Elizabethton Choral Club spring performance to benefit ARM ministry

By Greg Miller

The Elizabethton Choral Club will present its spring concert at First Baptist Church of Elizabethton on Monday at 7:30 p.m., according to Ben Patton, the group's president. The concert will last approximately 45 minutes.
   Although the concert is free, donations of cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, and monetary contributions to the Assistance and Resource Ministries, Inc. (ARM) will be accepted.
   "We wish to encourage donations of cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, soap, etc., to the ARM ministry," Patton said. "ARM endeavors to meet the needs of those in Carter County needing food, clothing and other basic needs to live in our society. For information on ARM, call (423) 542-0919. This is our third year in supporting the ARM ministry."
   The club does not have a set goal for financial donations. "Any donation will be appreciated to help those in need in the county," Patton said.
   "The music that will be performed is mainly praise and worship to Jesus Christ and our God," Patton said. "Occasionally, we will perform songs of a lighter nature that is fun and entertaining.
   "The choral club had its beginnings during World War II," Patton said. John Bunn reorganized the club in 1993 and still serves as the club's director. Julie Caldwell is the accompanist for the group, which has approximately 60-64 members, according to Patton.
   "The delight and joy of music," Patton said, "is the club's greatest contribution to the community." Members are of many church denominations from across the East Tennessee area, sharing music and great fellowship together as we practice each week," he said.
   "I have been participating in the choir since 1995 as a tenor, and have been the president since 2001," Patton said.
   The most exciting aspects of the spring concerts, Patton said, are "seeing people smiling and enjoying the music, and it is fun to present our music after all the practice and we try to give it our best."
   Patton encourages interested individuals to enjoy the spring concert and consider becoming a part of the group. "We will start practice again in the fall, sometime in September, on Monday nights at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church," he said. "We also want to thank First Baptist Church for allowing us to use their choir room for practice and their sanctuary for our performances."
   For more information, call Patton at 929-3378 or Bunn at 957-1167.