Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
December 1, 2017 e-newsletter

Dear partners in music ministry,

What a wonderful gift you are to the church. I am so thankful for the gifts and talents God has given you and for how you share those throughout the church!

As the new church year begins so does the increase of daily tasks and pressures on your time. Know you are not alone. Your church music friends are in this with you. Together, through the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, we give each other support. Our organization and the services it provides are important to us.

So many of you give generously to the work of ALCM. In this season of gifting please consider including ALCM as part of your giving. Every donation made online or sent by mail is celebrated. Consider also using this form to give the gift of an ALCM membership to a budding church musician or to a colleague.

So far in 2017 seven of our members and friends have made contributions of $5,000 or more to ALCM totaling $117,000 in thanksgiving that we have this organization to support and encourage one another. With joy and gratitude we give thanks for each of these amazingly generous colleagues:

               $50,000 - The Snodgrass Family
               $25,000 - The Rev. Mark and Kathy Helge
               $15,000 - The Rev. Jaye Newbold
               $10,000 - Barbara Klingsick
               $6,000 - Anonymous
               $6,000 - William & Nancy Raabe
               $5,000 - Anonymous
May you be given moments of God's peace, joy and comfort during this important and hectic month. We are in this together as church musicians. We're not telling anyone, but there is nowhere else we would rather be.
Advent blessings,
Jim Rindelaub
Executive Director

Final days! Through December 15, Augsburg Fortress is offering a 15% discount and free shipping to ALCM members who place orders for printed music at Use code ALCMDISCOUNT at checkout.

End of Year Gifts to ALCM

If you plan to make a donation and want to have it counted as a 2017 gift, please note the following deadlines:
  • If you are planning to send a check, it must be received in the ALCM office no later than Friday, December 29.
  • Online donations may be made through December 31.
Donations made after those dates will be considered 2018 gifts. If you have any questions about what you have already given or pledged in 2017, feel free to contact Cheryl in the office at or by phone at 800-624-2526.

Thanks to all who have already given or pledged gifts to ALCM in 2017!

Mark Your Calendars
ALCM's Third Webinar

Tuesday, February 1, 2018
2:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Central

Karol Kimmell, presenter

Enhancing the Lenten Experience
Repertoire and Worship Ideas for
Children and Small Adult Choirs

Registration opens December 15th! ALCM members, log in to the members area of the website to register at the reduced rate.

If you missed either of the first two webinars by David Cherwien and Brad Ellingboe, you can purchase the recordings in the ALCM Marketplace. Be sure to log in first to get the reduced price!

2018 will be a year for ALCM members and church musicians around the country to participate in grass-roots, practical workshops--all under the title  Hearts-Hands-Voices. Over the next week we will be adding more dates, locations, and program information to the website. Registration will open soon.

For those of you looking for more than just a day-long workshop, plan to join us on the campus of Valparaiso University from July 23-26, 2018 for four days of skill-strengthening in a variety of areas. This event coincides with the last week of Lutheran Summer Music, also being held on the Valpo campus, which will provide additional opportunities for learning, growth, and interaction with the LSM students and faculty.

Watch your email for more information 
and the opening of registration!

Help Wanted - Organist, Choir Director - Part-time
Hope Lutheran Church, Freehold, NJ

We are seeking a music leader who can capably lead and enhance the congregation's song. We are a mid-sized congregation of varied ages, with a strong focus on youth. There are two services Sept.-May, one service June-early Sept. Weddings and funerals additionally compensated. There is an adult choir of 12, a vibrant Sunday and Wed. evening Sunday school and a weekday preschool/daycare program. Resources include a 5-1/2 rank Peragallo pipe organ, electronic and acoustic pianos, and 3 octave Malmark choir chimes. We are interested in building a music program that will increasingly involve the youth of our congregation.
Starting compensation 25K. Please contact: (Note the 1 in Freehold is the number 1.)

Hope Lutheran Church
211 Elton Adelphia Rd.
Freehold, NJ 07728  

Organ for Sale

FOR SALE: Allen organ, Protégé, model # C-6. Eleven years old, meticulously maintained, pristine condition. One owner. Willing to assume 50% of shipping cost. Asking $13,000. Phone Lois DeWell, 906-226-3263. 

30-rank Casavant - Létourneau pipe organ for sale with 
10-year warranty: $550,000
Orgues Létourneau is offering a 30-stop pipe organ rebuilt to like-new condition for USD$550,000. The core will be Casavant's Opus 1274 from 1928 with electro-pneumatic wind chests; the revised specification can incorporate up to five new stops built by Létourneau. Installation costs, on-site voicing, an allowance for casework in red oak, a rebuilt two-manual solid-state console, and a ten-year warranty are included. Transportation from Québec is not included. The organ requires approximately 360 sq. ft. with 20' ceiling for 16' ranks. For more details, visit, email or call Andrew Forrest at 450-774-2698.       

January 3-5, 2018
Charlotte, NC

Leading the Church's Song
Featuring Andr
é Thomas, Isabelle Demers, Zebulon Highben,
Jacqueline Thompson, Heather Potter, David Bone

National Conference for Sacred Music is a unique conference designed to provide the practicing church musician with fresh new ideas to help create a vital, growing music ministry. The emphasis of this conference is to provide a wide variety of new approaches to revitalize and reinvigorate the church's passion for music in worship. Sessions will include the following:
  • New worship planning ideas for your congregation and choirs
  • Choral technique classes with an emphasis on deepening the spiritual experience for the choir member
  • Reading sessions featuring new publications from Augsburg Fortress, Hinshaw, and MorningStar Music
  • Sponsored by three different denominational groups: The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts
  • Workshops for working with children
  • Handbells
  • Morning worship
Registration Fee: $150.00
Meal Plan (Wed dinner and Thu/Fri lunch): $45.00

More information


Evangelical Lutheran Worship invites us to keep Ash Wednesday through Easter in a new-old way. During these days, we will worship using the services for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter, and join in reflection, study, and discussion of the cross and empty tomb, baptism and the Bible--the meaning of this journey for ourselves and the world.
Mark your calendars to attend one of these events that will immerse you more deeply in worship for the Three Days. Come and be refreshed in your planning and leading of these worship services that are central to our worship together as Christ's church.
January 18-20, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Winter Park, Florida
February 1-3, 2018 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas
Presenters include: Robert Farlee, John Morris, Gail Ramshaw, Leslie Scanlon, and Miriam Schmidt.
ELCA Staff Leaders: Jennifer Baker-Trinity, Kevin Strickland, and John Weit.
To register visit the ELCA "Worship at the Center" page.
For questions, contact BethAnn Lynch at or by phone at 773-380-2590.