Area churches will host upcoming events as the season of reflection and renewal continues.
• Join Respite Angels at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, for "Hymns Through the Ages" at Calvary Methodist Church in Arnolds Park. Pam Sundall and Terri Nagel will be leading the sing-along. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Contact the church office at 332-2447 or Respite Angels at 229-6064 for questions or additional information.
• The Many Voice Choir is returning with a "Sing and Celebrate" concert series. The performances will include classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz and Broadway music. All performances are 7:30 p.m., starting with a stop Friday, April 26, at the red Rocks Center in Fairmont, Minnesota.
First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake will host the second concert on Saturday, April 27. The third and final planned "Sing and Celebrate" concert will take place May 3 at the United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg.
The Many Voices Choir is a non-profit organization and consists of a group of volunteers of all ages and occupations who like to sing and enjoy the companionship of fellow musicians.
Members come from Estherville, the Lakes Area, and all the surrounding communities. All interested persons are welcome to join the choir. There are no auditions. The choir is funded by membership dues, occasional donations, and free-will offerings at concerts.
The Choir is directed by Tim Schumacher and accompanied by Jennifer Johnson.
• At 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, the public is invited to attend a handbell performance at the First Presbyterian Church, 3501 Hill Ave. in Spirit Lake. The Iowa Lakes Community College Handbell Choir, under the direction of Carol Ayres Stueven, is an ensemble that performs on a seven-octave range, from G2 to G8, of Schulmerich handbells. The bells are made of bronze and range in weight from four ounces to 26 pounds. The choir also supplements handbells with a seven-octave set of hand chimes.
Also performing at this concert are First Presbyterian Handbell Choir and the Lakes Community Handbell group under the direction of Carol Ayres Stueven. Members of the Lakes Community Handbell group include: Cindy Knabe of Jackson, Minnesota; Sue Haburn of Spirit Lake; Megan Struthers of Milford; Bev Petrick of Spirit Lake, Jordan Christensen of Estherville; Nick Steinle of Ruthven; Jada Duis of Ocheyedan, Brooklynn Erickson of Spirit Lake; Lincoln Larsen of Hinton; Travis Meyer of Estherville; Matthew Tifft of Ames; Sam Wolver of Centerville; and Trevor Zellmer of Pierce, Nebraska, and Iowa Lakes students.
Free will donations are accepted toward the purchase and upkeep of the handbells and hand chimes.