St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Music Ministry




This Sunday our handbell choir – St. Paul’s Ringers -- will again share their musical gifts at the 9:15 AM worship service. I am so proud of the progress made by this relatively new program in St. Paul’s Music Ministry. Our ringers are ready willing and able to take this program to the next level! They can do that in part by attending a seminar next spring sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America.

At this seminar, our ringers will learn new ringing techniques, will learn how to improve their current ringing techniques and will meet fellow handbell ringers from churches from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and every state in between.

To help St. Paul’s Ringers be part of this event we need YOUR continued participation in and support for our Favorite Hymn Fun(d)raiser.

Over the past several weeks we received lots of nominations of your all-time favorite hymn. Your nominations have been carefully counted and we now have a list of the top ten favorites. Now the voting begins. In this voting, you are encouraged to vote often! You do not need to be registered to vote or go to your regular polling place. All voting will take place at St. Paul’s before and after the Sunday summer worship service starting this Sunday and ending on Sunday, July 9. To vote, you simply drop a contribution, $1 per vote, (check or cash) in one of the ten ballot boxes that will be available with members of St Paul’s Ringers standing by to answer any questions you may have.

Every dollar contributed to each of the ten top ten hymn “candidates” will be counted as one vote. You can make as many contributions as you like and in any amount you can. In the fall, we will announce the winners at “top ten countdown” pot luck dinner with each top ten hymn being sung or rung by our choirs, soloists and congregational participation. Even if your favorite hymn is not a voted in as the number one “winner”, we will still sing it as part of the countdown process.

Thank you in advance for your past and future support.


As the summer rolls on, please mark your calendars and plan to attend two upcoming very special events.

On Sunday afternoon July 23, the Men of Simpson Choir from Simpson United Methodist Church in Wilmington will present a concert at 3 PM in the sanctuary. Pastor Karin heard this group share their gifts at the Peninsula-Delaware Annual conference last month and they are awesome.

On Sunday August 13, Bells of the Bay, a community handbell choir from Maryland’s Eastern Shore will present their PotpourRing concert at 4 PM in the sanctuary. This is a return engagement for Bells of the Bay who presented a concert at St. Paul’s last August. I am very privileged to serve as Artistic Director of this dedicated and talented group.


Blessings, Shelley