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2017 Purchase District Choir Fest at Fulton FUMC to benefit Reelfoot Rural Ministries

Posted March 30, 2017

Come and enjoy an evening of worship through music with a district-wide Mass Choir consisting of approximately 125 voices and guest speaker Robert Craig, director of Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM). The event will take place at First United Methodist Church in Fulton, Kentucky on Sunday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m. The Purchase District Laity Team is pleased to announce that the mass choir of the 10th annual Choir Fest will feature Hallelujah! By and By arranged by Mary McDonald, and Alleluia, He Lives! arranged by Joel Raney.

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Mr. Josh Gatlin, mass choir director of the Purchase District's 2017 Choir Fest to benefit Reelfoot Rural Ministries

Throughout the evening, a variety of choral arrangements will be performed by six (6) choirs and praise teams from the Calvert City, Clinton First, Fountain Avenue, Fulton First, Mayfield First, and Trinity United Methodist Churches, as well as, a combined Mass Choir under the direction of Mr. Josh Gatlin, choir director of Fulton First UMC. Also performing with the Mass Choir will be individuals from the Cayce, Crutchfield, Wingo-St. Paul, Symsonia, Lebanon, South Pleasant Grove, Mt. Olive, New Liberty, Arcadia, Massac, and Hazel United Methodist Churches.

Donations will be accepted through a love offering with ALL proceeds benefiting the many ministries of Reelfoot Rural Ministries located in Obion, Tenn - a ministry of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. Sunday, April 9 is designated as a district-wide ‘special offering’ Sunday for local United Methodist Churches. Those giving to the special offering should make checks payable to their local church and write “Reelfoot Rural Ministries” in the memo line. Then, each local church is asked to write one check made payable to Purchase District UMC and write “Reelfoot Rural Ministries” in the memo line and bring it to Choir Fest for the offering. After Choir Fest, the district will then write one check to Reelfoot.

At the 2016 event, a mass choir of approximately 120 voices from six (6) United Methodist Churches gathered for the district’s 9th annual Choir Fest with proceeds totaling $3,485.00 and benefiting Reelfoot Rural Ministries.

Mark your calendars now to attend Choir Fest on April 23rd at Fulton First UMC. Refreshments will follow the performance. All are invited!

Event sponsored by the District Laity Team of the Purchase District of the United Methodist Church.


First United Methodist Church, 200 Carr Street, Fulton, KY 42041 | website


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For More Information

Purchase District Lay Leader Dianna Colson | (270) 527-1939
Purchase District Office | (270) 527-8282 | PurchaseDistrict@Memphis-UMC.org

About Josh Gatlin

Josh Gatlin is starting his fourth year of service to First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Fulton, Kentucky. Josh is a 2012 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Martin with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Along with serving FUMC Fulton, Josh is in his third year of teaching. He teaches at Chester County High School in Henderson, Tennessee working as the choir director and assistant band director. Josh currently lives in Jackson, Tennessee with his wife Lauren and dog Izzy.

Information for Choir Participants

The Mass Choir will practice on April 23rd at 3:00 p.m. at Fulton First UMC. Participants are to rehearse both song selections prior to April 23rd and come to practice prepared. Individual participants may contact any of the participating church choirs to practice with them (click on church names above for contact information). Robes are optional. After practice and prior to the program, the generous members at Fulton First UMC will serve a light meal.

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