Six Area Churches to Participate in Sunday’s Habitat Concert
January 24, 2013
January 27, 7:00 p.m.
By Debbie Van Pelt-McEnroe
The 14th annual Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity Concert will be held at 7 p.m. this Sunday, January 27 at Beacon Heights Community of Christ Church, 19402 Holke Road in Independence. The popular fundraising concert is actually produced by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, located at Lee’s Summit Road & I-70 in Independence, but was moved to the larger Beacon Heights facility four years ago to accommodate larger crowds. There is not an admission fee; but free-will donations will be collected at the event. At least six Independence churches from three different denominations will participate.
Rachel Swaney, Music Director at St. Michael’s, said she is looking forward to this year’s program. Aside from the St. Michael’s Episcopal Church choir and the Beacon Heights Community of Christ choir, a group will perform from Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church. There will also be a flute ensemble comprised of members of various Community of Christ congregations, a piano duet from Cornerstone Community of Church and a trumpet quintet from the Stone Church. Swaney added that the program should end at 8:30, followed by a reception with cookies and punch. Child care will be provided during the concert, making the music more enjoyable for adults.
Pat Turner, Executive Director for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity (TH Habitat), said success of the annual concert is more important this year than ever before. The local Habitat affiliate has seen an increase in the number of applications for homes. For each home built, TH Habitat receives 100 eligible applications, and receives twice that many people inquiring about the homes.
Turner says one of the biggest myths about Habitat is that the homes are given away. In reality, each family is required to put in 350 hours of “sweat equity”, make a down payment, and then purchase their home at cost with 0% interest. Every house that Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity builds is 5-Star Energy rated, keeping utility costs down for needy families. TH Habitat recently completed its 60th home in eastern Jackson County.
The ecumenical concert is one of the largest third-party fundraising events each year for Truman Heritage Habitat. In 2012, the concert set a record, raising more than $2,100. This year, organizers hope to increase that amount. Turner said it would be a big help if concert-goers would think in terms of donating $10 for a box of nails, $35 for a box of roof shingles or, even $75 for one window. Donations of any amount will be appreciated, and all donations to Habitat are tax-deductible.