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Church hosts Christian music festival at Shafer Park in Boonsboro

It wanted to reach out to the community and allow people to become acquainted with the church in a casual atmosphere

June 30, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Men In Black perform Sunday at a Christian music festival at Shafer Park in Boonsboro. Members are, from left: Terry Worley, Arnold Martin, Drew Hawes, and Steve DeFreytas.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — Members of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church said they want to make an impact in the community, so they organized a special day in Shafer Park on Sunday.

A main part of the event was a Christian music festival, which featured bands playing in a gazebo on the park’s grounds.

Men In Black, a band that features gospel and country music, took the stage early in the afternoon and the group was followed by Calvarys Redemption, made up of a younger group of musicians offering a more revved-up rock sound. Bands May Weather and Seven X Seventy also played.

Clayton Clark Sr., pastor of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, said the church wanted to hold the event to reach out to the community and allow people to become acquainted with the church in a casual atmosphere.

“As you can see, I’m not dressed in a suit or tie,” said Clark, who was sporting shorts and a T-shirt.

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Parents of children who attended the church’s recent vacation Bible school were invited to the first-time event, said Clark, adding that 70 percent of the children from the church’s vacation Bible school were from outside the church.

Roughly 60 people were gathered for the event at one point in the afternoon.

People gathered around a line of corn hole boards for a double-elimination competition of the game, while others socialized in a pavilion not far from the gazebo.

Jerry Mills and his wife, Julie, sat in a shaded area next to the pavilion. The couple have a 9-year-old daughter and 2-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, and all the children recently attended the church’s Bible school.

The Sandy Hook couple said the vacation Bible school was a “wonderful” program and they appreciated Sunday’s event, which ran from 3 p.m. until  about 8:15 p.m.

Musicians the Men In Black band are members of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and band leader Terry Worley has had some of his songs published.

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