister and has a busy solo career. He has spent his life in a wheelchair and his ministry is powerful and exemplary. Ben is also a vocal coach and associate instructor for world-renowned instructor, Brett Manning, in Nashville, TN. 

“As Brian said, we started this group to perpetuate the great music of the Speer Family, and we’re having a blast doing it,” says Allison. “Answering God’s call to do this has certainly has been rewarding. I hope listeners will enjoy listening and, better yet, singing along!”

Visit them online at www.newspeerfamily.com


More 2020 concerts to be announced!


About EUMC's Concert Outreach Ministry Fund

We are gratefully accepting donations to the Concert Outreach Ministry Fund to enable EUMC to continue to offer concerts by nationally known artists on a regular basis.  The purpose of this ministry is multifold. It will serve as an outreach for the community, provide people who aren’t able to travel distances the opportunity to experience high caliber concerts locally, and most importantly help establish or strengthen their relationship with Christ.  

The costs of hosting the concerts can be expensive as these artists have high travel expenses and for many this is their only source of income for their families.   The Fund allows us to help outset the fees involved with hosting the concerts.  Many artists require a minimum honorarium amount, but our goal is to bring the concerts to you at the lowest cost possible.  

Donations made to the Concert Outreach Ministry Fund are eligible for receipts for charitable giving.

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Past Concerts:

The Cathedrals (1970s), Gordon Mote, Logan Smith, Woody & Vonnie Wright, Nancy Dawn and Childs Play, 3rd Row Boys, The Crist Family, Michael English. The Taylors, Ryan Seaton,  The Ball Brothers, Doug Anderson, Adam's Voice, Soul'd Out Quartet, Talley Trio, Stephen Hill, Tribute Quartet, Jeff & Sheri Easter. Steve Ladd, The LeFevre Quartet, Beyond The Ashes, The Nelons, Wilburn & Wilburn, Freedom Quartet, Triumphant Quartet, The Old Paths, Brian Free & Assurance, "D&D Tour" (Devin McGlamery, Doug Anderson, & KC Brandon), Bryan & Yvonne Hutson , Jim Brady Trio, The Kingsmen, Keepers Of The Faith, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Joseph Habedank, Gold City, The Sing Tour (Michael English, The Nelons, & Jeff Stice), The Hoppers, The Erwins, The Bowling Family, The Williamsons, The Browders, The Guardians, Michael English with Benji Gaither, The Perrys, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Westward Road, Greater Vision, Jim & Melissa Brady, Poet Voices, Livin Forgivin, The Resurrection Of Faith Tour (Joseph Habedank & The Erwins)