Advent Moment: “A Christmas Celebration”

Craig and I have talked about my taking up the organ again — I used to play in local churches as a teenager. Last weekend I took the first step and attended a concert hosted by the Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor.

I was the guest of Dr. Michelle Johns, Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Michigan. Turns out, her doctoral candidates need organ student “guinea pigs,” and she thought that I might be a good fit for one of them. (Yeah!)

The three soloists were really wonderful — it amazed me how each of them got such very different sounds out of the same organ, and had such markedly different styles. It really inspires me to get my own skills up to date!

These concerts are a really wonderful way to introduce your children to the magic of pipe organ. There are several upcoming concerts, so if you’re in the area be sure to stop by and support the AGO!

* “A Christmas Celebration” on Sunday, December 18 at 7 p.m., at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in downtown Ann Arbor.

* “Organ Music for Church Services: A Reading/Listening Session” on Saturday, January 15 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti (300 N Washington St). This one is especially good if you want to beef up your church organist repertoire.

* “Organ Plus Orchestra with Gale Kramer and Naki Sung-Kripfgans on Friday, Marcy 4 at 7:30 p.m. at FUMC.

* “A Calendar of Hymns” on Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. at FUMC.

* “J.S. Bach: St. John Passion” on Good Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at FUMC.

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Summer Fun: Today at “Mommy Monsters”

handsonSome days, when the whining threatens to break the sound barrier and the dog has been tackled so often she is trying to hide under the couch . . . It’s time to get out of the house!

Today we went to the Hands-On Museum. Wish you could have joined us!

It didn’t start well. Chris forgot his medicine. Again.
It was raining. Again.
Both kids were wacking each other out of sheer orneriness. No matter how much I yelled for them to stop. Again.
Are we having fun yet?!?!? Oh, yeah.

Interested in Foster Care or Adoption? Near Ann Arbor?

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If you do, and you’re free on Tuesday morning, please come and join me at St. Andrew Parish of Saline for my talk on foster-adoption. I’ve invited other foster and adoptive parents and agency reps, and am hoping to encourage other families that are considering making this important choice.

Please join us Tuesday morning at 9:45 . . . St. Andrew is just off Michigan Avenue (910 Austin Drive), just west of Saline, Michigan. Hope to see you there!