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Singer, songwriter Sara Groves to perform at Bethel Lutheran

For the fifth year in a row, Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson will bring in a musical act for a family friendly and affordable holiday concert over Thanksgiving weekend. This year, the church has selected Twin Cities singer, songwriter and storyteller Sara Groves to perform for the holiday concert, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the church's Bethel - Highlands Campus (504 Frontage Road).

"This concert isn't a fundraiser for us, it is just something we like to offer for community members to enjoy, and so that they don't have to go into the Twin Cities for something similar," said Bethel Lutheran pastor John Lestock. "Sara Groves is a nationally recognized artist and sells out all of her concerts. She will perform some of her holiday music as well as some stuff from her new album that is being released soon."

Groves has over two decades of experience as a musician and has released 12 albums in which she has attempted to name and explore the many tensions of a life of faith. Groves' music looks at issues both personal and global. Groves and her husband own and operate Art House North, where they cultivate "creative community for the common good" out of a 100-year-old church in St Paul.

"I love the Christmas season because it allows me to revisit some of my favorite songs," Groves said. "I'm out doing stuff all year long, but this time of year is always one of my favorites."

Those interested in attending the concert have two avenues to purchase tickets. The first is to go to, and the second is to go to one of the two Bethel Lutheran locations during office hours or during services to purchase tickets. According to Lestock, concert tickets usually sell out pretty quickly, but there might be some tickets sold at the door. Tickets will be $25 for adults and $12 for youths 18 and under.

"There isn't a bad seat in the house, so you will be able to enjoy a great concert wherever you might be sitting," Lestock said. "It will be a wonderful night with wonderful music. But for me, although I'll enjoy the music, I think I'll enjoy how deeply reflective Sara can be when she shares stories and experiences during her concert just as much."

Along with her passion for music, Groves also has a passion for justice. She has joined forces with International Justice Mission to advocate for victims of human trafficking for the past eight years. She has also been nominated for seven Dove Awards.

"I put my whole heart into my music and all of my other passions," Groves said. "I've been with this group I'm playing with now for a very long time, and I think we are at our best when we play in intimate settings like Bethel Lutheran."

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Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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