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A Praise in the Park - Orrville, OH

A Praise in the Park - Orrville, OH "A Praise in the Park" is an annual praise and worship event hosted by Christian Harbor Church in Orrville, Ohio, which started in July 2016.

COREY FINNEY of EXALTED DIRT: The initial concept for "A Praise in the Park" was to get to play some of my music live for the public to hear, thus fulfilling a nearly 20-year old vision of mine. I asked my Pastor, John Boggs, if he'd be willing to let the church Praise Band accompany me on stage, and he loved the idea. I also said I wanted him to perform some of his own music, and he agreed to tha

COREY FINNEY of EXALTED DIRT: The initial concept for "A Praise in the Park" was to get to play some of my music live for the public to hear, thus fulfilling a nearly 20-year old vision of mine. I asked my Pastor, John Boggs, if he'd be willing to let the church Praise Band accompany me on stage, and he loved the idea. I also said I wanted him to perform some of his own music, and he agreed to tha

Operating as usual

02/07/2022

This year I am not doing A Praise in the Park. After last year's event, Exalted Dirt had three musicians join, and the learning process for us has been slow. I already have involvement in several other things, so I decided to skip the event this year for simplicity's sake.

Photos of HIS CREATION this year. I assume these were shot by Michael Andrew Blaha, our sound tech.
08/08/2021

Photos of HIS CREATION this year. I assume these were shot by Michael Andrew Blaha, our sound tech.

08/02/2021

Here is a third shot of Red Letter Journey Band at A Praise in the Park 2021. Thanks to our sound tech Michael Blaha who sent the photos and videos.

08/02/2021

Another shot of Red Letter Journey Band, sent by Michael Blaha of MJ Multimedia.

08/02/2021

One of several videos of Red Letter Journey Band, shot by our sound tech Michael Blaha.

08/02/2021

The second video of Pastor John Boggs at A Praise in the Park 2021, shot my Michael Blaha.

08/02/2021

Pastor John Boggs. Thanks to Michael Blaha of MJ Multimedia for shooting these videos.

08/02/2021

This is the second video of WARship, sent by Michael Blaha.

08/02/2021

Here is the first of a couple videos of WARship shot by Michael Blaha at A Praise in the Park 2021.

08/02/2021

Here is a short video of Created Music Project shot by our sound tech Michael Blaha.

08/02/2021

HIS Creation, shot by Michael Blaha of MJ Multimedia.

08/02/2021

Can't mix videos and photos in posts, apparently. Here is a short video of Exalted Dirt shot by our sound tech Michael Blaha this year.

Exalted Dirt at A Praise in the Park 2021. These were all shot by our sound tech Michael Blaha.
08/02/2021

Exalted Dirt at A Praise in the Park 2021. These were all shot by our sound tech Michael Blaha.

Here are some photos shot by Ceecee Love (HIS Creation) this year.
07/31/2021

Here are some photos shot by Ceecee Love (HIS Creation) this year.

06/29/2021
03/06/2021

It has been SO LONG. 2020 was a wasted year for A PRAISE IN THE PARK and for Exalted Dirt. It's time to get back on the horse again. Saturday, July 24 is the new date for the next one. Get ready!

07/27/2020

🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🌈

06/12/2020

I finally got around to posting this! The stupid plague has caused a bit of trouble here in my area of the woods. Changes in my work schedule and location have caused me to struggle with "normal" day-to-day routines. Add to this the fact that things are still a bit open-ended concerning public gatherings. Additionally, thoughts concerning time, money, and preparation required to make A Praise in the Park happen this year have been overshadowing me, so I prayerfully decided to abandon the event this year. Let's give it a fresh start next year, yes?

It's official.  I finally made it out to the Orrville Municipal Building this past Monday and secured Saturday, July 25 ...
11/24/2019

It's official. I finally made it out to the Orrville Municipal Building this past Monday and secured Saturday, July 25 2020 as the next date for A Praise in the Park.

10/13/2019

You can now complete your online application using our new sign-up button. Remember that your application is not complete until you have attended a face-to-face interview. Nov. 2nd and 9th 9-12
Nov. 10th 12-5
At 24 S. Portage St. Community room, enter through back of the building. You must bring photo ID., proof of residency, and child’s report card or progress book page.
If you know someone in need that is not on Facebook, they can email us for the link at [email protected].

09/30/2019

You can now complete your online application using our new sign-up button. Remember that your application is not complete until you have attended a face-to-face interview. Nov. 2nd and 9th 9-12
Nov. 10th 12-5
At 24 S. Portage St. Community room, enter through back of the building. You must bring photo ID., proof of residency, and child’s report card or progress book page.
If you know someone in need that is not on Facebook, they can email us for the link at [email protected].

07/29/2019

Thanks to @Michael Blaha of MJ Multimedia for the photos.

Larry Adkins, Jr. played a couple originals before the CHC Praise Band came up.
07/29/2019

Larry Adkins, Jr. played a couple originals before the CHC Praise Band came up.

Tore' from WARship..
07/29/2019

Tore' from WARship..

WARship.
07/29/2019

WARship.

WARship.
07/29/2019

WARship.

Bobby Hartman (not the guitarist from Petra), who filled in on the drums for WARship.  I guess he was a little familiar ...
07/29/2019

Bobby Hartman (not the guitarist from Petra), who filled in on the drums for WARship. I guess he was a little familiar with some of their material, but still, that's pretty brave to do what he did. He did an excellent job.

WARship.  This energetic 4-piece group from Grove City, Ohio showed up late because they had to replace their drummer wi...
07/29/2019

WARship. This energetic 4-piece group from Grove City, Ohio showed up late because they had to replace their drummer with a stand-in, since their usual drummer was held up at his job.

Jason Cross, who helped back up Pastor John Boggs.  The photo caption is incorrect.
07/29/2019

Jason Cross, who helped back up Pastor John Boggs. The photo caption is incorrect.

John Boggs, our pastor out at Christian Harbor Church. The photo caption is incorrect.  I put him on the spot this time,...
07/29/2019

John Boggs, our pastor out at Christian Harbor Church. The photo caption is incorrect. I put him on the spot this time, but it's often the other way around! In previous years he only performed a few songs from CD, but I told him to drag it out if he could with Jason Cross and Dawn Nye Cross, since our following group coming from the Grove City, Ohio area was late.

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Orrville, OH
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COREY FINNEY of EXALTED DIRT: The initial concept for "A Praise in the Park" was to get to play some of my music live for the public to hear, thus fulfilling a nearly 20-year old vision of mine. I asked my Pastor, John Boggs, if he'd be willing to let the church Praise Band accompany me on stage, and he loved the idea. I also said I wanted him to perform some of his own music, and he agreed to that as well. I recruited one of my brothers and a couple old friends from my days at the Doylestown United Methodist Church to help me flesh out Exalted Dirt. One of those fellows uses the pseudonym Jason Frank to record his own music, so I invited him to join the roster. From there the event developed a format similar to Christian Harbor's monthly Youth Pulse services. I invited one of my local favorites, Juanetta Romaine, to speak at the event, and she also accepted. The event was free to the public, as will be all succeeding years. From the initial date in 2016, I have attempted to make this event larger each time. Maybe someday it’ll be bigger than Woodstock!

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Karen Garrard Jones and I welcome Jennifer Plumer Harris, who joined us just last weekend. The three of us will be doing a bit of stuff from the days when we all led worship out at the The Doylestown United Methodist Church - OH, as well as some newer things, including an original I composed.
My Pastor, John Boggs, confirmed his attendance for September 9. He will be doing a few of his own southern gospel ditties.
Karen Garrard Jones will be joining me for the date. I'm glad she made herself available for this date. We will be doing some techno-rock CCM praise and worship songs.
As stated on the event page, I was forced to cancel the July 22 date. However, there is a possibility we can try again on September 9. I will have details soon concerning whether this will work.