Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
July 1, 2019 e-newsletter

The 2019 ALCM biennial conference is in the books, and it was spectacular! We listened: our plenary speakers, Rev. Susan Briehl, Rev. Robert Farlee, and Rev. Samuel Torvend spoke of common words, common song, and common bread, leading us to the uncommon joy in these. We learned: our workshop presenters engaged us in subjects from bells in worship to pastor-musician relationships, working with the aging voice to children in worship. And we sang and prayed: in worship, in our progressive hymn festival, and even during the Ensemble Oregon concert when we became the Bach choir. 
I have been so lucky to serve this organization for the last five years, and I look forward to one more year on the board. Do you feel that you could serve ALCM? Are you energized to help our organization serve its members and all pastors and church musicians? I would love to talk with you about it. Send me an email at
Blessings on your summer!
Julie Grindle
Check It Out and Mark Your Calendars!

To experience some of the singing that took place at the Portland biennial conference, check out last week's posts on the ALCM Facebook page. We are grateful to all who attended and joined in the song. The next ALCM biennial conference will be July 4-8, 2021 in Philadelphia at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia City Center ( $129  per night hotel rate). Make plans to attend today!
ALCM Hymn Text Competition

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians invites new hymn texts for the tunes BETHOLD (ELW 317), SEWARD (LSB 415), and ST. CLEMENT (ELW 563, 569; LSB 886, 891; CW 594).

BETHOLD and SEWARD are currently paired exclusively with the Transfiguration text "Jesus on the Mountain Peak." Because these hymns are sung only once a year on Transfiguration, introducing additional texts of a more general nature can assist congregations in learning the tunes. 

The tune ST. CLEMENT is much more widely known, but because the texts most frequently associated with the tune are "evening" texts, the hymn has little opportunity to be sung by most congregations. 

Submissions for BETHOLD/SEWARD and ST. CLEMENT will be accepted until August 15, 2019. Entries will be reviewed by a selection committee and evaluated both theologically and poetically. One hymn text may be selected. The writer of the winning text will receive a $500 honorarium.

2019 Events

Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown, PA
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Contact: Mike Krentz

Mark your calendars. Locations and dates for these Hearts * Hands * Voices workshops for 2019 also have been set:

Abiding Presence Lutheran - San Antonio, TX
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Contact: Shelbie Simmons
Trinity Lutheran Church - Worchester, MA
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Contact: Mark Mummert
First Lutheran Church - Lorain, OH
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Contact: Brian Wentzel
St. Luke's Lutheran - Waukesha, WI
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Contact: Michael Schaner
Faith Lutheran Church - Chico, CA
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Contact: Kevin Anderson

Watch for more information about events in these locations :
Valparaiso, IN
Baltimore, MD
Mission, KS
Rochester, MN
Columbus, OH
Sioux Falls, SD
Phoenix, AZ

Interested in hosting a local workshop? Contact Sally Messner at
Become a Lifetime Member of ALCM
Last Chance Before Prices Go Up!

Prices are increasing for ALCM lifetime memberships for those under 65 (currently $1,500; going up to $2,000) and for those 65 and over (currently $750; going up to $1,000). Pay the one-time fee and you are set for life--no more annual renewals. The new prices will be in effect tomorrow (July 2). If you're interested in becoming a lifetime member, today is the perfect day to do it!

An Invitation

Later this summer we will be sending out a special "Best of  in tempo" edition to all Lutheran congregations in the U.S. with an invitation to join ALCM. Are there specific articles from past issues of in tempo that you have found particularly helpful? Send us an email at with the title of the article and the author. You can review all issues of in tempo in the members area of the ALCM website in the "Downloadable Publications" tab. 

September 12, 2019

2:00 pm Eastern time

For Glory and For Beauty:
Poetry in the Service of God

Presented by
Susan Palo Cherwien

Words are not benign. Words are not neutral. How does poetry affect the human brain? The human spirit? How do the words we sing together shape us into a body for praise and for life in Christ? Into what are we being shaped by the poetry that we sing and pray together?

ALCM members, be sure to log in to the members area and follow the link on the members area page to receive the discounted price of $25.

Musican/Pastor Relationship Survey

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has engaged ALCM to help gather information on Musicians/Pastor relationships throughout the Christian church. Please take 10 minutes to help with this project by participating in this anonymous survey.

"What gift can we bring, what present, what token?"
Jane Marshall (1924-2019), well-loved composer, teacher, and friend, brought great gifts of music to all who offer music in worship.
"What words can convey it, the joy of this day?"
Those who knew or studied with Jane certainly have great joy in their remembrances of her. There would be few who have sung in a church choir over the last 50+ years who have not sung one of her pieces.
"When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing,
What song can we offer in honor and praise?" *
All sacred musicians are encouraged to offer a song in honor and praise of Jane and her impact on sacred music by including one of Jane's compositions in worship during the weekend of Sunday, September 29. Learn more.