By Randall Franks
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
"Jeff & Sheri Easter rock," exclaimed Mallory Shires, age 8. Shires and her sister Alyssa, along with other youth at the event actually joined Jeff & Sheri to sing "Sitting on Top of the World."
The Lewis Family Homeplace teamed with hundreds of fans each night for the Jeff & Sheri Easter Homecoming in Lincolnton, Ga. Carl and Ruby Johnson of Augusta, Ga. attended all three days of the 5th annual Mother's Day event.
"It's been awesome," she said. "Jeff & Sheri are so great and I just loved Lynda Randle and Little Roy."
Fans traveled from throughout the country to gather at the historic site honoring the legacy of America's First Family of Bluegrass Gospel music.
"It was a wonderful celebration of the Creator of the universe in praise of our Savior who continues to love and watch over us," said Carolyn White of Charlotte, NC.
Lynda Randle, Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long Show, Karen Peck & New River, Lewis Tradition and Jason Crabb joined Jeff & Sheri Easter as they raised several thousand dollars for the Lewis Family Homeplace Restoration Fund.
"God brought some wonderful performers to share His message and His hope through their talents with all our friends who gathered at the homeplace," said Jeff Easter.
In addition to the evening concerts Sheri hosted a women's brunch featuring her personal devotion on peace on Saturday morning.
"I think it gave me a better understanding of what peace is really all about even in the troubled times and how you don't need to worry your life away," said Lisa Lane of Brunswick, Ga.
On Saturday, nearly 30 contestants performed contemporary, Southern, country and bluegrass gospel for a talent contest to win 10 hours of studio time produced by Jeff Easter. Three independent judges including the current Miss Macon, Georgia, decided the winner from among the performers. The Griggs of Stanley, N.C. featuring Pete Grigg, Terry Grigg, Wayne Billings, Arnold Clayton and Zolia Clayton won the contest.
On Saturday night, Jason Crabb brought tremendous excitement to the homeplace with his upbeat and Spirit-filled show. Fans of all ages lined up to spend a few minutes with him after his performance. As an added bonus James Easter of the Easter Brothers preached a Sunday morning worship service for attendees featuring music by Jeff & Sheri, James and special musical guest Randall Franks.
Two of the newest additions to the homeplace are a 1948 GMC Silverside bus under restoration similar to the first Lewis Family bus and for the convenience of attendees - new bathrooms.
"This year's event was in God's hands as He kept the rain in the area from the event and as He sent so many of His saints to help us prepare and volunteer as we welcomed those who came to support what we are doing at the homeplace," Sheri said. "Hundreds walked through the home seeing the rooms where the Lewis Family grew up, the exhibits on their career and their experience of living here in Lincolnton."
According to Sheri, plans are already underway for next year's event. "We are growing and pray that every year as we gather here, folks will only find greater blessings by making this event part of their annual plans," she said.
Photos from the event:
Jason Crabb entertains the audience at Jeff & Sheri Easter's 5th Annual Homecoming in Lincolnton, Ga. (Photo by Randall Franks)
James Easter joins Jeff and Sheri Easter on stage for a performance of "A Heart that Will Never Break Again." (Photo by Randall Franks)
Jeff and Sheri Easter entertain the crowd at their 5th Annual Homecoming in Lincolnton, Ga. Mother's Day weekend. (Photo by Randall Franks)
Jeff & Sheri Homecoming attendees gather at Jason Crabb's CD table. (Photo by Randall Franks)
Hundreds filled the grounds of the Lewis Family Homeplace in Lincolnton, Ga. Mother's Day weekend for the finest sounds in gospel music. (Photo by Randall Franks)
Carl and Ruby Johnson enjoy Jeff & Sheri Easter. (Photo by Randall Franks)
The Farrows, who competed in the competition, reach back to the legacy of the Lewis girls as they practice in their original bedroom at the Lewis Family Homeplace in Lincolnton, Ga. (Photo by Randall Franks)