Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
September 1, 2018 e-newsletter

It's that time of year when rehearsals resume, committee meetings start up, emails increase, and overall there is just more stuff to do. In the midst of our busyness we sometimes lose focus on our main purpose - leading the church's song. But why should we work to carry on this tradition of singing in worship?
To start with, singing is a part of our faith history. The act of singing to God is recorded from a song of praise after Pharaoh's army was destroyed, to Jesus and his disciples singing a psalm at their Passover observance, to the New Testament "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs."
We sing because it connects us to the saints that have gone before us, the saints that will come after us, and the hosts of heaven worshiping with us. We never sing alone because we have the voices of the saints echoing from the past and resounding into the future, right alongside us in the present.
We sing to learn about our faith. We are blessed with hymnwriters who give us rich sermons through their hymnody and they continue to preach and evangelize when we sing their texts.
The most important reason we sing is that we have been given the breath of life from our Creator and in turn we use our breath to give back thanks and praise in worship. Our sung prayer allows us to become one voice which offers immortal praise to our Lord and Savior.
We are fortunate that ALCM nurtures and equips us in our work, with articles on hymns and hymnwriters, practical tips and resources, and hands-on training in workshops. All of these aid us in our most important work - leading the church's song. And for that I give thanks.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Daniel Aune
President, Region 1

ALCM 2019 Biennial Conference

Limited Hotel Availability
Make Your Reservations Now

Planning to attend the biennial conference in Portland next year? Even though registration is not yet open, if you plan to stay in a hotel you may want to make your reservation now. We have secured rooms with two hotels, both of which will run bus service between the hotel and the Concordia University campus, which will be our primary conference venue. 

Conference hotels offering ALCM bus service:

$139 - includes breakfast (ALCM Rate):  
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Portland Airport
11929 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Phone: 503-253-1400/800-228-2800
(Note online booking for the Fairfield Inn only excepts stays between June 24 - 27. To book at the conference rate up to 3 days before and 3 days after call 503-253-1400.)
$139 - breakfast NOT included (ALCM Rate):  
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Phone: 503-281-2500/800-325-3535
$49 - single; $36 double (limited availability dorm option coming soon)
Concordia University campus
(Note dorms require a minimum two-night stay.)

Hotel reservations can be cancelled up to 48 hours before check-in at no cost, so make your reservations now. If you plan to stay in the dorm, that option will be available when registration opens later this fall.

Webinar Registration Now Open

October 18, 2018
2:00 pm Eastern Time

Developing and Leading a 
Children's Music Camp 

Presented by Connie Millberg

Connie Millberg introduced "music camp" to St. Stephen Lutheran Church in 2000.
Over the past 18 years the camp has grown from 40 children with 20 volunteers to 132 children (their capacity) with 95 volunteers.  Registration fills in a matter of hours.  St. Stephen music camp week is centered around a children's musical.
Connie will share ideas and processes for you to use to create a successful, fun, creative, and Christ-centered music camp.
Some of the topics will include:  
·        Selecting your musical and restructuring to include parts for kids of all ages
·        Developing and investing in your team of volunteers
·        Equipping your volunteers and helpers to use their creative gifts
·        Setting up your daily schedule
·        Partnering with Thrivent and other businesses

To register: ALCM members log in to the members area of the website and follow the webinar link under "What's new for members?" to register at the member discount of $25.

Save the Dates!

Mark your calendars for other upcoming ALCM webinars:

February 7, 2019
Tips for Leading a
Worship (Praise) Band 

Presented by Kip Fox

May 16, 2019
Basic Principles of 
Worship and Music 
in the Lutheran Tradition

Presented by Carl Schalk

How did you like the publishers' reading sessions?

One of the newest ALCM member benefits is publishers' digital reading sessions, which allows you to view and listen to n ew music from multiple publishers, all accessible from the same web page. The September survey asks a few questions about your experience with this new benefit and invites your suggestions for other publishers to include. Even if you have not used this new member benefit, please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Results from responses received by September 22 will be reported in the October newsletter.

Do you have an idea for a quick one or two question survey? Contact Jim Rindelaub at

CrossAccent Summer 2018 Issue

The summer 2018 issue of CrossAccent was mailed out last week and should be arriving in mailboxes within the next two weeks . This Summer 2018 issue includes the following articles:
  • "As Bread for the Hungry: Eucharistic Song, Eucharistic Mission" by Samuel Torvend.
  • "As Often as We Eat This Bread and Drink This Cup, We Proclaim ... Justice!" by Kent Burreson.
  • "Preparing for Holy Communion with Laughter and Trembling: Revisiting Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele"  by Michael Krentz
  • "Praise and Protest" by Paul Vasile

Raabe Prize Submissions
Raabe Prize
Submissions for the 2019 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition are being accepted. Additional details about the prize and submission requirements are available on the ALCM website.

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2018.

No Crib for a Bed  is a 40-minute children's Christmas musical written for ages 5-14 which tells the story of Kendra, a girl cast as Mary in her church Christmas program who refuses to put a real baby in a manger.
With 9 original songs and professionally recorded accompaniment tracks, No Crib for a Bed  entertains and inspires, but also educates children and adults alike regarding one vitally important message - all infants need a safe place to sleep.
*A portion of the purchase price helps to fund Cribs for Kids®, and Charlie's Kids, safe sleep organizations which educate families and donate cribs nationwide.


For more information or to register, go to