[From Father Ed Erb, rector, Grace Honesdale]
You cannot imagine if you were not there, the phenomenal concert enjoyed at Grace Church this evening. I wish I could say the $1,100+ raised was the best part of the evening. All to aid Episcopal Relief and Development for their work in Haiti.
Our guess is that about 75 people from all over NEPA and NY State gathered to hear some of the most amazing music.
Our own Janet Burgan (folk guitarist, song-writer and singer) and Steve Faubel (classical pianist and soft-rock singer) will forgive me I know, but to these ears the most moving offering of the evening was a dream vision of the travesty of the earthquake. The keyboard playing and singing of Kazzrie Jaxen entered us into a journey from early Tuesday calm, through the shocks, the subsiding, the after-shocks and the unsettling calm following the devastation of the earthquake.
I have been at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York as the organist Dorothy Papadakos improvising from the depths of the organ to the full swell of the State Trumpet in the balcony, the sound of the earth filling that huge cathedral. We experienced that tonight with the Steinway piano and Kazzrie's playing - the sound of the earth filling Grace Church. What an experience, you cannot imagine!
And now, the joy of sending well over $1,000. to give some relief to our sisters and brothers in Haiti. It was suggested over and over again that we do something like this once a year, every 3 months, once a month - for some special need. Here is another ministry of Grace Church. And all we had to do was open the doors and turn on the lights! Praise God!