First Lutheran Church plans ice cream social, concert.

Mount Carroll First Evangelical Lutheran Church will have an ice cream social at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, on the courtyard square in downtown Mount Carroll. Music will be by “No Worries,” whose members are from the Stockton area.

The band "No Worries" will be performing at an ice cream social at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, on the courtyard in downtown Mount Carroll. Several members of the First Lutheran congregation will open the event performing a few of their own favorites.

While “No Worries” started just last summer, the trio had been playing together for years as part of "Gone Fishin'." “No Worries” consists of Terry O'Malley (guitar/banjo/mandolin/vocals), Mary Jean Hammer (mandolin/guitar/piano/vocals), and Mary Berryhill (bass/violin/vocals).

O’Malley is a seasoned musician, playing with his family and other bands since he was a teenager. Hammer has played piano for her church for decades and has played with other bands before joining “No Worries.” Berryhill has been a part of her church worship team for many years, singing harmonies and playing keyboard and bass. All three are from the Stockton area.

“No Worries” enjoys playing a variety of music, mainly bluegrass gospel, hymns, the oldies, country, folk, pop, and rock 'n' roll. They enjoy playing for churches, festivals, special events and nursing homes.

“They have been anxious to get back out performing after weeks of sheltering at home,” said 1st Lutheran Parson Bob Stark. “Come and see what they are all about, you won't be disappointed.”

The First Lutheran Singers will add further variety to the program with a repertoire that includes both Christian and secular tunes. Young and old alike will find the program very inspiring.

Plenty of single-serve-size homemade pies with single-serve cups of cool, creamy ice cream will be available. The proceeds will benefit the Mount Carroll Ministerial Association's Benevolence Fund. The concert is sponsored by First Lutheran, Thrivent Financial, and the City of Mount Carroll.

“This is one event you won't want to miss,” said Parson Stark. “We at First Evangelical Lutheran Church are planning to host this event in a safe and thoughtful manner, following state covid-19 guidelines. By the end of June, we should be in Phase 4, which will permit much larger gatherings than our current Phase 3 allows.”

Added Parson Stark, “All volunteers handling food will wear face-masks and gloves. All guests will be expected to wear face-masks and maintain a six-foot distance between family groups. While some picnic tables will be available, you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs.”

For more information, call the church office at 815-244-8044.