MUSIC & WORSHIP ROCKS!MUSIC & WORSHIP ROCKS!
Music and worship ministries have faced particular challenges.
Everything from keeping the various choirs connected and
engaged in meaningful rehearsal across uncooperative
technology, to providing all that a singer or musician might need
to contribute to a recording meant for worship, to synching the
full praise band or choir in carefully crafted videos takes ingenuity.
The creation of weekly worship takes vision, strategy, advanced
planning, heightened technology, patience, perseverance, and
resourcefulness. Thankfully, God has provided all of the above
through our amazing staff, who are lled with (perhaps the most
critical elements) grace and good humor.
Nina Revering, together with Frank Webster and Gus Sterneman,
have provided excellent leadership as they’ve learned, together
with our various choirs and bands, the art and science of producing
powerful musical offerings in a remote setting. Nina has worked
to keep music planning well in advance to allow for the particular
complexities of producing music under these conditions. She
has also worked, together with our very gifted organist, Stephen
Krahn, to make weekly recordings of hymns while providing musical
accompaniments, voice tracks, sheet music and more to equip
adult, youth and children’s choirs to continue to participate in
music ministry. Frank has done much of the same to keep all of our
Foundation praise band members regularly participating, plus he’s
learned how to expertly create and edit imaginative and meaningful
music videos that keep us all singing and tapping our toes! Gus, in
addition to helping with vocal choirs and editing some choir videos,
has continued to help the Bell Choir remain connected and has
successfully produced the rst virtual single handbell choir.
It’s been truly inspiring to experience the creativity of our music
ministries and to continue to enjoy the incredible gifts that all of
our choir members have continued to share.
Curt, Diane, and Megan create, organize, coordinate and
contribute most of the non-music related weekly worship
elements, and Curt shares in preaching. And, trust me, all of it
looks much easier than it is due to the conscientious, professional
and good-spirited ways in which they engage this sacred work.
In addition to planning and producing weekly worship elements
and our monthly Children First worship service, Megan has also
learned and taken on greater responsibility in the area of worship
video editing and production and all 3 of these staff members
now share in the Sunday morning responsibility of streaming the
services at the appropriate times. And, though he is technically
not a staff member but a contractor, we cannot forget Jonathan
Kofahl who leads us all through the entire process and, at the end
of the day, makes us look really good, especially on those weeks
when we (I mean I) submit a million sermon takes hopelessly in
need of extreme editing! ? I can’t imagine the past 6+ months
without his expertise, experience, and generous spirit!