Happy New Year!

Blessed Epiphany!

As we celebrate the magi bringing gifts to the baby Jesus, I cannot help being aware of all the gifts that were brought to the manger in our Christmas celebrations.  To all who worked on the Christmas Pageant, played instruments, sang, rang, or directed a choir, many, many thanks!  It was wonderful to have so many talents, from young and old alike, shared in our Pageant, Blue Christmas, and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.  Thank you, also, most sincerely, for gifts and well wishes that were given to me personally. 

As we head into the new year, it is a very good time to join a choir.  If your children showed an interest in singing at Christmastime, bring them to Grace Notes (Pre-K and Kindergarten) or Joyful Noise (1st grade through 5th).  Allegro Chimes and Midweek Singers are having fun this year, and would welcome newcomers, and of course, New Direction and the Chancel Choir are always glad for new voices.

How about an Arts at Good Shepherd trip?  My former student, Brett Hodgdon, is directing Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” on Friday, Jan. 27 at UConn.  This is a great operetta for children to see.  It is comical and fun, and the music is light and beautiful.  Last year a group of us went to UConn to see the production of Hansel and Gretel, and it was outstanding.  Let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll be happy to do an introduction to the story and music to make the outing more meaningful.

That performance is also happening on Sunday Jan. 29, but you can’t go to that, because that’s the day of the Pizza Supper, Silent Auction, and Talent Show!  Let me know if you need musical help in getting your act together.  It’s always great fun, and we’ve had some very outstanding, and sometimes surprising, talents.

Again, thanks for all you did to make Christmas special.

And Happy New Year!

Bess Sproul, Director of Music