Thursday, September 1, 2011

Welcome Letter

Dear BUFsters,

Music at BUF is an integral part of who we are and why we do what we do. For many of us, Music is the vehicle that that touches our spirit and reminds us to live lives of Purpose, Service and Joy. Part of my goal as your Music Director is to find ways for you to connect to your spiritual lives, our spiritual community, and to the spirit of the greater community through the universal language of music.
Doug and I had a fantastic time putting together and presenting the “Music as an expression of Faith” service on August 21st this year. This service reminded me that singing really is a direct connection to the emotional center of your spirituality, and If you feel like you need to connect to your emotional center, then I would suggest joining BUF Choir! Our first rehearsal is at 7pm on September 7th. If you are a new comer, just come 30min early and I will determine how best to place you into the choir. Chamber choir will directly follow the BUF Choir rehearsal starting at 8:30. Please talk to me if you are interested in singing in BUF Chamber Choir.
Last year was a booming year for our children's music ministry much thanks to the life long learning music team that made it their goal to improve the amount of music that our children are exposed to at church. This year I know that they will continue to improve the music offerings for our youth here at BUF. Chad Nuckles-Flynn is recruiting for the BUF Youth Band that uplifted several services last year, and the BUF Children's Choir will again be under the direction of Beth Beyers so keep your eye on the calendar for their first rehearsal.
As part of our outreach to other communities, the BUF choir has been invited again to perform at the Whidby Island Unitarian Fellowship on September 18th. We will share music of our UU sources much like we did in our finale last year. We will also be singing at the Interfaith choir festival on the 11th of Feburary.
Music at BUF is alive and well and ready for your contribution to our spiritual community. if you have a desire to Play, Sing, or any combination of those, please let me know and we would love to get you involved.

In Harmony

Andy Marshall

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