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07/16/2018

Is there any congregation more welcoming than Eastminster Presbyterian? From the moment we entered this lovely Wichita church, we were greeted with unending smiles and warmth. Participation in Sunday morning's second...

07/16/2018

The schedule allowed us to sleep in Saturday morning! We then gathered at the Pleasantview Activity Center for lunch and rehearsal. Our new composition we sang this year by Douglas Byler, "The Spirit of the Lord" was...

07/14/2018

Softest, Sweetest, Warmest, Most Beautiful

Yesterday the chorale spent time at the Kansas Choral Director’s Conference in Topeka. We were invited by the president to give a partial concert on Thursday night. It...

07/13/2018

Today started out much like every other day on tour, with a hearty breakfast made by lovely hosts in Fulton, MO. We as a choir have been served so well that sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed by it. Today that care...

07/12/2018

Following our most mennonitized (is that a word?) concert last evening, we spent the night with the
gracious Seymour folks. A good night of rest, some good breakfast and coffee, and we were back on the
bus at...

07/11/2018

The sights and sounds of St. Louis greeted us once again this morning. Some who prefer finer coffee and something other than a hotel breakfast meandered to a local coffee shop. Before leaving the city, most of the choir...

07/10/2018

The streets of St. Louis were a welcome change from the rigors of choir life. Towards noon, we threw
our luggage upon the hospitality of the City Place Hotel and invaded the city in search of recreation and
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07/09/2018

We worshiped with the Pleasant View Mennonite Congregation in Arthur, Illinois. We shared a few songs from our hymns and choral repertoire and took in a sermon on Phil. 1:1-11 by Matt Bontrager.
After enjoying a...

07/08/2018

This morning we loaded the bus and headed east toward Illinois. Our wonderful hosts provided a delicious breakfast, to go. Soon we were rolling past the many corn and bean fields on our way to a lunch stop in Hannibal,...

07/07/2018

This morning we met back at First Presbyterian and began the day with a recap of the concert last night. Then Dr. Mark Bartel from Friends University came and conducted a two-hour choral workshop with us. We worked...

07/06/2018

We started our day by recording the final five songs on our hymns album. The whole recording process went very smoothly, and as always, we are grateful to our expert recording engineer, Brad Zabelski, for his fine work....

07/05/2018

Today we reconvened at First Presbyterian Church to begin recording Hymns of the Church Volume 3. Count singing, sight reading, and pondering hymn texts all contributed to our experience of recording hymns. We paused for...

07/04/2018

Rehearsing in the lovely chapel of First Presbyterian Church.

By 8:00 am Tuesday morning we started to arrive at First Presbyterian Church, excited at the prospect kicking off another tour! After warming up our voices and reflecting on the theme of “Loving our neighbor as ourselves...

07/17/2017

After an exhilarating concert on Saturday night, the singers headed to their lodging places, grabbed a few winks, and then met Stan and the Melard bus at 8 AM. We had a short ride to Myerstown Mennonite Church, which...

07/16/2017

"Everybody smile!" Getting forty-one people into position for pictures is no small feat, but our photographer team was so capable and efficient that we were posed, shot, and finished before our smiles fell too flat....

07/15/2017

It's hard to believe we are almost done. The day started with the song, "Come, Let's Rejoice". It was accompanied by jack hammers from the construction work going on outside and thunderstorms which rumbled for the first...

07/15/2017

It's hard to believe we are almost done. The day started with the song, "Come, Let's Rejoice". It was accompanied by jack hammers from the construction work going on outside and thunderstorms which rumbled for the first...

07/14/2017

The day dawned with promise. Thankfully most of us were able to get somewhere near a full night's rest after getting into the Lancaster region on the bus the night before. We all made our separate ways to the the...

07/13/2017

No concert was scheduled today. The main achievement of the day was making our way from Russell, MA to Lancaster County, PA. Our wonderful hosts from Pioneer Valley Mennonite Fellowship fed us breakfast in their homes,...

07/12/2017

We started out bright and early from Rockland, ME with a 7:00 call time. Our hosts fed us well, several even sending food for the road as well. We bade farewell to this beautiful waterside church where the pastor's study...

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