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Amherst performance Sunday helps homeless shelter

Craig’s Place, the homeless shelter based at the First Baptist Church, is benefiting from a musical performance Sunday.

Sister City Jazz Ambassadors, whose motto is “peacemaking through music,” will be performing a jazz vespers at Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave., beginning at 5 p.m.

The vespers will combine music, scripture and prayer.

The group, based in the Berkshires, performs in the tradition of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington and has played in Ireland, Italy, Nicaragua and Turkey to promote cross-cultural understanding through music and people-to-people connections, according to a press statement.

A voluntary offering will raise funds to support the shelter.

For more information, call the Rev. Randall K. Wilburn at 687-5568 or email rkwilburn@comcast.net.

Meanwhile, the Interfaith Clergy and Interfaith Opportunities Network is thanking the community for raising money to help support the homeless shelter and for collecting supplies to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Immanuel Lutheran Church Pastor Steven Wilco said the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, organized by the Amherst Interfaith Clergy, raised $503 for Craig’s Doors, the agency that oversees the shelter.

The Thanksgiving service was attended by about 50 people.

As part of the same offering, several buckets of cleaning supplies were collected to be sent to New York and New Jersey to help victims of the hurricane.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

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