September 8, 2010
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Webinar on Psalmody
2011 Seattle Conference
Resources for Fall
Calling All Lutheran Songwriters
Quick Links
Last Day to Register for The Psalms in Christian Worship: An Ecumenical Music Ministry Webinar  
John WitvlietOnline registration is still open for tomorrow's 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). ALCM members may register at the reduced rate of $25, but you must register today!
The webinar, which is being presented by Dr. John Witvliet, 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.
More information is available on the NPM web site at
ALCM National Conference, July 31 through August 4, 2011 in Seattle Washington 

Seattle Conference LogoIt is time to start thinking about next summer's national conference. Seattle University is a great location to hold a conference! It is the perfect combination of affordable housing, walkable campus and tourist-friendly location. Worship spaces are close, plenary and workshop spaces are comfortable, and the Space Needle is only 15 minutes away. We are assembling a great faculty: plenary session presenters are Christian Scharen, teacher, and Pam Fickenscher, pastor. Hymn festival leaders are Anton Armstrong, conductor, and John Ferguson, organist. 
Our conference brochure will be out soon, and there is an abundance of information already on the ALCM web site. If you want to follow our progress on the planning of the conference "friend" our page on Facebook at ALCM Seattle. If you have specific questions about the conference you can email us at:   

We look forward to greeting every one of you next summer in Seattle! 

Marshall Bowen 
Conference Chair
Resources for Fall
As you finalize your plans for fall start-up of musical groups, please keep in mind the resources available in the Members Area of the ALCM web site. All of the posted materials are free and downloadable, and may be used as long as your ALCM membership is current. To access these materials, you must first log in to the Members Area.
Also, if you're looking for brief devotions for each week, check out the One-Minute Devotions for the Church Musician posted weekly on the ALCM home page under "What's New."
Calling All Lutheran Songwriters 

Lutherans love their music. After all, the Lutheran church has long been known as "the singing church."

Thriventmagazine is offering Lutheran songwriters a chance to showcase their musical talents. Later this fall, Thrivent magazine will debut a section dedicated to the original Lutheran music and professional performances of Thrivent members and others connected to the Lutheran church. The section will feature free full-length streaming and downloading of original Lutheran songs. But we can't do it without your help. Learn more about this opportunity, including complete guidelines and submission information inThrivent magazine. You also can contact Thrivent editor Donna Mulder at

Perhaps you're not a songwriter, but you simply love music. Take a few minutes to read about the rich heritage of Lutheran music and the proud future of the choral tradition in the Thrivent  magazine article "Singing Praise." Also, visit "500 Years of Lutheran Music" on Lutherans Online.

Blessings on your day and ministry!

Laurie A Wilkinson
Director, Church Relations
Church and Community Engagement


Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
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