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Hepburn Baptist Church presents ‘Music in the Valley’

Hepburn Baptist Church leaders are excited to present “Music in the Valley,” a free concert in what is hoped to be a long line of many for the Pleasant Valley area.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the church, 2917 Pleasant Valley Road, Cogan Station. This year’s entertainment will be the award-winning acoustic music of Charlie Mosbrook, of Cleveland, Ohio.

The idea for the concert originated back in March when Charlie and I participated in a Zoom celebration of life for a mutual friend, Mark Mendillo, who had died at the age of 59 after a courageous battle with cancer in October of 2019.

I had worked with Mark when I was an engineering manager in Connecticut before becoming a pastor, and was asked to lead the service by Mark’s wife, Lynne.

Charlie, who grew up with Lynne, was asked to perform two songs from Mark’s favorite band, the Grateful Dead.

In the process of organizing the service, I discovered that for many years, Charlie and his family had vacationed at Eagle’s Mere and would be there this year in July. I asked Charlie if he would be open to the idea of doing a concert at our church during the time he was visiting and he agreed.

For some time, we had been praying for a way to connect with our neighbors in “the valley” and the larger community after the isolation of the pandemic. At one time, Hepburn Baptist Church, which will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in September, was a center of social life in the Pleasant Valley area.

Activities included picnics at Shafer’s Grove, pig roasts, Halloween parties, evening concerts and community hymn sings, Christmas caroling and youth activities with other area churches.

Over the years, many of our members moved out of the valley, causing us to be more isolated from our neighbors. Whether folks go to another church or no church, we want our neighbors and the surrounding community to see us as an asset and a catalyst for bringing people together.

Hopefully this free concert will be the first step in achieving that vision. If this concert is a success, we hope it will be the first of many “Music in the Valley” events.

Our building is handicap accessible. A free-will offering will be taken as a token of appreciation for Charlie. For more information, call 570-998-2070 or email hepburnbaptist@gmail.com.

David Parker is the pastor for Hepburn Baptist Church.

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