Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Chalice Choir Announcements, May 30, 2018

Sunday, June 3
Please arrive wearing all black, and be on the risers at the times given below
9:00           WE practices Lullabye 
9:30           CC practices Gate, Water, Rock, Bawo & Seal
10:00           PE practices Goodbye Then (w/ Beth), Benediction
10:15              get stoles
10:30              Service begins (Order of Service attached)
                       
Wed, June 6 
No choir because of the RE 2018-2019 Themes Launch and Future Visioning Event
(Some information in today’s Mid-Week Update and much more coming on Sunday)
CHOIR MEMBERS PLEASE COME! There will be ways for you to help in RE AND do choir.

Weds, June 13 
6pm     End of 17-18 year choir party at BUF in social hall.
Potluck dinner (just choir and choir guests, this is NOT a Community Night Dinner)
More info tonight from choir committee

Thursday Evenings, May 31, June 7 & 14
The Juneteenth celebration on June 16 (see below) will feature a Gospel Choir. They're looking for some additional singers for the event. Rehearsals are held at 7:30pm on Thursday evenings between now and then at the First Congregational Church on Cornwall.
For more info please ask Cat McIntyre

Saturday, June 16, 7:00 PM
Juneteenth Celebration, Bellingham
Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA
Bring your food and blanket for this community picnic! Gather around music, speakers, step dance, a food vendor TBD, to come and party with us from Black Lives Matter Bellingham to patriotically celebrate our intertwined liberation.

Sun, July 15
Umbrella team performs for Pride Parade
(Info coming soon about practices)

July 21, 22 
Saturday evening Mandela 100th Tribute concert & Sunday Service
(Chalice Choir members invited to sing “Bawo” on Saturday night concert)


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Women's Ensemble sings for Mother's Day

Here's a photo of the BUF Women's Ensemble singing Everything Possible for the Mother's Day service put on by the men's group and youth group.
If you'd like to sing Eric Whitacre's haunting beautiful The Seal Lullaby at the choir finale on June 3, then please join us upstairs at 8:10 p.m. the next three Wednesdays.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dear BUF Choir people --

Women's Ensemble has been struggling along lately with just seven members.  Somehow we always manage to pull it off and have a nice performance, but it would be so much easier with a few more singers.

We will be starting a new song this Wednesday (March 14) to be performed on Sunday, April 15.  It's an easy round by our own Carrie Koehnline called Hands Fall Open.

We'll also be getting a head start on our song for May 13, which is Eric Whitacre's The Seal Lullaby.  This song is a bit more challenging, but we should be just fine with the extra weeks for practice, and, hopefully, a few more singers.

So, if these dates work for you, please come and join us Wednesday night after Chalice Choir rehearsal upstairs in the Flex Room.  That's 8:10 p.m.  All female voices invited.

-- Karen


Friday, February 2, 2018

Feb 2, 2108
Hi Chalice,

It’s such fun rehearsing with y’all!  Here are the dates we announced on Wednesday:

*Sat, Feb 3 (and following Saturdays)   Ruth Ann leading sectionals in the BUF sanctuary
       9:30am Sops, 10:15am Altos, 11am Tenors, 11:45am Basses

*Weds, Feb 7    Kevin in Montana, directing a choir festival and presenting at Glacier UU
Melanie, RuthAnn, Karen and Geoff lead the rehearsal, working on these songs:   
Bawo Thixo,   Behold How Good &  My God Is A Rock.
If you will be absent, please still contact me in advance by text or email.

*Sat, Feb 10   Laura Love concert at BUF     
Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm,  $15/22/25 Brown Paper tickets or at door

*Sunday, Feb 18   Choir hosts coffee hour, contact Cindy P-H and Carol Smith to help

*Sat, Feb 24, 2-4pm   Carrie Koehnline’s birthday party – all invited, especially choir!

*Sun, Feb 25  Interfaith Choir Festival 1:30 Rehearsal  3:30 Concert, Congregational Church
Chalice: Bawo Thixo, Phoenix: Man in Mirror, Mass Choir: Come to the Music & Behold How Good

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Here is the address to send cards to Bonnie DeVera’s son and daughter Matthew and Amy
3228 Iowa Dr, Bellingham, WA 98229

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Here’s the quote by John Rutter: 
Choral music is not one of life's frills. It's something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, and our souls.  When we sing we express our souls in song, and when we get together with a group of other singers, we become more than the sum of our individual parts.  All these people pouring out their hearts and souls in perfect harmony, is an emblem for what we need in this world, when so much of the world is at odds with itself.  To express ourselves as human beings living in harmony, in symbolic terms, is a lesson for our times and for all times.”  
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Sing on!


Kevin    (406) 858-0142   kevin@buf.org

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Great time to join Women's Ensemble

Have you been thinking about singing with BUF Women's Ensemble, but been putting it off?  Well, the New Year is a great time to start something new.  Please join us for our first rehearsal of the new year tonight, January 3, at 8:10 p.m., after Chalice Choir.  We meet upstairs in the Flex Room, and all female singers are welcome.  No audition necessary!  We'll be starting with some easy rounds to perform on Sunday, January 21.  So if you can perform on that date, please come join us tonight.  Can't make it tonight, but could come the next two Wednesdays?  Drop me a line at karen@karenfitzgerald.com and we'll count you in. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

BUF Caroling Party to Retirement Homes on Saturday, December 16th

Led by Barbara Gilday and accompanied by Jan Krouskop

1:40pm              Depart BUF, carpool

2-2:30pm           Brookdale in Cordata, where 4 BUFsters live

3-3:30pm           Leopold downtown, where 4 more BUFsters live

Please contact Barbara Gilday with questions at:  
 journeys@openaccess.org


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017

Dear BUF Chalice Choir,

Our Ceremony of Carols was a thrilling experience!
I haven't slept well for the last two nights just reliving it.
It helped us all stretch, grow, risk and bond! It gave us faith and satisfaction and a mysterious pleasure, and it filled me with awe and gratitude. 

I think our choir created a fuller, richer, more expressive and more skilled sound than we could have made just months ago. For that, I thank the miracle of group determination, blending each person's best efforts together with love and discipline. 

I thank Britten and the medieval poets, who themselves would have have readily passed our thanks along to spiritual inspiration outside of themselves.

After thanking each of you singers in the choir, I particularly thank:

*Brendan, for his tuneful solo which so delicately balanced power, fragility, sincerity, meaning, resolve, poise and otherworldliness.

*Karen FitzGerald, for preparing the fabulously musical Womens Ensemble

*Melanie, for accompanying us through all our learning and then contributing her lovely, agile soprano voice 

*Ruth Ann, for providing encouragement and inspired teaching in generously volunteered section rehearsals

*Al, for providing helpful rehearsal tracks

*Jill Whitman, for her sheer virtuosity and warmth 

*Lisa Moss and the choir committee, for keeping our energies focused and for carrying off a totally successful fundraiser

*Robin and Geoffrey Matthews for the great party

*Rev. Paul and Kathy Wahto, for promoting and supporting us, and keeping the BUF ship afloat.

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I'll see some of you tomorrow at the rehearsal for the Christmas Eve service.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Love,
Kevin