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Rising Star's 'Gospel Explosion' nets $3,216 for its building fund

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By BILL COOKE Reporter Staff Writer

They want to build a new church building. They deser ve a tabernacle.

Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke Above, Dr. Vanessa Beaumont gave a powerful performance, singing three Mahalia Jackson gospel classics. Below, Jadon Lewis and Ivory Douglas in a praise dance number. Below right, Ernest Russel sang while Kenny Dennis kept the beat on drums. Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke Above, Dr. Vanessa Beaumont gave a powerful performance, singing three Mahalia Jackson gospel classics. Below, Jadon Lewis and Ivory Douglas in a praise dance number. Below right, Ernest Russel sang while Kenny Dennis kept the beat on drums. Rising Star Baptist Church— easily one of the most musicallygifted congregations to be found anywhere—is holding fund-raisers for their building fund.

They have held several events and there will be more before they reach their goal.

But Saturday night, they did what they do best. In what they billed as "Gospel Explosion 2009," they sang to the community.

Beautifully. Inspirationally. Joyfully. Soulfully.

Exceptionally.

They sang in the Rockdale Junior-High School Commons where an enthusiastic crowd of more than 225 people showered the performers with standing ovations.

The event raised $3,216 in ticket sales and donations.

Special guest soloist was Dr. Vanessa Beaumont, mezzo soprano of Round Rock who sang three of Mahalia Jackson's classics, "Keep Your Hand on the Plow", "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song," and "Troubles of the World."

She was accompanied at the keyboard by Pastor Fred Warren of Little Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hutto.

Combined Choirs

The program opened with the acclaimed Rising Star Baptist Church Combined Choirs, accompanied by choir director Jo Ann Bradford at the keyboard and youth minister Kenny Dennis on drums. A concert by this group alone would have been a treat in itself.

First featured soloist was L.C. Richards on the night's opening number, "Let It Rain," a perfect pace-setter. Following the choir's "Faithful is Our God," Rising Star Pastor Royal Johnson was soloist for the choir's rousing "Allright!"

Next, the Rising Star Male Chorus, also accompanied by Bradford and Dennis, sang "Wonderful" with Richards the soloist, and then "Cooling Water" that featured soloist Ernest Russel.

By that point, the audience already knew it had gotten more than full value for the $10 admission.

Next segment brought four numbers by the R ising Star Praise Team, directed by Dennis. "Heaven" featured dancers Ivory Douglas, Janeene Maloy, Lela Mitchell, Makayla Washington, Kaylee Maloy and Madison Maloy.

"Praise in Advance" featured Justin Johnson. The duo of Ivor y Douglas and Jadon Lew is per formed "Speak Life" and "Stand. " Workshop Choir

Following Dr. Beaumont's powerful trio of Mahalia Jackson's songs, the Rising Star Workshop Choir, with Richard Hicks of Round Rock as workshop leader, provided four numbers, "So Glad to be Here", "Let My Life Be a Worship", "I Really Love You," and "In Your Low Place."

A highlight of that last segment was the final number, "In Your Low Place," with Joyce Ford as soloist.

Rising Star has poured its slab for its proposed church building near the existing church at 1022 Texas Street.

How to support

Persons wanted to contribute to the building fund can send checks payable to Rising Star BC Building Fund, PO Box 125, Rockdale TX 76567.


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