Sanctuary Choir Notes

October 8, 2013

Thanks for your leadership

Thanks for your presence and singing in worship on Sunday. I am grateful for all you do and who you are. You are a gift. Thank you for the warm welcome you gave to Richard Parrigan. He is a good friend to our church. We are grateful for his willingness to substitute for Mary Lou.

Rehearsal
Tomorrow night the altos have the 6:30 section rehearsal and the full choir will be at 7:00.
We sing at all of the services this Sunday. More information below.

Sacred Sounds
Our Sacred Sounds concert is next Sunday, October 20, at 4:00. The concert is an opportunity to share songs with the congregation and other choirs in the ministry. It is a community sing. We will meet to warm up at 3:30 and have our one rehearsal with the choirs for our combined songs. Following the concert is the New Zion sponsored Spaghetti Dinner. This is one of the NZ Choir's fundraisers for their summer mission trip. We hope you will stay for dinner. The cost for an adult is $8. What a deal!!

Fifth Wednesday Potluck Coming
On October 30, at 6:00, we will have our next potluck dinner. Frances and Mitzi have made a sign up sheet for the items that need to be supplied. This will be available for sign up on Wednesday nights. Note: it is not until October 30.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night.

Peace,
Ruth Ann

This Week and a Little More

Wednesday, October 9
6:30 - Alto sectional
7:00 - rehearsal in the choir room

Sunday, October 13
8:30 - TBA

9:30 and 11:00
Here's One
Two responses from FWS

October 20 - Sacred Sounds!!! Concert at 4:00 and Spaghetti Dinner to Follow
October 30
(Wednesday) @ 6:00 - Choir Potluck in the parlor
November 8,
(Friday) @ 6:30- Drumming Circle in CLC - an ACT event (Art Community Together)
November 9, (Saturday) 9:30 - 11:15 Christmas Music Rehearsal
December 14, time tba - Orchestra rehearsal for Christmas Music service
December 15, 9:30 and 11:00 - Christmas Music Service
December 21, - Choir and Brass Rehearsal
December 22, - 9:30 and 11:00 - Choir and Brass in worship
December 24, 7:00 Worship

Below: Tryptych: Hearts Journey by Quinn

Text for Sunday's Anthems

Here's One

Talk about a child that do love Jesus, here's one.
Talk about a child that's been converted, here's one.
Every since I heard the gospel story, I've been walkin' down the streets of glory.


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Prayers

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

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), Dr. Jim Pridgen (Gay's father)

For encouragement: Nona (shoulder surgery, October 21), Lori (sprained her knee), Gary Bethke (Jane Ann) doing better, David R., Ruth Barry (injured her back) Carolyn J., Elizabeth N., Ashley Roper and her family, Janice Tracy (Bob) - possible spinal implant surgery

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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Celebrations

Happy Birthday - Steve Dalehite (12th) - Steve is teaching a class at UTSA on Wednesday nights and not able to sing with us this semester. We miss him and hope he can return in 2014.

New Grandchildren!!!
Carol and Ron Ross have a new grandson - Jamison Crawford Ross, born September 4!!!

Margaret has a new granddaughter, Catherine, born September 6!!

Craig and Vanessa are expecting in the spring. We are going to have a choir baby!!!
Stephanie (Lind) and Matt Schlimm are expecting in the spring. Another choir grandbaby!!

On the Light Side

There was a Scottish painter named Smokey MacGregor who was very interested in making a penny where he could, so he often thinned down his paint to make it go a wee bit further.

As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually the local church decided to do a big restoration job on the outside of one of their biggest buildings.

Smokey put in a bid, and, because his price was so low, he got the job. So he set about erecting the scaffolding and setting up the planks, and buying the paint and, yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with turpentine....

Well, Smokey was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly completed, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder, the sky opened, and the rain poured down washing the thinned paint from all over the church and knocking Smokey clear off the scaffold to land on the lawn among the gravestones, surrounded by telltale puddles of the thinned and useless paint.

Smokey was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he got down on his knees and cried: "Oh, God, Oh God, forgive me; what should I do?"

And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke.

"Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more

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Retreating

I am in the Hill Country at my semi annual retreat with some church musicians colleagues. We are connected through our common work but also through the sharing of our stories. In addition to talking about 'church' things, we also talk about life issues. We have conversations about life transitions. One in our group has retired and another is retiring at the end of this year. We are given windows into the goings on in our families, illnesses, engagements, grandchildren and sadly, about broken relationships. Even though we only get together twice a year, we are a community.
Our guest speaker for this gathering is Milton Brasher-Cunningham. Milton is a poet, chef, writer, teacher, minister and musician. He and his wife live in Durham, NC where she is a pastor. Milton and his wife practice the art of hospitality by preparing and sharing meals with large groups in their home and at the church. For 20 years, they have been hosting a Thursday night meal in their home for who ever shows up. Milton writes about the connections that are made in the preparation and the eating of these meals in his blog www.don'teatalone.com. Sharing in the preparation and eating of a meal often provides space for sharing times of joy and difficulty.
I was reminded of the importance of making space for these kinds of conversations. To tell our story to an interested listener is a gift. To be trusted to hear the story of another is a gift. And when we hear our story in the story of another, we remember we are not alone. Another gift. One of my friends shared this quote today, "Our salvation begins when we hear someone else tell our story." I thought that was beautiful.

I thank my God when I remember you for He has blessed my life with yours. (from Recollection of Joy, paraphrase of Philippians 1:3)
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