Jun. 7, 2024 |
by Beth Sparks

Singing for a Purpose


FaithHealth Appalachia will host its first-ever fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. FHA’s Gospel Sing will be held in the Highlawn Building, once home to Highlawn Baptist Church, an historic congregation in Huntington’s east end.

All are welcome to this nondenominational event for folks to simply come together to worship God through singing. Music featured will be bluegrass, gospel, old-fashioned hymns, and audience participation. FHA Executive Director Rory Chapman will serve as the emcee.

“FaithHealth Appalachia was born out of an old idea that faith communities and medical facilities are interdependent,” Chapman said. “Physical care needs spiritual care and vice versa.

“Our goal with this event is to bring spiritual vibrancy to the very community out of which FaithHealth was born. And, to do so in a space that once housed some of the most incredible spiritual events in the area. This space may no longer serve as home to a faith community, but the community of faith is still here.”

Three groups will be coming for the sing, two of them from local churches—Mary Lemming and Nathan McClay of Lewis Memorial Baptist Church in Huntington, and the McSweeney Quartet from Hurricane Church of the Nazarene.

A collegiate gospel choir composed of graduates of Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky (located between Hazard and Prestonsburg), will also perform. “The Alumni of The Voices of Appalachia Ensemble” will feature a bluegrass ensemble, with the choir singing backup on several songs.

A freewill offering will be taken during the event to generate funds for FaithHealth Appalachia’s continued efforts to connect patients of the Marshall Health Network to local faith communities. The purpose is to offer local residents assistance with such social needs as transportation, food insecurity, and social isolation.