“For Such a One as This”

Chisholm Baptist presents Easter musical
Steve Mekkes of Hibbing plays Jesus in the musical drama presented by Chisholm Baptist Church with performances on Wednesday-Friday, April 17-19 at 7 p.m. each day. Submitted photo.

Steve Mekkes of Hibbing plays Jesus in the musical drama presented by Chisholm Baptist Church with performances on Wednesday-Friday, April 17-19 at 7 p.m. each day. Submitted photo.

CHISHOLM – The musical drama “For Such a One as This” is once again being presented at Chisholm Baptist Church during the Easter season. Performances will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 17-19 at 7 p.m. each evening. The drama presents the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection from the perspectives of his disciples and others who encountered him during that time. A variety of choral selections are also used in the production which highlight the deep impact Jesus had on the lives of those who knew him.

“For Such a One as This” is directed by Siri Stolhammer. Stolhammer, an accountant by trade, also serves as the church’s worship/ music director. She puts in many hours coordinating the production, but feels the effort is well worth it. “The drama and music are powerful media in presenting this most powerful message,” Stolhammer said. “The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection continues to impact lives today, just as it did in the first century.”

This is the fourth time the church has done this particular musical drama. Each year there have been a few cast changes and adaptations in the script. “We believe our production this year tells the story in a fresh and even more powerful way,” Stolhammer said.

One change made to the script last year was the addition of the disciple Thomas to the story. Rev. Dan Erickson, the church’s senior pastor plays that role. Erickson thinks this enhances the production. “Many people today can relate to Thomas’ doubts about the resurrection of Jesus, doubts that were answered when he encountered the risen Lord,” he said. After being “just part of the audience” for numerous years, Erickson enjoys being part of the cast. “Memorizing lines is not as easy for me as it was a few years ago, but I love working with the wonderful people who are part of this production,” he said.

There are over eighty individuals from the congregation involved in putting on “For Such a One as This,” as part of the cast, choir or stage crew. Erickson added, “I am amazed by the many hours of practice and preparation these folks willing and gladly put in to make sure this is a high-quality production. The primary motivation for why they do this is to help make Holy Week a more meaningful experience for the people of this area. However, almost all of the participants talk about how their faith in the Lord has been strengthened through the performances.”

Candice Sjogren directs the 35-voice choir in the production. Though she has extensive experience in vocal music, “For Such a One as This” is her first role as a choir director. Sjogren said, “Even though I am busy with things at home, at our business (30 West, in Chisholm) and with other activities at church, I love having the opportunity to lead this choir. Though none of them are professional vocalists, their commitment to working hard at practice and honoring the Lord enables us to perform these songs with excellence.”

The public is cordially invited to attend the performances. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted for the Chisholm Ministerial’s “Fuel for Friends” program. Those who desire to have nursery care for young children for the evening can make reservations by calling the church at 218-254-3007. Chisholm Baptist Church is located right behind the Iron Man statue at 5001 County Hwy. 5 in Chisholm.

Article submitted by Chisholm Baptist Church.

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