A mir­a­cle on View­town Road

Rappahannock News - - SPERRYVILL­E • BUSINESS SERVICE DIRECTORY - chris­[email protected] CHRIS GREEN

As the Amissville Full Gospel Church con­gre­ga­tion be­gan ar­riv­ing at a re­cent Sun­day morn­ing ser­vice, sis­ter Jane Pittman, Pas­tor Jimbo Pittman’s wife, sud­denly col­lapsed while mak­ing her way across the park­ing lot. Her heart stopped, and within sec­onds of her fall — mirac­u­lously — a gen­tle­man in a white pickup truck, driv­ing along View­town Road, see­ing her col­lapse, pulled up and ap­plied CPR. The con­gre­ga­tion knows not the iden­tity of this man who showed up seem­ingly out of nowhere.

Pas­tor Pittman tells that doc­tors re­layed, with­out the im­me­di­ate CPR ap­plied within those cru­cial ini­tial min­utes, sis­ter Jane would have suf­fered brain dam­age. Whomever you are kind sir, mys­tery man in the white pickup truck, thank you from the bot­tom of a many a grate­ful heart for your no­ble deed.

While she re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized, her con­di­tion has greatly im­proved. Pas­tor Pittman, along with fam­ily and friends, stay close by her side. The skill of fine physi­cians and the power of prayer con­tinue to heal her heart.

On the sub­ject of prayer, a well known ad­vo­cate of its power was the Rev. Billy Gra­ham, re­cently brought into the pres­ence of his maker. As a trib­ute to him, Rap­pa­han­nock res­i­dent El­liot Ma­theny, a gifted opera singer, per­formed “How Great Thou Art” be­fore an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence of the Ladies Lunch Bunch; a group of lo­cal women who meet monthly at var­i­ous venues within the county.

The ladies en­joyed a per­for­mance not only by El­liot, but also by Matthew Brooks. They sang a med­ley of songs rang­ing from spir­i­tu­als, “Shall we Gather by the River,” “Ride on King Je­sus,” to bal­lads such as “Oh Danny Boy” and the ever pop­u­lar “If Ever I Should Leave You,” (Camelot), “Beau­ti­ful Dreamer” and a rous­ing ren­di­tion of Puc­cini’s “Nes­sun Dorma.” Lit­tle 5-year-old Anne Genho of El­don Farms, in at­ten­dance with her mom Lyn­nie, beamed as Matt and El­liot sang “Puff the Magic Dragon” along with a cho­rus of 35 en­thu­si­as­tic women.

Matthew is a Helden­tenor, a term used to de­scribe a tenor with a pow­er­ful voice ca­pa­ble of singing heroic roles such as works by Wag­ner and Strauss. It is a rare voice type that pushes the tenor into gru­elling dra­matic ter­ri­tory and em­bod­ies the strength and viril­ity needed for some of the most pun­ish­ing roles in the op­er­atic reper­toire.

He is a for­mer Castle­ton young artist and has been a Rap­pa­han­nock res­i­dent since 2015. Matthew has per­formed in many lo­cales in­clud­ing San Fran­cisco, New York, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Hawaii and Ok­la­homa. He is cur­rently au­di­tion­ing for Young Artist Pro­grams.

El­liot is also a for­mer Castle­ton young artist.

He was de­scribed by Metropoli­tan Arts Re­views as hav­ing “a pow­er­ful, manly stage pres­ence, as well as a pro­found qual­ity to his voice” (as ‘Ford’ in Verdi’s “Fal­staff”). El­liot is a dra­matic full lyric col­oratura bari­tone, a term used to de­scribe a voice with the beauty and charm of a lyric bari­tone, but with dra­matic depth, blaz­ing fast agility, and pierc­ing pen­e­trat­ing power. El­liot be­came a res­i­dent of Rap­pa­han­nock County in 2015, and since then has per­formed lead­ing bari­tone roles in 13 op­er­atic pro­duc­tions, and nu­mer­ous con­certs in the mid-At­lantic.

Both El­liot and Matt are avail­able for pri­vate and public func­tions, con­certs, all man­ner of en­gage­ments as well as at lo­cal inns and restau­rants. They are avail­able to per­form to­gether or in­di­vid­u­ally, with or with­out in­stru­men­tal ac­com­pa­ni­ment, and Matt can be reached at mjbrook­[email protected] and El­liot at ma­th­enyel­[email protected]

Whomever you are kind sir, mys­tery man in the white pickup truck, thank you from the bot­tom of a many a grate­ful heart for your no­ble deed.

➤ SAVE THE DATE: Sat­ur­day, May 12th, is Food Pantry Day and as in the past the morn­ing will fea­ture the ever pop­u­lar pet pa­rade, with a scrump­tious din­ner fundraiser to be held at John An­der­son’s beau­ti­ful Jes­samine Farm. More de­tails to fol­low in the com­ing weeks.

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