AHUMC Choir Notes

September 3, 2013

Grateful for your presence

I was amazed that we had so many singers present on Labor Day Weekend. Thanks for showing up and singing well.

This Week
We sing at all the services this Sunday as well. We also begin our 6:30 section time this week with the SOPRANOS. I hope to spend some time placing voices as we work musical details. See sopranos tomorrow night at 6:30 and full choir at 7:00.

Sukkot Worship 0n Wednesday, September 25
On Wednesday, September 25, we will have a Sukkot worship at 6:30. Therefore, that night, we will begin rehearsal at 7:30. BUT, hope you will be able to attend the worship. The service will be less than an hour and will be a combined effort with our New Heights Community. It will be a joyful worship in response to all that God provides for us.

We are now indicating worship singing commitment at rehearsal on Wednesday night. Please find the clipboard for your section and indicate your Sunday participation. Thanks for tending to this. It has been helpful in anthem planning. Please know that your voice does matter and is needed, each week.

Additions to Notes
The prayer and celebrations sections will begin to include information about people in the Joy Singers and Chancel Ringers. I think that it is good for us to see the needs of our broader community.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night.

Ruth Ann

This Week

Wednesday, September 4
Soprano Sectional at 6:30
Full Rehearsal at 7:00

Sunday, September 8
In Every Land Begin the Song (Offertory)

9:30 and 11:00
I Believe This Is Jesus (Offertory)
JLM (Response to the Sermon)

Below: Tryptych: Hearts Journey by Quinn

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For those who mourn: Prissy and family in the death of her father in July; Frances and family in the death of her father in July; Lori's son and daughter-in-law in the loss of the baby in July.

For those fighting cancer: Molly P., Erwin M. (Glenda), Gary G., Roger L., Ann L., Virlie's cousin, Chris D., Alix (Cynthia's sister), Keith R. (Billie), Linda Tucker (surgery 8/12)

For encouragement: Gary Bethke (Jane Ann) having surgery on Wednesday,David R., Carolyn J., Elizabeth N., Ashley Roper and her family

For new college freshmen: Ben Parmer, Matthieu St. Romain, Miranda Dunn (MItzi's granddaughter), Travis Wert, Harley Jones.

Below: Psalm 5, Hallelujah Morning by Virginia Wieringa

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Happy Birthday - Billie Rollins (September 1) - grateful for her amazing faithfulness to our choirs - Yes...she is in three choirs at our church!!! Ken Thomas (September 4) - grateful for his new granddaughter and his compassionate soul. Bethann Parmer (September 6) - grateful for her faithfulness to the choir and for all her years of support for New Zion. Sue Dial (September 7) grateful for her wise and settled soul and her faithfulness to the choir.

Tom and Carolyn Spurgeon's daughter, Jennifer, was married earlier this month.

Carol and Ron Ross expecting and new grandchild any day!!

Grateful for all who teach and guide our children. We are grateful for the educators and counselors in our choir. Also grateful for Sunday School teachers.

Chancel Ringers have a new member. Welcome Ashley Person!!

If you haven't met our newest singers to Sanctuary Choir, Patsy, Laura and Jim, please introduce yourself to them. We are grateful for their presence. Suzanne Miles attended rehearsal last week. She is a former student of Mary Lou's.

On the Light Side

A husband and wife were driving home one night and ran into a bridge abutment and both were killed. They arrived in heaven and found it was a beautiful golf course with a lovely clubhouse and fabulous greens. It was free and only for them, and the husband said, "You want to play a round?"
She said, "Sure." They teed off on the first hole and she said, "What's wrong?"
He said, "You know, if it hadn't been for your stupid oat bran, we could have been here years ago."
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O Lord, we are all in waiting time,

Waiting to see if this school year,

our children will find that spark that will reveal who you have created them to be;

waiting to see if we are able to rise up to the challenge you have placed before;

waiting to see that if we do exercise – like they say – if it will really make us feel better; waiting to see if the prescribed treatment will work;

waiting to see if we really can trust You.

And we are looking, O Lord Jesus Christ, for you;

we want to seek you, forgive us when we forget that you are for us and with us;

we want to trust and remember that you have lived all that we are living,

that you have been here…where we are…and that you are here…among us…. in us.

Help us to lay our waiting and our searching at your feet so that this evening,

we can sleep well because we know that you are with us in our waiting.

And you, Holy Friend, are waiting also, for us to realize that we have been found,

and all of our circumstances are within the boundaries and pleasant places

that you have set for us. Amen.