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RELIGION BRIEFS: Pandelirium at Trenton United Methodist; Brian Arnold at Grace Community

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The Pandelirium Steel Drum Band will perform Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Trenton United Methodist Church. The church will have an outdoor worship service at 11 a.m. in Trenton Park, followed by the band's performance, then a homemade ice cream social.
Submitted photo The Pandelirium Steel Drum Band will perform Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Trenton United Methodist Church. The church will have an outdoor worship service at 11 a.m. in Trenton Park, followed by the band's performance, then a homemade ice cream social.

Mixing old and new Sunday in Trenton

Each year on the second Sunday in August the congregation of Trenton United Methodist Church in Trenton delays worship time from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and changes location from the sanctuary to worship in the open air of Trenton Park.

Following worship those present enjoy a picnic lunch. If the weather does not permit comfort outdoors, then the location will be in the church building.

The new, during this 125th year, is a 1 p.m. concert by the band Pandelirium from the University of Iowa. The Pandelirium Steel Drum Band performs on instruments cut and hammered from 55 gallon oil barrels and their performances include a blend of musical styles ranging from traditional Calypsos and Soccas of Trinidad to Reggae, arrangements of popular songs, and jazz standards. The quartet is based in Iowa City and is made up of current and former members of the Pan-American Steel Drum Band from the University of Iowa. They have performed at numerous venues in Iowa, including the Iowa City Jazz Festival, Iowa Corn Daze, the Marion Swamp Fox Festival, and RAGBRAI.

After the band plays, it will be time to open the ice cream freezers. The ice cream social features homemade ice cream and tasty treats, so that all who enjoy it can “Beat the Heat in Trenton.”

The building is fully accessible with plenty of free parking.

Freewill offerings will be received for the band and for the ice cream.

All are welcome.

Brian Arnold speaking at Grace Community Church

Grace Community Church in Washington will have a special worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, with evangelist and musician Brian Arnold.

Arnold is becoming one of America’s most sought after motivational speakers and evangelists. He shares his personal story of going from a “victim” mentality to living a life of victory. His story is a story of hope.

​At the age of 6, Arnold lost his leg in a lawn mowing accident. His father, a basketball coach at the time, accidentally ran over him and he was left labeled as a “cripple.” This was the beginning of a lifelong battle with his identity. This event also caused his mother to direct him toward music and becoming a pianist. By age 20, Arnold was earning a living making music with his hands. Thus, his identity went from being known as a cripple to being known as musician.

In 1994, Arnold was in a life-threatening auto accident involving a semi truck, which left him with his left arm paralyzed from the shoulder down. Once again, his identity was threatened. It would have been easy, if not expected, for him to simply give up and accept the label of being a “cripple.” Arnold continued to fight, believing God was not finished with him yet. Today, he helps others to look to the Father for their true identity. His message is against “identity theft.” It also is a message of hope. That no matter what a person might look like on the outside or what they’ve been through, it’s what (or who) is on the inside that matters most.