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Published on December 8th, 2021 | by Meta Washington


Gospel Roundup

Plumber Finds Hidden Treasure Behind Toilet Wall at Lakewood Church

A plumber doing work at the Lakewood Church in TX made an unusual discovery behind the wall of a loose toilet. The plumber uncovered nearly 500 envelopes filled with checks and cash while removing tiles and insulation. Evidence shows that the amount of money found coincides with the hundreds of thousands of dollars that had reportedly been stolen from a safe at the megachurch back in 2014. The Houston Police Department was still conducting an active investigation of the seven-year-old cold case in which $600,000 had disappeared from the church’s safe. The plumber who had found the money, had contacted a maintenance supervisor, then gave the church the envelopes he found. It’s still unclear exactly how much money had been recovered from inside the bathroom wall of The Lakewood Church led by prominent televangelist Joel Osteen. Back in 2014 when the burglary first occurred, a $20,000 reward was offered and then donated a year later to the Crime Stoppers of Houston for information leading to an arrest. The Houston Police confirmed it appeared the money found was likely the same money that was stolen in 2014. It is still not clear whether or not the plumber who made the discovery has received an award for his role in helping recoup the stolen money since technically there wasn’t an actual arrest connected to the discovery but he is hoping to still get some reward.

McDonald’s Shares Gift of Music with Gospel Lovers

The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Holiday Experiencein partnership with BET will deliver the gift of music on Sunday, December 12th at 8:00 PM ET which marks the tour’s finale. The holiday concert now celebrating its 15th year, continues the tradition of supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities whose mission is to help the families of hospitalized children with their expenses. Since 2012, the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour has raised more than $1 million dollars to aid families who are caring for ill and/or injured children. This year’s event will take place on a virtual stage and will feature holiday carols and gospel music performed by Yolanda Adams, The Walls Group, Brian Courtney Wilson, Kurt Carr, James Fortune and Season 10 Sunday Best winner Stephanie Summers. The concert performers will come together to premiere a song written and produced by Sir the Baptist called “Christmas Spirit.” The concert will be streamed on BET’s YouTube channel.

Fall GospelFest Returns to Madison, WI

The SSM Health Fall Gospel Fest will present a free virtual concert on Saturday, Dec. 11th at 7 p.m. featuring performances by Byron Cage, Ruth La Ontra and the Wardlaw Brothers. The concert now in its 17th year, was founded by Clyde Gaines who initially thought it would be a one-time event. It has since gained the reputation as being the premier gospel event for Madison, WI. Before establishing the SSM Fall Gospel Fest, Gaines observed that top gospel artists would come to the area to perform for larger cities throughout the Midwest but never in Madison. The Fall Gospel Fest, which is a celebration of fellowship, music, and cultural heritage has traditionally performed before a live audience, but due to the pandemic will remain virtual this year.

Songstress Oleta Adams Will Appear as Guest for “A Gospel Christmas”

Singer-pianist Oleta Adams, born the daughter of a preacher will be returning to her roots for a holiday gospel celebration.  “A Gospel Christmas with Oleta Adams.”presented by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestraand the IN UNISON Chorus consisting of local community church members from across the city will be conducted by Kevin McBeth. The holiday concert a seasonal tradition for more than 20 years, was sidelined nearly two years by the pandemic, but will return in its full splendor to the Powell Symphony Hallin St. Louis, MO for one night only on December 9th and will feature the 4x Grammy-nominee who will render a repertoire of holiday classics and gospel songs. This year’s concert will be the third time that Adams will be performing with the orchestra. Oleta Adams, the orchestra and chorus will be performing various holiday favorites including “Christmas Time Is Here,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Holy is the Lamb,” and much more.

Charles Jenkins Presents New Big Band Christmas EP

Award-winning singer and songwriter Charles Jenkinsrecently dropped a new Big Band influenced holiday EP titled “A Charles Jenkins Christmas.” Jenkins known for his innovative approach to gospel music continues to broaden his musical horizons during the Christmas holiday with the new five-track set of songs he composed that showcase glitzy brass players and bouncy piano tunes. “It’s Christmas Day,” the opening song is followed by a duet with Oakland, CA’s Lena Byrd Milescalled “Let’s Dance”. The project also includes a ballad “Under the Christmas Sky,” about the birth of Christ as well as a lively, up-tempo, jitterbug-type tune called “The Christmas Hop.”  When asked about the decision to do the big band Christmas project, Jenkins said “I wanted to produce some new Christmas music that has the potential to be timeless.” Jenkins went on to talk about his fascination with the classics from legendary artists such as Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, and others. Jenkins’ fans will undoubtedly receive a treat for the holidays as he is expected to perform songs from the project during “The Stellar Tribute to the Holidays” airing Christmas Day on BOUNCE-TV.

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