During their music careers, Dave and Barb Anderson have been through trials a that make performing for hecklers seem like choir practice.
Two years ago, the Andersons were aboard a small, eight-passenger aircraft flying over the Bering Sea, en route to Alaska from Siberia. The plane crashed, but all of the passengers were rescued after a commercial pilot spotted them and radioed for help.
The harrowing tale is all the more amazing because the Andersons and the other passengers are the only people ever to survive a plane downing in the icy waters. The couple will speak and perform at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3606 S. Schafer, on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
“It just happened that there were empty fuel drums on board, and they used them as flotation devices,” said Sandy Anderson, Redeemer’s minister of discipleship. “It’s an astounding story.” He said those dramatic events were featured on the “Rescue 911” television program.
Their story and a mix of contemporary and traditional Christian music will comprise the “Celebration of Praise.”
The Andersons have traveled all over the world, playing music for nearly 20 years. Dave Anderson also founded Lutheran Youth Alive, a group that holds contemporary Christian music events for young people. Those concerts attract thousands of teenagers.
The couple will perform with a choir made up of people from several churches here. And, there’s still time for vocalists to join up.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Lutherhaven, a Coeur d’Alene-based retreat area of Lutherans. Sponsors are Redeemer and St. Luke Lutheran churches.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. They can be purchased in advance or at the door.
For tickets or more information, call the church at 926-6363.
Old Testament study
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 304 S. Adams Road, will host a 12-week Old Testament Bible study starting Monday.
The series is titled “Post Exile Prophets.” The study will follow a video series by Mary Mauren of Seattle University.
“It’s looking at scriptures and the time they’re written, then looking at our own lives and times,” said Diana Sanderson, the church’s director of religious education.
“(It asks) what were their bad times, and what was their hope? When we’re in bad times, what is our hope?”