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Teen Challenge choir to perform

Published 10:37pm Friday, April 4, 2014

The Teen Challenge Choir will perform at Liberty Spring Christian Church on Sunday.

Currently numbering eight singers, the choir is composed of graduates of the Teen Challenge program, who will minister through song and testimony during the performance, which begins at 6 p.m.

“It’s a faith-based ministry that concentrates on people with life-controlling problems, with Jesus Christ as the source of healing,” said Eric Sarratt, a graduate and former choir member. Drug and alcohol abuse are frequent issues that drive people to Teen Challenge, he said.

The director, Robert Costanza, has been with the choir for 24 years and has traveled all over the United States with the choir, Sarratt said. The choir has performed the national anthem for professional baseball games, among other high-profile appearances.

In addition to faith-based songs, many classics by Frank Sinatra and others are in the choir’s repertoire, Sarratt said.

“The primary goal is to offer encouragement,” Sarratt said. “The songs and the testimony as to how Christ has worked in their life.”

There is no admission charge for the event, but CDs, T-shirts and other merchandise will be for sale, and a love offering will be taken. A spaghetti dinner will follow the concert.

“It’s great, wholesome entertainment, but it’s also great public awareness as well, to offer the public the option of a faith-based ministry,” Sarratt said.

The church is located at 4213 Whaleyville Blvd. Childcare will be provided.

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