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

Greetings from Michael Krentz, ALCM Secretary/Treasurer
Many of us will be resuming more "regular" activities now that September has arrived. As I begin a term as Secretary/Treasurer, I invite you to reflect with me on the treasures we have been given.
What treasures have we received? I would name first the good news of Jesus Christ: that God loves us not because of anything we've done or because of who we are; God loves us because of who God is, One who loves without our earning it.
Second, we have the treasure of the Church. To be sure, many of us have been hurt or disappointed by particular expressions of the Church. But that does not take away the fact that the Church is a treasure, because in the Church we proclaim and hear the Word, and we celebrate and receive the Sacraments.
Then, we have the treasure of the Church's song. Yes, we have differences of opinion on musical styles, and particular likes and dislikes. But this does not take away the fact that we have inherited a treasury of song. We use that treasury to proclaim Jesus Christ, to accompany the Sacraments, and to comfort people. And some of us are always adding to the treasury.
Fourth, we have the treasure of people. Yes, not everyone we meet is pleasant, or treats us fairly or well. But our assemblies are full of people who love and serve God, who sing the songs we put in front of them, and who strive for justice and peace.
Finally, for us particularly, we have the treasure of ALCM. Like the other treasures I have named, this one needs to be guarded, stewarded, and shared. In a few weeks you will receive an invitation to support ALCM with a gift of some of your financial treasure. I hope you will join me in doing that.

"Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us." (2 Timothy 1:14)

New ALCM Website Coming!

At long last our new website is almost ready to be launched. Watch your inbox for an announcement with instructions for setting up your membership "account" on the site. For those of you who had the unfortunate experience of being unable to successfully re-set your password on the current site, I'm happy to report that the new website fixes that problem.

There are a host of new features and capabilities with the new site. Here are just three of my favorites:
  • The design of the site will allow it to be easily viewed on computers, tablets, and phones.
  • All issues of CrossAccent from issue number 1 (January 1993) through the current issue are available as downloadable PDFs. Members can download them for free.
  • An events module with calendar is included. In addition to posting all of our 2018 and beyond events with direct registration links, members may post information on local events.

A complete list of changes and things to look for will be included in the "launch" email. Stay tuned!


Cheryl Dieter

ALCM Business Manager 

Plans are underway for the 2018 one-day events, with the potential for over 40 events to be held across the U.S. and Canada. If you have communicated with Scott Weidler and are planning to host an event, please contact him by email at By the end of September we would like to confirm the date, location, topic, and presenter for each event. 

Join the National Lutheran Choir on their tour of the Pacific Northwest!
If you live in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, or Salem, join the National Lutheran Choir in singing a sacred and spiritual Reformation story. The Choir is sharing two unique programs, each commemorating the 500 th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
In Seattle and Portland, the Choir leads a community-wide evening of song featuring early hymns to new works. In Tacoma and Salem, the Choir presents Una Sancta, a concert of choral music that brings the historical journey of 500 years of the Reforming church to life.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA
FREE - Reservations Required:

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 7:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Portland, OR

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 7:30pm
St. Mark's Cathedral
Seattle, WA
Free will offering to support local housing charities

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - following 4pm Evensong
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Salem, OR

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.     

In Celebration of the
500th Anniversary (1517-2017)
Reformation "500"
A Sacred Concert
The Bach Cantata Choir ~ and ~ Lutheran Chorale Association Choir
Organists Canon Dr. Bruce Neswick & Dr. Paul Klemme
Brass and Handbells ~Hymns and Readings
 Commissioned Hymn sponsored by Thrivent Financial
ALL WELCOME ~ Reception following
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral           Portland, Oregon
147 NW 19th Ave and Everett
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 ~ 4:00 PM
Free-Will Offering benefits Lutheran Community Services
Like us on FaceBook:  Reformation500PDX

Allen Organ for Sale

In-home practice organ, two manual, full pedal board (AGO specifications). Protégé model. Approximately 10 years old, in pristine condition. Asking $13,000. Available after Labor Day. For more information, contact Lois DeWell at 906-226-3263. 
Hurricane Relief

If you are looking for a way to help victims of hurricane Harvey, you can make a donation to a disaster response organization. Here are the donation links for the three main Lutheran church bodies:

ELCA       LCMS       WELS

There are also some worship resources you may wish to include in your planning over the next few weeks: