First Baptist welcomes you to Summer Sunday Evening Worship series


GRAFTON—One of the fun ways to show appreciation to God is through praise and worship. Building off of that mindset, the folks at the First Baptist Church in Grafton came up with an exciting summer series that showcases a vast array of talent.

And because most Christians believe it is their duty to bring others to Christ, the church decided to call their event the Invite-A-Friend Summer Sunday Evening Worship series.

So far, the evening worship has included a special performance by Profound Revival, a modern acoustic Christian music band, who kicked off the series on June 26. 

Up next in their lineup will be singing duo of Heidi and Ryan Greer, set to perform on July 10, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the church.

Hailing from Kentucky, the two have worked to share their Appalachian-influenced gospel music with individuals since their founding in 2008.

According to their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/heidiandryan, their sound stays true to their eastern Kentucky roots, while bringing a contemporary twist to whatever they do. At the forefront, lead vocalist and fiddle player, Heidi, accompanied by her husband, Ryan, who plays guitar and sings harmony, put their heart and soul into their music.

Rounding out the band are Matt Cromer on Upright Bass and Nathan Adcock on Cajón. The combination makes for a very earthy band voice that blends perfectly.

The group put their hearts and souls back into their own style of Appalachian music, featuring a bluegrass sound and breathtaking vocals by Heidi, that have been compared to that of Sonya Isaacs and Allison Krauss, intertwined with authentic and uplifting messages.

With a sound that has been described as uniquely heartfelt and soulful, Heidi and Ryan have helped bring the glory of God to individuals in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and the surrounding areas.

Those interested in learning more about this talented group may do so by visiting www.heidiandryanmusic.com.

Following the July 10 performance, the church will be offering another evening worship on July 24, with local contemporary music group, the Shaffer Band.

Shaffer Band is a country-pop band based in the breath-taking mountains of Belington. The group consists of Dave Shaffer, on keyboard, guitar and vocals; his wife, Trish on vocals; their daughter Cassie adding bass guitar, saxophone and lead vocals; and her husband, Mike Hymes on drums.

Shaffer Band has been performing professionally since 2000 and has an amazing way of appealing to all ages, with songs saturated with themes of hope, healing and restoration.

Shaffer Band has recorded six projects since 2004, and their latest album and what they believe to be their defining project, Grateful, was released in July 2012 on Willow Creek Records Nashville.

For more information about the group, be sure to visit www.shafferband.com.

On August 14 guests are encouraged to don their overalls and straw hats and get ready for a good, old-fashioned country jam session with the Gospel Harmony Boys.

The acclaimed group has been hailed as one of America’s finest Southern Gospel Quartets and has been presenting the Gospel in song since 1952.

“We are a fellowship of friends doing what we love, perfecting harmonies and blending talents as never before, to bring you the Gospel in song the way it should be heard,” the group touts.

The nationally known, Christian Music Hall of Fame Artists have been entertaining individuals for over 65 years, in churches, auditoriums, fairs and festivals across the country.

Deemed as a fellowship of friends doing what they love, they have been perfecting harmonies and blending talents as never before, to bring folks the Gospel in song, the way it should be heard.

For more information about this legendary Southern Gospel group, visit www.gospelharmonyboys.org.

Accomplished Organist and local Rick Kennedy will showcase his talents on August 21.

Kennedy has served as the organist of the Church of the Covenant in Grafton, along with the Christ Episcopal and St. Marks Lutherans churches in Clarksburg.

To round of the summer of evening worship, Josh Oldaker will present a lineup of songs that are sure to help move the Holy Spirit, on September 18.

Oldaker, who hails from the hills of West Virginia, has set his sights on spreading God’s word through his well-rounded country-gospel music repertoire. And with a high-energy performance and God-given talent, he has been able to do just that.

What started out as garage performances for friends and family at the ripe age of four has turned into a show that would help Oldaker share his love of the Lord with fans across the country. 

The country-gospel artist has compiled five albums, including his brand-new work titled Country Revival, a collection of country gospel music at its best.

To learn more about Oldaker and his craft, be sure to visit josholdaker.com.

All of the worship services will be held at the First Baptist Church, located on Route 119 South just outside of Grafton, at 2034 Webster Pike, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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