Join us! All are welcome to participate, regardless of age or musical ability. We work hard and strive for excellence, searching for wonder and beauty in the music we carefully prepare. Singing is the most obvious and visible activity, but making music is only the beginning of what we do. As choir members we are invited to be worship-leaders, partners in music ministry on Sunday mornings and beyond the walls of our building; we each strive to be a pastoral musician, inspiring through music, serving others, encouraging all to sing and feel like they belong.
Our music ministries include:
Children - musical opportunities during the Education hour (Sunday mornings at 11:15) in 3-8 week segments throughout the year. Lead worship on Children’s Sabbath, Christmas Eve 4:00 pm service and Mother’s Day.
Middle-school thru adults:
Sanctuary and Praise Choirs, directed by Linda Duffendack Oxley, rehearse on Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 pm. Sing regularly on Sunday mornings.
Sanctuary Belles, our Handbell Choir, directed by Shira Fadeley rehearses on Thursdays, 5:15-6:30. Ring on the first Sunday of each month.
Ten to Ten Band, led by Shira Fadeley and Michael Macemon.
Concerts at First continues to connect us with the larger community, bringing musicians from near and far, giving us another opportunity to open our doors to all. Click here for concert information. Click here for information on Friends of Concerts at First.
Heart Resonance - Where words fail music speaks. Harp and voice for comfort, healing and support. Harp therapy is a blending of music, medicine and spirituality for service. This is an outreach of First United Methodist Church. Deborah Marshall, CM--Th, provides a gentle cradle of sound to help support individuals in times of physical, emotional and spiritual stress, using harp and voice. Click here for a flyer with details.
Won’t you join us? For more information, please contact one of our music staff:
Julia Brown (Music Director and Organist)
541-345-8764 ext. 106 firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Duffendack Oxley (Choir Director)
Shira Fadeley (Handbell Director & Ten to Ten Band)
503- 569-1249 email@example.com
God of Beauty
We give thanks for the gift of music as it moves and shapes us.
We thank you for the ways in which the poetry expresses our faith,
The melody our longing, the harmony our hope.
May our lives and our ministries nurture the gift of music. Amen.