For the fifth year, Waldoboro Word of Life Church is holding a Summer of Praise under the tent at the top of the hill at Maine Top Mill, Route 1 across from Ralph’s Homes. The church sets up the tent to allow those who attend different churches, who don’t regularly attend at all and who are passing through, to come together for Sunday evening praise and worship services … and gospel concerts every Friday night.

Sunday evening services begin at 6 p.m., led by different local pastors. The concerts start at 7 p.m. and are on Fridays so that those who enjoy gospel music also can attend the Saturday concerts at the Cottage In The Woods on Castaway Cove Road in Damariscotta.

The first Friday concert takes place June 2nd and features Heaven’s Blend, a popular Maine quartet. Vocalist, keyboard player and songwriter Tom Rawley has been the senior pastor of the Waldoboro Word of Life Church for 30 years; many may remember him from his days with The Country Wranglers or Hosanna. Pastor Tom, along with Gary Leet, is one of the founding members of Heaven’s Blend. Leet, a former rock drummer, is the senior pastor of the Lisbon Free Baptist Church and adds vocals and drums to Heaven’s Blend. Bass player and composer Craig Tuck is Youth Pastor at the West Harpswell Baptist Church; and his wife Naomi is a vocalist.

Pastor Mark Holden of the North Waldoboro and Union Churches Of The Nazarene will be sharing a message at the first Sunday evening service under the tent June 4. A love offering will be taken at the services and concerts to help cover expenses.

Bob Weintraub and his daughter Erin operate Maine Top Mill at the “top of the hill,” where they have installed some textile processing machines and can create custom fiber; for the fifth summer, Bob has graciously allowed the Waldoboro Word of Life Church to set up the tent and use the property.

Since it’s under a tent, all events will be held rain or shine; all are welcome to stop by for as long as they’re able to stay. Sunday evening services usually run to about 8 p.m. For more information, call 446-3288.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or