Fans of Hope’s own singer/songwriter Avery Tallent are invited out for an evening of food, fellowship and music when Tallent takes the stage at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Shelter, located at 5060 W. County Road 600 N, in Scipio.

Presented as part of The Shelter’s weekly music series, this will be Tallent's second time playing the outdoor venue.

“It feels really good getting everyone together,” he says. “It is nice to be gathering with people – especially there, I really like the people, they’re good folks.”

Those who attend Thursday’s performance can look forward to originals and familiar favorites, Tallent says.

“I’ll probably be sharing some songs I’ll have on the new album, too, so some new stuff they’ve not heard before,” he says.

Reverand Sarah Campbell, with the Scipio United Methodist Church, says she is looking forward to Tallent’s performance Thursday. Until now, she has only had the pleasure of hearing him play alongside his former bandmates from Sons of I Am, who are regular guests at The Shelter, she says.

The music series, which runs now through October, is an extension of the church community, Campbell says. Everyone is welcome to the event, regardless of their church affiliation, she adds.

“Most of the people who come are not members of the church and I think that is fantastic,” Campbell says. “It’s always an open door and there’s always an open seat for people to come on Sunday mornings.”

The typical set-up for the popular Thursday evening event is not an altar-call situation, Campbell explains, but more of an opportunity to tune in, listen and receive the message.

The music series debuted around five years ago as part of the vision of a former pastor who felt a call to strengthen the church’s outreach, Campbell says.

This Thursday, Campbell will be speaking from John 15:1-12 about happiness with her message, “Happiness is based on circumstances; joy is an assurance of God with us,” she says.

Given the current environment, there’s no better time to gather, Tallent says.

“I think right now it's as important as it ever has been to be together and be united as common people,” Tallent says. “I will play some originals I’ve written and throw in a few covers so everyone can sing along, too.”

Campbell adds that those with little ones need not worry as there is plenty for the kiddos to do that evening.

There are two accessible playgrounds on site designed for different age groups, Campbell says.

“I also typically bring bubbles and sidewalk chalk for the kids,” she says. “It’s a great way to spend a Thursday evening.”

Tallent says his hopes for the show that evening are simple.

“I hope that we can all get together, have a good time, sing some songs and grow closer to one another and the Lord,” he says.

As always, in the event of excessive heat or inclement weather the event is subject to being moved indoors or cancelled altogether. Those planning to attend are encouraged to keep an eye on social media via The Shelter for potential updates.