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AGAPE to perform Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church

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What: AGAPE performance

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 523 4th Ave. SE

Info: Trinity Lutheran will serve hot dogs, chips and bars beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5 per plate. The event is open to the public.

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A musician who combines rap, dancing and storytelling is scheduled to perform Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

AGAPE, which is Dave Scherer, will perform at Trinity Lutheran's end-of-the-year confirmation celebration. The Rev. Susan Haukaas, associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran, said AGAPE is a hip-hop performer but he is also grounded in Lutheran theology.

"His performance is Christ centered," she said. "It is fun for the kids and something that is well-grounded in faith and has Christ at the center of it. We were looking for something fun for the kids and something that ties to their faith."

Haukaas said Trinity Lutheran wanted AGAPE to perform at its confirmation celebration because he is a performer who children have seen at various youth events.

"He has a great message, and he is a lot of fun," she said.

AGAPE is a word used to describe God's unconditional love, according to AGAPE's website. Scherer founded a youth-led worship service called AMP (All Metro Praise) in 2001, and he received the Tom Hunstad Award for excellence in youth ministry and his contribution to young people. His ministry was also featured in an ABC documentary called "Peace of Bread: Faith, Food, and the Future," which is about food insecurity in America.

AGAPE translates the theological depth of Scherer's seminary training into songs and stories that can be understood by listeners, according to AGAPE's website. AGAPE has been touring for 12 years and has recorded six albums, including recording with producer Ant and Ra Charm, who is Chris brown's producer.

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