Local church hosts benefit concert for Ukraine

MADISON, Wis. – Members of several local Presbyterian churches gathered Sunday afternoon to share the gift of music for peace.

At Covenant Presbyterian Church, many attended a benefit concert for Ukraine with featured performances from the group’s choir and Ukrainian native Ivan Shmilo.

Senior Pastor Charlie Berthoud said the event was a way for them to love their neighbors — not just those across the street, but across the world.

“I like the idea of people using the gifts that they have to make this world a better place,” Berthoud said. 

The event was led by Covenant Presbyterian’s music coordinator Melissa Hinz. She wanted to inspire people to give and hoped those in the pews would be moved by the message of peace delivered in song.

“It’s part of our role as Christians really to live love, to show love to others in the world, especially those who are suffering,” she said. “Music is a way that we can all come together.”

Earlier this year, the church also held a special offering where they were able to raise $25,000.

Proceeds from Sunday’s concert will go to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program in Ukraine and the non-profit group Wisconsin Ukrainians.