Sunday morning, my family and I went to a Johnson Strings concert at Zion United Church of Christ in Hubbard, Iowa. We met the Johnsons in 2006 and listened to them for the first time in 2007. They've been one of our favorite music groups ever since.
During the service, toddlers would occasionally start crying, a child or two laid on the floor, and a teenager stretched his legs in the aisle. Not everything was perfect, but it was beautiful because it was alive. Some churches are so nice and proper they almost are like funerals.
Life is Hard (but God is good) as sung by Mrs. Johnson. She has a beautiful voice and the lyrics are so true. In life we face many difficulties, but God is good!
The instrumental pieces were excellent. Karen and Abigail played a fantastic violin-piano duet, and Luke, who has a very good voice, sang a couple solos. The grand finale was Handel's Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah...and then after the audience gave a standing ovation, the pastor asked for an encore!
The Johnsons have a Youtube channel featuring a few of their songs. I've embedded one below.
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After the concert, there was a dinner in the church basement.
Chicken noodle soup was served over mashed potatoes. It was a delicious combination! After everyone had enjoyed dinner and delightful conversation, there was a church fundraising auction. Iowans love auctions, so it was a fun way for members to donate to the church.
Below is a video of the auctioneer. Auctioneers have different styles, and they're fun to listen to.
Since all proceeds from the auction go to the church, some people took the bidding wars pretty high.
One little container of what I was told was a frozen German meat and oatmeal dish made by one lady from her grandmother's recipe sold for $200!
The lady who bought it told me it was delicious and totally worth it for her. I was told the name of the food, but can't recall. She mentioned she could send the recipe, so if she doesn't forget, I can try it one of these days...or at least admire the list of ingredients. I have doubts that my cooking abilities are sufficient to cook a dish that is just about as expensive as caviar!
It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning!
The Johnson Strings are a very talented family and a joy to listen to!
What are your favorite music groups?
Have you ever been to an auction?