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Quilters Group
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Quilters will be meeting on September 25, 2018, our regular 4th Tuesday day. There will be sewing, pressing, arranging pieces and other non-sewing tasks available. Come and help us with the projects. We will start about 10:00 and go until 2:00 with a break for potluck lunch. Join us for fellowship and bring an dish to share at lunch. We welcome new folks to join us and participate in this mission of St. Andrew's.
Happy Quilting, Barb Ullmann
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Music Notes from Paul

Music Notes

Hello everyone,

I thought I would share a few items about choir; here is a fantastic quote by none other than John Wesley. This is found on P.7 in the United Methodist Hymnal and it is titled “Directions For Singing:

“Sing all… Sing lustily and with good courage… Sing in time… Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing… So shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.”

And here is quote from the Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett: “Music is an integral part of how we relate to God. It is how we understand at a deeper level what goes beyond words, what our relationship is with the Divine, and how we are shaped together as a community of faith. Of all the art forms, music is one of the most easily accessible types of art in worship. There's nearly always an opportunity to open your mouth and make music together with the rest of the people in that service. Right there you've got an opportunity to experience the Divine in a different way than just to listen to someone read about God,”

Rev. Karen Westerfield Tucker, professor of worship at Boston University School of Theology states: “Christianity is not a solitary religion, John Wesley certainly made the case that it is a ‘social' religion — both in its worship and in its concern for the care of the neighbor," says Tucker.

Dr. Julene Johnson, a University of California at San Francisco professor and founder and director of the Community of Voices study writes “We believe singing in a choir and other creative arts can promote healthy aging. We were looking for a way for older people to remain independent and engaged. We knew that to have an effect the activity had to be meaningful, engaging and challenging. The creative arts do that.”

There is a wealth of information available from a number of different studies that re-affirms many of the things that many of us have known for years. There are great health benefits gained from singing, specifically for members of choir. Singing is also good for the brain, especially when memorization is involved. Additionally, increased lung capacity and greater oxygenation of the blood resulting in improved alertness are all associated with singing. "Singing is of great interest to neuroscientists as it would seem that there is more of the brain given over to the processing of music than almost any other activity," says Dr. Graham Welch, professor at the Institute of Education in London.

I am sure that everyone suspects what this is leading to. You are correct; EVERYONE is invited to come in and sing with us. We have a wonderful time on Wednesday evenings (7:30 to 9:00) and I believe that I speak for everyone---we would be thrilled if there were more of us. The fellowship that we have is reason enough to gather, but we also get to SING!

We will meet for our first rehearsal on Sept 12th. A Potluck is tentatively planned for 6:30 to 7:30, and we would begin shortly after. Please contact me with any other questions or concerns. I (we) look forward to another brilliant and wonderful year of singing.

Regards, Paul

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