As our church begins a new year, the Music Ministry at Walnut Hills continues to offer many musical opportunities. As we reflect on 2019, we must express thanks to everyone that offered assistance and participation to the many Music Ministry events.
It is very difficult to express in writing how proud I am of each participant and how touched I was by the Adult Choir Christmas Music Program “Emmanuel, God with Us.” I offer my sincere thanks to everyone involved. The many hours of planning, rehearsing, performing, narrating, production, meals, construction and coordination that are involved continue to grow each year. The choir, soloists, narrator, and technical operators were exceptional. The unique mix of traditional and contemporary Christmas music and narration were inspiring. Many church members were touched by the message communicated through the music and narration. Thanks to each individual that participated in the program and those behind the scenes.
On Wednesday, January 8th, the Adult Choir resumed regular Wednesday night rehearsals at 7:00pm in the choir room. We continue rehearsing our Easter music “He Shall Arise.” These Easter music services will be Sunday, April 5th at 10:30am (Palm Sunday) and Monday, April 6th at 7:00pm. Please come join us.
If you missed the Children’s Christmas concert “Star of Wonder” held Sunday morning, December 8th, you missed an exceptional blessing. The children were outstanding! Please join me in thanking the following individuals for their exceptional effort. Jean Haywood and Bill Eanes for teaching the music and drama and encouraging the children to do the best they can do; Glenda Wade and Jean Harrison with costumes, Laura Cornish who assisted Jean and Bill; Karen & Thorn Tayloe for the amazing backdrop and scenery; Graham Cheek for setting up and tearing down the sanctuary and other behind-the-scenes work; Dave Bolt for sound operation; and all the parents that assisted in many, many ways.
The children’s choir has already begun rehearsals on their spring musical. Speak with Jean, Bill, Graham Cheek or John Thompson if you children or grandchildren are interested in participating. They rehearse every Sunday evening at 5:00 in the choir room.
I would like to offer a special thanks to Steven Watkins, son of the late Herb Watkins, and Thelma Watkins, for his special music Christmas Eve.
The Music Committee would like to thank our church accompanists Carolyn Sandidge, Organist and Beverly Holmes, Pianist for the wonderful music they provide each week. They also graciously accompany choirs, ensembles, soloists and other groups as needed. They spend hours of rehearsal time preparing their music offerings. In January of this year, Beverly celebrated her 15th anniversary at Walnut Hills. Please take time to express your thanks to Beverly and Carolyn when you have an opportunity.
The Ladies’ and Men’s ensemble’s February and March schedules will be sent via email.
The Cantori Vocal Ensemble presented their Christmas concert Sunday, December 1st in our Sanctuary. We look forward to their spring concert.
Lulu and I thank the Walnut Hills church family for the Christmas cards, generous love offering, homemade goodies and gifts. As I begin my twenty-third year as your Minister of Music, it is a blessing to serve and minister to each of you!
Rev. John Thompson
Minister of Music