We are richly blessed through many opportunities to worship with music. Our music programs, under the leadership of the Rev. Jim Kraus, are viewed as a vital ministry. Sometimes music is a way God speaks to us and encourages us. Other times music is a means to offer praise to God. Music can be used to call people to Christ and a relationship with Him. Special music services at Christmas and Lent offer occasions to invite others who might not come to church on a regular basis.

Do you have musical talent to share? Contact Rev. Jim Kraus

Chancel Choir -- Older youth and adults are welcome to sing with us. The Chancel Choir sings weekly at the 9:00 am Sunday traditional worship service. We also participate in special services during the year. Rehearsals -- Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Handbell Choir -- The Handbell Choir uses four octaves of bells and two octaves of handchimes. Adults who have some music-reading ability are welcome to join us. We ring for Sunday morning worship services every month or two and occasionally for other special programs and services. Practices -- Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Worship Band -- Do you play guitar, bass, percussion, or keyboard? Are you interested in singing? Do you prefer contemporary church music? If so, this could be the group for you to serve the Lord. The Worship Band leads our 11:00 am First Connect casual service on Sundays. Practices -- once a week, day and time set by participants.

Women's Ensemble -- We are planning to reintroduce the Women's Ensemble this year. We will give details as they develop.

Instrumentalists -- If you are interested in playing an instrument, whether as a soloist or in an ensemble, we will find a place for you to participate.

Teen Praise Bands -- These bands play at FLAME youth groups and lead worship time with energetic music and contemporary songs of praise. Do you play guitar, keyboard or drums or like to sing? If you'd like to participate, contact Director of Youth Ministries Dan Colthorp.

Our High School Praise band is named Fired Up! They play at high school FLAME every Sunday, 7:30 to 9:00 pm.
Practices -- Sundays, 6:30 to 7:15 pm.

Christian Musicals -- St. Joseph First UMC has staged three major productions - Godspell in 2010, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2011, A Christmas Carol - the Musical in 2015 - utilizing the uncommon talents of our own church members and including some community members with outstanding abilities. The musicals were wonderful outreach events!  Next up....Fiddler on the Roof...tba!

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