A Nampa church pastor was stunned Monday to receive a phone call from two-time Grammy nominated singer and entertainer Marie Osmond.
“She called to see if it would be OK if she visited,” said the Rev. John Watts, pastor of Nampa First United Methodist Church. “I said I thought it would be OK.”
Osmond will attend a service at the church Sunday and she’ll perform with the Nashville Tribute Band at a concert at the Ford Idaho Center on Tuesday. There are no tickets left for the free show, according to the band’s website.
Osmond, who comes from one of the most widely known families in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told Watts that she didn’t want to be a distraction at the service and just wanted to join other worshippers at the Methodist church.
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“She said she felt it was an important time for all Christians to come together to celebrate our common love of Jesus Christ,” Watts said.
Watts said the church feels honored and flattered to be graced by Osmond’s presence.
“My wife and I are of a generation that grew up with Donny and Marie,” Watts said of the famous brother-sister singing duo. Here’s a clip of them singing their signature song “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll.”
The pair have been performing together in Las Vegas since 2008.
Watts said he’d finished his sermon for the service about an hour before he got the call from Osmond (the theme is miracles) and he has no plans to change it. He said he’ll give Osmond an opportunity to say a few words to the congregation – and sing – if she wishes.
The church, which has services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., seats about 300, though it can accommodate up to 450 if they open the doors and put up folding chairs, Watts said. He expects a full house Sunday.