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“When in Our Music God is Glorified” from The United Methodist Hymnal # 68
An Invitation
August is here, and that means something special for the Music Ministry.  Saint John’s musicians are about ready to fill their folders with new music to learn and share with their church family.  On August 13, the Chancel Choir will have its first rehearsal and begin to prepare music for the early fall worship services. 
This is my hearty invitation to you to become part of the Music Ministry by lifting your voice, ringing a bell, or strumming a guitar. Hymns, responses, and offertory music are all carefully selected to enhance the worship experience. The power of music is expressed so beautifully in Verse 2 of UMH #68:
How often, making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound,
as worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia!
There is always room for more singers, ringers, and guitar pickers.  You are invited to expand your own worship experience by considering participating in one of our music groups.  All you have to do is make your interest known to the various directors, and more details will be shared with you. I am the director of the Chancel Choir, Trinity Singers and the Saint John’s Singers.
Schedules and other directors’ contact information is given below.
Cokesbury Choir: Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Music Room.  Ongoing.
    Travels to nursing homes and retirement centers to share lighthearted programs.
    Director: Jeanette Ball:  512 338-4344.
Jones Handbell Choir:  Wednesdays from 5:45 – 6:30 in the Sanctuary. Starts Sept. 4.  
     Plays Sunday services several times a year, as well as special occasions.
     Director: George Frock:  
Spirit Singers: Sunday mornings from 9:50 – 10:00 in the chapel. Starts Aug. 25th.
     For all children in grades K through 5.  Sing in services occasionally.
     Director: Rebecca Witte:
Chancel Choir: Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  Starts Aug.14th .
     Sings many Sundays, sometime both services.  Also at special services.
Trinity Singers:  Wednesday from 6:00 – 6:30 or 6:00 - 7:00 as needed. Starts Aug. 28th.
     Just for women, this group sings about every 6 – 8 weeks.
Saint John’s Singers:  Wednesday from 8:00 – 8:30 as needed. Start TBA.
     Designed for more experienced singers.  Sing the Stepping Stone service in Lent.
And now the concluding Verse 5 of #68:
Let every instrument be tuned for praise! Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always Alleluia!
To that, let’s all join in a resounding AMEN!!!

Cina Crisara
Director of Music