Contact me at email@example.com to learn how you can support the St. Bede Episcopal Church Hymn-a-Thon!
Small churches everywhere are struggling — struggling with a downturn of membership and the resulting downturn in financial resources. However, in the midst of this struggle there are those churches that are holding to a high standard of excellence in worship –and in excellence in the music of worship.
I hold up as an example, the very small parish church of St. Bede Episcopal in Forest Grove, Oregon. This church with its shrinking membership and resulting budget crisis made a bold decision to keep their professional organist and choir director. Difficult decision? Yes!
The musicians of the church numbering fewer than a dozen, have decided to implement fund-raisers during the year– not to take their choir on a European tour– but to make sure their parish church continues with excellence in its worship and music.
Their first fund-raiser is a barn-burner of a project for a dozen souls. You see they have decided to sing their way through the Episcopal Hymnal — all 720 hymns — in one day! March 2, 2014. That is a lot of singing and playing for this intrepid group, but they are enthused and ready to sing.
The fund-raising part? Oh yes! You can contribute to their project by pledging ten cents/hymn sung — or even a dollar/hymn sung. Or you can come sing with us — yes, I am the organist and choir director of this hard-working group. Or you can request that we sing ALL the verses of your favorite hymn during our hymn concert hour.
Want to join the project? Just drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m sure we can find a way that you can participate whether you are in Forest Grove, Oregon or Dornheim, Germany. I look forward to hearing from you!
Jeannine Jordan, Director of Music, St. Bede Episcopal Church
HYMN-A-THON Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. St. Bede Episcopal Church, 1609 Elm Street, Forest Grove, Oregon. Come when you can, leave when you must. Please join us.