Floyd Gospel Sing sings praises to the Lord
By Bob Steenson, [email protected]
Persons attending the Floyd Gospel Sing over the weekend maybe got the best of both worlds – a beautiful day outside on Friday and rain-relocated indoor performances on Saturday where the conditions were more crowded but the acoustics probably better.
The annual Floyd Gospel Sing attracted a good crowd both days, listening to more than 20 gospel groups from across the country, rotating through 20-minute sets that started in the morning and continued to well after the sun went down.
The Floyd Gospel Sing was started in 1995 by Pastor Paul and Dixie Phillips of the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Floyd. Dixie Phillips is herself a Dove Award-winning songwriter.
Proceeds from the annual event go to support the Lighthouse Academy Christian school.
As is usual for the event, there was an assortment of foods and refreshments available in addition to the music, as well as booths set up by some of the groups where they pitched CDs, booklets and other merchandise.
Lois Meyer of Floyd, who helped pour coffee on Friday as “The Coffee Lady,” was off-duty on Saturday and enjoying the performances.
“I’m having a great time,” she said. “I’m having a ball – enjoying every minute.”
Interspersed between some of the performances were inspiration messages and Bible references from Pastor Phillips, who said the purpose of the weekend was to give people a chance to find a more personal relationship with Jesus.
Scheduled to appear this year were the Brad Davis Family, Welsh, Louisiana; Brenda Deeney Rhoades, Lebanon, Missouri; Common Bond Quartet, Winchester, Kentucky; Divinity Trio, New Castle, Indiana; Foster Triplets, Jamaica; Galen Roberts, Floyd; Garms Family, Arkansaw, Wisconsin; Higher Power, Waukee; Keepers of the Faith, Puyallup, Washington; Larry Delawder Family, Mathias, West Virginia; Liberty Belles, Columbia, Missouri; Lighthouse Academy, Floyd; Mark Dubbeld Family, Moneta, Virginia; Mark Mathes Family, Springfield, Missouri; Reconciled, Red Oak; Redeeming the Time, Floyd; Sacred Call, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; SaltLight, Waverly; The Chitans, McDonough, Georgia; Three Redeemed, Floyd; and Voices of Peace, Potter, Wisconsin.