The East Valley Jazz Cooperative

The East Valley Jazz Cooperative will be among the performers at next Friday’s free concert at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Gilbert.

Two Gilbert churches have big events planned for the long holiday weekend.

While one will host a jazz concert Friday, another will hold a special service honoring veterans Sunday.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Gilbert and Music Serving The Word are teaming up to present a free outdoor concert Friday to benefit a nonprofit that helps the homeless.

The concert will start at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 with dining on the patio of Spirit of Joy Church, 1159 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, with sweets from the French Me food truck.

Donations will be sought to benefit I-HELP, an acronym for the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program.

The nonprofit provides emergency help, showers, meals and community services for local homeless people.

Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. with the East Valley Jazz Cooperative students directed by Russell Schmidt. That will be followed at 7 p.m. by the he Paul Brewer Quintet with Paul Brewer on sax, special guest Scott Yandell on trumpet, Russell Schmidt on piano, Dwight Kilian on bass, Rob Moore on drums and vocalist Chris Mack.

At 8 p.m., vocalist Vicki McDermitt will be featured with pianist Danielle Cooke and the other musicians for the final set of the evening

Information: 480-507-0742.

Meanwhile, veterans and their families are invited to a special service at 10 a.m. Sunday at Valor Christian Center, 3015 E. Warner Road.

The color guard from the Gilbert American Legion and the Patriot Guard  Riders will kick off the service by creating an aisle to escort attendees.

Mayor Jenn Daniels and other Town Council members are expected along with members of the police and fire departments.

Veterans are encouraged to wear their old uniforms, said Associate Pastor and Vietnam veteran Thor Strandholt.