The Rev. Roger Perry and his wife, Joye, like to do a comedy and bluegrass music routine. They have performed at a national convention and also host a monthly bluegrass music sing-along at their East Moline church.
But on Jan. 27, the Perrys will take their musical talent to the Quad-Cities’ first Pastors on Parade event, set for 2-4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa St., Davenport.
More than 20 ministers and faith leaders are involved in the fundraiser for Churches United of the Quad-Cities Area and its Winnie’s Place ministry. Tickets are $10, or $25 per family, and available at the door.
The Perrys minister at Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline. But they also enjoy performing a family-friendly comedy program, the Rev. Roger Perry explained. The minister expects to offer up two songs as part of the show. One, he said, could be “I Saw the Light,” popularized by Hank Williams, with the other a tune by Ray Stevens called “The Mississippi Squirrel.”
“We’ve been performing for many years,” Roger Perry said. Joye plays the stand-up bass and her husband is on the guitar, banjo and mandolin.
This is a first-time event, but organizers hope it will become an annual concert. Jane Bahls, Rock Island, is an organizer and a member of the Churches United visioning committee. Funds raised go to the organization’s 24 food pantries, three meal sites and Winnie’s Place, a women’s shelter.
Bahls salutes the event line-up, which she pointed out, is quite ecumenical in nature. Represented are various Christian congregations and the Jewish and Muslim faiths.
“We asked that our performers don’t come and preach, but that they do something they are not known for,” Bahls said. “It’s been just great to see people step forward and do something they are not known for.”
The Rev. Flint Miller of First Baptist Church, Moline, plans to sing, with songs by Jack Johnson or James Taylor. He may be accompanied by his teen-age son, who plays the acoustic guitar, drums and saxophone. “This just sounds like a lot of fun,” Miller said.
The Rev. Mark Anderson of Truth Temple Church in Rock Island will be part of a gospel music ensemble. Anderson’s six daughters, ages 13-22 years, join with the pastor, his wife and his mother, who plays piano. Songs include “How Majestic is Thy Name” and “How Excellent is Thy Name.”
Bahls believes the show will be a success. “We think it will be a wonderful show and a valuable fundraiser for Churches United,” she said.