Monday, November 29, 2010

Salem's Liturgy of Totenfest 2010

Salem's worship service on November 21, the Sunday before the First Sunday of Advent, included the Liturgy of Totenfest, a ceremony in which we remembered those who have died over the course of the church year.  This year we held the following people in sacred memory. We continue to hold their families in prayer.

Ellis "Andy" Anderson

George Baum
Pearl Dettwiler

Robert Fiez

Harland Jabs

Keith Miller

Russell Riley

Raymond Yaun

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Young Adults Group tour of Epic

On November 14th, Salem's Young Adults group visited Epic in Verona.  Nathan Bahr led the amazing tour.  Being such a vast company, there are numerous themed areas found in each building.  To find out more about Salem's Young Adults group, contact Kelli Malueg.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Advent by Candlelight - Sign up now

This Sunday evening, November 28, will be Salem's Advent by Candlelight.  Any women wishing to participate can contact Karen Williams or the church office.  This annual event will take place at 6:30pm. 

The following pictures are from the 2009 Advent by Candlelight.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Doris and Millie retire from Salem's choir

On November 7th, Doris and Millie were honored at Salem's worship service for their amazing committment to Salem's choir for a combined 128 years!  Julie Sundby gave the following heartwarming speech during the service.

I am privileged today to be speaking on behalf of the Salem Chancel Choir, BRC and the entire Salem congregation as we recognize, thank, and honor Doris Waldman and Millie Whiting on their retirement from active participation in our choirs.   These ladies have a remarkable combined 128 years of service singing in our church choirs.  Millie with 58 years and Doris with an unbelievable 70 years in choir.  I think that deserves a round of applause.

As I prepared to say a few words today, I was struck by what an achievement that really is.  To make the beautiful music you hear each week, there are hours and hours of practice behind the scenes. The chancel choir rehearses 2 hours a week on average during the season.  For Millie, you can add another 1 ½ per week of BRC rehearsal time.  Do the math: 3 ½ hours a week of rehearsal, for 36 weeks out of the year for a combined total of 128 years.  That is over 16,000 hours of rehearsal between the two of these ladies.  Amazing.  That deserves its own round of applause.

Doris, you and I spent many years singing alto together.  You were my mentor and many a Sunday it was just you, Debbie Bass and I holding down the Alto fort.   I learned a lot from you and enjoyed your deep rich alto voice and amazing ability to sight read almost any piece. When Deb and I got booted to the soprano section, we knew the new alto recruits were in good hands.

Then there is Millie.  Millie is an amazing female tenor.  I’m guessing many of you don’t know that Millie is responsible for the name of the BRC.  When Barry wanted to form a men’s choir at Salem, he had a dilemma.  One of his tenors was a woman.  So instead of being named the Men’s Chorus he came up with the name Back Row Chorus which represented where all the tenors, basses and baritones sat in the choir loft.  That name remained in place until the initials were renamed the Barry Robinson Chorus in honor of Barry upon his death.

I had a bittersweet moment as I reflected back on the fact that I have spent almost ½ of my life singing in choir with Doris and Millie.  I am going to miss them.  As if turning 50 this year wasn’t sobering enough, I also realized that with their retirement, I am now two steps closer to the top of the “Oldest Woman In Choir Ladder”.    For that I REALLY have to thank you both!!!! 

Finally, on behalf of all of your entire Salem family, we want to thank you both for your years and years of dedicated service to this church and this choir.  As a token of our appreciation, we’d like to present you each with a $100 Visa gift card.  We look forward to seeing you sitting in the congregation supporting us in a different but equally important way.   We thank you and love you both.

Julie Sundby
November 7, 2010