Concert at First Reformed UCC April 17, 3 p.m.

Concert at First Reformed UCC April 17, 3 p.m.

Musicians, vocalists for April 17 organ-piano concert

Second Concert to Benefit

Meals on Wheels of Lexington

Seated left to right, Connie Burleson and Pat Ulmer, both of First Presbyterian; standing left to right, Phyllis Jones, First Methodist; Beverly Khemlani, First Baptist; Jacob Gordon, First Lutheran; Ellen Peterson, First Reformed UCC; Kelly Newsome , First Lutheran; Lee Ann Peele, First Reformed UCC; and Arch McMullen, Beck’s Lutheran. (Not pictured is vocalist Mickey Sharpe).

When the pipe organ and grand piano at First Reformed UCC begin to play, those in the sanctuary take notice and grow silent to listen. When a group of 10 local musicians and vocalists come together for a concert there, everyone in the community takes notice and gets there early for a great seat.

Local musicians and vocalists will share their creative gifts with the community for a second time on Sunday, April 17th at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lexington. The concert, brought back by popular demand, will benefit Meals on Wheels of Lexington through a freewill offering.

The church’s sanctuary is known for its next-to-perfect acoustics, and First Reformed UCC’s organist and pianist Lee Ann Peele says she is proud to share the instruments with her fellow musicians and with the larger community.

Peele took the lead in planning and organizing the concert again this year. After hearing so many people remark that the September 2014 concert should be an annual event, she said she agreed and started planning and contacting local church musicians and vocalists.

“What a great opportunity for community musicians to come together to share their talents. Also, it is a great opportunity for all of us to get together for fellowship,” Peele said.  “I think we all love music and enjoy a chance to perform for a worthy cause.”

The concerts are creative opportunities to benefit local non-profit agencies, according to Peele. “It is a great way to honor a community agency, and we were proud that last year’s offering raised $1,400 for Davidson Medical Ministries.”

Peele said the musicians and vocalists were enthusiastic about doing a second concert because they really enjoyed participating in the first one. “My personal feeling regarding the first concert was that I got to share our wonderful organ, an instrument that other church musicians say they enjoy playing.”

First Reformed United Church of Christ is proud to sponsor the concert that allows so many people to come together for a worthy cause, said Rev. Elizabeth Parker Horton, pastor of First Reformed UCC.

“We are grateful we can provide a place for the larger faith community to gather and enjoy the shared talents of 10 gifted church musicians and vocalists, all under one roof,” she said.

This year’s participants include:

  • Connie Burleson, First Presbyterian Church organist
  • Phyllis Jones, First Methodist Church organist
  • Pat Ulmer, Flautist at First Presbyterian Church
  • Kelly Newsome, First Lutheran Church organist
  • Jacob Gordon, Director of Music Ministries, First Lutheran Church
  • Arch McMullan, Becks Lutheran Church organist
  • Beverly Khemlani, First Baptist Church organist
  • Lee Ann Peele, First Reformed UCC organist and pianist
  • Mickey Sharpe, Vocalist
  • Ellen Peterson, Vocalist, Director of Adult and Hand Bell choirs at First Reformed UCC

First Reformed United Church of Christ is located at 104 East Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292, where the pastor is Rev. Elizabeth Parker Horton. For more information, call the church office at 336-248-2617, or email




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