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First Presbyterian Church to bring storyteller Bill Harley to Roosevelt Elementary; free family concert planned


The Missions and Outreach committees of churches are usually known for their work to meet the basic needs of God’s people, both locally and globally — things like clean water, food, a safe place to live and basic health care.

This year, members of the Outreach Committee at First Presbyterian Church saw another need in the community they wanted to address: the need for people of all ages, political views and religious affiliations to come together and celebrate the things we do have in common, like the love of a good story that makes you laugh, remember and ponder, and that reminds you that “we are more alike than we are different.”

You might hear those very words on Wednesday, when storyteller and musician Bill Harley performs a free family concert at First Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Center. That’s certainly the notion Harley will leave you with after one of his performances. His stories find humor and wisdom in the universal experiences of childhood, like sibling rivalry, the lunchroom lady, and the question that every kid wonders about: what does the rest of the family do after you go to bed? Whether you are a kid or used to be a kid, Harley’s stories and songs will connect with you and leave you smiling.

First Presbyterian Church is also making it possible for Harley to spend the following day at Roosevelt Elementary School as part of their ongoing community partnership. The entire school has been participating in the family literacy program, One School, One Book program reading his book, Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year. During his time at the school, Harley will perform two assemblies in the morning and do classroom workshops in the afternoon for third- through fifth-graders.

For more information about the free family concert, contact the church at (423) 245-0104 or [email protected]

Sharon Amstutz is First Presbyterian Church’s associate pastor.

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