The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
-by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher
The Chosen Ones were a real delight Sunday afternoon in the United Methodist congregation's Fellowship Hall in Terre Haute.
They were performing for a full house, except for the typical front row that is always left open for some reason. Mike and Melanie Rueter and their family of Manchester, have been bringing gospel music and sharing the message of Jesus Christ to the Terre Haute community for twenty years or more.
The Rueter's daughter, Mariah began singing with them at age 2 1/2 and now her young son Gracen, 5, follows in her footsteps. Sunday, he was what you might say, a heart breaker, as he sang a loving response to his mom in song.
He also played his drums, a favorite thing he loves to do. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful gospel music these experts performed for a love offering to the crowd.
The gathering remained for a wonderful church meal of maidrites, soups and salads and desserts.
Terre Haute is one of 160 concert stops The Chosen Ones perform a year. Their CD's are many (20+) and are recorded by popular Joe Carrell at his tracking room in Nashville, TN. Carrell is the same recording artist used by The Hunts, who performed at the Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, IA this past Friday.
The Reuters and their compassionate family of talented musicans bring a rich history of southern gospel music to the small farming community of Terre Haute and to those who travel to attend.
Their family's joy in it is to see how it has changed souls and gives hope to the hopeless with their message of salvation. It is entertainment, yes, but it goes beyond that, to tell why each of us are really the "chosen ones."