Dec 27, 2012

The Year in Review

As I read the names of saints from our church who passed between last All Saints Day and this one, it was hard to do. We lost some marvelously faithful folks and it made me realize how important people become to one another. In our daily grind of making a living, it is difficult to keep at making a life. My family also buried two of our favorite dogs—Emmie and Sadie—this year and, although we still have four canines, we do miss the two that have assumed their place in our pet cemetery.

I want to commend the great work our music program has offered to the church and community. The Chancel Choir, Testament Youth Choir, Children’s Choirs, Youth Orchestra, Ambassador Ringers, and LifeSong have had a great year filled with opportunities to minister to many groups throughout Arlington and the country. Testament enjoyed a very successful choir tour to Denver, Colorado, last summer. Sixty-six youth and fourteen adult sponsors went on this momentous tour. Testament sang in worship on the trip and shared the love of Christ through music as they sang at retirement homes. Plans are underway for next summer’s tour to Memphis, Tennessee.

As you may not know, the Chancel Choir has been invited to sing in the Distinguished Concerts International New York World Premiere concert of American composer Mark Hayes’ “Requiem” at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on May 27, 2013. A group of 21 representing First United Methodist Church of Arlington will travel to New York City on May 24, where the singers will have the opportunity to work with Mr. Hayes, who is conducting the concert.

The Children’s Choirs, Youth Orchestra, and Ambassador Ringers have provided beautiful music in worship and have presented programs at retirement homes throughout Arlington. The Chancel Choir raised money to supply costumes for Webb Elementary’s musical production, which was presented at Creative Arts Theatre School last spring. All of our Music Ministry groups enjoy using their musical gifts as they share the love of Christ and glorify God through music.

There is at the end of this year a wonderful and generous spirit among the people of our congregation. I could go on and on, but choose to remember Jesus words from John 16:12:

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now”


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