St. Paul’s presents concert


Staff report



GREENVILLE — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, corner of Fourth and Walnut streets in Greenville, announces an afternoon of Gospel and Broadway music. The Sunday, July 17 concert will feature Travis Bird and the Lemon Family.

Bird is a performer from Decatur, Indiana. In 2012, he earned a bachelor’s of music in Vocal Performance from Ball State University. Some of his favorite theatre credits include Godspell with Wells Community Theatre, the world premiere of Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy, Shrek the Musical, and Grease the Musical all with the Round Barn Theatre. He recently returned from a five-month tour as Mr. Geppetto/Stromboli in Pinocchio with the Missoula Children’s Theatre out of Montana.

The Lemon family, from Greenville, has been singing together for quite some time. Mike and Lori met in high school and after they were married, began singing together throughout Darke County. Once Kari and Julie were born, they quickly joined in. The Lemon Family has performed at various church and benefit functions throughout the Darke County area, including the Great Darke County Fair and The Darke County Cancer Society Gospel Sing.

Mike currently works at BASF Corporation in Greenville. He also works from home through other various companies. Lori is currently employed through the Whitewater Eye Centers. She works primarily in the Greenville office but also travels to Richmond as well. She also serves as the music director and organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Greenville.

Kari graduated from Ball State University in 2012 with a degree in Music Education. She currently is in her third year at Greenville City Schools as the junior high and South Middle School choir director and general music instructor. She is also the casting and music director for the Junior High Theatre Workshop productions in Greenville as well as serves as the Children’s and Senior Choir directors for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Greenville.

Julie graduated in May 2015 from Ball State University with a degree in Psychology and a double minor in Criminal Justice and Criminology. She recently accepted a position at the Bierman ABA Autism Center in Avon, Indiana, where she works on communication and life skills for autistic children. She currently is continuing her education at Ball State for a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis with an emphasis in Autism and plans to graduate in May 2017.

The Lemon Family mostly performs Southern Gospel inspired songs, gaining much inspiration from the Gaither Vocal Band, the Martins, and the Talley Trio. They stay busy singing nearly every Sunday morning at their home church but if given the opportunity, they enjoy performing for the community.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. The event is free and a love offering will be taken to cover costs of the concert and to begin a fund for St. Paul’s to purchase additional sound equipment items in the future. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Staff report