‘Sharing Jesus in the Park’ at Idle Hour on Saturday

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By Toni Stauffer

The Chattahoochee Valley Southern Gospel Music Association is living up to its motto of “preserving the heritage of southern gospel music” with the 19th Annual Chattahoochee Jubilee on April 13 at Idle Hour Park from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., ET. The third Saturday in April is Gospel Music Day in Phenix City as proclaimed by Mayor Eddie Lowe. 




“My spiritual values are very important to me. That’s why I support the jubilee,” Lowe said. “This community supports it, and the people who sponsor the Jubilee realize that for our community to continue to grow, we have to have these spiritual values.”

The event is a fund raiser for local churches, youth groups, and organizations. 

“It is important to the community that we can all come together in one accord to love and respect each other in the name of Christ Jesus,” chair Denny Grimes said. “This is a family-oriented event put together for adults and children to gather in the park. Some folks won’t attend church, but they will come to a gathering such as this and the seed of God will be planted. No word of God comes back void.”




There will be 22 sets, 12 minutes each, by groups and soloists, some coming as far as Panama City, Fla. The theme is “Sharing Jesus in the Park,” and there will be hay rides around Moon Lake, face painting, clowns, and bounce houses. 

“I once was lost and going to Hell, but by the grace of God and the shed blood of Jesus Christ, I am redeemed, forgiven, and have eternal life,” Grimes said. “At Jubilee, we express that to all we come in contact with in hopes that they, too, will surrender their life to Christ. My songs I sing proclaim the message and Jubilee is a great outreach for me.”

Grimes said he hopes everyone will come out and enjoy the day. If interested in helping next year, or for more information, call 334-408-9410.