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403 South Jefferson Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607



Monday, August 18, 2014

Rehearsals Resume September 4

Another worshipful season of singing, ringing, and music making at First Congregational Church approaches. Repertoire spans the centuries and includes some new first-rate library finds for the Chancel Bells, Chancel Choir, and Recorder Consort.

The tentative calendar for 2014-2015 is available for download at First Congregational Church’s website. Rehearsals resume on Thursday, September 4.

New musicians are welcome.  Contact Nicholas E. Schmelter for more information.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friends of Music Mourn - Blair Konn (1931-2014)

First Congregational Church’s Friends of Music mourn the death of Blair Konn, who passed away Friday, July 25, 2014. He was born March 17, 1931, in Saginaw, to the late Charles and Beulah Konn.

Blair was a 1949 graduate of Arthur Hill High School, and he attended Michigan State University as a piano major. He joined the United States Air Force and retired as Senior Master Sargent after serving for twenty years. He displayed his love of playing organ for church services all over the world while serving in the Air Force. After retiring he sold, installed, and serviced church organs. On July 1, 2009, he married his high school sweetheart, Catherine Faunce. She survives him. Blair joined the First Congregational Church, where he was a member of the Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells, and the Organ Committee.  He served on the church’s board. He was a member of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Konn performed at the May 18, 2014, dedication of the restored Skinner organ.

Konn’s funeral service will take place at on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Ave. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider First Congregational Church or the Saginaw County Humane Society.

Facade Pipes Installed

Six new facade pipes are installed and return the organ's main case to its 1928 form.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ATOS: Member of the Year, Kenneth and Harriet Wuepper

Congratulations to Kenneth and Harriet Wuepper, Friends of Music and members of First Congregational Church, on receiving the ATOS honor Member of the Year.  The designation was conferred at the national convention of the American Theatre Organ Society in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 4-9.  The photo is courtesy of Jon Best.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Photos Capture May 18 Dedication Moments

The following photographs, courtesy of Kenneth Wuepper, capture the excitement of the May 18 service of dedication.

Blair Konn performs variations on the melody "Liebster Jesu" as the final prelude selection.

Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence, accompanies the trebles of the festival choir in a selection by George Dyson.

Members of the chorus surround the congregation for the singing of "All Creatures of Our God and King."

Poet Marion Tincknell recites "Organ Reborn" as Nicholas Schmelter improvises.  The fifty-voice choir listens from the chancel area.

Schmelter performs a postlude by Mulet.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Choral Scholars - Appreciation

Scholars Dayna Edwards and Sarah Fogg, students at Saginaw Valley State University, pose following worship on May 25, 2014.  The Chancel Choir is grateful for the musicianship, enthusiasm, and presence of these fine women.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Memorial Music Library

First Congregational Church's music department is eager to acquire new choral music during the summer months.
To offset the purchase price, please consider purchasing one of the titles listed below in memory of a departed family member or in celebration of a special honoree. Please contact Nicholas Schmelter for more information about the compositions or cost.
“Great Day” (Moses Hogan)
“Breathe on Me, Breathe of God”(Philip Wilby)
“Teach Me, My God and King” (David Halls)
“None Other Lamb” (Will Todd)
“O Gracious Light” (Gerald Near)
“Anthems” (Bob Chilcott)
“I Was Glad” (David Hurd)
“God Be in My Head” (Andrew Carter)
“The King of Love My Shepherd Is" (Edward Bairstow)“O Be Joyful in the Lord” (Eleanor Daley)
“My Song Shall Be Always of the Loving-kindness” (Godfrey Sampson)
“No. 3. Nearer, My God, to Thee”(John Gardner)