The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'A treat for the senses'

Urban congregation reaches out with concert series

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and you’re listening to a live performance of Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” The slow sounds of music performed in typical 1920’s Harlem style have you swaying to the music. The concert, performed by the Five Points Brass Quintet, has featured an eclectic program ranging from Bach to what you’re hearing now.

The concert is free, and the reception that follows gives you a chance to interact with the musicians. It’s all happening at St. Paul Lutheran Church , Columbia, S.C. The concert is part of a regular series that St. Paul has sponsored for five years.

At St. Paul Lutheran, Columbia, S.C.,
At St. Paul Lutheran , Columbia, S.C., a free autumn concert series promotes musical talent and reaches out to visitors to the downtown church.
Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is the home of the University of South Carolina and numerous downtown churches. Congregational members live mostly in the suburbs so building community is challenging. Transforming austere church buildings into images of welcome for the surrounding urban landscape is even more of a challenge.

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