Ralph Cheney, left, and Sandy Nisbet. Submitted photo

GARDINER — The Highland Avenue United Methodist Church plans to present a public concert Sunday, Nov. 6. A free will offering will be directed to relief efforts in Florida due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian.

A concert of Christian music, composed by Ralph Cheney and Sandy Nisbet, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Highland Avenue United Methodist Church of Gardiner, 35 Highland Ave.

Three original anthems will be sung by the church choir. Songs sung by the Winsome Souls Quartet, along with various solos and duets performed by church members and friends, will make for a 90-minute worship celebration, followed by light refreshments prepared by the United Methodist Women, according to a news release from Nisbet.

Cheney and Nisbet have written 21 spiritual hymns and anthems together. As choir director in past years at the church, Nisbet had an opportunity to teach many of the anthems to the choir. Cheney then became choir director, providing music for church services in Zoom presentations during quarantine.

The Highland Avenue choir, in combination with the Randolph United Methodist Church, will present three original anthems by Cheney and Nisbet, “Sing A Happy Song,” “For I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel” and “Riding to Heaven on God’s Railway.” The choir will be accompanied by David Stetson on piano.

Phil Garwood will be the emcee. The Rev. Ruth Merriam will speak on behalf of the churches as minister of the Gardiner and Randolph churches, as well as leading all in prayer.

For more information, contact Nisbet at 207-513-1707 or [email protected].


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