Our Mission Statement: "Promoting Southern Gospel Music & Christian Unity"
11 December - "Rejoice" will be in concert after an absence of several years. These six gals do a fantastic job of harmonizing and being in the Christmas Season I know you will love listening to their fine Christmas Songs.
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Now for some Bad News. With tearful eyes, after 16 plus years, our November and December Concerts will be our last. At the Annual Meeting with the Committee, we found ourselves forced to pull the plug on the Lexington Southern Gospel Concert Series.
Attendance is the major cause. In 2013 we averaged 119 persons per concert for the whole year. This included our low months of January, February and December.
In 2014 it was down to 104. Then last year started our real decline. We only averaged 78 going into the December Concert. That concert drew only 57 persons.
Now we get to this year. We discontinued January and February for this year and we still have only averaged 80 persons per concert.
Also, costs to groups have gone up and yet our Free Will Offerings have gone down. We have not scheduled four groups on our schedule because they complained about low offerings. Last August, I had to write a check to make the offering look somewhat presentable. On top of that, our donations have gone way down. As I have stated in the past, it costs us about $40 per concert to keep this going. Many of the donations we have received have been in the $20 to $30 range and occasionally smaller.
In about our second year, we had a lady pay for our website to be built and she paid for the first two years. Then in the third year, she gave us a check for $200 and thanked us for letting her be a part of our Ministry. Then she moved to California. She never once attended a concert here. We have used that as a buffer on the months we received -less than our costs. That well has dried up and for the last couple months Barb and I have covered the difference. Being retired, we cannnot afford this as much as we'd love to.
They say that all good things must come to an end. Barb and I have considered this a labor of love. We have gained nothing but a bunch of new friends and we appreciate our committee and all those that have been so loyal to our concert series.
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