Rhonda Groves House, who sings with Heart 2 Heart, has been through more in the past year than some folks face in a lifetime. Some months back, in the span of just hours, she lost her dear mother, Earnestine Groves, and her loving husband, Jimmy House, on the same day. Then just a few weeks ago she suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency quadruple by-pass heart surgery. Fortunately she has a strong faith in God to help sustain her through these trials, and the operation was successful. In fact the doctor called it a “textbook” case.

Some of her gospel music friends have gotten together and are putting on a benefit singing to help offset medical expenses. It will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at her church, Stanley Pentecostal Holiness, 113 E. Parkwood St., Stanley. Appearing on the program are the following: Eighth Day, The Griffins, and Carolina Quartet. The concert is free, but a love offering will be received for Rhonda. Depending on her doctor's recommendations, she hopes to be able to attend.

Call 800-909-5861 or 704-678-1683 for additional information or directions.

GOSPEL MUSIC EVENTS

Lumiere Jubilee, 6:35 p.m. tonight, Feb. 16, Carolina, Heart 2 Heart, Mountain Women, Linwood Church of God, 830 Linwood Road, Gastonia. A 4:30 p.m. hot dog sale has been added sponsored by the youth. 704-865-0991 or 704-678-1683.

Blessed Hope Ministries, 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, Brookdale Union, 1717 Union Road, Gastonia; 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, Alexandra Place, 1770 Oak Hollow Road, Gastonia; 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, Brookdale Union, 1717 Union Road, Gastonia; and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, The Park, 151 E. Dallas Road, Stanley. 704-867-5665.

Golden Valley Crusaders, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, Springwood Freewill Baptist, 826 Stanley-Spencer Mountain Road, Gastonia; 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, Fellowship Baptist, 902 S. Rocky River Road, Monroe; and 6 p.m. Sunday, Piney Knob Baptist, 1535 Piney Knob Road, Rutherfordton. 704-614-8551.

The Pathfinders, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, Harvest Baptist Church, Ware Road, Kings Mountain; and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, Midview Baptist, Margrace Road, Kings Mountain. 704-572-0692.

Saint James Male Chorus, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, Love Memorial Baptist, 311 E. Walnut Ave., Gastonia. 704-864-1216.

Kyle Brigmon, 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, The Journey, 110 N. Lee St., Mount Holly; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Heath House, 919 Wilma Sigmon Road, Lincolnton. 803-322-5881.

Spencer Mountain Quartet, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, New Life Baptist, 614 S. 11th St., Bessemer City. 704-864-9185.

The Wards, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, Friendly Chapel Baptist, Sugar Hill Road, Fallston. 704-538-7680.

Charlie Griffin, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, Granny’s Country Kitchen & Worship Center, Icard, 828-397-3588.

Consider this: Start your morning with God. It makes the rest of the day better!

Send gospel music news to Jack Kimbro, 644 Archie Whitesides Road, Gastonia, N.C., 28052, or call 704-864-9185.