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Musical groups announced for 25th Harvest Feast

State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) revealed the lineup of gospel groups and soloists who will perform at the annual Harvest Feast, which is celebrating its 25th year.

The event will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at the New Shiloh Baptist Church, 1727 W. 15th Ave., in Gary.

CeCe & Company, the Johnson Family, Whosoever Will Gospel Choir, Sisters in Christ, soloist David Gulleg, and praise dancer Minister Marcus Shadrick are all scheduled to participate in the Harvest Feast religious service.

“These singers, musicians and Minister Marcus Shadrick are a true blessing,” said Dr. Smith. “While we face many trials and tribulations in our lives, it is essential to give thanks to our heavenly Father for the great gifts He has bestowed upon us. The music at the Harvest Feast lifts the spirits of all who hear it. These are outstanding performers who use their great talents to praise the Lord Jesus for His goodness and the blessings He gives in abundance to each of us, His children.

“Among those blessings is the fellowship we experience and the delicious food we share at the Harvest Feast,” added Dr. Smith. “If you are in need of a good meal or are unable to spend the holiday with family or friends, please join us. We will be your family and you will make many new friends.”

The Harvest Feast is a gathering of Gary community citizens, especially senior citizens and those with no family in the area. These individuals come together for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and gospel music performances. Dr. Smith said all Gary community residents are welcome.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a church service. The Thanksgiving meal follows with all of the traditional trimmings, including turkey, dressing, beef roast, macaroni and cheese, green beans, greens, mashed potatoes, and dessert. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Smith said volunteers are essential for the success of the Harvest Feast. He is seeking help with the setup, preparation of food, the serving of the meal, and the clean-up. For more information and to volunteer, please call him at 219-887-2046.

Dr. Smith organizes and hosts the event every year as a memorial to his mother, the Rev. Julia E. Smith, former pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and his aunt, Magnolia Allen.


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