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Polka in church Sunday in Hancock

Church goers will hear the sound of a concertina and guitar instead of an organ or piano on Sunday, June 16, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Hancock.

Church members have planned a polka worship for the 9:30 a.m. service. The service is open to everyone, said Cal "Pee Wee" Eystad, a church member.

"The polka worship is just like a regular church service except there is a concertina and guitar," "Eystad said.

Hymns and other Christian music will be played to the tune of a polka, Eystad said.

The service will invite attendee participation as well, he said.

Eystad said the service will include about 10 songs and some scripture. The church's pastor, the Rev. Julius Miller, is out of town and won't be preaching that day, he said.

Jerry and Joyce, a polka and dance duo, will provide the music. They will start to play at 9:15 a.m.

"We've done this every year for four years," Eystad said. "Someone said it was the first time he'd ever enjoyed a church service."

"I haven't heard too many complaints about it," Eystad said.