Musically Speaking

The following post was written by Clark Williamson for the church newsletter and edited for publication here:

Special music for the Month of August 2014 is as follows:

  • August 3: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, a trumpet duet by Gabe Johnson and Chuck Brussow.
  • August 10: Sanctuary of the Heart, a vocal solo by Noreen Williamson and His Eye is on the Sparrow, a vocal solo by Lori Mitchell.
  • August 17: Be Still My Soul, a clarinet and alto saxophone duet by Tom and Mary Jo Miles.
  • August 24: a contemporary song by Janelle Harman, Jory Konrade and Halee Konrade.
  • August 31: is available for volunteers.

Summer is just about over and we need to start gearing up for a new regular season of music ministries. Our Chancel Choir will have their first practice on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, starting at 7 pm in Wright Hall. If you are new to our church, you may enter through the choir door from the northeast corner of the building, Broadway St. parking lot. All vocal parts are welcome and the choir sings each week. Their first anthem will be sung at the 10:30 worship service on September 7. The John Wesley Bell Choir will resume rehearsals on Thursday, August 28 in the sanctuary at 6pm.

Sheet Music“Choir Sign-Up Days” will take place on Sunday, August 3 and Sunday, September 7 between services. I will have a registration table set up in the narthex. Both new and current choir members of all music groups should fill out a short form.

We will be adding Jordan Luty in the mix of our rotation of worship pianists. Jordan will debut on August 17 and, as we’ve experienced before, he is definitely not a beginner at the keyboard. My many thanks to all the diverse styles of special music participants who have blessed us with their vocal/instrumental solos and duets over the summer months. I still need someone to volunteer for music on the last Sunday of this month which is Labor Day weekend.

I have been reading through and listening to CDs of promotional materials recently. It always feels a bit strange to be looking ahead to Christmas selections when it is July and 90 degrees outside.

There were approximately 85 people attending the farewell concert given by Jean and Francis Hendricks. It was a lovely way to celebrate the God given talents of Jean at the piano and Francis singing. I was honored to be part of the program by joining with Francis in two duets. They will be greatly missed, not only at the piano, organ, handbells, and singing, but also in the Questors Sunday School Class and other ministries of this church. I have greatly cherished my friendship with Jean and Francis over the years. We wish them well and may the good Lord bless and keep them.