ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
2 November 2014 -- 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
*Those who are able, standing.
PRELUDE: Fantasia in G (Pièce d'orgue) -- J. S. Bach
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
INTROIT: Shall We Gather at the River arr. John Ferguson
Shall we gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod;
with its crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God?
Yes, we'll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river;
gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God.
On the margin of the river, washing up its silver spray,
we will walk and worship ever, all the happy golden day. [Refrain]
Ere we reach the shining river, lay we ev'ry burden down;
grace our spirits will deliver, and provide a robe and crown. [Refrain]
Soon we'll reach the shining river, soon our pilgrimage will cease;
Soon our happy hearts will quiver with the melody of peace. [Refrain]
- Parent Category: Programs and Ministries
The Elm City Girls’ Choir will perform their unique repertoire of choral music, classical sacred works, folksongs from around the world and contemporary, popular selections. The Choir was last seen at First Church on January 05 of this year as a part of the Peter Eldridge & Friends Concert. “They were so well received in January” says Bill Speed, Director of Music Ministries at First Church, “we just had to bring them back as quickly as possible. Our Joyful Noise! Concert Series invites our Guilford community audience to hear talented musicians perform in the beautiful, intimate space of our sanctuary.”
The Elm City Girls’ Choir is New England’s most highly acclaimed girls’ choral program. Based in New Haven, the Choir has received national recognition in concert, on television and with many professional orchestras. Their Music Director, Rebecca Rosenbaum, received her DMA and MM degrees in choral conducting from Yale University and her BA in music from Vassar College. She has appeared as guest conductor and clinician for many regional choral festivals throughout the Northeast.
While Joyful Noise! Concerts are presented without charge to the community, a free-will offering will be taken to underwrite the cost of the concert and provide funds for the Martha Licht Fund, which supports musical outreach programs at First Church.
Information about the concert: 203-458-9701
- Parent Category: News
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we share the news that the Church Council has approved a new Director of Children and Family Ministries.
Our new Director’s name is Rebecca (Becky) Stambaugh. Becky was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee because she possessed the qualifications, experience, and priorities outlined in the position description and articulated through the CE survey.
Becky currently resides in Hollywood, California where she has served as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at the Hollywood United Methodist Church for the past 6 and a half years. Becky holds a B.S. in English Education and a M.S. in Christian Counseling. Prior to Becky taking her current position she was a public school teacher for 7 years.
Becky and her husband are excited about the prospect of moving back to the East Coast, where they have family. Becky and her husband will move to the East Coast in November and her official start date will be January 1, 2015.
The Staff and CE Board will be meeting with Becky prior to her official start date and will offer opportunities for you to meet and get to know Becky as well.
Please read a greeting from Becky:
Hello Guilford! I am so honored and excited to join you as your Director of Children and Family Ministries. I come to you from New Jersey or ‘God’s Country’ as Sarah says, via Hollywood, California where I have served in a similar capacity for the last six and a half years. My ministry career began as a volunteer, with leading teenagers at Christian camps and in my local youth group. After college and during grad school, where I received degrees in English Education and Christian Counseling respectively, I worked in the NJ public school system teaching both middle and high school students until my husband and I relocated out west for his ministry work. It’s been my joy to create, lead and grow the children and family ministries in Hollywood, and I look forward to starting the New Year in Guilford...thank you for inviting me to join your team and share my passion for ministry with you all. See you soon!