Category Archives: Choir

All Singers Welcome

The following announcement was received from Clark Williamson and lightly edited:

Today, Wednesday, August 26, 2015, our Chancel Choir will hold their first rehearsal since the summer break.  The practice starts at 7 pm for an hour and takes place in Wright Hall.  You may enter through the Choir Door from the north end of the main parking lot.  All singers are welcome.  The group is like a big family.  We sing, we laugh, and we also support each other when prayer is needed.  The choir invites new members in every vocal range and level of experience.  The Chancel Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:30 am worship service, beginning September 6, 2015.  A short warm-up takes place at 10:10 am.  If you can’t attend the first practice and are still interested in singing—come talk to me at the “Choir Sign-Up” table one of these next two Sundays.

A New Year — A New Song

The following post (as well as the title of this post) was received from Clark Williamson, Director of Music Ministries:

Our Chancel Choir will start their weekly practices again on Wednesday, the 14th at 7:00-8:15pm in the Wright Fellowship Hall.  They sing each Sunday at the 10:30 service.  We invite new singers of all vocal parts to join the group.  No auditions, all are welcome.  Come and help us bring a new song of praise to worship.  Enter through the choir door in the NE corner of the church building.  “It takes a village” to make a choir and a “joyful noise unto the Lord”.

Music Notes: "Who Shall Appear?"

Received from Clark Williamson:

The Chancel Choir’s musical offering today is the Advent anthem “Who Shall Appear?” Words and music are by John Purifoy but part of the lyrics have been adapted from prophesies of Micah and Isaiah. Midway through the piece you’ll hear our sopranos and altos in a paraphrase of Micah 5:2 proclaiming “You, O Bethlehem, who are so small, from you shall come One who is great for all.” Then later on the whole choir builds a crescendo emphasizing Isaiah 40:3-5. “In the wilderness, prepare the way. Every valley shall be lifted up, and the glory of the Lord will be revealed.” The haunting tone and mood to the music is also enhanced by the solo recorder; a wooden flute held like a clarinet and played by Mary Jo Miles.

Music Notes: Chancel Choir

Received from Clark Williamson:

Our Chancel Choir has a long-standing tradition of providing different anthems in a variety of choral music styles.   They are one of the few choirs left in Abilene which still rehearses each week to make a musical offering to God each Sunday morning.  The Chancel Choir is open to new singers in all vocal sections.   Currently, we could especially use some more people to sing soprano and tenor.   There have been a few individuals either move, experience illness, or have retired from the choir.   Practices are on Wednesday evenings in the Wright Hall at 7:00-8:15 (north end basement).  The Chancel Choir sings at our 10:30 service and meets for a warm-up at 10:10am.   Most of the music lines for the soprano and tenor parts don’t go terribly high, or stay up in range for long periods of time.   Please contact me if you’d like to participate.   Oh…and we won’t say no to altos and basses either.   “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!”

Music Notes

Received from Clark Williamson:

  1. “Choir Sign-Up Days” are set for Sunday, August 18 and 25, 2013.   Registration will take place for all choirs for all age levels in all musical styles.  Come by the table in between services to discuss your participation in a choir with our music director or ask for more information.

  2. Our two adult choirs are switching their rehearsal nights during the new choir season.   The Chancel Choir (for singers) will now practice on Wednesdays starting at 6:30 on August 28, 2013. The John Wesley Bell Choir (for hand bell ringers) will rehearse on Thursdays starting at 6:30 on September 5, 2013.   Both of these music groups have openings and room for more musicians.

  3. “Music Ministries Sunday” is now scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2013 at both worship services.   The morning message will be given through many forms of sacred music:  choral, traditional, contemporary, instrumental, solo-duet, and keyboards.   It’s our annual attempt to recognize the various ways our Lord enables us to praise him and also show our appreciation for the musicians who he has blessed with those musical gifts.

Excellence in Children's Ministry

Our Big Holy Audacious Goal is excellence in children’s ministry. I’ve long felt that we achieve that in places like VBS, Sunday School, and Pack Their Packs, now I think we can add another program to that list: Children’s Choir. Their first performance was at the 10:50 service this past Sunday. They sang very well. It sounded like they had a backup track but they didn’t. If you didn’t get to hear them, you missed out.

Children's Choir Update

Received from Nikki Kirk, our choir (and now children’s choir) director:

Thank you everyone for bringing your children to the last music rehearsal.  We had a lot of fun singing and creating our own dance moves to the song I Will Remember You!  We will be rehearsing again this Sunday morning, September 25th as part of the children’s Sunday School time which begins at 9:30 a.m.

Our first performance will be on Sunday, October 2nd during the second service at 10:50 a.m.  We will have our final “dress rehearsal” that morning during Children’s Sunday School also.

Thank you again for allowing your child to participate.  We’ll see you on Sunday!

Music Opportunities at First UMC

This fall we are starting an exciting new ministry in the life of First UMC. Nikki Kirk, choir director, VBS music director, and music teacher at Community Elementary School, will be working with children in our congregation to provide occasional Children’s Special Music during the 10:50 am worship service. If you know of a child who would be interested in this music ministry, please let Nikki Kirk or Pastor Jenny know, if you haven’t already.

On Dec. 4, we are planning on having one combined worship service at 10:50 am for our Christmas program. The choir, along with our children and youth, will be providing special music for the day. If you regularly attend the 8:10 am service but would like to be a part of the choir for this special Christmas program, we’d love to have you join us. Please see Nikki Kirk, choir director, or Pastor Jenny for more information.

Choir Practice Resumes

Choir practice will begin again on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the choir room. Our first Sunday to sing in worship will be Sunday, July 31. We will not be singing on July 24 because that is VBS Sunday and we will have a lot of special music that day. This will give us two practices before we resume singing in worship.

PPRC Approves Maternity Leave

The Pastor-Parish Relations Committee (PPRC) met this evening at 5:15. The most significant action taken was the approval of six weeks of paid maternity leave for our choir director, Nikki Kirk. We’ll miss Nikki but we celebrate with her and Jeremy as they prepare for the birth of the first child. I’m also happy that the church took this opportunity to be pro-family not only in word but also in deed.