Raylene Hlavaty

Chautauqua-style reenactor Raylene Hlavaty is slated to portray Fanny Crosby on March 22 at Providence Church in Mansfield.

MANSFIELD -- In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Fanny Crosby's birthday, area Chautauqua-style reenactor Raylene Hlavaty will be portraying Fanny Crosby at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Providence Church, 1122 Grace St., Mansfield.

Fanny Crosby is known as the Queen of the Gospel Hymn and the blind poetess. She is the author of the well known hymns: "Blessed Assurance," "Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior" and "To God Be the Glory."

Born in 1820, she became blind at six weeks old. Rather than hinder her, blindness gave her an ear for rhyme and an opportunity for education. She believed that God had ordained her blindness for His glory.

By the time of her death in 1915, she had written more than 8,000 hymns many of which are still sung today. During a 30-minute presentation, Raylene Hlavaty will portray Fanny Crosby in first person and in costume.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, visit www.free-reformed.net or call 419-606-0197.

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