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Monday, April 21, 2014

Initiative to Mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region teams with First Congregational Church of Saginaw and other regional organizations in a faith-based initiative to observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

April was declared National Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, it has been a time recognizing the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.  

The culminating event, the Children’s Sabbath, or National Blue Sunday, is a special worship event occurring on Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ), 403 South Jefferson Avenue, Saginaw, 48607.  National Blue Sunday is a national child abuse prevention initiative with the goal of inspiring others to create their own child abuse prevention efforts. 

Suzanne Greenberg, President and CEO of CAN Council Great Lake Bay will deliver a message on April 27 titled “Building a Better Future for Our Children.”  Guest musicians from the Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy (SASA) will collaborate with members of First Congregational Church’s Chancel Choir.   Rev. Marilyn Clark Farley, Director of Christian Education at First Congregational Church, and Jeremy Farley will present Shel Silverstein’s allegory The Giving Tree in visual theatre. The Rev. Bup Ahn, a guiding teacher, will offer a meditation for children in the Buddhist tradition.  Annie Kidder, a student at SASA, will serve as worship leader and recite a text by Marion Edelman, after which doves will be released commemorating the lives of children who cope with abuse or who are the ultimate victims of child abuse.  Phyllis Stevens, of Dreamers White Dove Release, will supervise the release of doves in the final ceremony.

Faith communities in the Great Lakes Bay Region are asked to take time in their morning services to pray for the prevention of child abuse. A faith-based organization’s simple, cost-free efforts can make a difference in child abuse prevention efforts.  Among other actions, a faith community can display pinwheels at its campus; a community can conduct a candlelight vigil; a community can address the issue of child abuse in its weekly bulletin; a community can include special prayers or meditations in its worship service; a community can sing hymns, offer poetry, or lead a study concerning the protection of children. 

Free resources are available from the CAN Council, 1131 N. Michigan Avenue, Saginaw, 48602. 

Barrier free access to the First Congregational Church is available at the Baum St. parking lot.  For more information about this National Church Abuse Prevention Month faith-based initiative, contact the office of the Saginaw County CAN Council, 989-752-7226, or Nicholas Schmelter, Minister of Music, at First Congregational Church, 989-754-6565.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Honing in on Horning Hallelujah

The horizontal reed is in place for Easter worship.  Will it fanfare resurrection alleluias?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Music of Holy Week - Points to Easter

The ensemble Exultate Deo, under the direction of Robert Sabourin, performed "Music of Holy Week" for an audience of over one hundred listeners on April 18.  Photographs of the event are courtesy of Kenneth Wuepper.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Choral Scholar Highlighted - Sarah Fogg

This week's highlighted musician is alto Sarah Fogg, First Congregational Church's second Choral Scholar. She is completing a course of study in elementary education. A lifelong singer, Sarah has sung in Saginaw Valley State University’s Cardinal Singers for two years.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter Music Announced

The following is the list of choral music, organ repertoire, and hymns for the festal celebration of Easter, April 20, 2014, 10:30 a.m.  Hymns and other selections will highlight the Saginaw Brass Quintet.  Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence, will be at the console.

Praise the Lord With Drums and Cymbals (Sigfrid Karg-Elert)
Christ the Lord is Risen Today (EASTER HYMN, arr. James Biery)
Alleluia (Colin Mawby)
“Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah (Georg F. Händel)
Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun (DUKE STREET, arr. James Biery)
Adagio” from Organ Symphony No. 5, Op. 42 (Charles-Marie Widor)
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (HYMN TO JOY, arr. James Biery)
Amen No. 5 (Page Long)
Toccata” from Organ Symphony No. 5, Op. 42 (Charles-Marie Widor)

Music of Holy Week - Repertoire Announced

The following is the list of choral music, organ repertoire, and hymns for the program “Music of Holy Week” taking place on April 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.  Robert Sabourin conducts the chamber choir Exultate Deo.  Nicholas Schmelter is organist for the musical event.

Beautiful Savior (F. M. Christiansen)
Urbs Beata Jerusalem from Five Preludes on Plainchant Melodies (H. Willan)
Draw Nigh to Thy Jerusalem (WOODLANDS)
Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates (W. Mathias)
All in the April Evening (H. Robertson)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (D. Gustafson)
Alone Thou Goest Forth, O Lord (BANGOR)
Prelude on a Paschal Chorale (G. Edmundson)
Lamb of God, Most Holy (F. M. Christiansen)
Prayer to Jesus (G. Oldroyd)
Ave Verum (W. A. Mozart)
Go to Dark Gethsemane (REDHEAD NO. 76)
Prelude on “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden” (G. Edmundson)
In the Cross of Christ I Glory (RATHBURN)
God So Loved the World (B. Chilcott)
That Virgin’s Child (T. Tallis)
There is a Green Hill Far Away (H. Sumsion)
My Song is Love Unknown (RHOSYMEDRE)

Friday, March 28, 2014


An organ technician makes use of several specialized tools to tonally regulate - or "voice" on site - a stop.  The Gt. division's 2 2/3' stop is shown here.