I must admit, January is my least favorite month of the year. The great food, festivities, sparkly decorations, joyful music, and vacation time after Christmas are behind us. Gray, cold weather and New Year's wishes (aka resolutions!) loom in front of us. People tend to get sick right about now - flu, sinus infections, laryngitis, sore throats. None of these illnesses are welcomed by singers or bell ringers! A couple of fortunate retirees who participate in traditional music head to warmer climates soon. I can't help but feel a little envious!
Rather than allow myself to wallow in Seasonal Affective Disorder, I am deciding here and now to launch a recruitment campaign. That's right - now, in the cold of January, 2018, YOU ARE INVITED to come join us in chancel choir! What's that? You don't read music? No problem! We practice each voice part during our rehearsals on Wednesday nights from 7:30 - 8:45 in the choir room. You aren't a soloist? Don't worry about that! Only a handful of folks are comfortable singing solos in church. You will receive such a warm welcome from the friendly people in the soprano, alto, or men's section. Come and be a part of singing and sharing the gospel with our congregation. Come and be blessed while being a blessing!
My recruitment campaign doesn't stop there! Jubilation Bells is always in need of additional ringers. Unlike chancel choir, for this ensemble, the ability to read music is required. Because there are various bell techniques and rhythmic challenges, we practice each piece many times before we play in church. If you think you might be interested in playing bells but are not quite sure about it, feel free to visit us during a rehearsal on Wednesday at 6:30 in the sanctuary. Again, you will receive a warm welcome!
Did I mention that we also have fun while practicing?!!
In December, Jubilation Bells participated in the Christmas in Warren County concert for the third year, and went on mission to Brookdale Assisted Living for the fourth consecutive year. On Serve Day (typically in May), both chancel choir and Jubilation Bells will sing and ring for the residents of Mason Care Center, where they have ministered since 2015. I can't say thank you enough to our current volunteers in traditional music. They are so faithful - in rehearsal, in church, and on mission.
My prayer is that you, too, will keep a song in your heart in 2018!
Jodi Adams, Musical Arts Director for Traditional Worship