Church: Thief River Falls UMC
District: North Star
Submitted by: Marilyn Weir
Music is often called the "universal language", and Thief River Falls United Methodist Church experienced that firsthand on July 28.
That evening, the church hosted a "Change the World" concert featuring three talented musicians--Brianna, Brett, and Brayden Drevlow. The Drevlows are actually members of a nearby Lutheran church, but they frequently serve as worship accompanists at Thief River Falls UMC. The family was aware of the congregation's very ambitions fundraising goal for Imagine No Malaria, and its members saw an opportunity to help out. "This is something that we CAN do!" they explained.
This benevolent family performed a concert in the church sanctuary that featured piano and strings and showcased beautiful old hymns performed in their own original arrangements. The public was invited, which provided a great opportunity for Thief River Falls UMC to welcome members of the surrounding community and expose them to the congregation and its missions ministries. The Evangelism Commitee and a few friends served up ice cream and other treats after the program.
A generous freewill offering was collected for Imagine No Malaria, and it proved to be an evening of great music, fellowship, and missions.
The evening provided a classic example of connectedness, even across denominational lines, and gave attendees a chance to unite through God's work.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church