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A concert to welcome spring
Boro Community Choir to perform Sunday at Primitive Baptist Church
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Statesboro First Baptist Church Worship Leader, Pastor Rhon Carter, leads the Boro Community Choir in a rehearsal in preparation for a spring concert planned for this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church. The public is invited to attend the free performance. (JULIE LAVENDER/staff)

The newly-established Boro Community Choir will perform a spring concert Sunday evening at 

6 p.m. inside Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church and the public is invited to attend the free event. 

The large collection of singers with representatives from almost a dozen churches in the area have gathered once a week as a choir since September and is under the direction of Pastor Rhon Carter, Statesboro First Baptist Church Worship Leader.  

"We're blessed to be able to meet weekly at First Baptist for rehearsals," Carter said, "but we can sing where the Lord will open the doors."

The choir meets for an hour every Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Rehearsing favorite hymns and other melodies, the choir then uses their voices to give back to the community. Once a month, the Boro Community Choir sings at a local nursing home or assisted living facility. 

The Christmas concert was their first big performance, and Carter plans to continue each year with two concerts: a holiday one in December and a spring concert.

Bama Newman, member of the Boro Community Choir and Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church, enjoys the camaraderie of various denominations in the community and said that she was surprised to just now find out that the person sitting next to her during rehearsals, with whom she was unfamiliar before joining the choir, actually hosted her family when Newman was a little girl. 

"In a random conversation, we figured out that she had served our family dinner when I was a little girl and my dad was pastoring in a nearby community," Newman said. 

And then in a conversation with another choir member, she realized that he had dinner with her nephew once a week. 

"It's all about relationships. It's our relationship with Jesus Christ first, but then it's our relationship with each other; we're all part of the Body of Christ."

Brenda Winskey, who attends Bay Branch Baptist Church in Screven County, joined because she wanted to take part in a larger body of singers. 

"I've met some great folks and rekindled friendships with people I've known from a long time ago," she said. 

"It's a way for people to use their gifts in a setting that is comfortable and encouraging and fun," Carter said. "We sing about the Savior and we encourage our community. That's sort of become our motto."

Gail Dismuke, First Baptist Church member, said she was delighted to be in a community choir and remembered singing with a former one years ago. Primitive Baptist member Danalyn Akins remembers being part of a long-ago community choir, too, and said she enjoys meeting with the group so much that she changed her volunteer day, just so that she could attend rehearsals. 

"It's a blessing," Akins said.

Hadley Campbell, who attends Pittman Park United Methodist Church, said that he loves visiting the nursing homes, too. 

"We get to sing a lot of the old songs that we don't often sing anymore."

Joyce Davis said she looks forward to the concert at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church because of special memories. Gesturing toward the front of the church, she said, "About seventy years ago, I stood right there and accepted Jesus." 

Newman summed up the conglomerate of community members nicely and said, "Music is all about harmony. And when you've got nine or 10 churches coming together in spiritual harmony and singing out in musical harmony, well, that's a beautiful thing."

For more information about joining the community choir that will resume meetings in September, find announcements on Facebook or call Rhon Carter at (912) 489-7909.