published Friday, December 25th, 2009

Churches plan New Year's Eve events

Staff Report

At least two New Year's Eve concerts Thursday will have a gospel flair.

* The Ken Hicks and the Gospel Road New Year's Eve Gospel Music Spectacular is scheduled 8 p.m. to midnight at the Walker County Civic Center, 10052 Highway 27, in Rock Spring, Ga. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The evening will feature Danny Funderburk, former tenor for the Cathedral Quartet, Singing Americans and Perfect Heart; Testimony Quartet, featuring Ken Hicks of US101's "Gospel Road"; the Sonlife Quartet; and Randall Franks, who played Officer Randy Goode on TV's "In the Heat of the Night."

Tickets are $12 and are available at Walker County Civic Center; SonShine Christian Books in Fort Oglethorpe, 706-861-7675. Special prices for groups of 20 by calling in advance.

For more information, call 423-605-8627 or visit

* The annual singing at Oakwood Community Church, 3927 Webb Road will feature Calvin Newton, a former Gaither Homecoming artist, along with J.R. Worley, emcee Dana Russell and several others.

The celebration will last from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is free. Food will be available. For more information, call 648-9388; or e-mail or


* First Lutheran Church, 2800 McCallie Ave.; 7 p.m.; 629-5990.

* Hawkinsville Missionary Baptist Church, 7463 Pinewood Drive; 10 p.m.; 892-1924,

* Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road; 6:30 p.m.; 892-1916.

* Second Missionary Baptist Church, 2305 E. Third St., 10 p.m.

* Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, 612 James Blvd., Signal Mountain; 5-7 p.m., come-and-go Holy Communion; 886-2190.

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