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First Presbyterian and Archie Thompson Bring Gospel and Jazz Downtown

Contact: Jason Evans, First Presbyterian Church of San Diego, 619-232-7513

SAN DIEGO, June 17, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- On July 16 at 5:00 pm, First Presbyterian hosts a concert featuring Archie Thompson, along with other local jazz artists such as Nathan James, William Flamenco as well as Thompson's teenage daughter and cellist Hannah Thompson. The concert is free to the public and will be held in the church's historic courtyard. Weekly evening services will start on September 17 at 5:00 pm in the 4th Ave. Chapel.

Local jazz artist, Archie Thompson is partnering with the leadership of First Presbyterian to bring a new form of Christian worship to San Diego. This fall, First Pres' will begin weekly Saturday evening services that will feature jazz, blues and Gospel inspired music. "I never thought I'd be able to play the music I love in the place I worship," said Thompson.

"Jazz speaks for life," said Martin Luther King Jr. at the Berlin Jazz Festival in 1964. "It is the one form of truly American music that is universal," states Dr. Jerry Andrews, "No matter your age, income level, background you enjoy listening to jazz -- or know you're supposed to." Dr. Andrews is the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church. The church has sat on the corner of 4th Avenue and Date Street for almost a hundred years. First Pres' has a long history of appreciating the arts. Members of the San Diego Symphony and outstanding musical organizations such as the Master Chorale perform regularly at the church. Summer 2011 sees First Pres' reaching out through another musical medium: Jazz.

About First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church of San Diego (
www.fpcsd.org) was founded in 1869. The church promoted the arts (www.fpcarts.com) and worshiped at 320 Date Street for nearly 100 years. FPC grew when the city grew, becoming one of the largest churches in the nation. When the suburbs began to flourish in the last two generations its members dispersed to many neighborhoods, yet the church campus remained in the heart of the city with the city at our heart. The church's membership decreased during that dispersion, but ministries began to flourish, especially those that served the poor (www.ladlefellowship.org) and educated preschool-middle school students (www.citytree.org).