02/04/11 The Marshall County Ministerial Association is sponsoring a Christian Variety Show Saturday, February 19 from 6:00 p.m. ‚Äď 8:00 p.m.¬† The show will be hosted by friends and fellow Marshall County Orchestra members Annette Ray and Cindy Flagg.¬† The show is open to the public at the Plymouth First United Methodist Church located at 400 N. Michigan Street.¬† While there is no monetary fee; those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Neighborhood Center food pantry.¬†
Ray and Flagg have teamed together on many projects and held a similar talent show in 2007.¬† It was a success and at the time they planned to make it a yearly event.¬†
‚ÄúWe are both so busy with work and family and church, and other things,‚ÄĚ stated Flagg.¬† We are good friends and enjoy playing in the orchestra and small groups together.¬† But time escaped us and here it is four years later and we haven‚Äôt had another show!‚ÄĚ¬†
After much discussion and planning the two put together a variety show, yet had no place to hold it.¬† Flagg attends the Plymouth First United Methodist Church and approached Pastor Matt Pickut with the idea of having the variety show there.¬† Pickut liked the idea and took it before the ministerial association who agreed to sponsor the event.¬†
Throughout the process of contacting performers and finding the venue, etc. people continued to ask, ‚ÄúWhy?‚ÄĚ¬† What is the purpose of the variety show?¬† Ray enjoys answering that question.¬†¬†
‚ÄúCindy and I are both firm believers that God has given every single person a talent.¬† And we must use those talents for the Lord.¬† And I felt a need to bring people together to praise the Lord.¬† The variety show is a great way to experience Him through the gifts of others.‚ÄĚ¬†
Flagg interjected, ‚ÄúAnd there are so many people that believe being a Christian means never smiling or having any fun!¬† NO!!¬† With Christ at the helm of your world what is there to be so sad about?‚ÄĚ¬†
Continuing on the two women explained the variety show is a way for people to share talents, meet together for fun and fellowship and to praise the Lord.¬† The entire event is planned to be a win-win situation.¬† A fun evening, food for the pantry and praising the Lord; oh, and they also mentioned door prizes would be given away and refreshments will be served.¬†
It is difficult to not catch their enthusiasm as they talk about the variety show.¬† There are twenty different acts.¬† Some of the acts are traditional type things such as singing and instrumentals.¬† There are also some more non-traditional talents such as:¬† juggling, ribbon dance and comedy.¬†
Ray promises that all talent on that evening is done with Christ in mind. As well as a variety of talent, a variety of ages will be taking part in the evening of performance.¬† She is sure all ages will enjoy the show.
‚ÄúThis would be a wonderful evening to pick up the kids and grand-kids and enjoy an evening together,‚ÄĚ said Ray.¬†
A complete schedule of the evening‚Äôs variety will be published closer to the date of the event.¬† The event will be held in the church‚Äôs sanctuary.¬† The church is handicap accessible and all are invited to attend.¬† People with questions regarding the variety show should call Cindy Flagg at 574-952-3661.
PHOTO:¬† Taking part in the Marshall County Ministerial Association Christian Variety Show will be the First United Methodist Church Handbell Choir.¬† Pictured (L-R) are:¬† Ruth Van Vactor, Marsha Wilson, Barbie Pickut and Cindy Flagg.