Worship & Music

WORSHIP TEAM ANNUAL REPORT 2021

¨ Online and parking lot worship continued as the world faced the Covid 19 Pandemic. We continued with online worship; the last parking lot worship service was March 21).

¨ Palm Sunday, we opened the doors to in person worship. Various protocols were setup including online sign-up, spaced seating, and dismissal directly after communion. There was no singing and masks were required. Grant Colburn (on loan from St. John Ashwaubenon) has been our accompanist.

¨ 4th grade students were trained to serve as Acolytes. Part of this session included making and baking communion bread with these students.

¨ During the month of July we heard a sermon series on the Book of Ruth.

¨ We honored Andrew Helmann for the many years of creative musicianship he provided to us. Andrew stepped down as Music Coordinator due to health concerns.

¨ In September we hired Terry Brennan as accompanist for 10:30 and Monday worship. Corey Christenson was hired in October as Music Coordinator and November we added Jeremy Raduenz as an additional accompanist.

¨ The theme for Advent was “Blessed are those who believe”.

¨ December 22 an online worship service was held for the Longest Night, partnering with St. John of Ashwaubenon. The theme was Images of light and darkness.

¨ Christmas Eve was the first time we were again singing in worship (with masks).

¨ We continued to enjoy special music from Ringers Jubilate via recorded selections and then live when we returned to in person worship .

¨ We are grateful for the Jagler family who continued to compile and produce the online worship videos each week.

¨ A set of three solar shades (from Budget Blinds) were installed on large lower windows in chancel. This will help diffuse glare when recording online worship and also live worship.

¨ Began planning for sanctuary capital improvements required for live streaming.

¨ THANK YOU to everyone who volunteers their time and talents to make our worship meaningful! We continued to face the Covid 19 challenges in 2021. We are Here for Good.

God’s Blessings from the Worship Team

Dick Sachs, Lois Appel, Corey Christenson, Sue Larson and Pastor Jen Fite

The Worship and Music Team shall be comprised of one at-large member of the Congregation Council, music coordinator, accompanist(s), bell choir director, and as many members of the congregation as the team chooses. Each year after a Congregation Council representative has been assigned, the team shall elect a chairperson and a recorder from its membership. The Congregation Council representative will report from the Congregation Council any action that this team needs to take, and report to the Congregation Council on behalf of this team. The team shall meet regularly – monthly meetings are suggested.

The responsibilities and duties of the Worship and Music Team include, but are not limited to:

1. Plan and provide for the congregation’s worship in collaboration with the music coordinator and the pastor.

2. Evaluate and recommend liturgies for ‘regular’ worship and those for special events.

3. Plan worship for special events such as Lent, Easter, Thanksgiving Eve, Advent, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Confirmation, First Communion, Baptisms, etc.

4. Establish standards, in collaboration with the pastor, for worship, funeral and wedding services, music, and musical or drama groups.

5. Promote the congregation’s music programs and provide opportunities for participation to all members of the congregation.

6. Enlist, train, and supervise those who volunteer to serve as worship leaders such as assisting ministers, lectors, communion set-up/clean-up providers, greeters, nursery care providers, ushers, and acolytes.

7. Seek opportunities in the community wherein the choir(s) can share their gifts through music ministry.

8. Prepare and submit a budget request to the Executive Committee for anticipated worship and music expenses annually.

9. Oversee disbursement of the annual Worship and Music Team budget.