from the Director of Music
The start of summer is upon us. Kids are finishing up their school years
and everyone seems to be gearing up for some time of rest and relaxation.
We always seem to think that is going to happen but it rarely turns out the
way we plan. We look forward to vacations without thinking of all of the
hard work that goes into planning, packing and travelling to a destination.
It is, however, a labor of love for most people and we donít mind doing this
extra work for what we hope will produce great times and happy memories.
The Choraliers and Junior Bell choir are finished for the school year and
the Senior Bell Choir is taking their summer vacation as well. The Chancel
Choir is still diligently learning new anthems to take us through the month
of July! I know I speak for most of the choir members that this dedication
in preparing the music for a Sunday worship service is also a labor of
The summer season, as I have said MANY times in the past, is my absolute
favorite season of the year. It is also the time of year that I begin
listening to new anthems and coming up with new music ideas for the new
church year! I love listening to all of the new music that is out there for
choirs as well as updated versions of old standards. It is the time that I
can start to visualize themes and church seasons. If you happen by my store
and hear me playing Christmas Music, I havenít lost my mind! I will just be
planning music for our new church year!
Iíd like to take this opportunity to thank all of the participants who
helped us with the musical worship service on Sunday, May 20th!
It was a joy for me to see such a diverse group of musicians come together
in one service. We are truly blessed to have so much talent in our church!
Stay posted for information on Zionís 3rd annual Music Academy
August 12th Ė 16th!
Come to Choir
Rehearsal on Wednesday Evening to see all the fun!!
Christmas Eve Photos:
Click on Photos for a larger view!
"iT'S aLL aBOUT THE
It seems everyone these days has a
"catch phrase". My wife, Beth's most current one is "It's all about
the words". As she listens to her favorite songs, she always says,
"it's all about the words." I'm sure this is a bone of contention
between musicians and lyricists, but she has a point. Monthly I will
be posting a music link that I agree is "all about the words."
This Month's song
is one of my all time favorites and it's dedicated to our graduates and
confirmands. Michael W. Smith's "Friends".
On Sunday, May 31st,
the Zion UCC Choir celebrated with their annual banquet. Thanks to the
hard work of Cindy-Lou Heiser, the members enjoyed a DELICIOUS meal and a
great time of fun and fellowship. The dining room was transformed into
a beautiful banquet hall with lovely place settings, chafing dishes, a salad
bar and flowers. Anna-Marie Roth provided flowers for all who attended
and as is usual, with this hard working group, they even had fun with
Here are some photos
from the event! Click on the photo to enlarge!
Photo 1: Tammy Green, Shannon Frycklund and
Olivia Photo 2: Linn Smith, Delores Solt, Lora and Dave Krum
with Dylan and Brent Harris. Photo 3: The Tables
Photo 4: THE FOOD!!!!!
Photo 5: Organist, Cindy Mack talks
with Helen Frey and Dolly Sywenki as Martha Cox looks on. Photo 6: Kaitlin (let me hide
my phone for this picture) Green and Mom, Tammy. Photo 7: The
Buffingtons; Brenda, Bryan, Elizabeth and Abigail. Photo 8: The
Wentzes (Jim and Shirley)
Photo 9: Helen Frey and Dolly Sywenki
Photo 10: Cindy-Lou Heiser "putting it all together"
Photo 11: Cole, Brandon and Cobe doing what they do best...Video
Games! Photo 12: Our cake, complete with edible music
Photo 13: Banquet planner
extrordanaire, Cindy-Lou Heiser Photo 14: Anna-Marie Roth
and Linn Smith. Photo 15: Another table picture
Photo 16: Members Missy Zellner and Laura Cressley
Photo 17: Missy Zellner, Laura
Cressley and Kelsey Gerber Photo 18: Our #1 GREETER,
Delores "Gram" Solt, congratulates new confirmand, Noah Schoch
Photo 19: "Gram" Trying to avoid a picture Photo 20:
Delores Solt and Dolly Sywenki
For those of you who attended and avoided
pictures...WE WILL GET YOU SOMETIME WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT!!
ZION UNITED CHURCH OF
CHRIST MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Since 1964, the husband and wife team of Paul
and Linn Smith have worked tirelessly as Choir Director and Organist to make
the music program what it is today. Zion's Choir Boasts nearly 40
members. Our church is blessed with various musical groups including
The Zion Chancel Choir, The Choraliers (our junior choir), The Senior Bell
Choir, The Junior Bell Choir, The Zion Woodwind Ensemble as well as various
other small group and solo instrumentalist.
In the fall of 2008, Paul and Linn Smith retired from
their positions of Choir Director and Organist and their contributions will
be sorely missed.
Currently, the music department is under the
direction of Brad Cressley. Cindy Mack is Zion's organist. If
interested in joining one of Zion's choirs please contact Brad Cressley at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
department is always working hard to supplement the worship at Zion U.C.C. with
meaningful and uplifting music!
Join us on a Sunday morning to
see it for yourself! You won't be disappointed!
Bradly R. Cressley, Director of Music
Cindy Mack, Organist
Paul R. Smith, Director (Retired) Linnea O. Smith, Organist