An Event Full of Soulful Songs and Soul Food!
Join us for uplifting, interactive singing led by renowned choral conductor Dr. J. Donald Dumpson and a special culinary presentation highlighting African-American cuisine from David Marable, Executive Director of the non-profit Amazing Grace Blessings.
We will gather on Sunday, March 13, at 3 pm in the sanctuary as Dr. Dumpson teams up with our Chancel Choir to help lead us all in spirited song, with opportunity for the congregation to sing as well! He’ll provide insight into the history and culture infused within selected African-American Spirituals as we continue to learn, grow, and expand our outlook.
Following the music, we move to Fellowship Hall where David Marable will explain what makes Soul-Food so special. You’ll learn that while the cuisine is ingrained within the African-American experience, cultures from around the world connect to food in similar ways.
Then, we enjoy our first shared meal as a church family in more than two years! With DPC recently moving forward as a mask-optional campus, we invite you to sit down, converse, and enjoy some home-cooked comfort provided by David and his talented team. Take-home boxes will be available for those who would prefer to eat at home.
Join us as we take this next step on our Matthew 25 journey. A free will offering will be received.
Dr. J. Donald Dumpson has devoted his life to arts ministry, education and performance. He has over 40 years of experience as a conductor/keyboardist, music minister, and events producer. Dr. Dumpson is the minister of music and arts at the Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA and led the music ministry at Bright Hope Baptist Church from 1985- 2010. He is president and CEO of Diverse Arts Solutions, a division of J. Donald Dumpson Productions, LLC, as well as, the founding director of the Westminster Choir College Jubilee Singers and the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale. Donald obtained a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. in Music Education, all from Temple University. As stated on his website: Dr. Dumpson’s intergenerational work occurs within an educational, spiritual … and sociocultural framework. While he works with a broad range of art forms, his principal focus is the human voice. He believes that the human voice has been central in communicating messages from despair to jubilation, deprivation to abundance and from the impossible to the possible. His goal is to reduce artistic stereotypes that limit inclusion of art borne of the African diaspora.
David Marable is the founder and Executive Director of Amazing Grace Blessings. He has been a passionate community advocate and activist for over a decade. Amazing Grace Blessings is named after his mother, Grace, whose food distribution ministries have helped countless people in need through Bethel Presbyterian Church – a mission partner with DPC. AGB’s mission is to provide resources for the success and empowerment of community initiatives. The organization has developed programming to fight food insecurity and hunger amongst disenfranchised communities. Amazing Grace Blessings will collaborate with local partners to fight poverty by hosting food distribution and family nutrition programs. The organization will identify targeted strategies to improve community health outcomes and empower social economic development amongst families. David served with the U.S. Army as an engineer for 13 years followed by employment with the state and federal government.
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