Music and Fine Arts Team

The wonderful members of the Music & Fine Arts Team have adapted to the challenging year that 2020 turned out to be and we did so with commitment, creativity and a sense of humor! Some of the musical contributions we have experienced are:

On January 17, Carrie Newcomer – singer, songwriter and author graced our sanctuary with a fabulous concert that was enjoyed by many church and community members and on March 2, 175 attendees enjoyed a concert of “Eight Horns” in our sanctuary featuring some of the area’s best brass players.

Plans began for a group called “Oasis Singers” – a group of choir and non-choir members who would work on learning familiar, singable songs that can bring comfort to those at the end of life or who are home-bound – comfort to be available 1:1 and/or in facilities. This will be revived once it is safe to do so.

Regular, in-person choir rehearsals and singing for services ceased in late March and Zoom choir rehearsals started on June 17th and have continued!  The choir spends this time doing some of our regular warm-ups, learning/reviewing songs, reviewing theory and sight-reading – all to help keep our skills sharp for the day we sing together again in person.  And of course there is some social time!

Thanks to technology, the congregation has been able to enjoy a member of the choir as hymn leader each Sunday, and we have appreciated the special guest musicians that played Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

As other teams did, we held Zoom meetings and look forward to the day we can sing together in church, hear live music and meet together in person! We are proud of the contribution that our music program plays in the life of our church and look forward to another year.