The Wesley United Methodist Church will host a Jingle-Jazz Benefit Concert to raise money for the Crookston Care and Share on Tuesday, November 28. The event will start at 7:00 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church.

This is the first-ever Jingle-Jazz event hosted by the Wesley United Methodist Church and is open for anyone to attend. This event will be a free-will donation, with all proceeds going toward the Crookston Care and Share.

The idea of this event originated during Ox Cart Days, where the church has participated in the Pizza and Music event for many years. “This last August, we invited the Crookston Community Jazz band to come and play,” said Wesley United Methodist Church Pastor Ruth Sanders, “It was so amazing that everybody there ranted and raved about how much they loved them.”

After hearing the positive feedback from community members regarding the Community Jazz band, Sanders explained that church members had discussed what other events they could invite the band to and raise funds for an organization like Care and Share during the holiday season.

Sanders described the music to be played as “jazzy Christmas” music, and people of all ages can enjoy it. “The Jingle-Jazz concert is a fun Christmas concert for our community to enjoy,” said Sanders. “That will help us raise money by free will donation for our local shelter, the Care and Share.”

People are welcome to show up to the Wesley Methodist Church as early as 6:30 p.m. on the day of the event (30 minutes before start time) and enter through the front doors of the facility.

Performing during the concert will be the Crookston Community Jazz Band, the Crookston Community Chorus, and potentially the Crookston Community Flute Choir (not yet finalized). Previous Care and Share Director Jane Freeman and current director Carolina Alfonso will also give a talk about what the Care and Share needs during the event.

Following the concert and presentations, there will be Christmas desserts and coffee served to attendees.