Getting Ready for Christmas

    In music and worship ministry Christmas is almost upon us!  But, we’ve been thinking and planning this season for months.  Therefore, I feel impressed to remind you of many opportunities we will have to hear the story of the coming of Christ to the dark world.  Since several of our music ministry participants are heavily involved in the community events, I’ve listed them also.

  • Hanging of the Green/Family Workshop – Sunday, November 26, 4:30-7pm
  • Family Christmas Concert at the Glema Mahr Arts Center – Friday, December 1, 7pm
  • 4 Sundays of Advent – Sunday, December 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Community Chorus’ Messiah – Sunday, December 10, First Presbyterian Church, 6pm.
  • FCC Music Ministry Christmas Program “Come Peace of God”, Sunday, Dec. 17, 6pm, Sanctuary (Sanctuary Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Orchestra, Handbells, Children’s Choirs)
  • Christmas Eve Drop-In Communion – Sunday, December 24, 5pm
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion – Sunday, December 24, 6pm

I am thankful for all the extra labor our music ministry participants put into the beautiful season of Advent and Christmas.  Don’t forget, in general, people are much more open to attending church around Christmas and Easter.  Good time to invite people with no church home or those who have  been disconnected.

Gratefully, Bill


More Than Money

    It’s Wednesday afternoon and the “to do” list has evolved throughout the day.  Suddenly I    remember I need to get this article written so Donna can get the newsletter printed and ready for our volunteers to process the next morning.  It’s great to be in an environment with so much going on.  Trying to connect with new folks in our midst, getting ready to get the Sanctuary Choir on the road Sunday for the All Disciples Sing in Hopkinsville, getting budget figures together, making sure children’s choir attendance records are up to date so we don’t let any fall through the cracks, finding a few minutes to look over several anthems for use now through Christmas…AND celebrating our pastor’s 40th birthday.

It’s exciting to have so much going on in our church!  As we wrap up our stewardship emphasis this week, take a hard look at how you can be more than just an obedient and cheerful giver.  Look around and consider committing to one of the many ministry teams we call committees.  There’s  always a place at the table for one more!

And, if you can, we’d love to have you at the All Disciples Sing this Sunday, October 22, 4pm, First Christian Church, Hopkinsville, 2601 S. Walnut St., 42240.

Come join the fun and work!            Gratefully,   Bill


All Disciples Sing

For months you’ve been seeing publicity for the All-Disciples Sing Sunday, October 22, 4pm, at First Christian Church Hopkinsville.  This yearly tradition of gathering Disciples musicians in our area to worship and fellowship has become one of my favorite parts of being a relatively new Disciple.  Since it’s not a far drive from here I hope all of you will come and be a part of the congregation.  It’s a beautiful facility with a long colonial type sanctuary good for music.  Our Young Musicians will be going along to sing with the choir on one piece, John Rutter’s Look at the World.  Other elements of worship will include good congregational singing, individual choirs and groups presenting selections, and communion – we ARE Disciples.  The church is located at 2601 S. Walnut St (at Morningside Dr.), Hopkinsville, KY.  The service will be followed by a light snack fellowship at the church.  All are welcome!

We hope to see you there!     Gratefully, Bill


Multiple Ministries Available, Come Join Us

    Merry Christmas!!!  Yes, it’s been on my mind for a while.  The Sanctuary Choir just had a wonderful weekend Christmas retreat at Mahr Park complete with decorations, music, and food!  We’ve welcomed four new choir members of late: Marianne Forman, Neal Rosner, Donna Vaughan, and Jo Lynn Vincent.   There is still plenty of time between now and Advent if you want to get in on the fun and enjoyment.  No tryouts or auditions, just come.

Other music ministries have resumed regular rehearsals as well.  Children’s Choirs (preschool and elementary), Orchestra, and Handbells.  You may have noticed three timpani or “kettle drums” in the narthex near the restrooms last Sunday.  We have acquired these on “permanent loan” from a friend in the community and are in the process of securing a few small parts from H&H Music in Evansville to make these instruments a part of our Orchestra.  You’ll hear them soon!  Hopefully for the Orchestra’s season debut October 1.

As you have seen for several weeks on the slide show loop, the West Area All Disciples Sing is Sunday, October 22, 4pm, at First Christian Church, Hopkinsville.  Our Sanctuary Choir, Orchestra, and older Children’s Choir will be participating.  Even if you are not a part of these ensembles, come as a congregant to enjoy and worship through some beautiful musical expression.

Our music ministry continues to grow as God blesses us with those who want to offer their time and talents.  This and other ministry groups like Sunday School, Circles, Sunday Night Young Disciples and Youth, Scouts, and Weekday Bible studies can be excellent avenues to bring new people into our church community.  If there is someone out there you know who needs to be connected with us, simply invite them, then let us, your ministry staff, know how we can help encourage them.  We are glad to help.     Gratefully, Bill



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