Community Concert Series

In November, we feature the music of Jumpin’ Jehosafats, and benefit Simpson Housing Services.

To make a donation to Simpson Housing Services, click the button below, type the amount in the “Concert Charity” field, and specify “Simpson” in the box next to the $$ amount.

Wesley Rules Blues, performed by Jumpin Jehosafats

The Jumpin’ Jehosafats have been together since 1985 and have played over seven hundred benefit concerts in the Midwest and Caribbean. All proceeds beyond expenses are given to charitable causes. To date, they have helped raise close to $500,000 for United Methodist related ministries such as Operation Classroom, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and many other ecumenical causes such as Habitat for Humanity and disaster relief.

Their music is equal parts Traditional Jazz and Gospel. They have played in churches, prisons, nursing homes, homeless shelters, riverboats, the Minnesota State Fair, and hilltop Jamaican villages. They have played in Haiti and have future trips planned to Africa and India. Every summer they take a “world tour” of northern Minnesota.

The band philosophy can be summed up in the words of one of their leaders when he says, “I believe God wants us to have fun. We’re designed to laugh and sing and dance. That’s one of the ways God lifts our spirits. It’s a way of remembering that the world is not on our shoulders, but that God is in charge.”

Since Simpson Housing Services beginnings in 1982 in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church, Simpson has become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to unmet community needs, their services have grown to include five key programs: emergency shelter, supportive housing programs for youth, single adults, and families – along with developmental and educational services for children of families in their Family Housing Program.

They were one of the first Minnesota organizations to use the nationally-recognized Housing First model. Individuals and families are placed into housing immediately then supported with identified services to help address barriers. They work across the metro area partnering with landlords and developers to find sustainable housing for families and individuals.

The Prospect Park United Methodist Church Community Concert Series has always been about community:

  • The community supported by local nonprofit organizations that are benefited by the generous donations from concert goers
  • The community of musicians who graciously share their musical talents with others
  • The community of concert goers who come together to experience that music and who generously donate funds in support of those nonprofit organizations

In this time of pandemic, we do not feel that we can safely bring musicians and concert goers together for in-person concerts. Consequently, we will not be scheduling any in-person concerts until further notice.

This doesn’t mean that the needs of the community served by the non-profit organizations is any less, or that the musical groups are any less worthy of a listen to brighten our lives, or that those who attend those concerts have any less desire to enjoy that music and support those worthy causes.

As in many other parts of our lives, the 11th season of the concert series will be a virtual one. Each month we will feature on our website one of our musical groups with information about the group and links to music recorded by them. We will also feature a nonprofit organization doing excellent social justice work in the neighborhood, community, city and across denominations.

We ask you to join in as the ‘concert-going’ community by listening to music by the featured musicians (and perhaps purchasing one of their albums); reading about the work of the featured organizations and if you are so moved, by donating to those organizations; and finally, in the spirit of community, add a comment about the music you have experienced or the inspiration or appreciation you have gained from the featured organization on this web page for that month’s ‘concert’ (while treating yourself to a cookie or bar or a healthy vegetable snack in solidarity with others in the concert going community)!

To go along with your treat, if you would like to add delicious coffee as authentic to the PPUMC Community Concert series, you can purchase Velasquez Family Coffee here. This is the fair trade coffee served during the reception following the formerly in-person concerts, and it can be delivered to your door!

Other beneficiaries of the 2020-2021 season:


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