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Dear Church Family,

This Sunday marks Anne Voglewede’s last service as our music director.  Susan Kelsey, assisted by her sisters Sally and Mary, hosted  at her home, a lovely farewell party last Saturday for Anne.  It was a wonderful time of food and fellowship in a most beautiful setting.  Nearly twenty persons attended to offer their tributes to Anne for a job well done these past six years.  We will miss her, and wish her God’s richest blessings as she goes to be closer to her family in North Dakota.  And thanks to Susan for her hospitality.

I am  pleased to announce that Dr. Jack Bowman has agreed to serve as our new Director of Music, working with our choir and recording the service music.  Jack is Minister of Music/Organist of the Salisbury Congregational Church and Founder/Artistic Director of the Salisbury Sinfonietta.  Jack served more than thirty years as dean of fine arts programs in universities in the United States and Turkey.  He has also served congregations as organist and choir director.  In addition, Jack has conducted orchestras professionally throughout Europe.   This past spring Jack conducted Mendelssohn’s Elijah  at the Salisbury Congregational Church in which several of us enjoyed singing and a number of you attended.  Coming from a family of teachers, farmers, and carpenters, Jack brings to us a passion for music, a devotion to Christ and the church, and a love for people.  Jack’s first Sunday will be September 8.   Thanks be to God who does provide!

Please keep in your prayers Sandra Schafer, who was in the hospital last week, and Carole McGuire, who continues to recuperate from shoulder surgery.

Our dear friend Lori, for whom our congregation has been praying for many months, died yesterday.  We are sad, of course, but very grateful for many years of wonderful friendship, and that she is now free from her pain and at rest with the Lord.

This Sunday we conclude our summertime series of sermon on Paul’s letter to the Galatians.  The sermon is titled “The Case for Christian Character.”  The texts are Joshua 24:13-18, 25 and Galatians 6:1-10.

See you in Church.

Peace and Joy,

Rich

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