August 3, 2010
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
New Issue of Grace Notes
Webinar on Psalmody
Participate in New Recording
Handbells Needed!
GoodSearch for ALCM

Greetings! It is August and time for many of us to think about starting a new year at church or school. Getting back to our routines can fill us with hope for the future, or fear of the approaching unknown. Bob Sitze, in it's not too late: a field guide to hope, a newly-published book from the Alban Institute, says it this way: "When you live at the edges, you allow both hope and despair to reside in your mind. Instead of dodging despair, you see this situation as an opportunity to grow stronger, bolder, wiser. In edge-living, you participate in the abundance God gives, risking failure or death." 


May the coming year make you strong, bold, and wise, as you bring hope and face despair in all the places you make music with God's people.


Lorraine Brugh

ALCM President
New Issue of Grace Notes Posted 
Good news! The August issue of Grace Notes has been posted online. We invite you to hear from our denominational directors of worship and from ALCM's new President, Lorraine Brugh; to read about Heinrich Schuetz as a Cantor of the Church; to peruse a hymn festival outline for Thanksgiving designed to celebrate the beauty of creation; and to find out more about recent and upcoming conferences of note, along with other helpful features. Use the interactive links on the cover to go to your favorite article. Interactive links also appear throughout the newsletter. Your comments and suggestions directed to editor Evangeline Rimbach are encouraged!
The Psalms in Christian Worship: An Ecumenical Music Ministry Webinar  
Online registration is now open for the one-hour webinar, The Psalms in Christian Worship, on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm ET (1:00 pm CT, 12:00 noon MT, 11:00 am PT). The webinar will include a summary of key biblical and theological themes related to the Psalms and their use in the Church's worship today, drawing on insights from the history, theology, and pastoral practice of liturgy and preaching. The presentation will also offer practical guidance for musicians, clergy, and other worship leaders in preparing to sing or preach on the Psalms, including the choice of translations available to various denominations.
This one-hour webinar will be presented by Dr. John Witvliet, well-known scholar, teacher, musician, and pastor. Dr. Witvliet is Director of the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship and Associate Professor of Music and Worship at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He is also the author of several books, including The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship, which has been described as "ecumenical, practical, and passionate."
The webinar is being presented jointly by ALCM, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Special individual and group pricing is available for ALCM members. More information is available on the NPM web site at
Recording a New ALCM CD
Work is underway for our next Congregational Song Series recording, a CD of congregational songs from Latino traditions. Included will be some of the standards appearing in most ecumenical hymnals such as Cantad al SenorCantemus al Senor, and Tu has venido, as well as some songs chosen by the communities involved with this project.

The lead musician for this venture is accomplished musician Jorge Lockward, with the assistance of the choir "Cantico Nuevo." The recording session will take place on Saturday, August 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 125 W. 104th St, New York, NY.
If you are going to be in New York that day, come for all or part of the session. Bring parishioners and/or choir singers! 

If you have any questions, email Dave Cherwien at
Handbells Needed!

The Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany (where Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses) is looking for help from ALCM members. Like all the churches in the former East Germany, purchases like a set of handbells are generally beyond their means. However, we know that many American churches have handbells and/or handchimes they are no longer using.  Would you consider donating or perhaps selling these to the church where Lutheranism had its beginning? If so, please contact Pastor Bob Grosch at What better way to have these bells ringing once again than to have them played in the church where Luther began the Reformation and where he is buried!

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