The Tuesday Evening Study Group will meet on Tuesday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Lounge, for our annual Advent potluck-music evening. Our special guests will be women of the choir. Please bring your own place setting and a dish to share with several others. There will be hot or cold drinks for all and several desserts, so please join us for an evening of dinner, singing, and sharing your favorite children’s Christmas stories. If you need more information or a ride, please call Barbara Deaver at 973-3819.
Come and enjoy a traditional service of Lessons and Carols led by the Choristers and Singers choirs. Readings and carols retell the story of Christ’s birth, with candlelit singing of Silent Night. Following the service gather for a potluck meal and carol singing in the Fellowship Hall. This annual event is a wonderful time to gather with family, and invite new friends to celebrate the season at Westminster. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck meal.
In our ten-week session this fall the Life-Long Song group has enjoyed singing Psalms at the beginning of each of our meetings. We have also sung several rounds, including a setting of Psalm 150. In our exploration of music with texts on peace we learned an anthem by Michael Burkhardt entitled “Beloved, God’s Chosen,” with a text by Susan Palo Cherwien. We found it inspiring and comforting in these difficult times. Life-Long Song will not resume in the spring semester. Thank you to those who have come and participated. I have enjoyed making music with you all.
Beloved, God’s chosen, put on as a garment
compassion, forgiveness, and goodness of heart.
Above all, before all, let love be your raiment
that binds into one every dissonant part.
Within, call forth Wisdom, to dwell in you richly;
let peace rule your hearts and that peace be of Christ.
And from the heart’s chamber, beloved and holy,
let singing thanksgiving to God ever rise.
If you love to sing, but don’t want to come out to an evening rehearsal, or you would like a musical group that does not perform, then Life-Long Song may be just the thing that you are looking for. Life-Long Song is a musical gathering that meets on Thursday mornings from 11:00-noon for 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring. It is a daytime singing program for adults that provides a regular opportunity for making music in community and having fun, while improving physical health and mental agility. While designed specifically for older adults, anyone is welcome to join. No special skills or previous experience is necessary. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
This week choirs for children and youth begin. At Westminster we have choirs for school-age children and youth. The Choristers is a lively group of children, kindergarten through fourth grade. On Thursdays we gather, usually in the courtyard, to play from 3:30-4:00. At 4:00 we move to the choir room for stretches, vocal warm ups, and time for singing, moving, creating crafts, praying and reading Bible stories. The first rehearsal is Thursday, September 7. This choir prepares children to be active worship leaders in our church. The Choristers sing in worship every 4-6 weeks and participate in the service of Lessons and Carols in December.
The Singers are a mix of youth (grade 5 and up) and adults that love to sing. We gather in the choir room after the 11:00 worship service for a hearty snack and time of singing. This energetic group leads worship every 4-5 weeks and participates in the service of Lessons and Carols in December. The Singers begin their year with a retreat from 12:15-2:00 pm in the choir room on Sunday, September 10.
If you have any questions about the choirs at Westminster please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.