By Lynda Jensen
DASSEL, COKATO, DARWIN, MN The Fall Festival, hosted by St. John’s Catholic Church of Darwin, will offer plenty of activities this weekend, with a highlight Saturday being a concert by the Christian band GO FISH at the Performing Arts Center, and a highlight Sunday being a roast beef dinner at the St. John’s Education Center located between Dassel and Cokato.
The following is a list of events:
Saturday, Sept. 19
• 7 p.m. Texas Hold’em registration
• 7:30 p.m. Texas Hold’em Tourney. Free-will donation, $200 payout
• 7 p.m. concert at the DC PAC featuring the Christian band GO FISH
• $18 general admission, ticket and concert information at www.saintjohnsconcert.com.
Sunday, Sept. 20
Events take place at St. John’s Education Center along Highway 12 between Dassel and Cokato, except Mass Sunday:
• 9 a.m. Polka Mass at the church in Darwin
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. roast beef dinner, sides, homemade pies ($8 adults; $4 children 4-12)
• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Quilt show, bingo, silent auction, country store, food booth, beer garden, book sale, polka band, family Olympics, petting zoo, children’s games, inflatable bouncer, train rides, hay rides, dunk tank, and cake walk
3 p.m. Raffle drawing
About the band
GO FISH is a Christian singing group that brings a unique sound full of variety and creativity.
They sing for the Lord, and have a great ministry through their music, according to band literature.
Jamie Statema of the group, knows first-hand the power of popular music to reach a young life with an ancient but continually vital message. It happened to him as a sixth grader, when a performance by the band Found Free led him to devote himself to Jesus Christ.
Over four albums dating back to the 100,000-plus selling Infectious in 2001, Statema has led GO FISH, as they built an infectious catalogue of vocal-centered music that merrily point the way toward salvation. The band’s name derives from a Bible passage wherein Jesus declares that some of his disciples who were fisherman will now fish for souls.
GO FISH was founded by Jamie Statema back in the mid-90s.
A profile of group members:
Bringing the rockin’ high notes to the GO FISH sound, is Jason Folkmann. Jason lived on a hog farm in Victor, IA with his parents and three younger brothers before attending college at Northwestern College in St. Paul. After a year and a half at Northwestern, Jason heard of an opening in GO FISH, which he was immediately interested.
Since he was little he had always dreamed of being a singer, but the reality of it never seemed to be an option. Being able to combine music with the incredible message of Christ is the reason Jason enjoys being a part of GO FISH. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, riding his motorcycle, and helping out on his parent’s farm.
Andy is the newest member of GO FISH. He brings the rumble to the group by singing bass. He grew up in the Great White North of Canada, and now lives in the Twin Cities area.
His passion for music has been there since he was just a little tike. He plays piano and guitar as well. He went to Northwestern College in St. Paul for a year in 1996, where he met Jason, and sang with him in a group called “Voicemale,” which was a acappella group of 6 men. He also sang in the college choir there. Ministering through singing as a full time job is a dream come true for Andy.
Jamie Statema is from Sioux Falls, SD and sings baritone for GO FISH. He got the idea to start the group with a friend of his six years ago and a year later...GO FISH was born. Since then, a lot has changed in his life.
For starters, GO FISH became a full-time job, he discovered he enjoyed writing songs, and most significantly-he got married!
He lives with his wife Julie in St. Paul and is excited about what’s in store for GO FISH.
Since Jamie became a Christian himself at a Christian concert when he was younger, he knows first hand how powerful music can be in reaching others for Christ.