November 1, 2010
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Pre-Christmas CD Sale
November 2010 Grace Notes
Westermeyer Moderates Panel Discussion
Member Benefits Task Force
Thrivent Choice Dollars
Correct Contact Info?
"One-Minute Devotion" Reminders
Quick Links

On this All Saints Day, I give thanks for the many church musicians who have gone before us, handing on to us the places we take today in leading the church's song. I especially remember with gratitude Richard Hillert, beloved ALCM member who died this past February. A stanza from the hymn, "Alleluia, Voices Raise" comes to mind in my remembrance. Richard wrote the tune PRINCETON, which suits the text so well.


     Now come all before God's face,

     in this chorus take your place.

     Alleluia, Alleluia!

     And amid the mortal throng,

     be you masters of the song.

     Alleluia, Alleluia!


May the song continue through each one of you. 

A blessed All Saints Day.


Lorraine Brugh
ALCM President
Pre-Christmas CD Sale! 
Looking for a stocking-stuffer? Trying to find a gift for a colleague? Need to fill in a few gaps in your collection? From now through December 22, 2010, all ALCM CDs are on sale for $10 each (includes shipping within the U.S.) You may shop online or print and mail an order form. Don't delay - reduced prices are in effect only through December 22nd!

Here are just a few choices:


Paul Manz & Martin Marty: Celebrating the 475th anniversary of the Lutheran chorale
(CD #4)

 Behold, the Lamb of God

 Jubilate Choir of Immanuel Lutheran
 Church in Valparaiso, IN, 
 The treble music of Paul Bouman

 Alice Parker hymn sing

An Alice Parker hymn sing
recorded live at Gettysburg Seminary
(CD #3)

Read more about ALCM recordings in the May 2010 issue of Grace Notes (see page 14). 

November 2010 Grace Notes Posted


The November 2010 issue of Grace Notes is now available on the ALCM web site. Highlights of this issue:


  • Young Lutherans Sing 2010
  • From the Directors of Music & Worship
  • In Memoriam: Howard Olson
  • Summer 2010 Regional Conferences (II, III, IV)
  • God's People Sing Post-Conference Event
  • Saint Cecilia
  • Cantors of the Church: Georg Rhau (1488-1548)
  • ResourCenter: Five Things About Worship

  • Famed author and professor Paul Westermeyer moderates panel discussion

    ALCM National Conference, July 31 through August 3, 2011 Seattle Washington

    Post conference Master Classes, August 4


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    For all you worship and music planners reading this, we have a question:  Out of the abundance of worship music arrayed before you these days, how do you decide what to sing?  This is not a new problem.  It has been face by all through the ages, but has there ever been such a sheer quantity of options?


    Conference planners asked this very question of Paul Westermeyer, Professor of Church Music at Luther Seminary, author of "Te Deum: The Church and Music" and the now available "Hymnal Companion to ELW."  In the first 2011 issue of "Cross Accent" watch for his article entitled: Discernment: What music should we choose? There will be answers... and new questions raised as well. We hope that good discussion will follow. After publication, watch for the launch of this discussion on the "Member Discussion Forum" on


    At the conference next summer, the discussion continues. Dr. Westermeyer will moderate a distinguished panel consisting of representatives from ALCM and Lutheran church bodies: Lorraine Brugh for ALCM, Rev. Aaron Christie for WELS, Rev. David Johnson for LC-MS, Rev. Donald Neville for ELCIC, and Scott Weidler for ELCA.


    You won't want to miss this!  Please join us next summer. Check out our pages on the ALCM web site.  To follow our planning progress "friend" our page on Facebook at ALCM Seattle.  If you have specific questions about the conference you can email us at: 


    Marshall Bowen

    Conference Chair

    Member Benefits Task Force Begins Work

    A task force has been created to develop and enhance the benefits available to ALCM members, particularly those benefits available in the Members Area of the web site. In order to provide materials most useful to members, we need your input. In order to jump-start the committee, please send us any ideas you might have for web-based or print materials by November 10th. That will give the committee time to review suggestions prior to their next conference call. If you have suggestions after the 10th, send them along; the committee will be working on member benefits on a continuing basis. Email suggestions to

    Thrivent Choice Dollars and ALCM 

    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' former GivingPlus program was an important source of annual income for ALCM. That program has been replaced by Thrivent Choice Dollars, a two-tiered program that allows Thrivent members to play an active role in determining the organizations that will receive grant funds.


    Choice Dollars

    Eligible members are designated Choice Dollars, based on insurance premiums, contract values and Thrivent Financial volunteer leadership. Choice Dollars can be directed to Lutheran organizations you prefer nationwide, including ALCM. If you are eligible to direct Choice Dollars, you will receive a letter in the mail at the point you become eligible. If you are unsure of your eligibility, login or register on to view your eligibility and Choice Dollars.


    Voting Events

    All members 16 and older can vote during specific Voting Events to help determine where Thrivent Financial distributes $1 million among Lutheran and non-Lutheran charitable organizations.  


    Visit for complete information or to make a Choice Dollars designation.

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    Do we have your correct contact info?

    The ALCM membership directory will be printed and sent to all ALCM members at the end of December. Please take a minute to check the accuracy of your contact information. A copy of the directory pages is posted for your review. If you need to make changes to your contact information, log in to the Members Area of the web site and select "Edit contact information" from the options at the left. If you prefer, you can email your corrections to
    Need a "One-Minute" reminder? 

    Would you like to receive an email notice when "One-Minute Devotions for the Church Musician" are posted on the web site? Let us know by sending an email to

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