Call for participants for 2016 Annual Conference Opening Celebration Mass Choir



Last year, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett asked that we have a Mass Choir to lead in worship at the Opening Celebration of Annual Conference, and we were thrilled to have 150 choir members participate!

Our 2016 Annual Conference will be held at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, and I am writing to encourage members of your local church choir to be a part of this exciting worship experience on Sunday, June 5.  The service begins at 4 p.m.

There are 3 pieces that we will be singing, in addition to the hymns of the service.

These pieces may be ordered from J.W. Pepper or from Kempke’s Music.

Call to Worship: 
  • Festival of Praise by Molly Ijames
    Beckenhorst Press BP 2064   
  • O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing by Mark Hayes
    Beckenhorst Press BP 2070
  • We Are Called   David Haas/Mark Hayes
    Hope Publishing Company  C5896

I would ask that your choir members learn the pieces within the next few weeks, arriving at Annual Conference prepared for a rehearsal. Choir members should bring their robes and folders with them.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • Rehearsal:  2:30 p.m. in North Hall of Von Braun Center
  • Worship Service:  4 p.m. in North Hall 

In order to plan for seating, please let me know how many choir members will be coming from your church.  I may be reached at or at 205-563-8484.

I look forward to working you all!

In Christ,
Nancy Beard
Music Coordinator for Annual Conference
Music Director, Asbury UMC, Birmingham, AL

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