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‘Joy and Peace of Christmas’ comes to Fort Dodge today

Nashville performers hope music will lift the disheartened

December 22, 2010
Messenger News

By AMBER WILLIAMS Messenger staff writer

Brian Williamson asks, "Is it possible to find both joy and peace at Christmas this year?"

After a tumultuous year of job lay-offs, deaths, natural disasters, violent crime and other crises in the Fort Dodge area, Williamson said he and his wife hope to revive the spirit of Christmas through song by performing "The Joy and Peace of Christmas" concert today at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 400 S. 13th St. The show starts at 7:45 p.m.

"The people of Fort Dodge are hurting right now," said Williamson, president of AriSon Records, Nashville, Tenn. "That's why we're inviting people to this event where they can come in and find some comfort amidst all that chaos. That's what this concert is all about."

Williamson, who is originally from Fort Dodge, said this is the sixth year the St. Paul Lutheran Church will host this concert. His wife, Jennie Williamson, is a Christian singer and songwriter. Together, they created a Christmas concert they believe can help broken hearts mend, they said.

"The reason we created this concert is because this time of year is important for us," Brian Williamson said. "My first wife died in a car accident about 12 years ago, and my wife experienced a divorce about the same time. So we understand how stressful this time of year can be, and we try to bring an element of a Christmas celebration into it."

Fact Box

Who: Brian and Jennie Williamson of AriSon Records, Nashville, Tenn.

What: "The Joy and Peace of Christmas" concert

When: 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. today

Where: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 400 S. 13th St., Fort Dodge

Cost: Free

Williamson said the annual musical has been a successful event at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in past years. Every year it nearly fills the sanctuary with people, he said.

"It has been well-received by the community at large, not just by the church," he said.

The event is free.

Contact Amber Williams at 573-2141 or



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