This Sunday night at 7, the Senior Choir of First United Methodist
Church in Van Wert will be presenting a Hymn Festival entitled:
“Passionate Worship with Glorious Traditional Hymns.” This is for the
entire community to participate and enjoy. It is not your typical
“popcorn” style hymn fest where you come and just shout out your
favorite hymn to sing. This has been a well thought out and planned
festival of celebrating traditional hymns which many worshippers have
grown up with and have special meaning.
Choir, audience, organ,
brass, hand bells, and timpani are all a part of this festival. Many of
the hymns will be sung in concertato form where the accompaniment is a
little more sophisticated, but the audience singing is still simple. I
hope it provides an exhilarating and uplifting experience for all who
Some of the hymns will be highlighted and introduced with
scripture, background and spoken meditations. It is meant to tie the
entire evening together in a meaningful and passionate worship
experience, but in a traditional setting using hymns that have been sung
for years and lyrics of staying power.
One of the key words in the title of this hymn festival is
“glorious.” From the opening of “Holy, Holy, Holy” with brass, organ and
voices to the closing hymn: “Jesus Shall Reign,” glorious praise will
be lifted to our Creator. It will be a fitting tribute to the benefactor
of this service, long-time Van Wert resident and businesswoman,
Margaret Maney. Many of you knew Margaret and her husband, John who for
years operated Maney’s Bootery shoe store in downtown Van Wert. Her son,
Kevin provided the funding in honor of his mother and wished to honor
her in some way with music. Music meant a lot to Marg as she was active
as a pianist, singer, and hand bell ringer at First U.M. Church in Van
Wert for years. Marg- we hope you are pleased!
I hope you can
attend and experience “Passionate Worship with Glorious Traditional
Hymns” this Sunday night, May 18 at 7 in the sanctuary of First U.M.
Church in Van Wert. I encourage you to invite family and friends and
make it an evening to remember.
On the performing arts side, we
have now wrapped up on our most successful Niswonger seasons ever! From
the opening in October with Michael W. Smith to the closing Broadway
show this past Sunday, you have helped us experience ten sold out shows
and concerts. We look forward to announcing a whole new season in the
very near future. The Community Concert Series of six concerts has been
released and is currently on sale through the box office. Information,
including an exciting promotional video can be found on-line at
npacvw.org. Full descriptions of these concerts are also listed. And
what a deal! Check us out.
A special thank you goes out to Mr.
Mengerink’s class at Vantage Career Center. You may have noticed the new
concrete drive off Jefferson Street to the covered concert pavilion in
Fountain Park. This will make loading in of our summer concerts much
easier this summer. Thanks Larry and students! The first Fountain Park
concert is coming soon with the Van Wert Area Concert Band on May 23 and
then Papa Doo Run Run, that fun California Beach Band, kicks off our
season on June 6 during the Peony and ArtRageous Festival weekend. It
won’t be long!