Barwick church holds supper, concert

About 60 people were on hand at the Barwick Community Church last month for its annual Christmas supper and concert, featuring Willie and Rodi Longenecker
Pastor Les Abbott said grace and welcomed everyone to this special occasion.
The Longeneckers always present Gospel music for whatever occasion they’re asked perform at and their entertainment is definitely graceful, well-prepared, and for all ages.
“This Gospel music ministry is with a focus on seniors,” he noted. “As we minister to you, Rodi and I hope you will take this opportunity to reflect again on [God’s] gifts to you in your life.”
The Sunday event was an evening to focus on Christmas and it’s true meaning, with slides presenting the district’s natural beauty and the Longeneckers’ ministry at various locations.
For eight years, the couple has travelled the countryside, singing at between 175-200 locations each year. Their goal is to speak clearly about the unique hope we have in Jesus Christ.
The couple’s music is a mixture of familiar hymns and country Gospel, touched by our northern experiences.
The Longeneckers live on Lake of the Woods at Morson although they both grew up in Pennsylvania in traditional Mennonite homes. For the past 32 years, they have lived in Central Canada, teaching and preaching.
Half of that time, they pastored the church where they now live. Their lives also have been enriched by the First Nations people with whom they live.
Prior to the concert, Darcy Georgeson played some Christmas carols on the piano. Then everyone sat back and enjoyed the talented couple’s performance.