Adult Choir: Chancel Choir

Come be part of the Musical Ministry!
Singers wanted and needed! The Chancel Choir is preparing music for Holy Week and welcomes singers who would like to join us for these services. Rehearsals on Wednesday, March 29, April 5, April 12 at 7 pm and Saturday, April 15 at 9 am. This is one way to make your “Holy” Week more “Holy” for yourself and the church. Questions? See Marsha.
All singers are welcome and high school students are especially encourage to participate. Singers in all ranges are welcome, but the men’s sections would especially rejoice at the sound of new members.
If you have questions, see Marsha Medley or email her at: mmedley@discoverstmark.org

Children’s Choir: Joyful Noise

Calling All Children (ages 4 and up)
It’s time to start rehearsing for our spring musical, which will be performed the weekend of April 22-23.
Rehearsals for “Livin’ Inside Out in an Upside Down World” will begin Wednesday, January 11.
Our rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings downstairs in the music room from 6:15-6:45 PM.
For those who cannot attend on Wednesday evenings, we will also rehearse from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings downstairs in the music room.
All children age 4 and older are invited to join us – Come join us as we explore living in this topsy-turvy world!
For additional information, please contact Lisa Marsh either by email or phone.

Bell Choirs

Come be a part of the Musical Ministry of St. Mark!
Limber up your arm muscles and prepare yourself to have a lot of Fun! Join one of St. Mark’s Bell Choirs!
There are two different opportunities in which to get yourself involved.
Both the Chancel Bells and Celebration Ringers will rehearse weekly on Wednesdays.
Both groups have room for more ringers. High School students and MEN are welcome. The Bell Choirs also need people who are willing to substitute at rehearsals and sometimes in worship. Weekly attendance is important in these groups.
Contact Marsha Medley, Music Director, if you have questions

Celebration Ringers (High School thru Adult)
Are you a beginner, high school age or older, interested in learning more about ringing bells? The Celebration Ringers Bell Choir would love to have you join them! We are definitely looking for more bell ringers, and if you have any musical experience, e.g. band, orchestra, piano lessons, you’ll fit right in! Good basic music reading skills are needed for Celebration Ringers (especially rhythm reading skills).
Celebration Ringers rehearse 5:00 – 6:00 PM on Wednesday evenings in the Sanctuary.

Chancel Bells (audition required)
If you want to be challenged a little more, Chancel Bells would be a good place for you.
Chancel Bells rehearse are Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Rehearsal Schedule: Wednesday Evenings

Celebration Ringers
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Meets in the Sanctuary
Chancel Bells
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Meets in the Sanctuary
Joyful Noise
6:15pm -6:45pm
Meets in Choir Room
Chancel Choir
7:00pm -8:30pm
Meets in Choir Room

If you participate in Chancel Choir, please know that Children’s Activities & Mission Projects (which meets from 6:15 to 7:30 pm on Wednesdays) is extended to 8:30 PM for children of Chancel Choir members.

Music Notes from Marsha Medley, St. Mark’s Music Director:
Soli Deo Gloria is the phrase humbly signed at the end of compositions by master composers such as Bach, Handel, and Haydn.
It means “To God Alone the Glory.”
It is a great mantra for choirs, worship leaders and congregants.
When we focus on worshiping and humbly serving God, we listen to God’s voice and we hear and see the needs of others.

When we each start to focus on ourselves in worship or the life of the church — what do I want, what do I like, what do I dislike, where is the praise I deserve — division begins. We forget why we are in church, worshiping.
We forget God.
Soli Deo Gloria — To God Alone the Glory.
Hymns, Preludes, Choir Anthems, Bell Offertories are for the pleasure of God, not for ourselves. Hopefully we find this music expressive of our faith, calming to our spirit, inspiring to our minds, but ultimately it should all be for the Glory of God Alone.
Soli Deo Gloria.
If someone like Bach can say it, someone like me can try it.

Trying my best to serve God. Marsha Medley