Submitted by John R. Allum, First United Methodist Church, Fort Collins, Colorado
In recognition of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th anniversary this year, churches in the Rocky Mountain Conference are leading vesper services on Sunday nights this summer at Moraine Park Amphitheater. The Stover Street Stompers, of First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins, did the vesper service at Moraine Park Amphitheater on Sunday, July 19, and it was interesting. There were about 17 people in attendance. Rev. John Hiestand gave the message. There were three people from First UMC Fort Collins and one from Estes Park.
About the Stover Street Stompers:
The Stover Street Stompers are a ministry outreach from First United Methodist Church, Fort Collins. Organized in 2002, the band has played Dixieland tunes, gospel songs, spirituals, and traditional hymns for United Methodist Churches in northern Colorado, and for several Presbyterian and Lutheran congregations in the area. Its music outreach includes nursing homes, community and charitable events, four funerals and a wedding reception, providing luncheon music at The United Methodist Church Rocky Mountain Annual Conference in Denver, and at the Colorado Association for Career and Technical Education teachers annual meeting.
Band members include Pat Jungmeyer, piano; Alan Beaty, banjo; Ed Voelkel, tuba; Alan Krech, trumpet; Rae Batch, clarinet; Lance Nelson, tenor sax; and John Allum and Peter Gomm, trombone.