Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
December 1, 2014 e-newsletter

ALCM Logo with baton

"Comfort, comfort now my people; tell of peace!" So says our God.


Anne Krentz OrganAt this busy time of year, with preparations for Advent and Christmas liturgies, Lesson and Carols services, Sunday School pageants, and all that goes along with it, I take comfort in knowing that I am not alone. You, my far-flung colleagues, are in the trenches with me, transposing viola parts, schlepping handbells, working out fingerings for that tricky prelude, proof-reading bulletins, insisting on a better vocal blend from the choir, and trying to do it all with grace and kindness. Your fellow ALCM members are here to support and encourage you during these hectic, tiring, demanding, and yet, oh, so rewarding days. Know that the work you do is of tremendous importance to the people you serve. Know that your God-given gifts and talents are appreciated. And know that ALCM is with you!


Advent blessings,

Anne Krentz Organ

ALCM President


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End of Year Contributions

Planning to make a year-end gift to ALCM? To have your gift listed among our 2014 donations, it must be received in the ALCM office by December 31, 2014. There are several ways to donate:

  • Make an online donation through our secure website
  • Call the ALCM office at 800-624-2526 to pay by credit card over the phone
  • Send a check to:
    ALCM Annual Fund
    810 Freeman Street
    Valparaiso, IN  46383

Remember that your contributions to ALCM are tax-deductible! 



The Yale ISM Review

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music is pleased to present a new venture: The Yale ISM Review, a biannual, open-access online publication serving practitioners in the fields of sacred music, worship, and the related arts. You are invited to join us for stimulating discussions, enriched by contributions from Yale faculty and others who are leaders in their fields.

The inaugural issue is organized around the theme of song - that deeply human expression so important to worship, yet also fragile and needing care if it is to flourish. The theme of song is reflected here through music, poetry, art, and prayer; in these pages you will discover connections between song and human health, philosophy, architecture, and more.


Also, the Institute of Sacred Music is conducting research on parishes that have formed music schools for children within their program and physical plant. If your congregation is involved in such a program and you would like to contribute your information to the research, please contact Kristen Forman: 203-423-9681 or at
ALCM is pleased to co-sponsor 

National Conference for Sacred Music
January 7-9, 2015


404 N Alamo

San Antonio, TX 78205


For more information or to register, click here.



In memoriam: Rev. Donald Hoger

ALCM member Rev. Donald Hoger died at his home in Hyde Park, New York on October 8th. Pastor Hoger served Saint Timothy Lutheran Church, Hyde Park for 28 years until his retirement in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Lois (also an ALCM member), four daughters, and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 16th at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Red Hook, NY. The full obituary is available online.