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Church musicians sing for someone else’s supper

The First Congregational United Church of Christ music program recently recorded a CD to raise money for the local homeless shelter (ONP). Shown from left are ONP board members: Carole Mottaz, Missy Linaberry, Rose Annett, and First Congregational Church Music Director Scott Perau.

Missy Linaberry thinks she sounds pretty good on CD. And, she said, so do the other members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ Chancel choir and Jubilee Ringers Bell choir.

The groups recorded a CD together in October through Legacy Productions, a Twin Cities- based recording company.

“We sat down as a group when the CDs first arrived and listened to it together,” said Linaberry. “We sounded a lot better than I expected and I thought we were going to sound pretty good.”

Linaberry is an alto in the Chancel choir. She sang solos on some the CD’s 12 songs. She is also the board treasurer for Our Neighbor’s Place homeless shelter—the organization to which the choir decided to donate its CD sale profits.

“It’s incredible that …this choir decided that this is the group they want to give to, because there are so many worthy causes out there,” Linaberry said. “It means a lot that they selected us.”

First Congregational music coordinator Scott Perau said church members had been asking him for a while if the choirs could record an album.

After talking with some contacts at Legacy Productions, Perau said he and the choirs decided to make the CD as a way to raise money for a local charity.

“(Our Neighbor’s Place) just seemed like a great fit for a charity to donate the proceeds to,” Perau said.

Perau said the group has now sold more than 200 CDs. At a Wednesday, Dec. 19, release party for “We Are Not Alone,” Perau said First Congregational was able to donate more than $1,000 to Our Neighbor’s Place.

He said there are still a few CDs left for sale through the church. Copies of the CD are $20 each. There are also digital download copies available online for $16.99 per album, at

For more information, contact Perau at

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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