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H.O.P.E. House — one of the active-community ministries of the Brentwood Community United Methodist Church (BCUMC)— is losing the federal food grant that has provided funds for the purchase and distribution of food for those in need in the greater Brentwood community.

Since 2011, H.O.P.E (Hope, Opportunity, Prayer and Encouragement) House has served the community, growing to over 400 families, representing over 1,400 men, women and children.

H.O.P.E. House has been a USDA-approved member, qualifying them to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants and children (WIC), promoting nutrition that assists early childhood development. Many volunteers work at H.O.P.E. House every Monday and Wednesday, packing bags of food and distributing them to community friends and neighbors. Fresh vegetables are distributed on two Tuesdays of each month. There is also clothing which has been donated and is available for people to take free of charge.

But because of increased demand, distribution centers are losing the federal grant funds. In an effort to continue this ministry, BCUMC, through H.O.P.E. House, is sponsoring a fundraiser concert featuring the Rykert Trio.

The members of the Rykert Trio are accomplished in sacred, classical, musical theater, jazz and contemporary music. They bring a different approach to gospel music, and their goal is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through their unique story and music. The trio also endeavors to bring hope to those facing serious health challenges, bringing a message that’s a testimony to the power of prayer.

The concert will be held at BCUMC, 809 Second St., on Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance from Jerry Walton at 925-240-4474 or waltonjerry@comcast.net; Larry Schaffer at 925-408-2336 or larryfrsr@comcast.net; or from BCUMC at 925-634-3093‬ or admin@brentwoodumc.org.

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