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Church plans to record concert for live CD

By Staff
CONCERT PREPARATIONS Amy Dukes, left, Lynn Presson and Felicia Powell sing and clap with the Evangel Temple Church Choir on Wednesday while preparing for their concert at the Temple Theater on Aug. 6. Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star
By Erin Hilsabeck / staff writer
July 31, 2004
Although Evangel Temple Church members have held many religious concerts, they plan to try something different at one set for Friday night at the Temple Theatre in Meridian.
The concert will be recorded live for release on compact disc. Ticket sales from "An Evening of Praise and Worship" and future CD sales will help raise funds for the Meridian church's new building.
The concert will feature nationally-known musicians Jim and Joanne Hammerly and the Evangel Temple Church choir.
Ground work for the $10.9 million church construction project has already started, and foundation work began earlier this week.
The new building will stand just south of the existing church on Highway 45 South.
Choir history
The Evangel Temple Choir and Music Ministry consists of an 80-member choir and an eight-piece praise band. The choir has performed for Wesley House events and other local functions.
Kim Culpepper, Dusty's father, began the choir in 1978 with less than 20 members. Years earlier, in a life-changing experience, Kim had heard the Rev. James Cleveland and his 300-member choir.
Over the years, as the church's congregation has grown, so has the choir.
The concert
Jim and Joanne Hammerly, formerly of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and the Christ Church Choir in Nashville, Tenn., also will be featured throughout the concert, Dusty said.
The Hammerlys and Christ Church Choir also are expected to appear on the live CD.
The Hammerlys have visited Evangel Temple Church three or four times before, Dusty said, and have conducted workshops with choir members.

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