Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
November 17, 2017 e-newsletter

ALCM members and friends, there is quite a bit happening in the world of ALCM right now, so we're breaking our monthly e-newsletter pattern to bring you this special mid-November edition. All of the content is time-sensitive, so be sure to read through to the end!
ALCM's Second Webinar

Tuesday, November 28
2:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Central

Rehearsal Time Management:

How to be ahead of the game when the clock runs out (and the clock ALWAYS runs out)

Rehearsal time is precious, and the continuous demands on a church choir require efficiency, while still demonstrating pastoral care for your members. Bradley Ellingboe will share strategies on how to prioritize the choir's tasks during rehearsal, leading to weekly, monthly, and yearly success for your volunteer ensemble.

Registration is open! ALCM members, log in to the members area of the website to register at the reduced rate. 

If you missed last month's webinar featuring David Cherwien, you can purchase the recording in the ALCM Marketplace. Be sure to log in to get the reduced price!

Presented in cooperation with:
Augsburg Fortress
Concordia Publishing House
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Fred Bock Music Company
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
MorningStar Music Publishers
Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Northwestern Publishing House
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

In memoriam
Carlos Messerli

1927 - 2017
Carlos Messerli, who served as the second president of ALCM from 1989-1993, died on Thursday, November 9. Please keep Carlos's wife, Susan, and his family in your prayers.

You can read the  full obituary here . The Center for Church Music also interviewed Carlos for their "Profiles in American Lutheran Church Music." That video is available on Youtube.
Between now and the end of the year, you may wish to consider a gift to ALCM in Carlos's memory. Unless otherwise specified, any gifts given in his memory will be given to ALCM's Scholarship Fund. At the end of the year, we will send a letter to Susan acknowledging the gift and list the donors. You may make a donation online or send your donation to:
Attn: Messerli Donation
810 Freeman Street
Valparaiso, IN  46383
Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Augsburg Fortress is offering a 15% discount and free shipping to ALCM members who place orders for printed music on between now and December 15th!
Use code ALCMDISCOUNT at checkout.
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

Lutheran Summer Music
July 1-29, 2018 | Valparaiso University
Registration for the 2018 Lutheran Summer Music program is now open. Students attending from a congregation in which there is an ALCM member can receive a $100 discount on their registration. Use the code "ALCM100" to receive the discount.

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.