FROM THE WELL - May 8, 2014

Dear Clemmons UMC,

Exciting change is afoot in our Music and Worship Arts Ministries.  While we certainly celebrate Roger Williams’ contributions to our choirs over the last 14 years and his recent retirement, we also celebrate the opportunity for God to lead us in a discerned-choice for a new Director of Music and Worship Arts Ministries.  The primary role of this new full-time position is to lead our Chancel and Handbell Choirs AND to serve as an advocate and champion of all things music or worship arts related.  This new director will play a strong, supportive role in terms of interaction with our various volunteer-led choirs and music or worship arts groups and initiatives, and, they will appropriately coordinate the integration of these groups’ spirit-filled contributions within our worship services.

The search for the best-fitting candidate for this new role began in mid-to-late February with the communication of Roger’s intent to retire and it is actively under way.  I am pleased to communicate, that, to date, we have reviewed the skills and applications of nearly 20 very qualified applicants, conducted numerous telephone interviews and have now identified 4-5 candidates to bring on site for face to face interviews and live choir rehearsals.  It is our aim to assess these 4-5 candidates and potentially make an offer to the candidate of choice by 5/23.  That said, we sincerely ask for your support and prayers that the efforts of the search committee be spirit-led and that our choice be a discerned one that glorifies our Lord and benefits our congregation and the surrounding community for years to come.

In the interim, while we work through the rigors of the recruitment, discernment, and offer process, we are very grateful for Lee Covington’s willingness to direct our choirs until this important vacancy is filled.  Not enough can be said about what a blessing music can be to a worship service, nor how blessed we already are as a congregation through the gifts, talents, and willingness expressed by our musically-gifted brothers and sisters.

We look forward to reporting back to you at the end of May - hopefully with exciting news of an accepted offer!

Peace to all,

Jim Richmond

SPRC Member

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Dear CUMC Family,

During this time of transition in our Music and Worship Arts Ministry, we will be trying some exciting and creative things.  For instance, for many years, we have asked chancel Choir members to choose between the 8:30 and 11:00 services.  Many often came to both but left right after singing in the 11:00 service.  going forward, we are asking the Chancel Choir to sing only for the 11:00 service.  We believe this will allow us to re-energize our existing choir members and open doors for new and returning members as well.  We intend to load the choir loft with a full group each week and present the most inspiring and worshipful music possible.  We are also offering childcare until 8:30 on Wednesday nights so parents who have young children can get involved. 

The 8:30 attendees will be blessed with a wide variety of music each week.  This past Sunday, you heard from our fantastic Angelic Choir, the cutest group of 3-5 year olds anywhere. Next Sunday, you will hear several piano and organ duets from Beverly Burton and me.  Other items on the schedule include a male quartet (3 Covingtons and Matthew Burton), our own Sons of Thunder quartet, the CUMC Praise Band, a saxophone trio and handbells with piano/organ/choir.  We are asking that anyone who has instrumental experience express their willingness to share their gifts.  As more folks come forward, we will have more to offer each week.  Join us.  For more information or to share your musical and artistic gifts, email me at covingtons@triad.rr.com.  Blessings!