2017 - Katina's Concert

Bethel-Woodlawn UMC and the Katina Brothers Made History:                                                                                                 A Testimony that wherever God’s Spirit is, great things would happen.

“It was spirit-filled, meaningful and powerful concert.” “They were fantastic! Such an uplifting message and incredible vocals.” “They were absolutely amazing! We had a blast!” “The Katinas are a remarkable group of Holy Ghost driven young men that love the Lord.” “I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.” “I can’t wait to hear them and see them again whenever they perform in our area.” Such were the words that those who attended the Katinas’ live concert used to describe the unforgettable experience that they all had that afternoon.

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, Bethel United Methodist Church in Clarksville and Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Woodlawn had joined hands to host the Katinas’ live concert of the year at the New Life Fellowship Church, Cross Plains, Tennessee.

The event included an opportunity to partner with ChildFund International thus making it possible to sponsor a child for a total of $33 gift per month. ChildFund will use your sponsorship contribution of $33 per month to ensure that your sponsored child is healthy, learning, and protected. The good news is that you can correspond with your child through letters and pictures and even arrange to visit if you like.

Reverend Dr. Apelu Poe, the pastor of Bethel-Woodlawn UMC, coordinated the event to help raise the desperately needed money for Bethel-Woodlawn UMC’s maintenance fund.

“Bethel-Woodlawn United Methodist Church has been a beacon of light for all the citizens of Clarksville, and Woodlawn for over three hundred (300) years. That is why we thank God for all of you this afternoon. By joining us this afternoon you have helped us raise the desperately needed monies to keep these two “Divine vineyards” going for many more years to come.”

The concert was officially opened at 2:00 p.m. with an opening prayer by Reverend Ron Anderson, a retired United Methodist pastor from Pleasant View.

Chris Perdue, a lay preacher from Westmoreland, describes his mother’s reaction, saying,

“After something like the second song, Momma leaned toward me and said, “I’m glad we didn’t miss this!”

Shirley Sims Saldana from Hendersonville put it this way,

“The Katinas concert was so wonderful! They were all clearly filled with the Holy Spirit and lit the room of believers on fire with praise music! I can't wait to hear them and see them again whenever they perform in our area.  They are truly a witness to what God can do through God fearing parents who rear talented God-fearing children. What a witness!”

Dr. Jun Rivera, a member of Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, summarized the Katinas’ magic well when he said,

“The Katina brothers' concert last August 5 was a spirit-filled musical event!  It was accentuated by meaningful testimonies to God's powerful and lasting Word and amazing grace to all His people.” 

But perhaps the most powerful expression of the anointing of God’s Spirit upon those who attended the event that afternoon was the fact that twenty-four (24) children were sponsored as a result of the event.

Pat Wilcox who was visiting from North Carolina exclaimed, “What a blessing for 24 children to be sponsored!  God is so Good all of the time!”

Reverend Dr. Poe admitted, “For nine years: four at Fairfield United Methodist Church, Westmoreland, one at Nashville Korean English Ministry, Brentwood, two at Martin’s Chapel, Springfield, and now completing two years at Bethel-Woodlawn UMC, Clarksville, we have been waiting on these five brothers from American Samoa. This afternoon, we deserve to celebrate because God has finally answered our prayer.”

Reverend Jeffery Norfleet, pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Woodlawn said,

“The most moving part of the concert was the individual testimonies by the Katina’s, they really connected to their audience. If I had to describe my afternoon with the Katina’s I would say it was reviving!! Throughout the afternoon there was laughter, and in this up and down world in which we live laughter has proven to be good medicine for the soul. I felt the value of life, as they share some of the most precious personal moments of their lives, and the greatest impression left upon me from my time with the Katina’s was love. The love of life, the love of family, but most importantly their unchanging love for God and others. As I sat there in amazement listening to this talented brothers lift their voices in praise there was a piece of scripture that came to my mind. Psalm 9:1-2; I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Thank you once again for allowing me the opportunity to witness and be part of such a Holy Ghost filled afternoon.”

The Katina brothers wrapped-up their live concert of the year by singing a special song to pay tribute to Reverend Jimmy Terry, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, in Clarksville who passed away June this year.

The concert was officially closed at 3:30 pm with a benediction by Reverend Dr Kennard Murray, the new District Superintendent of the Red River District.



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