Our final Little Summer Music concert will feature Garen Dorsey. Garen is a pianist and musician who grew up in Charlottesville attending Westminster and now resides in Richmond VA. He plays freelance gigs and events, does studio work, tours, and teaches. He will be joined by up-and-coming young trumpeter Will Evans, VCU alum and upright bassist Kevin Eichenberger, and Manhattan School of Music-bound drummer Kofi Shepsu. They will be playing a mix of standards, compositions from various modern musicians, and maybe even a few original compositions. The concert will be Sunday, August 19 at 3:00 pm followed by ice cream in the courtyard. Donations for PACEM will be collected. Please mark your calendars for this special event.
Have you ever thought about joining the choir, but worried about making the commitment? Summer pick-up choir is just the thing for you! The remaining dates for pick-up choir are this week, July 8 and August 12. The choir meets in the choir room at 9:00 am and learns an easy anthem to offer at the 10:00 worship. Pick-up choir is open to older children, youth and adults. Please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts if you have questions.
We are excited that Westminster is partnering with Camp Hanover, the PC(USA) camp in our presbytery, to host a Traveling Day Camp.
When: August 6 – 10, from 9AM t0 3PM
Who: rising 1st – 6th grade
What: Cost is $100/camper and includes a snack each day.
How: Register online by clicking on this link: https://www.camphanover.org/westminster_charlottesville.
We need volunteers to help! Specifically, we need folks willing to bring, prepare, and serve a morning snack to campers each day. We need folks willing to bring and prepare lunch for the staff each day, and we need folks to house the day camp staffers for the week. If you are willing to help out in one of these ways, please contact Lynne at 293-3133 or click on the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F45AAA62DABFD0-camp
On Sunday, August 27 you are invited to our final summer concert to benefit PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry). The concert will take place in the Sanctuary at 4:00 pm followed by ice cream in the courtyard. Soprano Megan Sharp, with Jonathan Schakel on piano, will present a program entitled, “Songs My Father Taught Me,” featuring songs by Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Joaquín Rodrigo, and folk songs arranged by Benjamin Britten. Megan’s late father, Stuart Sharp, was a professor of voice at Hope College and her first voice teacher. This program is a tribute to his guidance and great love of art songs.
The offertory this week is an arrangement by Bill Boyd, for tuba and piano, of the hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” This tune, now generally known by the name, “Nettleton,” has origins in the early nineteenth-century American folk-hymn tradition. The melody was widespread, appearing in many variations, including versions in duple as well as triple meter, and with many different names, the earliest of which include “Hallelujah,” “Sinner’s Call,” and “Good Shepherd.” While it appeared with several other texts, the tune was most often matched with Robert Robinson’s 1758 text, “Come Thou fount of every blessing.”