University UMC's contemporary service attracts young people
By Jack Morris
The music for the service is provided by a Christian rock band “to allow students to praise God in their own way,” bandleader and drummer Stuart Eshleman said recently.
Six of the band members are Kansas Wesleyan University students, including Eshleman, singers Jenna Penquite and Cecilia Martinez, singer and saxophonist Charlie McMichael, bass guitarist Justin Thacker and guitarist Chiton Brinson. Lori Brax currently is the pianist, and I play guitar.
Senior Pastor Rev. Mike Rose, Associate Pastor Kelley Menke and Walter Marsella deliver the informal messages, which often are supported by video clips from the Internet.
“The purpose of ‘Act II’ is to open the church to a new style of worship for the campus and community,” Rose said.
He hopes the contemporary music, relaxed atmosphere and unusual time would attract people who are not attending church regularly.
The “Act II” service is followed by “Buck Meal,” where students can enjoy a buffet dinner for a modest donation.