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Free Concert & Workshop: David LaMotte
May 21 @ 8:00 am - May 22 @ 5:00 pmFree
Free Concert & Workshop
Hey friends! Just a reminder to sign up for our lunch and learn time with David LaMotte!
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David LaMotte Concert and Workshop!
May 21, 7 p.m. Concert in the Sanctuary
May 22, 10 a.m. David will lead us in worship
May 22, 11:30 a.m. – Lunch and Workshop: Community Building Through
Sharing Our Stories
There is no single box that would hold David LaMotte.
He is an award-winning songwriter and itinerant peace activist.
He has spoken and sung with well-known world changers such as Desmond Tutu and the late civil rights hero John Lewis. His peacemaking work has taken him from Bosnia to Belfast and from Berlin to Bethlehem.
Touring full-time for nearly two decades, LaMotte developed a large and loyal following around the world. His music has been honored with numerous awards and grants as well as artist sponsorships. LaMotte’s music has been featured on dozens of artist compilations.
“I’ve spent my whole life, really, my whole adult life, almost 30 years, pretty much-following callings as I’ve felt them at the moment. Pretty much doing what I felt led to do. And somehow it’s always worked out,” LaMotte says. “Some of that stuff I get paid for, some of it I don’t get paid for, but all of it is stuff I care about, and that feels authentic to me. So, I’ve gotten to do that for a living. Play music, talk to people about things I care about and invite them into conversations that matter. And I’m so grateful for that.”
If the name sounds familiar it’s because David LaMotte is no stranger to Kalamazoo audiences. He was at First Presbyterian Church in 2016 when his trio, Abraham Jam, was in town for a performance at the 2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. He also appeared in Kalamazoo as part of the 2011 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and has made numerous visits to the Congregation of St. Joseph.
David LaMotte will visit FPC the weekend of May 21 and May 22 to offer performance and help the church kick off a season of storytelling. He will be in concert on May 21 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. LaMotte also will offer a sermon during the worship service at 10 a.m. on May 22. Following the worship service, there will be a storytelling workshop where those in attendance will learn about fostering community connection through sharing our stories. The event in the Dining Room is for FPC members and friends. Registration is required for this free event. A meal will be provided. Please indicate any dietary restrictions when you register.
Q: Will I have to talk in front of people?
A: No! David will share some of his stories, as a singer, songwriter, and promoter of peace, and then invite us into conversation with one another at our lunch tables. There will be questions to help us get to know each other, but no public speaking or soul-baring is required!
Q: I don’t have any stories.
A: Not true! Everyone has stories! We want to start thinking about stories we can share about ourselves, our community, and the church. We want to know the things that matter to us so that we can connect better as a community.
Q: What kinds of stories are we talking about?
A: Any kind, really! Might be as simple as “Who was your favorite teacher growing up and why?” or “Were you around when Marg Towner came to FPC? What did people really think about having the first female Presbyterian pastor?” or “What church potluck food makes you smile?”
Q: What’s the point of all of this?
A: Covid has been hard on all of us. Connections have been lost. It’s been a long time since we shared casual time together over a meal. This is the beginning of a return to our shared life together. Let’s just break bread and have some good conversation!
Come join us!