Choir Updates and Information – Fall 2019 – New Days and Times
Fall has arrives and our Grace Lutheran Choirs have resumed! We would love to have you join us! We currently offer three ensembles at Grace.
Cherub Choir (Infant/Toddler/Preschool)
The Cherub Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 6:25 pm and rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Parents and their children make music together in this group and sing periodically during worship.
During rehearsals, we sing, dance, move, and play instruments
Some children jump right in and participate, while others observe for many weeks. That is just as it should be for children this age! No matter what participation looks like, everyone has fun and we would love to welcome you into the group!
Covenant Choir – Elementary School
Grades K – 2nd
Grades 3rd – 8th
The Covenant Choir has been split into two groups by age.
Covenant Choir Grades K – 2nd rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:00 pm and sings an anthem during worship approximately once a month. Rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.
Covenant Choir Grades 3rd – 8th rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:15 pm and sings an anthem during worship approximately once a month.
During rehearsals, we work on establishing healthy vocal technique, beginning music reading skills, and instrument playing technique.
We weave movement into most rehearsals. In addition to singing anthems, this group also creates instrumental soundscapes based on Bible stories to present during worship.
Adult Choir (High School Age and up)
The Adult Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm-9:00pm and sings approximately twice a month at the late service. Members of this group also participate in the Community Thanksgiving Service with singers from other Six Forks Rd. churches and the MLK Service choir, made up of singers from other area ELCA churches.
Rehearsals resume on Wednesday, September 4, 2019
This season, we will also have the opportunity to sing with the National Lutheran Choir when they come to Raleigh in 2020!
During weekly rehearsals, we work on establishing healthy vocal technique and basic music reading/score navigation skills. I’ve also been known to weave in some creative movement using scarves and Chinese jump ropes, too! Curious? Join us to find out more! There is no audition and the ability to read music is not a prerequisite to joining the group!
NEW this Year!
We are exploring the idea of splitting the Covenant Choir into two groups to form a lower elementary group and an upper elementary/middle school ensemble. This would allow me to choose music and activities more appropriate for each age group. If this interests your family, please be in touch!
Please contact Director of Music Ann Goldfinch for more information about any of the groups or to sign up!
A Service of Healing – Sunday December 23rd at 3 pm
For some of us, the holidays aren’t always the joyous times you would expect.
You are not alone.
Come celebrate with us, to help find the joy in the season.
Please join Pastor Tim on Sunday, Dec. 23rd at 3:00pm for a special Blue Christmas service filled with carols and scriptures to help those feeling a little blue.
This service invites those grieving any kind of loss, who are depressed or feeling alone to come and experience the good news of Jesus.
All are welcome, tell your friends, share this post.
Advent is a time of preparation. The word advent comes from Latin – ‘ad’ which mean ‘to’ and ‘venere’ which mean ‘come’. We are waiting and preparing for the coming of our Lord, for the birth of Jesus on Christmas.
Food, Fellowship and Worship – Wednesday evenings
Beginning Wednesday December 5th, join us for food, fellowship and worship. The meal is served from 6 to 6:45 pm, followed by a 30 minute worship service at 7pm.
There is a different menu each week, including plenty of homemade desserts.
Advent dinners and services will be held on Wednesday December 5, 12 and 19th.
Stop by the Grace Narthex to pick up Advent resources for your family – advent activities for all ages.
The season of Epiphany encompasses the eight weeks between the festivals of the Baptism of Our Lord and the Transfiguration. During the final weeks of Epiphany we experience some of the most well-known texts in the Bible, from John the Baptists Here is the Lamb of God to Micah’s What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God to Jesus’ powerful Sermon of the Mount, beginning with the Beatitudes.
People often consider this time after Christmas as a long hiatus before the season of Lent begins; but, if they do, they are missing some very important messages focusing on how Christ transforms our lives by calling us to experience the joy, the struggle, and complexities of the Christian life. The Gospel messages throughout this season finds Jesus hard at work teaching, healing, calling disciples, and preaching on the mountain. Again and again we hear the themes of light, baptism, cross, and discipleship.
We are also reminded during the season of Epiphany that the goodness and justice of God extend far beyond our community of faith into all parts of the world and among all people. We are not meant to just hear the words of these scripture passages; we are also meant to be advocates for applying them in everyday life.
Epiphany could well be called a growing season for the church and for its mission. How can each of us cultivate new and exciting ways of serving God and one another? What can we do for the sake of the gospel that we may never have done before. Can we leave our comfort zones in order to minister to the poor, the afflicted, the grieving, the dying, and the persecuted? I should hope so, and I encourage you to give this some serious and prayerful thought.
As the hymn says:
“Listen, God is calling, through the word inviting,
offering forgiveness, comfort and joy.
Jesus gave his mandate: share the good news
that he came to save us and set us free.”
Three wonderful youth blessed us this past Sunday while praising the Lord with “Amazing Grace/Alleluia.” Thank you for sharing your musical gifts and being a vital part of worship, the body of Christ, and the world.
On Sunday, June 5, we will go to one summer worship service at 10:00 AM. We do realize that some may feel that attending at either a later or earlier time is inconvenient, but we do encourage everyone to bear with us for these summer months in order for all of our church family to reconnect with one another.
One feature of our summer worship schedule will be the addition of an hour of fellowship beginning at 9:00 AM. We have given this hour of fellowship the name, Grace Fest.
There will be food and beverages, special gathering tables in the narthex and on the front patio (with tents for inclement weather), special music by some of our talented members and guests, and a coloring and activity table for the children. The Celebrate and Connect Mission Teams are working together on this project. We hope that you will take advantage of this time of fellowship to get to know one another better.
Summer is normally a time when people will be away on vacation and attendance at worship is sometimes not possible. We hope that when you do travel that you travel well and come back to us safely. We are also mindful of the need to continue supporting the mission plan through the summer with our contributions, and we thank you for either mailing in your offerings or using the on-line contribution button on the Grace website when you are unable to be in worship.
My prayers are with those of you who will be traveling this summer. God’s peace be with you.
Yours in Christ,