Central Methodist University student Kevin Helmerichs, from Lake Ozark, Mo., joined other members of Central's praise bands to branch out into the community and reach people who would not otherwise receive their message of Christian love.

Tuesday, May 1 marked their first foray into centers for people who need special assistance. At 11 a.m., each group will visit one of the following - Endless Options, Ashbury Heights, and Fayette Caring Center - to bring music and lead worship.

The student-led chapel programs on the Fayette campus of CMU have increased in size and activity. At this point, there are three praise bands that alternate and sometimes join forces in sharing the music during on-campus Tuesday morning services.

Helmerichs is a senior currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at CMU.

Since its founding in 1854, CMU has evolved into a university that confers master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees through programming on its main campus in Fayette, Mo., and through extension sites and online.