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Church concert to raise funds for local non-profit
February 12, 2019

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A benefit concert at the island church will help raise funds for F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva.

MBI-recorded singer-songwriter Austin Church, who came up the song "God's Locomotive," will perform on Feb. 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Captiva Chapel by the Sea in a free concert. Donations are being requested from guests, with the proceeds to benefit the islands' human services organization.

A reception will be held on the parsonage back porch following the performance.

The Rev. Dr. John N. Cedarleaf explained that Church, who has released five albums, created "God's Locomotive" after sitting in on a Sunday service. It will be his first time performing at the chapel.

"He's a singer-songwriter who lives on the east coast of Florida," Cedarleaf said, adding that Church is an island visitor and the song stemmed from one of his visits. "He's been down a number of times."

The chapel's events committee reached out to him about a possible concert and he agreed.

"It's just him performing," Cedarleaf said.

"He'll include that (song) in the concert, but he'll do other ones too," he added.

Cedarleaf noted that the church is a supporter of F.I.S.H. and some parishioners serve as volunteers.

"That's one of the outreach things that the chapel supports financially and has for a long time," he said, adding that last year's water issues were a reason why the non-profit was chosen as the beneficiary.

"We knew that they needed extra this year because of the summer," Cedarleaf said. "They needed a little extra boost, so that's why we decided on F.I.S.H."

The chapel has no monetary goal in terms of how much it hopes to raise.

"Just whatever comes in," he said.

The performance will take place outside.

"We will have chairs set up," Cedarleaf said. "There should be plenty of space."

On the third Sunday of the month, he hosts a party on the back porch for the community.

"There's food and drinks and socialization," Cedarleaf said, adding that it is his third season hosting the events. "This concert happens to be on the third Sunday, so it was a natural fit to have that afterward."

The chapel is planning similar activities, like an organist performing jazz hymns on March 17.

"We're doing a couple of these things this year," he said.

For more information, call 239-472-1646 or visit www.captivachapel.com.

For more about Church, visit online at www.austinchurchmusic.com.

For more on F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, call 239-472-4775 or visit www.fishofsancap.org.

The Captiva Chapel by the Sea is at 11580 Chapin Lane.

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