Helping to plan the C3 event are: (front row, from left) Miranda Benton, Sarah Gruhn, Kourtney Grimm, Renee Grimm and Aly Stadtlander; (back row, from left) Shellie Gruhn, Darci Opperman, Laurie Stein, Pastor Jonathan Conner, Jean Stadtlander, Tom Ulrickson, Diane Riggert, Pastor Robert Riggert and Rhonda Grimm.&nbsp; <span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em>Daily Times Herald photo by Paige Godden</em></span>
Helping to plan the C3 event are: (front row, from left) Miranda Benton, Sarah Gruhn, Kourtney Grimm, Renee Grimm and Aly Stadtlander; (back row, from left) Shellie Gruhn, Darci Opperman, Laurie Stein, Pastor Jonathan Conner, Jean Stadtlander, Tom Ulrickson, Diane Riggert, Pastor Robert Riggert and Rhonda Grimm.  Daily Times Herald photo by Paige Godden
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The churches in Manning are coming together for a first-of-its-kind nondenominational youth event.

On Saturday, June 9, from 5-8:15 p.m. at Hausbarn-Heritage Park, Swen and Dean and a praise team of local musicians will perform a Christian concert.

The event, C3, will be free to the public and will feature food, music and free T-shirts for youths.

Jean Stadtlander, an event coordinator, said the event got its name through the words community, Christian and celebration.

She said creators of the event wanted a community-based Christian celebration, so they thought the event title “C3” worked well.

The idea for the event came from some younger members of Manning Zion Lutheran Church, who went to a summer camp for sixth- through eighth-graders and saw Swen and Dean perform.

On the way home from camp, some of the youths asked if it was possible to bring Swen and Dean to Manning.

Stadtlander said that from there, the idea was brought up among organizers and pastors at the churches.

“We wanted it bigger than one church,” said Rhonda Grimm.

The group of volunteers were optimistic that this won’t be the last C3 event in Manning.