As our church begins a new year, the Music Ministry at Walnut Hills continues to offer many musical opportunities. As we reflect on 2018, we must express thanks to all those who 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 “God’s Great Love.” I offer my sincere thanks to everyone involved. The hours of planning, rehearsing, performing, narrating, production, meals, construction and coordination that are involved continue to grow each year. The choir, instrumentalists, narrator, and technical operators were exceptional. The unique 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 behind the scenes. Also, in spite of the rare December snowfall, we had a better than usual attendance for our Monday evening service. We thank Tommy Davenport and the B&G committee for the prompt snow removal from our parking lots and sidewalks.

On Wednesday, January 2th the Adult Choir resumed its regular Wednesday night rehearsals. We continue rehearsing our Easter music “I Will Embrace the Cross.” These Easter music services will be Sunday, April 14th at 10:30am (Palm Sunday) and Monday, April 15th at 7:00pm. Please come join us.

If you missed the Children’s and Youth Christmas concert “Crazy, Busy, Peaceful, Holy Night” starring our children and youth, held Wednesday evening, December 12th, you missed a tremendous blessing. The children and youth were outstanding. Please join me in thanking the following individuals for their exceptional effort. Jean Haywood and Bill Eanes for teaching the music and dramatic readings and encouraging the children to do the best they can do, Glenda Wade with costumes, Laura Cornish and Hannah Barham who assisted Jean and Bill, Graham Cheek for setting up 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 will soon begin 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 Herb and Thelma Watkins, for his special music Sunday, December 23rd and 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. Please take time to express your thanks to them when you have an opportunity.

Ladies’ & Men’s ensemble’s schedules will be sent via email.

The Cantori Vocal Ensemble presented their Christmas concert Sunday, December 16th at 5:00pm in our Sanctuary. We look forward to their spring concert May 19th at 5:00pm.

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-second year as your Minister of Music, it is a blessing to serve and minister to each of you!

John Thompson

Rev. John Thompson

Rev. John Thompson

Minister of Music