Choir Updates and Information – Fall 2019
The end of summer means it is time for the choirs to resume their rehearsals and 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 5:45 pm – 6:10 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
The Covenant Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00 pm and sings an anthem during worship approximately once a month. Rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.
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!
School of Grace Annual Art Show
Sunday Afternoon, even though I had seen the art, I wandered through all of the canopies (and looked at the Sky Color display) after everyone left The School of Grace Annual Art Show and Silent Auction. The essence of the joy and laughter remained, along with the delight in seeing SoG graduates return and so many of you, our Grace Lutheran Church family attend. Together, the church and preschool are truly a family and Sunday was our reunion.
On Monday morning, I woke up smiling! Why? Well, certainly, raising $3722 in the Art Show and Silent Auction is exciting, but the memory of Teachers collaborating as the Art Show was created, families reunited, church members showing your support and our recognition of the children’s creations led to my genuine delight.
Scholarship Goal – Met and Surpassed by Your Generosity
Then, on top of that, came the realization that you, as members of this extended family, have committed to give over $16,000 to our scholarship program for our refugee children and families in need. I was speechless and filled with awe at how God is working through this church to continue our history of supporting refugee families; to continue to reach beyond our walls to touch lives; to stretch by offering what we have as we “seek the fullness of life in Christ for all people”.
My heart is happy! I hope yours is, too! On behalf of the children and families at The School of Grace, I thank you. I truly thank you.
Lynn Hess, Director
School of Grace
This year’s School of Grace Art show featured work inspired by the book Sky Color display.
Read more about this special book, Sky Color.
Come to the table, for all is now ready…
Grace Lutheran Church welcomed a number of our youngest members to the Lord’s table this past week.
Congratulations to all of our first communicant families!
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.