Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

November 1, 2021 e-newsletter
Greetings on this All Saints Day, dear ALCM members!
In Pennsylvania where I live the fall colors on the trees are at their peak. It is beautiful outside! But there is also, for some, a sense of sadness. Days are noticeably shorter than a month ago. Colder weather is coming. Trees will drop their leaves soon, and perennial plants will die back.
If we see these changes as a kind of death, then sadness is appropriate. I want to suggest that we can see deciduous trees as a model for us, a model for life and joy.
You see, the trees are doing what is necessary to survive and thrive in the changing circumstances (weather, daylight) around them. What if they refused to drop their leaves, clinging to what they have? I saw the results some years ago when we had a freak major snowstorm at the end of October, with leaves still on trees. Many couldn’t bear the weight, losing large branches or falling over entirely. Are we willing to let go of some things to survive and thrive? The saints of the church we remember today (and every day) have done that.
Your music making has been life-giving in the last 18 months. I pray that, like the trees, we can all wisely let go of things that need to go so that we can bring life through all the coming years.
Michael Krentz
All Saints Day Remembrance
Today we remember our dear ALCM friends and colleagues who have joined the heavenly chorus since All Saints Day 2020. 
Judith Ahrens
David Boe
Ron Calhoun
Andrew Chopra
Linda J. Christensen
Marva Dawn
Timothy Denton
Kathryn M. Eggleston
Dale Elmshaeuser
Marillyn Freeman
Elizabeth Gotsch
Amanda Husberg
Douglas Koons
John Krueger
Robert C. Kunkle
Pastor Kenneth Michnay
Fritz Noack
Mark D. Plescia
Pastor Russell Rudolf
Harold Rutz
Carl Schalk
Deanna Swanson
Betty Taylor
Scott Weidler
J. David Wertz
Peter Wessler
Marjorie Wolf

May they rest in peace and rise in glory!
If there are others that should be named in future remembrances, please send an email to

View the in memoriam from the July 2021 virtual business meeting, which included the names of those who died since our last biennial meeting in 2019.

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Last Chance to Purchase 2021 Webinar Series
Webinars in 2021 were offered in four separate series, three paid and one free. Through December 31, 2021, you may purchase any or all of the three paid series at the original reduced prices. Beginning January 1, 2021 webinars will only be available individually at the regular per webinar price of $25 for members and $39 for non-members). Order now to beat the price change!

Check out the FREE November webinar below!
FREE! ALCM Friday November Webinar
Introducing the New WELS Hymnal:
Christian Worship
Friday, November 12 - 2:00 pm Eastern

Christian Worship is more than just a hymnal. Christian Worship is a full suite of carefully curated and expertly designed resources that complement one another to support the vital work of preaching the gospel in word and sacrament to God’s people. Christian Worship: Hymnal and Christian Worship: Psalter are already available. Additional supporting volumes will be released over the course of the next two months. Join us for an in-depth look at this new series of resources.

Aaron Christie
Dean of Chapel
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon
NOTE: If you have already registered for any of the 2021 series (paid or free), you do not need to register again. You will receive a link to the webinar in the morning on the day of the webinar.
CrossAccent Editor
ALCM seeks a high achieving contract employee to fill remote responsibilities as editor of CrossAccent, the journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Volumes explore helpful topics for today’s Lutheran music directors including the areas of theology, musicology, hymnology, sociology, liturgy and history. The editor is responsible for complete development and production of the three issue per year publication. Essential qualifications: detail oriented; excellent written and verbal communication skills; successful project management and time management track record; proven ability to meet deadlines; proficient knowledge and ability to use standard telephone, computer and other technology reasonably necessary in a 21st century nonprofit organization. Exceptional candidates email cover letter and resume to with "CrossAccent APPLICATION" in the subject line. Please indicate potential interest/availability as an interim editor. Position available immediately to begin production on the Spring 2022 issue. View job description.
Save the Date(s)
Kyries & Glorias

Kyries (prayer concerns) and Glorias (thanksgivings) are posted in the members area and on the following page on the ALCM website. The following recent Kyries and Glorias have been submitted by ALCM members.
Kyrie & Gloria
Tim Guenther

ALCM members are invited to submit Kyries and Glorias following the link in the members area of the website. Non-members may contact the ALCM office at with information for posting.
Volunteers Needed for CCLI Top 100 Project
The Hymn Society is coordinating a project with the goal of providing an ecumenical consensus on songs within the modern "praise & worship" canon which could/should/will have staying power in the broader church. They are asking denominations to duplicate a process the United Methodists have followed to vet the CCLI Top 100 list giving pastors and worship leaders guidance on what, from that canon of song, works well within their denominational context. The United Methodists have also identified a list of songs that fill the theological and representational gaps in the CCLI Top 100. Those interested in helping with this project from a Lutheran perspective are asked to email indicating your interest. Please put CCLI TOP 100 PROJECT in the subject line.
If you have not yet received the third issue of In tempo for 2021, it should be arriving in your mailbox any day. Members can also access it 24/7 in the ALCM Members Area. Log in at
Call for Essays:
CrossAccent, Spring 2022

Essays on the topic of “The Abiding and Enduring Word” are welcomed for the spring 2022 issue of CrossAccent, the first issue of the journal’s thirtieth-anniversary year. Click here to read about this issue’s theme. Manuscripts are due on January 1, 2022.
Be Part of Rediscovering Harmony This Fall

In October Chorus America launched #RediscoverHarmony, a social media campaign that puts a spotlight on the value that choral organizations bring to their communities. As we begin to emerge from the isolation and dissonance of the past year and before, there’s no better time to celebrate the way that choruses, choirs, and singing groups bring us together. #RediscoverHarmony encourages the public to support choral organizations through attending, listening, singing, and donating. Read more about the campaign here.
Add Your Choir to the
#RediscoverHarmony Directory

Adding your group to the searchable #RediscoverHarmony directory is another step you can take to be part of this highly visible, excitement-generating campaign. Visitors to the #RediscoverHarmony website will be able to use the directory to search for -- and donate to -- organizations in their communities. 
The directory is free and all groups in the U.S. and Canada are invited to participate.
If you haven't yet, you may fill out this form to ensure your group is included in the directory when it goes live. This will also ensure that you're among the first to hear when the #RediscoverHarmony campaign launches!
Nominate a Student from your church today!
Are you attending the 2022 From Generation to Generation conference? Then this is the perfect time for a student in your congregation to attend LSM, knowing that you will be present on campus in the final week of LSM to see their incredible progress and experience magnificent worship and music together. You and your student will both come home renewed, inspired, and ready to enrich the musical life of your congregation!
Nominate a Student today to get them started on their journey to LSM 2022, and encourage them to apply. This is the number one way students find their way to LSM, where their lives are transformed forever.
As an added discount incentive, if a student enrolls for LSM and a church musician or pastor from the same congregation registers for the ALCM conference, you will receive a $40 refund on one ALCM conference registration. We will also gladly waive the student’s application fee for LSM 2022.
Learn more about this partnership and the exciting benefits of sharing this experience with a young musician from your congregation HERE.

LSM Sunday 2021

Join congregations nationwide in celebrating LSM Sunday 2021 this November 21stLSM Sunday is an opportunity for you to share LSM with your congregation through any combination of curated musical selections, personal testimony, litany prayers, or simply making LSM materials available to your parishioners. Click HERE for a complete list of opportunities to choose from and Add your Church to the growing list of participants (you can add your church even if you hold your LSM Sunday on a different date)!
Are you a congregation looking for a musician?
A musician looking for a position?
ALCM can help!

Employment resources have been developed to assist congregations in the process of searching for and hiring a musician. Presented in a step-by-step format, these resources will guide you through the entire employment process.

The ALCM job listing service connects those looking for positions in the field of church music with congregations and other institutions that have openings. By completing an online job posting form, congregations can post their positions on the ALCM website where those looking for employment may view them.

Musicians searching for a job may view posted job openings on the ALCM website, where those looking for positions can view them. Both full-time and part-time positions are listed, and new positions are added as received.
A list of ALCM member-led 
Sunday worship streams & recordings is available at:

To be added, please email information to: