Velda Graham Bell will be playing an organ recital at FUMC on Wednesday, February 21 from 12:15-12:45pm. This is the first recital in a series of Lenten noontime recitals sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. As you know, our Austin pipe organ has been undergoing various repairs and improvements over the last few years and it now sounds better than ever. The recital will include music composed by Louis Couperin, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Frank Bridge, and Brenda Portman. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Arrowhead Chapter’s Organ Scholarship Fund.
It’s been a busy year of planning, budgeting, rehearsing, and communicating for Strikepoint, our touring handbell ensemble. This August the 11-member group will travel to Hamamatsu, Japan to participate in the 21st International Handbell Symposium.
It has been 38 years since Strikepoint last visited Japan. That was for the 2nd International Symposium, held in Gotemba. Many of the friendships formed at that 1986 event are still strong to this day. Three members of Strikepoint who participated at Gotemba are returning this year: Sue Marquardt, Nancy Eaton, and Bill Alexander. This year’s event will host 700 handbell musicians.
The International Symposium is held every two years and rotates among the world’s eight countries with national handbell organizations. Strikepoint has previously participated in five symposia—Japan, USA (Albuquerque and Orlando), England (Birmingham), and Canada (Toronto). It’s going to be an exciting year!
We will be having our annual meeting to elect leadership, take action on membership, hear the financial report, receive an update on the UMC, and have a time of connection on Sunday, February 11 at 11:15pm following worship. We will meet in Lakeview Social Hall over cookies, doughnuts, and coffee. All church members and friends are invited to participate. If you cannot come in person and would like the information sent to you, please let the office know.
Childcare and activities will be provided for children (5th grade and younger) in the Nursery and Theater Room. If you can donate two dozen cookies, please bring them to the kitchen before worship.
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