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Southern gospel concert planned in Lehigh

January 26, 2012
By MEL TOADVINE, , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Julian and Bonnie, who are well-known gospel music singers, Nashville style, will perform with dinner and a concert on Sunday January 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Community Congregational Church, 200 E. Leeland heights Blvd. in Lehigh Acres.

"We're really looking forward to seeing and hearing them perform," said Pastor Deb Frysinger.

The concert is free to the public, but a free-will offering will be taken for the gospel entertainers. Frysinger said the church will receive no money from the concert.

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Julian and Bonnie, Gospel music singers from Nashville, will perform at the First Community Congregational Church in Lehigh on Sunday night, January 29. Photo provided

"They play at churches all over the country and are now coming to Southwest Florida, and they will play for us and accept contributions from those attending," Frysinger said.

"I've listened to them on the Internet and they are really good."

Along with the concert, the church will serve a spaghetti dinner, also with a free will donation. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the gospel concert.

Julian and Bonnie come directly from Nashville, Tenn., and were nominated "2010 Duo of the Year" by the United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians.

"We are fortunate to have this talented duo to come to our church. If you enjoy tapping your feet, or clapping your hands to some guitar pickin' bluegrass Southern Gospel music, you better not miss this opportunity," Frysinger said.

Becky Markey, the church's office manager, said she love the southern style type of gospel music, too.

"I'll be there and hopefully, we will see a lot of Lehigh folks come. There is no charge, but they will a free will donation. That money goes directly to them to pay for their expenses," she said.

Julian and Bonnie are coming from Zephyrhills, Fla., where they will play in concert at the New Hope Baptist Church's Senior Luncheon on January 26.

Their songs are played all over the country and the world on radio and many of their selections have reached the top five on Top 100 Christian Country charts, including Number 2 son Destination Heaven.

Pastor Dr. Chris Johnson of the Central Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., said it was his honor to recommend everyone to the music ministry of Julian and Bonnie George.

They love the Lord and it is evident that the couple has a deep abiding faith in God, he said.

"They are gifted musicians who are sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Your people will respond to their music and ministry," Johnson has written in an introduction letter for the pair.

Julian was raised in a church, but strayed from church attendance and followed the world, he said on their Internet site.

But he loved to play the guitar, he said, and that when he was 35, he was introduced to Jesus and was saved. It wasn't long before he was writing songs and sharing them with others.

Bonnie was raised in a Baptist church in Utica, N.Y. She said her musical roots were developed there as well as through her father who played piano and encouraged her and her three sisters and twin brother to sing.

She said singing music for the Lord is one way she can express her love for the Lord and others.

"We have plenty of easy parking at our church. And we can easily seat 150 people," local Pastor Frysinger said.

"We just wanted to give this great musical gift they possess to the community. And before the concert, we want everyone to enjoy a great spaghetti dinner.




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