Bill and Tony (pictured) of Brittany and the Sonbeams, perform a set at the JC’s Coffee House, located at the Radiant Lighthouse campus U-Turn Building, 5256 Sebring Warner Road, in Greenville. JC’s Coffee House will host its annual “Christmas Coffee House” event Friday, December 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. Questions? Contact coordinator Janice Clark at 937-417-5926, or visit the Radiant Lighthouse Facebook page.

Rockin’ around the Coffee House

Food, fun and festive sounds coming to JC’s Dec. 10

GREENVILLE – After last Christmas, with its many lockdowns, cancellations and quarantines, many families and friends are looking forward to celebrating the holidays with gusto –to laugh, have fun, and perhaps sing a few holiday carols. One annual (and very fun) local event offers Darke County residents, both young and old, the chance to relax, sip some coffee (or cocoa) and “de-stress” from the hurried holiday pace. 

JC’s Coffee House, located at the Radiant Light House Church campus, located at 5256 Sebring Warner Rd, in Greenville, is hosting its “Christmas Coffee House” on Friday, December 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. While the event is free to attend, a delicious “finger food” buffet will be offered for $10 per person, which includes punch. Specialty coffees and cocoas will be offered for an additional cost by JC’s own “Barristanator,” Nevin Eley, along with Rick and Kathy Brewer, who will providing seasonal music throughout the three-hour event. Rick will also lead a fun, interactive “sing-along” with the audience, to add to the joy of the occasion. 

“JC’s was inspired by God,” said hostess and JC’s Coffee House coordinator, Janice Clark. “A non-threatening place where people could go, be entertained, have fun, play games, sit and talk, and enjoy a few hours with friends and family. While there were some places for teens, we wanted to create a place for people 18 and over.”

After a few months of collecting coffee-themed items to start the coffeehouse, Clark presented her idea to Pastors Hershel and Barbara Fee, who (after a few months) whole-heartedly supported her project, even buying the first Keurig Coffee Maker and attending regularly, from its opening night in June 2009. 

The Coffee House has been a blessing to church members, friends, neighbors, and the Darke County community for over a decade, providing a fun, relaxing atmosphere for gathering on Friday evenings, and giving those with musical gifts to perform for an audience. Each JC’s Coffee House event supports other ministries at the church, including the Circle of Friends, a Bible study and fellowship for those with developmental disabilities, led by church member, Delores Ely. 

“JC’s Coffee House is not-for-profit, so there is no cover-charge, and live entertainment is supported by love offerings. Anyone who is preferably over 18 can come,” said Clark, adding, “We have a snack bar, coffee, tea, pop, chips and salsa, soft pretzels, hot dogs, taco salad, popcorn, and desserts. Sometimes, we have special events, like the Christmas Party, with a finger food and veggie tray buffet.” 

Open twice a month each year, from March through December, JC’s Coffee House supports those in the church with musical talents, offering opportunities to perform each month. In addition, those in the Darke County community who would like to audition are welcome.

“While Rick Brewer is one of our ‘regulars,’ we recently launched a new group from the Radiant Lighthouse Church – Brittany and the Sonbeams – with Brittany, Bill and Tony who play and sing,” said Clark. “We have also had comedians, speakers, and skits as well. Anyone can audition by calling me.”

Want to learn more about JC’s Coffee House? Just contact the Radiant Lighthouse via their Facebook Page or call JC’s Coffee House Coordinator Janice Clark at 937-417-5926.

Carol Marsh / Correspondent

Carol Marsh is a human interest/features writer who enjoys telling the stories of Darke County's people, places, and events, both past and present. She enjoys music, scrapbooking, reading Jane Austen, loves cooking (almost as much as scrapbooking) and is a homeschool mom of two.

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