Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
May 3, 2016 e-newsletter

Dear colleagues and friends,
Christ is risen, alleluia!
When you read this, I will have just returned from the first true vacation I have had in a very long time. And I'm upset with myself that it has taken so long to make it happen. I am a planner, as many of you know, but planning an absence is time-consuming for a church musician (finding a sub, getting that person practice time, preparing the choir, etc.). Despite this, I know how necessary a time of refreshment and re-focus is. Why do I put it off, especially since I'm the one always ringing that vacation bell to the pastor?
While I know I need to fix this, I can tell you that I have already scheduled some summer refreshment in the form of an ALCM regional conference. And it was hard to choose! What wonderful planning has gone into them, and what joy it will be see old friends and make new ones. I encourage ALL of you to take advantage of one or more of these unique opportunities. And if you really want to look ahead, save the dates of July 10-13, 2017, where we will gather in Minneapolis, all together, for the 2017 biennial, "Rise, Remember Well the Future."
I look forward to greeting you this summer!
Julie Grindle
President-Elect, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

Register for one or more of our summer conferences!

July 6-8, 2016
Trinity English Lutheran Church
Fort Wayne, IN

"Let All the People Praise You"
Singing through the Generations 
July 26-28, 2016
Lutheran School of Theology
Chicago, IL

Blowin' in the Wind . . . stirred, anointed, fashioned, and swept into service by the Holy Spirit

June 27-29, 2016
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Franklin, TN

Soli Deo Gloria!
Bach for Everyone 

July 14-16, 2016
St. John's Lutheran Church
Sacramento, CA

For the sake of . . . 

CrossAccent Coming Soon!

The spring issue of CrossAccent went to the printer yesterday, so you should be receiving your copy within the next few weeks. Under the title "Creating Worship," editor Jennifer Ollikainen introduces this issue with the following thoughts:

"What does liturgy create? How does liturgy create? These are the questions at the center of this issue of CrossAccent. God grants the gift of salvation proclaimed in the word and in the administration of the sacraments. And God entrusts the creation of worship
services to the gifts, skills, and planning of humans.
We are created by God and we create with
A Gift for You . . . from Choristers Guild

On or about June 1st you will be receiving the annual resource issue of The Chorister
as a gift for all ALCM members from Choristers Guild. Already a member of Choristers Guild? Share the extra issue with a friend! For more information on Choristers Guild, go to

Concordia University Wisconsin's Alleluia Ringers handbell choir will embark next month on its 30th annual tour. The group, which has traveled oversees and all over the country in past years, will be traveling through Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois.
For this year's tour, the group will feature music including J.S. Bach's "Air in D," classic spirituals and jazz pieces, movie soundtracks, and an original composition written by two of the choir's own ringers.
Alleluia Ringers is led by Interim Director Jana Larson, who is also the handbell director at Fox Point Lutheran Church in Fox Point, Wisconsin. She earned her Master of Church Music degree with a handbell emphasis from CUW. Jana is the daughter of ALCM members Brian and Barbara Larson. More information. . .

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