The 20th annual Gospel Sing in the Hills will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Good Hope Tabernacle in Buckhannon. The event was started in 1993 by the local Chamber of Commerce. Burley and Pat Coberly later assumed the directorship of the gospel sing.
The Lord has blessed the Gospel Sing in the Hills by letting continue to be held and by sending singers who sing about what they really believe. This year, the event will feature groups such as The Believers from Leivasy, New Direction from Oceana and The Glorymen Trio from Beckley. They will be joined by local groups such as the Bluegrass Gospel Boys, The Dean Family and Soldiers of the Cross.
The groups charge no money to attend the gospel sing, coming only because they love to sing about their lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
The Believers formed about three years ago, and all of the members attend the same church. They got together one day to see if they could sing. Everything just clicked, and thus, the group was formed. Members of the group include Pastor Tim McClung on lead and tenor, and he is also the song writer of the group; Dan Shelford on baritone and piano; and Jim O'Dell on lead and tenor. O'Dell also provides all of the music on the group's soundtracks.
The New Direction Quartet was brought together by the Lord for one reason: to sing His praise in song. They originate from the southern West Virginia town of Oceana, which is the home of four of the six members. The members of the group include Fairley Jewel on bass, Ricky Proffitt on lead/baritone, Doug Lester on tenor, Steve Brown on baritone, John Blackburn on lead and Brandon Hooker on keyboard.
Burley and Pat and their work crew invite everyone to come out Saturday and enjoy the wonderful day the Lord has made. The open choir, for those interested, begins at 3 p.m., and the regular group singing begins at 4 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken.
For more information, call 304-472-3466.