Summer Musical Series to Open at Gilford Community Church | Lifestyles

GILFORD — On Sunday, June 12, as part of its regular 10 a.m. Sunday service, Gilford Community Church (GCC) will host the first performance of its summer musical series with musicians Michael Wernig and Chris Tompkins.

A recent graduate of UNH, Wernig currently works at Newmarket Parks and Recreation offering private piano lessons. Playing in the GCC since he was a young adult, Tompkins has been staying at Lake Shore Park in Gilford for the summer for over 55 years. During Sunday’s service, Wernig will perform My Romance and Rhapsody in Blue, while Tompkins will sing gospel and also sing a duet, “There Was Jesus,” with Cindie Graham.

“We are delighted to welcome the two musicians here to kick off our summer musical series,” said Pastor Michael Graham, who noted that GCC’s Sunday services in the summer are “full of music.” , live music and sermons meant to inspire people to think critically and with their hearts… I don’t preach dogma.

GCC’s Summer Music Series continues weekly every Sunday through September 4. Featuring all musical styles, from classical to contemporary, performances take place during Sunday services, which begin at 10 a.m.

For those unfamiliar with GCC and its popularity as a concert venue, Graham said visitors were “in for a treat”. “We don’t want to be a secret,” he said. “We have a beautiful, state-of-the-art system here and incredible acoustics. If you haven’t visited us, do so, you’ll be surprised at what you hear.

Located in Gilford, NH, GCC is an inclusive and open community with a broadly ecumenical spirit that welcomes people from all faith and cultural backgrounds. Viewable live on YouTube, services take place at 10 a.m. Sunday at 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, NH.

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Norma P. Rex