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5/23/20 11:34 P

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I enjoy the music time, so that is helpful for me during the quarantine. Our music pastor continues to put worship online--they have just a few musicians each week, and wipe down the keyboards, mics, etc and put the service online. It has been wonderful to have that option. We had our end of the season choir party on zoom, and it was great to see everyone and talk a bit.
Turing here...since you work in a group home, you have an idea of some of the needs here...I have one son who is quite extreme in his need for safety supervision...he really has NO safety awareness at all! I is amazing that he can have hundreds of hymns memorized, but still ask when it will be his turn to get hit by a truck...sigh...so, he requires constant supervision! And taking him to the piano with me keeps him safe and decreases his anxiety, so it's a total win!
Well, I better finish the project I started and then head off to bed.

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Wow Lori. I feel for you and your family. I've really kinda taken a break from music and don't sit at the piano much at home. Maybe I will after June 1st as that is my retirement date from working at the group home. The team of musicians at my church have still been planning ahead by choosing weekly hymns so that still keeps me involved. Even though we did not use all that we planned out for March,April and May it was still good therapy to read the scriptures and plan music that is fitting. I actually enjoy doing that planning but it is somewhat time consuming as there are so many choices in music to pick from. If and when we do get back to our churches, I may have to go in and practise at the organ. It always came naturally to me after so many years and I didn't have to go in ahead of time to practise, but after being away for so long who knows what might happen.

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I crave corporate worship, so I really miss choir and ensemble time at church.
I don't know how long until I will be able to be with other people again...my husband and 3 of my 4 kids have health conditions that make them vulnerable, so we are under total quarantine here. Also, if I get sick, there is no one to take care of my insulin-dependent diabetic child...
I just keep praying that God will make things known to the scientists who are working on this...I would love to see a medical breakthrough that will allow us to gather together again!

I still make time for some music at home, and usually at least one kid will join me.

What do things look like for you?

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5/20/20 7:46 P

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How's everybody doing? enjoying your break from music ministry? do you think we will ever get back into it again? Things will likely be different if and when we ever do get back to our church gatherings.

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Hang in there Lori.
I've been enjoying tapping in to online religious programs this week. It's really hard to believe that we all have to celebrate the Good Friday and Easter celebrations at home rather than in our church buildings this year.
Hope you have a good day today. emoticon

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Monday was our worst school day so far...yesterday was a bit better and today we seem to be surviving.
Migraine today is not helpful...
The Holy Week reflection sounds good...our church has ours online...I haven't had a chance to look at them...I think what I really want is just time to actually reflect, and not manage behaviors and try to order groceries...sigh...

I'm going to try something more restorative for a bit before I need to get started on supper...need something creative...

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Good luck Lori with the schooling. I'm glad I don't have to worry about that. My day off today from work so I just took it easy and relaxed. Finished reading a book and now to move on to another one. I want to tap in to a Holy Week reflection on line each day this week so I better go look that up now.

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I keep hearing about the amazing cleaning folks are doing in their spare time, and I keep thinking it will eventually get to a place here where guys are actually able to allow me more than 2 minutes before doing somet6dangerous, but so far, no chance of any deep cleaning for me...sigh...
When I was in college there was an organization that had a music lending library--it was great for small churches! I don't know if there is anything like that now that choirs are in decline, but if so, it would be a great place to donate music to.

Palm Sunday yesterday-- my kids made paper palms last year, and waved them again yesterday...one decided to rip his...sigh...

Sunny weather gave us some great outside time and I made good progress cleaning garden beds.

Better get my kids started on school!

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Thanks for sharing Lori. Sounds like your patience might be getting tested somewhat these days.
I am grateful for the spare time I've had to be going through some music I've had hanging around forever. I'm sure someone must have passed all this stuff on to me at some point and maybe I went through some of it before but never decided to do anything about it all. There were a bunch of sample anthems that I've gone through and only keeping a bare minimum. I hope someone else will be glad to have the time to enjoy looking at these - I'm just not sure where to donate them.

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I have two young adult sons who have disabilities and they don't get the quarantine. One son is rarely sick, so he cannot comprehend being sick for 2 weeks. However, my sons are on the list of folk who tend to die from covid-19, so we have completely quarantined. They also tend to pull out tubes, disconnect monitors and set off alarms when they are in the hospital, so being in a situation where the hospital personnel are stretched beyond capacity is frightening!

We started online school yesterday--technology was NOT our friend! We spent hours trying to post school work and mostly ended up watching the circle of death on the screen. Today is better, and one boy is done. The other is working better than usual today.

Online church is good, but I miss times of fellowship. Still, it's good to see faces of leadership and be cyber connected.

Sunny here today, so we will get some good outdoor time.



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I work in a group home part time so am still able to get out. It's not easy working with individuals who can't really understand the whole concept of this virus. The one fellow I work with is a social butterfly so for him to be stuck at home is really very difficult. He does use a cell phone though and has a large family. He talks to family members every day and to some friends. he's really addicted to his cell phone. I have a hard time when he asks me to try to help him with something on his phone as I am not tech savvy at all. I have a cell phone but use it only minimally. I prefer to use landline for phone and a regular computer monitor for internet. Maybe I am too old fashioned, but I really can't stand seeing people so hooked and tied to their cell phones all the time.
It was good to watch church on the computer, even though we don't see any people in the pews. Nice to hear the gospel message and words of encouragement from the pastor.

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Yes...we take so much for granted...I think the pace of life contributes to that-- we get busy, and count on our conveniences more than we count on God, and it takes a drastic change to get our attention! Sounds like a good sermon.
They did a short 'Wednesday night Live ' online from church this week...they will have online options for different ages groups beginning in April, but I think we'll all end up with the elementary group, since I will need to supervise the kids with the iPad.
We have had 2 sunny days, and I am thankful for our fenced in back yard!
I miss choir, but at least I can sing with a kid or 2 here at home.

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It's great that we can access so many things from the internet. This is probably the only way people can really connect at this time in order to avoid the spread of the CoronaVirus. What on earth will we do if all the computers decide to crash???? I was just listening to a sermon and I wrote down a couple of things he said for us to think about - How blind we have become to the things we have placed before God. In prosperity we take God for granted.

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Same here, pianist and worship pastor for the traditional service...a small praise band (more of an ensemble than a band) for the contemporary. It felt good to gather at home and sing along...kids enjoyed church in jamming and I was happy to get a break from leading here.

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Lori, Thank you for saying "stay if I want. Our church will be streaming services. No choir.Just 7 musicians.


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I'm with you MaryBeth! The lack of fellowship fellowship and corporate worship/music are huge voids right now. Our church leadership is still working and they will put worship services online, so we can at least stay a little connected.
I'm glad we have access to so much online. In addition to our church, I know pastors in other areas, so I can access their sites as well.
I hope you are well!

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Hi there. Good to see a chat starting up again. It is really very strange not being able to go to church at this time due to the current situation with CoronaVirus. I don't make a lot of money from my music church jobs; it is the fellowship and joy of music ministry that I will be missing.

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I say stay if you want!

Currently, our governor has issued and executive order not to gather, so I am only singing at home for now...I think it will be similar around the country for the next month at least.

None of us will police you and you can chime in or not according to your preferences, life needs, etc.

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Hello everyone. Not sure if I can remain on this team because I stopped playing alto sax in church last February due to health reasons.I do still play at home for my own enjoyment. What say you all about this? Thanks for any feedback. emoticon

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Yes--organists are not common any more...it is a complex and lovely instrument, but not 'in style' for contemporary style worship. We have a wonderful organist in the church we attend, and my oldest loves the organ pipes. He watches to see the little doors open, because he knows it will get louder then! I'm glad you also get to contribute to different congregations and share your God-given gifts that way. Giong to different churches is hard for me with kids who have special needs, so I am thankful for the opportunities I have where we are. So fun that there are different options and that we have the freedom to choose!

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It is kind of nice to be able to share our talent where it is needed. In my parish we have many who play music. I get to play organ, or piano, once or twice a month on a Saturday evening in my parish Catholic church. Because we have so many who play music, I ventured out quite a few years ago to help out in a Protestant church on Sundays. It was quite a change for me, but thoroughly enjoy the experience in any church I serve in. Organ is my favorite instrument to play, and organists are hard to come by now a days.

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It's great that you have opportunities in different congregations! What a blessing to those who need a pianist!
we enjoyed worship with some of our favorite songs this morning...and wonderfully kind folks to fellowship with.

Lori


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I'm playing at a new church this morning; I don't have a regular, weekly position, but I do supply for various churches around town. My own church already has 2 pianists, so I volunteer in other areas there. I'm looking forward to worshipping on piano today!

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Oh, I'm glad you have help with the driving and that things are okay so far. As you said, it seems that the tiredness is a more delayed reaction...I have even heard some people say that they didn't feel the tiredness until the treatments were done...quite a delay
It's good that you have folks locally to help and to encourage you! I'm still praying for you here!

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Hi Lori,
Treatment #5 was today. All is going well so far. They tell me it takes about ten days before you start to see any side effects so I shall see how things go next week. The travel time is what kinda wears me out. I've been doing some of the driving - usually on the way there and then my companion drives home. It is a one hour drive to get to the hospital where I have treatments. Treatment time takes only about 20 minutes maximum (most of that is spent lining me up correctly for the radiation machine - the actual radiation part is about three minutes). So far its been external treatments which I feel nothing from - I've gotten used to the sound of the machine and I bring in a CD so I can listen to music while I'm being treated. Have to hold still for ten minutes while they do their work. I also have to have a full bladder at time of treatment. But since I have such a long drive, my bladder has been pretty much 'too' full when I get there. I must cut back on the amount of coffee I drink before leaving home I guess, but I do love caffeine and you're supposed to match water to the amount of coffee. Therefore I am probably over hydrating rather than dehydrating. Soon I will be having one of the 'internal' radiation treatments - not looking forward to that at all because it is more invasive. Thank God there are only three of those treatments.
I am blessed to have many friends and family who have offered to go with me to appointments. I give credit to all those who have been praying for me too - it has helped me to stay positive through the whole process.

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Hey MaryBeth
Just checking in to see how radiation is going for you...
Hope you are doing well and getting lots of care and rest

Lori

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Sounds like you have some good plans to modify things as needed, while still being able to participate in the things you enjoy! Will be praying for that to all work out as planned--or even better!

Here the kid programs tend to start the week following school starting. I like not having everything start at the same time--it lets us kind of ease into things. This fall will be somewhat experimental for us, since we are at a different church now. The leadershp changes in the old church made it difficult for our family. There was much secrecy surrounding changes being made, and I just couldn't keep up, and with kids who have special needs, it's often helpful to give them info before an event--and I cna't do that if everything is a big secret. I honestly don't get how 'go and tell' became 'get them in here, but don't let them know what we're doing'. It's just weird.

Church was nice this morning. A young man sang 'Symphony of Praise' in Spanish, while they showed gorgeous nature photos with the English text. Steve Green sang the song several years ago--you can probably find it on Youtube if you're not familiar with it. We also sang favorites of both my older 2 sons, so it felt good to be back from vacation and at home in a relatively new place.

I have a project to finish, so I better get back to work.

Lori

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I have a children's choir that I usually start up the week that school starts or the week after. I think I'll wait till the 17th since the 10th is my first treatment date. The children won't be singing at a church service until October so I would still have lots of time to prepare them.

The Sunday choir will work out okay because we only have practises on Sunday mornings before church service. I get my treatments on Monday through Friday so I should be good on Sundays to do music.

I have great hopes and expectation that I will have enough energy to be able to go to work occasionally. I miss my job with the people that have intellectual disabilities - I start up again with them on Labour Day weekend (Sept 6/7). The radiologist gave me the okay to go back to work with the condition that my shifts may have to be adapted and that I may need recovery time at the very end of my treatment period.

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yes--it is so much fun! And our director for the week is a composer/arranger, so we get fun music too!
I keep thnking that Sept. is farther away because school doesn't start here until the 8th...but that's already a week in, so I guess it really is just around the corner. Will just continue in prayer for you as you prepare.
Got a sweet email from the choir director at our new church, and I'm all set for choir there in the fall. Have your choir folks been supportive to you during these health challenges? Or is it harder during the summer when programs are on hold?

Lori


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I loved the video. Looks like it was an awful lot of fun!
My treatments start on Sept. 10th. Thanks for the prayers.

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Yea for getting through surgery recovery. I'll be praying for you as you go through radiation--I've heard it can be quite tiring!

For some fun--check out this video:

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It's a short overview of our family camp in OR. The little drummer in the blue jack at about 2:37 is my 3 year old.

We are changing churches, so am trying to figure out choir and kids stuff for fall.

Lori

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Good to hear from you Lori.
Soon be time to start up choirs after summer. Guess I better start planning.
It's been a strange summer for me - surgery on July 13th, got through my six week recovery, now I am facing radiation treatments, to start in a couple of weeks.

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Got home Sunday night, and now beginning to get caught up again...really need to get back into a routine and more healthy eating.
Lori

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Our retreat was wonderful and after some playtime at the beach,we will begin heading for home in the morning!
Lori

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Waiting for camper repair, and then will head to the coast for our retreat. Will have several church musicians on campus this week.
Lori

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It was a rough trip west, but we made it to OR and had a great day at church with friends this morning.
Lori

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I hope you have a good family vacation Lori. Tell us all about it when you get back.


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Oh, how fun to be back with your 'team' for Sunday music.

My family was grumpy yesterday, so it was good to just lose myself in the worshp music for a while!

Getting ready to leave for vacation, and tryng to figure out how to organize things here.

Ahh...just saw the weather report and it looks like we will have some slightly cooler weather tomorrow---great for loading the camper!

Lori

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Thanks Lori.
Good day to be back at the Sunday church job yesterday - the full choir was there and they were all happy to see me. They were going to sign and send off a get well card but too late, I'm already back to music! No anthems during the summer but choir still come up to lead the hymns.

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I'll be praying about the final test results. My stepdad had a tumor that they never did identify, but it was NOT cancer, so just a mystery. It also went to more than one pathologist, including one at Mayo...I guess that is one time when the unknown was good news. Hopefully, yours will be a good new report too.
Glad you had a better day--enjoy your organ time at church on Sunday.
Lori

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Better day today. I went to the clinic to check on the results of testing. My uterus got sent off to another pathologist for a second opinion so I still do not have final results yet. Really hoping there is not going to be any further treatment involved. Just glad that the doctors are being very thorough with the cancer tests.

I'm looking forward to playing organ at church this weekend.

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Thanks for your kind words. We did well with the new routine today, but I don't feel like I got much done about other things--like packing for vacation! It is nice to have a kid who is excited that pickles are a carb free food emoticon .
I remember those 'better, but not fully well yet' days after surgery...it seemed like I tried easily for a long time...and then one day, I realized how much better I was feeling. I know it was a gradual thing and that I just didn't notice all the little steps. Hope all your small steps are forward!

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Sorry to hear about your son's diagnosis, but glad that he is doing so well. I'm sure you will adapt as well. Take care.
I had a 'down' day today. Guess that's to be expected. Got lots of sleep so maybe I will be more energetic tomorrow.

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Sounds like good, steady healing..and yeah, the internal part can take more time...as can the stamina wehn you are post-op. Glad you can start getting back to what you enjoy!

I just spent 2 days at children's Hospital with my 7 year old--he was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He is doing quite well, and was laughing so hard for his last insulin shot toinght that I could barely get it in!

Well, it's getting late, and hospital time wears me out, so I better head to bed.

Lori

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Thanks Lori.
I was able to play music for a funeral Mass yesterday. It went well and I was glad to be back at the organ again. I play at Mass this coming Saturday as well and then back to the United Church to play on Sunday.
I am making good progress. Seeing family physician this Friday for follow up. I'm sure everything tested okay because I haven't heard anything from the specialist. My incision area is healing nicely. I just have to remember that it is the internal part that will take time to heal so I have to not overdo.

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sorry that you needed to have surgery, but glad to hear that you are on the mend. I remember how good it felt to be up at the piano after my surgery several years ago...
Hope you continue to heal well and make good progress!

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I've been on leave of absence for a couple of weeks due to surgery.
I will be happy to get back at music again next week. My way easing back into the routine of things I was doing before surgery. I have been able to sit at the piano at home and play a few tunes though which is good.

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Fun! I often try some Christmas music in the summer hoping it will make me feel cooler...haven't done it this year though.

Currently working on flute music to play in an ensemble this Sunday--so much fun!

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Well, you are certainly on the right track Cindy. Getting ready this early will make you feel so much less stress when Christmas time comes.

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I LOVE the Navy Hymn. I have used it as a prelude many times. I'm sort of in the mood for Christmas music as well and actually need to start rehearsing some of the more difficult pieces so that I have them smooth by December!

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fThe Holiday music sounds wonderful...I'm beginning to get eager for that!
Here at home, I sing with my teenager and we give a nod to lesser known holidays, so we've been singing 'Eternal Father, Strong to Save' which is the Navy Hymn, in honor of the birthday of the US Navy, on Oct. 12.
Choir was fun tonight...we have many new leaders at church, so it's comforting to have the same choir director and for music to still work the same way ;).

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We haven't been able to do a Christmas Cantata in years. We live in a small community with only two churches -- ours (protestant, Unity of the Brethren) and the Catholic church. Each year we have a community Thanksgiving service held at the high school gymnasium. The community choir practices are in our church during our rehearsal time. So there is not enough time to prepare anything too involved for our own choir. Can't get too much learned in a couple of rehearsals. This year we've even started on our advent anthems early. So far, we've started Carols Around (a medley of carols set with Dona Nobis Pacem) and Mary Did You Know?. The church heritage is Czech so we started learning the Czech for Ticha Noc (Silent Night) to sing at the Sunday School program.

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I go to a rather large church, so we have several paid staff--traditional worship Pastor, contrmporary worship Pastor, 2 music assistants and 3 accompanists. There are also tech crew folks--some are paid, don't know exactly how many.

Most of us are volunteer--all choir members, children's choir, and many instrumentalists...some instrumentalists are paid, mostly the ones who are in short supply/high demand and they are hired for occasional events. I am one of the volunteers--and don't feel the need to be paid for releasing what God put within me.

We are planning to do our Christmas concert both in church and out in the community this year...still waiting on dates and details about that.

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I sing in my head, out loud, quietly to myself. However, I hardly ever sing in the shower. emoticon This Sunday the organist was playing a version of "Jesus Is All the World to Me" for the offertory. We rarely sing that hymn anymore so I just had to very quietly sing along ( since the choir director's seat faces the congregation).

No one but the musicians and choir director know how many "outside" hours are put in for perhaps just one service. All musicians in our church, and I would say in our whole denomination, are volunteer. I started directing the choir 45 years ago this past September. I jokingly told some choir members at our dinner last Sunday that when I hit 50 years, I'm gonna hit the board of elders up for "back pay".

We had such an enjoyable choir practice last Sunday. How can anyone not sing with joy to the Lord.? We did waste a little time at one point. We were practicing "He Is Jehovah" and our tambourine player hadn't shown up yet. So I was directing and playing tambourine at the same time. When I did the big tremulo-whack, all the ladies started laughing hysterically at me. The menfolk didn't realize what was going on. Later the minister said he didn't see me because he never watches me anyway. Another big laugh from everyone. Another member said "Jo, pick your poison. You're either laughed at or ignored!" Ah . . the joys of directing!

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I have a Catholic Women's League event coming up where I am playing for the Mass. The cantor has booked some practises with me. Today we got together and it was a two hour practise. It took a while to choose something that she and I would both be comfortable with for her to sing as a solo before the Mass, then practising everything else. All this time is being spent as volunteer hours - amazing what a musician has to do 'without pay'. I will appreciate the blessings that come from serving our precious Lord. The cantor did thank me for my time spent practising with her.

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Interesting that you sing more in your head, Mary Beth...I can when it is required, but sometimes...well, like when we play hand bells for church, sometimes we also play along with the hymns...and I just HAVE TO ring AND sing! directo tried to get me to stop once, but it was Easter...and I just had to sing :)!
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Yup - I usually have a song in my head too. I rarely sing out loud. When I play music I almost always sing the words in my head, rather than the boring counting. Guess that's why my timing is off sometimes! My mother always used to sing while she was working away at home, I think it was a stress reliever for her. I don't like when I try going to sleep and there's a song or two going through my head - seems to take forever for my mind to settle sometimes.
The wonderful joy of being a musician!

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Hi Jo,
Yes, I have a song in my head all the time...and for every hymn we sing, there is a counter-melody in my head just begging to be set free...and I also tend to break into song at the things people say, although I learned to keep it to myself most of the time...I do let it out with my kids...they have a unique appreciation for Mom ;).
My Mom used to sing quietly when she was cleaning, but my older brother got so annoyed that everyone in the house had to be quiet when he was home. Her Mom (my maternal grandma) sang all the time when she was cleaning, and her kids talk about how she would sing 'Little Brown Jug' while she danced around the kitchen with the broom :). So, I guess the always ready to sing thing came from Grandma.
Always glad to have the company of another perpetual singer!

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I should tell y'all my name! It is Jo. Every name I tried when joining SP was taken. My middle name is Ellen. I tried every combination -- taken. My last name begins with "R" so I came up with R-U-Jellen (like the commercials).
I have a question for all you musicians and music lovers. Do you wake up every morning with a song already going in your head? My mother used to say that I was the only one she knew who would wake up singing. Or when you're talking with someone and something they say triggers a song. Like this evening my husband asked if there was a pick up on our hill. So of course I start singing "There's a pick up on the hill, but I never saw it moving. No, I never saw it at all til there was you". My husband has to put up with a lot! :-)

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Sounds great, RUJELLEN!
We also started in August, and had goodies after choir every Wed in Sept. as part of a push toward more fellowship time. It was fun to have a bit of time set aside to chat and begin to get to know some of the new folks.
We have new leadership at our church, so there are many, many, mnay changes...some good, like the extended felowship time, some not so good--like painting a toddler room prison gray...sigh.
Last Sunday, I got to sing in a trio on one of the songs we did...haven't had time to see if it's posted on line yet.

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Hi to you Lori and Mary Beth. Our choir year started in August but it is like walking through molasses getting everyone on track for attending rehearsals. We have a large choral library so we can fall back on music we've done previously. My wonderful choir librarian puts the date we sing the anthem on the box so we don't repeat anything too soon. She is such a blessing. I'm about the least organized person you know and she kids about her being OCD. The choir folders are always filled and ready to go. Last Sunday we sang Rock My Soul. We had 20 out of 23 members singing. I was so pleased! Everything was perfect -- notes, tuning, dynamics and excitement. We had our annual choir party after church at a favorite Mexican restaurant. Maybe everyone was just really inspired!

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Sounds like your year iis off to a good start Mary Beth!
Adult choir started rehearsals the end of August and we sang last Sunday. It felt good to be back in choir, since summer opportunities were few this year.
Children's choir is a bit later getting started this year, and will not be allowed to sing in worship services, so it will be a bit different this year.
Hand bell choir will rehearse this Sunday evening, but 2 of our ringers will be gone--one for surgery and one moved to a different state, so we'll see if we have some new musicians in our group.
I hear you on the time change challenges...our church moved form 2 services to 3 a few years ago, and that moved the first service up to 8:30 am, which makes choir call 7:45 most weeks, and 7:30 when we have more special music. It really is early, but so far, we have had a good number of people who are commited enough to come early, even though they don't really like the time.
Well, speaking of early, I still have some things to get staged for morning, so I better get my act together and then get to bed before it gets too late.
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Wow, a whole year has gone by since any of us has posted here.

So here it is 2014 - a new season for choirs. I started children's choir this week - only had five and three of them were from the same family. Hoping more will come next week. I have advertised in the school newsletter and the church bulletin.
My other adult church choir started practice up again last Sunday. The church service changed to 10 AM during the summer and still in September. It is awkward - choir liked it better at 10:30 am so that we could just have practises before church. Now we have a short practise before church and then have another practise after service and coffee break. Makes it late for having lunch. Hoping that the official board will change the time back to 10:30 again.

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How did your choir practice go?
We had children'c hoir registration at the same time as choir practice last lnight, so I only got in on the last 20 minutes of rehearsal.
Not sure how many kids I'll have in my choir--we have 3 choirs divided by age, and I have the Kindergarten and first graders. Last year I had about 20, which is a good number. We are still working on getting helpers and choosing music. The woman who has been doing it the longest is a little indecisive, and I usually just state my opinion, and let her think about it. And then she often chooses a song that wasn't on her original list of possibilities--LOL. It does get interesting!
Our new van finally arrived, and we can pick it up at lunch time today. I'll let my hubby drive it for a few days, since he LOVES having a new vehicle and I am not as enthused...I like new socks, don't really care about a new car/van emoticon .
Better get going, so I can get my laundry done.
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Well, I have choir practise tomorrow afternoon. I have sorta picked out some music to work with. Still have the morning to get it all organized and decide how I'm going to run a two hour practise time. I'm so used to rushing through a Sunday morning practise, so this will certainly be different for me and the choir.
I also need to get organized for children's choir practise of Thursday evening. I wonder how many kids I will get this year and what ages they will be. I let them start at age 5 and they go up to about age 10.

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Happy belated Birthday, Mary Beth! Hope it was a great day!

The fair wounds like fun...we usually go to the State Fair, since we live relatively close, but missed it this year, due to the problems with our van.

Still haven't gotten our new one yet, but they are letting us drive a loaner at no charge, so not a big problem.

Our first choir Sunday of the season went well, and I'm glad to be back st it. Now, I need to check in wiht Children's Chhoir leadership, since I haven't heard anything from them for a while.

Better get back to some owrk here--I was gone most of the weekend, and the clutter gets out of control pretty quickly with 4 kids...

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Our local fair is on this weekend. I went last night and again today - took two different individuals. this afternoon there was a bit of rain so a lot of people left the fairgrounds and probably came back later when it was nicer out. I am so tired tonight so I think I'm going to bed earlier than usual. Get rested up for church tomorrow. We will have a half hour practise time so I just picked out a few easy songs to get the choir going. Our big practise will be on Wednesday afternoons. Tomorrow is my birthday - hubby has to work but I think he will take me out for supper.

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The anniversary prep sounds like fun.
As for choosing music--it's much more fun to play/sing it, so I tend to procrastinate on the paperwork part at times too. I don't have any choosing responsibilities, and most of the children's choir admin stuff is done by office staff, so I mostly get the fun part!
Choir practice was good Wed. evening--we have a good mix of some new and some familiar songs, so that kind of eases us in to the new choir season.
Hot here again for a few days--I'm more than ready for fall, and I'd love to have a long stretch of crisp, cool days before we get into the 'real' winter time.
Enjoy your weekend!
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I got together with a mother/daughter who are going to sing at a church anniversary. We picked out three nice songs to do. It was a fun time - an hour and a half.
I know that I have some work to do - getting organized and choosing a repertoire for upcoming choir practises for two choirs. I am a great procrastinator - always finding something else to do instead. Not sure why I am doing this procrastinating - it should be a 'fun' project and not a chore. Well, I only have a few more days before the practises begin so better get at it very soon!

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Ooh...I like 'Here I Am, Lord' , especially the 3rd verse.
We got back to MN about midnight on Monday night (or Tuesday morning, depending on your perspective) and then got boys up early for the first day of school...they had a few small problems, but did better than I did with the lack fo sleep. Had supper out for the grade school fund raiser and then stopped to buy the rest of the school supplies.
Still trying to get myself into the new routine and back in this time zone, so I didn't get backpacks loaded right this morning. Decided to walk to school with it (about 3 miles round trip), so got to enjoy the weather before it got too hot, and got some good exercise.
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It was very warm in the little church today. There were not many people out today - typical of a long weekend I guess and it is the end of summer. I still had choir members out and they've been singing an easy anthem each week during the summer. Today they sang "Here I Am Lord" (Dan Schutte) - used a solo voice for the verses and then full choir for the refrain which is the way Dan had originally written the piece to be sung.
Glad things are working out for you Lori.

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Well, they found our van in St Louis...no word on how long it will take to get it to us in MN...so, they let us trade the little loaner car for a bigger vehicle that will hold our entire family AND pull the camper back to MN. We attended a really nice church this morning, and a guy towing a boat came over after lunch to help my hubby adjust the hitch for a different vehicle. No choir news from there, but they had a good worship team and we sang my most favorite song! So, we should be able to clean out the dead van tonight and head home tomorrw. then school starts on Tuesday, and maybe I'll get a little time to figure out a regular life again!
And with fall activities, I will get back to my 'Wed. evening workouts' (K and first grade choir ly IS aerobics!) again!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
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Guess we all need some challenges in our lives dont we. Hope you get your new vehicle soon Lori.
Hope you all are geared up for a wonderful Fall season. Good luck in your music ministries!

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Sounds like a wonderful service, Mary Beth.
Well, our van is staying in ND because it needs major help and they don't have auto parts there, so we got a rental and came home. But we had to leave our camper and quite a bit of our belongings there because the rental didn't have enough space for it all.
We knew the van needed to be replaced soon, and had saved for a new one, which we ordered in April. After several problems, we STILL don't have the new one, and the dealership we are buying from can't find it...but we need to travel this weekend and get the camper secured and clean out the old van, because they will not store it for us indefinitely.
I'm so frustrated with this whole thing!
Our first choir rehearsal and birthday party for our director was great on Wed...definitely the high point of a very stressful week.
Hoep everyone else is having a much better week!!!
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Wishing you both for good luck in your endeavours.
The trombonist did a good job today. I did my best - the first piece went well (Beautiful Isle of Somewhere). For the second piece, I had difficulty following the soloist in the second half so I faked it by just playing some running chords that did not clash (Panis Angelicus is not an easy piece to put together as a duet). We ended up together so no one knew the difference!
The church also had a guest speaker today as the minister is still on holidays. The guest also has a beautiful singing voice and she sang "Champion of Love" after giving the message. It was pretty powerful!

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Lori - hope your vacation is uphill (with good brakes!) from here.
We had our bi-annual music team meeting today. Half of our team couldn't be there, and those that came got some work done, but one of our other teams that help us had nothing ready and that threw everyone off, since this group affects the music team's work. Now it looks like we will have to wait until October for answers and most of our members are upset about this. Oh well, I can't do anything to hurry up this group, and I hope the others don't start complaining to me.

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Been vacationing...had a great time in OR, and decided to take our time going home and have some fun play stops for the kids. They mostly like parks, so nothing very expensive and no 'all-day' events. Then on Friday, when we stopped at a park in Glendive. MT, I stepped on a snake...well, things went downhill from there, and we are currently studk in Dickinson, ND, waiting for repairs on our van...evey service place in town has a waiting list, due to a new oil well, and an abundance of business in this small town. We are hoping to get out of here some time on Monday (tomorrow) because we all have work commitments or appointments to get back to.
Choir rehearsals begin this Wed. and I am eager to be back. Our director's 70th birthday is at the end of the week, so we are all planning to bring 70 of somethin for him...I'm bringing 70 measures of music that I arranged :).
Marmaert--sorry about your hearing loss--hope the hearing aids work well for you.
Mary Beth--hope your vacation time went well and that your guest trombonist was a blessing for the church folks there.
Better go,
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So sorry to read of your hearing loss. Hope the hearing aids will be of help and that you can continue with your music ministry.

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got some bad news, especially for a musician. significant hearing loss in left ear, and moderate loss in right ear. plus severe tinnitus and more tests to see if there is any damage to the eardrums or bone solidification in the eustacheon tubes. I guess I'm achieving my goal to be Beethoven! what I meant was I'd like to be able to play Beethoven, not be Beethoven! so waiting on doctor to set up an appointment with an ENT doctor, last round of tests, and then hearing aids. I must say that I will be glad to get them, so I can hear what I'm missing. however, it will take some time and choir begins in 3 weeks and all the things I was planning to begin with require good ears, so those things will be out for now. back to singing the "old" way for now!

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Hi Lori
I had lots of compliments on Down to the River to Pray. Guess I should try and find more songs that are similar for choir to do. The minister is away for month of August so things are a little bit different at church with fill-in speakers. Yesterday I had the choir sing one of their favorites - Under His Wings. Next Sunday I will be off for a family reunion and the following Sunday I am having a guest come to the church. He plays trombone so I will be doing a couple of duets with him (me at the organ or piano) - something different. He likes the opportunity to play his horn whenever he can, and he knows some of the people that go to this church.
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We did "Down to the River..." a few times last year--was a favorite, so it got repeated :). Hope yours went well.

We are in OR now...visited a church here this morning. The lead Pastor there was a music intern at a church we attended when we lived here several years ago, so it was good to see him and his wife again. He even led worship this morning, so got to hear him at the piano again...both fun and comforting at the same time, since he tends to play what I hear when he is transitioning from one song to another :).

We head off to our family retreat tomorrow, so we'll be at the coast all week...cool weather is in the forecast--so refreshing!

g'night.

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Good luck tomorrow Lori, and have a wonderful vacation.
I have a weekend with my daughter and granddaughter visiting us, along with my son-in-law.
Tomorrow at church the choir is singing "Down to the River to Pray" - should be fun. Then they get a break for the rest of the summer. In the fall I'm going to start having an extra practise with choir mid week as we don't seem to get through much just before Sunday services.

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8/2/13 4:21 P

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Wow! Holy Land trip sounds great! glad you'll be able to go.
We have a small ensembel at church this Sunday..not actually a choir, since we won't be doing an anthem, but we will help lead hymns.
Started loading the camper for our trip--I try to do it gradually and get as much loaded as I can of the things I won't need before we leave. So, as I do laundry, I figure I can take the clean shirts out, since we don't need to repeat wearing them less than a week apart emoticon . Also can load non-perishable food and a few fridge things, like condiments, that are rther long lasting.
Now, to get back to a littel house cleaning.
Lori

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Awesome! Bet you are looking forward to your vacation time. I won't be going away until next March, but am excited because I am today sending in my $500.00 deposit and registration for the Holy Land pilgrimage trip!

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VBS was great fun! and now I'm really tired...
No choir for today because there was no place or time to rehearse with VBS at church all week!
We should have choir this week, and then I'll be on vacation.
Lori

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Glad you are enjoying the VBS Lori. I too am grateful to have cooler weather this week.

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Cooler here this week!
I enjoyed our small ensemble of a choir on Sunday. I haven't looked to see if it's online because I've been quite busy with VBS this week. I'm helping out in a first grade room. We have 75 kids in our room, so it's quite active! It's nice to have the cooler weather, because we have a carnival in out parking lot for the kids during VBS, and it's quite pleasant this week--not always the case in late July!
Better go--we leave in 30 minutes for more fun!
Lori

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