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403 South Jefferson Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607



Monday, December 30, 2013

Early Music Consort to Offer Special Music

Northern Renaissance, an early music consort, will offer special music at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Ave., on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m.  The four-person ensemble will present repertoire from the 1400s to 1700s in the church's resonant sanctuary to supplement morning worship.  Guest musicians Tom Butts (recorder), Eric Nisula (lute), Dee Dee Tibbits (recorder), and Thomas Zantow (recorder and mandolin) specialize in period performance techniques.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Advent Noonday Reflection - Cancellation

Due to icy, inclement weather, the noontime Advent reflection scheduled for Friday, 12/20, 12:15 p.m., has been cancelled.

Happy Christmas.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuba Resonates This Christmastide

A resonator from the restored 8' Ch. Tuba is prepared for installation by Joe Granger, technician from Scott Smith Pipe Organs.  The entire rank will be playable for Christmastide worship.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Eve - Lessons and Carols Repertoire Announced

The following repertoire will be included at the Dec. 22 service of lessons and carols.

The Opening Voluntaries
            In Dulci Jubilo (Garth Edmundson)
Stille Nacht (arr. Chip Davis) – James Hargett [clarinet]
Choral Prelude on “Greensleeves” (Alec Rowley)
            Four Christmas Carols for Flute and Organ (Robert Powell) – Beverly Westervelt [oboe]
                        Joy to the World
Away in a Manger
A la Nanita Nana
                        The Darkness is Falling
            In Dulci Jubilo (Marcel Dupré)

The Carols
Once in Royal David’s City [IRBY]                                     
O Come, All Ye Faithful [ADESTE FIDELES]
Love Came Down at Christmas (L. Sowerby)                                              
Hark! The Hearld Angels Sing! [MENDELSSOHN]
Go Tell It on de Mountains (H. T. Burleigh)
What Cheer (P. Warlock)                                                                               
Angels We Have Heard on High [GLORIA]                                                             
Christmas Lullaby (J. Rutter)                                                                        
Jesus Child (J. Rutter)                                   
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen [GOD REST]                  
Away in a Manger [AWAY IN A MANGER]
Rocking (N. Schmelter)                                                                                              
Silent Night, Holy Night [STILLE NACHT]
Joy to the World! The Lord is Come [ANTIOCH]

The Closing Voluntary
In Dulci Jubilo, BWV 729 (J. S. Bach)                                              


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Final Advent Reflection - 12:15 p.m., Dec. 20

The final thirty-minute Advent reflection making use of seasonal music, poetry, and other verse will occur in the chapel, December 20, at 12:15 p.m.  James Royle is the narrator; Nicholas Schmelter serves as organist.

"A Visit to Bethlehem" Premiered on December 15

Contemplate Christmas at December 15 worship with the premiere of a new text “A Visit to Bethlehem” by poet Marion Tincknell.  Healey Willan’s rare incidental music The Chester Mysteries, offered by members of the Chancel Choir and a four-part string ensemble, will unite the spoken word with dramatic elements.

Messiah Excerpts Performed Dec. 8

On December 8, members of the Chancel Choir and Keith Kidder (tenor) presented the first four movements of Handel’s Messiah accompanied by a chamber orchestra including Susan Mercy (violin), Michelle Groulx (violin), Cindy Mikulin (violin), David Heise (viola), Linda Murray (cello), Steven Egler (organ), and Nicholas Schmelter (harpsichord).  

Choral Scholar Announced - Dayna Edwards

The sacred music ministries of First Congregational Church welcome Dayna Edwards, our newest Choral Scholar, who grew up in Caro, Michigan, where she graduated from Caro High School in 2009. Dayna was a member of her advanced choir all four years of high school. She has been a student of Saginaw Valley State University’s music department pursuing music education since fall 2009. At SVSU, Dayna has been an active member of the Cardinal Singers and Concert Choir. She had the privilege of traveling to Washington to sing at the National Cathedral with the Cardinal Singers in 2012. Dayna has also performed in SVSU's Muse and Brunch, Music Major's in Recital programs, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions. Currently she is the Vice President of SVSU's National Association for Music Education. Dayna hopes to teach in a music classroom and have her own private voice studio.