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A Vision for Music at Good Sam

Sherri plays for our Worship Services and her gifts are music and children.  Recently Sherri has begun working with Eat, Play and Learn Fellowship to bring the kids together to sing.  We heard the Angelic Voices sing their first musical offering in Worship on February 17th.  What a joy to see and feel the excitement of our children singing for the fun of it. 

Meanwhile, we have been talking about the current Worship Keyboard that is breaking and beginning to malfunction more and more regularly.  While we have been praying about this need we have also been thinking about the Chancel Choir’s need to see Sherri as she accompanies and directs them during Worship, as well as a need for a keyboard that is portable for use throughout our building.  So here is the vision to support music in Worship and other music programming.

We would like to replace our aging Worship Keyboard with a new Yamaha or Roland Digital Grand Piano ($6,500).  It will have all of the versatility of our current Worship keyboard including internal speakers and the ability to plug into the sound system for additional amplification.  We are also recommending a Korg KROSS 88 – Key Black Keyboard Production Station that is portable and has a stand that can be easily moved throughout the building.  It can plug into an Amp / Pre-Amp or plug into the sound system as desired.  This will allow musical practice anywhere in our building and support Choral Singing from down front for concerts, choir anthems and more.  Here is the cost to accomplish this vision. Can you help us finish that plan? We are almost half way there already.

 

  •  Yamaha or Roland Digital Grand Piano                                $6,500
  • Korg KROSS 88 – Key Black Keyboard Production Station $1,150  

           Total cost for this effort                                                            $7,650

           Dollars raised so far  ( $3,100)

Chancel Choir Performs “Kingdom, Power, Glory” Cantata

On the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 23rd, the Chancel Choir and some special friends performed the Cantata “Kingdom, Power, Glory.” This Cantata dramatically shares the story of the crucifixion. The story that has been read about and retold so many times is offered in a fresh and innovative way—with narration, traditional hymns and moving anthems. You will walk the road with Christ as He makes the journey for the redemption of the world! A special thanks to the Chancel  Choir and all who have joined in to sing—stretching their voices and time to bring us this beautiful cantata with songs including: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!; The Cross That He Carried; Christ Is Risen; God With Us; Sanctuary/Total Praise; Thine Is the Kingdom and Crown Him with Many Crowns.

Although a powerful presentation on Sunday morning, a softer version was recorded through our sound system. Listen here.

 

“Just beautiful! Thanks to Sherri and the Chancel Choir for their dedication, hard work and performance of this wonderful cantata.”
–A Good Sam Member

Job Position Opens at Good Sam: Music Director / Worship Accompanist

We are looking to hire a Worship Accompanist to support music and planning for our 8:45 am Worship service. We include in this, accompanying our Choir at their rehearsal and when they bring music to worship. In addition, we are open to candidates who may be able to direct our choir as well as those who may be able to bring renewed expression to our musical gifts in Worship. Salary will range from $12,000 to $18,000 for this PT work (depending on skill level, experience and which components of this job the candidate is qualified in and ready to do). Please help us find capable, qualified candidates to help lead in our Worship and music expression. Please see Judy Kowalik or Pastor Mitch with any appropriate leads.

Join us in Leesburg for Lost and Found Concert

guitar photoNeighbors, youth groups, fans, friends… all are invited to a Lost & Found Concert stop during their Farewell Tour on Fri. June 19 at 7:15 p.m. in Leesburg Virg. at the National Conference Center. This is the site of our Synod Assembly gathering. Tickets available at no cost from the Synod Assembly registration page.

“Hard Corps” (Benefit Concert for Lutheran Volunteer Corps) — April 18

Joyful Noise, the praise band of Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland-College Park, is proud to announce our upcoming benefit concert!

Hard Corps: A Benefit Concert for Lutheran Volunteer Corps will be taking place Sunday, April 18, at 4:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in College Park (4201 Guilford Drive, College Park, MD 20740). Please join us for an afternoon of great music for an important cause. Admission is free, with a free-will donation offering taken. For any questions or concerns about this event, contact lutheran@umd.edu.
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Skelly Music Studio Christmas Recital — December 20

violin_6160cOn Saturday, December 20 at 10 am in the sanctuary, there will be a music recital of the students of Emily S.’s and Julia N.’s music studio. It will be a variety of ages, instruments, and abilities celebrating the season. I encourage all families to come and join us and applaud these kids who have worked so hard!!

–Emily S.

2014 Patuxent Choral Festival — October 25

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Patuxent Presbyterian Church proudly presents the 2014 Patuxent Choral Festival on Saturday, October 25.

We are honored to have renowned choral composer Mary McDonald, who will lead a massed choir of community singers in a day-long (10:00-4:00) rehearsal. The event will culminate in a 7:00 evening concert in which the choir will sing some of the songs learned during the festival. Mary McDonald, who is not only a talented composer but a fantastic keyboardist as well, will include some of her playing skills in the concert.

Interested singers can check online at www.paxpres.org for more information and a registration form. If you have questions, please contact either the Patuxent Presbyterian office (301-863-2033, or churchoffice@paxpres.org) or Maureen Wysham at gwysham@md.metrocast.net. You can also check out the Patuxent Choral Festival on Facebook. The cost of the event is $30, which includes a music packet, lunch and dinner.

Chancel Choir Rehearsals — New Members Welcome!

choir_5910cDo you like to sing? Chancel Choir always welcomes new members. We sing 1 or 2 Sundays a month from September to June. Join us for a month, or for all year — however your schedule allows.

Rehearsals are held Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary and last approximately one hour. Our first rehearsal for the fall is Thursday, August 28. Come, “make a joyful noise to the Lord” with us.

–Debbie J.

Attention, All Youth Musicians and Vocalists!

guitar photoCome out and play with the Jericho Road Project! Do you have a musical talent that is just waiting to jump out and be heard? Are you in 7th Grade through High School? Are you in for some fun and to learn more about your skills? If you are, we invite you all to participate, learn, and show your talents with the Jericho Road Project Christian Band. We practice on Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 and Sunday mornings from 7:30 to 10:00. Special time is also set aside for our Youth Praise Team participants after Sunday services. Contact Kristen G. or Walt G. at youthpraiselead@goodsamlutheran.com.

Music Director/Accompanist Position Open

choir_5699cnPosition Description: Part-time music director/accompanist for Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lexington Park, MD

Hours: 8-10 hrs/wk including Sunday mornings

Responsibilities:
• Play piano/keyboard for up to two Sunday worship services and occasional additional services
• Provide leadership for Chancel Choir
• Participate in Worship and Music planning
• Support Praise Team
• Recruit, rehearse and accompany special music presentations

Qualifications:
• Proficient in keyboard skills, sight reading, and musicality
• Experience in effective music rehearsal techniques
• Skilled in conducting choirs
• Experience in choir training
• Knowledge of use of liturgy and music in worship
• Must be team player and have excellent communication skills
• Professional or volunteer experience in church music leadership highly desired

Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: hiring@goodsamlutheran.com

Position remains open as of May 5, 2014

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