Adult, teen challenge choir is coming to Albert Lea

Published 8:47 pm Thursday, September 27, 2018

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in Rochester members will participate in choir performances Sunday in Albert Lea.

The choir concerts will be at 9 and 10:45 a.m. during services at United Methodist Church and will include testimonials from people ranging in age from teenagers to older adults in recovery from alcohol and drug addictions.

“It’s one of the most inspiring things that we do every year at the church,” said the Rev. John Mitchem, adding the services will likely be one of the highest-attended events at United Methodist this year. 

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“A lot of people from Rochester are from the southern part of Minnesota,” he said. 

The Sunday concert is one of approximately 40 the choir will sing this year, Mitchem said. 

To Mitchem, the events are important, even to those not recovering from substance abuse.

He said Adult and Teen Challenge is sometimes the last chance some offenders have before being sent to prison.

“We all know someone who is in recovery … this reminds us there is hope for people who are in recovery,” Mitchem said.

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