Golf Cart Pizza Party
Sunday, March 26

Golf Cart Pizza Party

All senior high students, and others interested, are invited to a pizza party March 26 to learn about a great ministry. The golf cart team is made up of anyone who currently holds a driver’s license and is available to shuttle people to and from the parking lot and building. Even if you don’t have a license you may attend to learn more.
Please let us know if you will be attending by contacting Jack Moorman via text: (317) 910-0236.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, March 23

Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto


Bruckner's Seventh Symphony

(Doors open at 6:30)
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Simone Porter, Violin
Matthew Halls, Conductor
Tickets available at:
Adults $25 / Students $10
You may also contact the Music and Fine Arts Office:


Sanctuary Choir Concert
Sunday, March 26

Sanctuary Choir Concert

Sunday, March 26, 3 PM, SANCTUARY
Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
Leonard Bernstein
Requiem, op. 9
Maurice Duruflé
Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano
Samuel Spade, baritone
Sanctuary Choir and Festival Orchestra
Michelle Louer, Conductor

Leonard Bernstein was one of the most well known and influential musical figures of the twentieth century. As a composer, conductor, pianist, educator, author and television personality, he brought classical music to more people in more ways than anyone before.
Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918 in Lowell, MA, to Samuel and Jennie Bernstein. Reared in a devoutly Jewish home, he began piano lessons at age ten. His education continued at Harvard University, the Curtis Institute and the Berkshire Music Center.
Throughout his life, Bernstein struggled to balance his desire to compose with his career as a conductor. While leading orchestras all over the world, Bernstein wrote three symphonies, ballets, choral and vocal works, film scores, Candide, Mass, and of course, the Broadway hit West Side Story.
Bernstein’s first Symphony, subtitled “Jeremiah”, was his first large-scale work. Written when he was 24 years old, the Symphony is dedicated to his father and has three movements: I—Prophesy, II—Profanation, and III—Lamentation. The composer insisted that there was no literal representation of the prophet in the music, only the emotional quality. However, it is not hard to envision Jeremiah pleading with the people to repent or face dire consequences while hearing a dissonant, pulsating rhythm in the strings and timpani in the first movement.
In the second movement, we hear the sounds and style we associate as distinctly Bernstein as exotic dance rhythms depicting the foreign influences corrupting the priesthood and the people are introduced. The third movement opens with solo mezzo-soprano, starkly depicting the desolated streets of Jerusalem.
While the work opens with a crisis of faith – faith that has been shattered by those who professed to have it and did not live it – the final movement ends on a note of consolation. Musical ideas from Jewish liturgical chant are interwoven organically throughout the work, interlocking music and faith in transcendent ways.
The influence of liturgical music of the church dominates Maurice Duruflé’s exquisite Requiem. It is entirely composed on the Gregorian chant themes of the Mass for the Dead, which provide the vocal and instrumental lines with fluidity, nuance and movement. Aside from a few dramatic moments in the text, tranquility and peace and embedded in the harmony and melodic lines. But as Duruflé himself writes, it is a work of great vulnerability.
“This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings of detachment from earthly worries. It reflects, in the immutable form of the Christian prayer, the agony of man faced with the mystery of his ultimate end. It is often dramatic, or filled with resignation, or hope, or terror, just as the words of the Scripture themselves which are used in the liturgy. It tends to translate human feelings before their terrifying, unexplainable or consoling destiny. It represents the idea of peace, of Faith, and of Hope.”
For both Bernstein and Duruflé, music and faith were inextricably linked. Neither were sentimental endeavors, but rather, for each composer, were matters undertaken with intentionality for a lifetime spiritual journey.


by Karl Snider & Michelle Louer


Vacation Bible School 2017
June 26-30

Vacation Bible School - 2017

JUNE 26-30, 9:15 AM - NOON

Age 4 – (rising into) Grade 6 

"With God, all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

Vacation Bible School is about making friends, playing games, singing songs, painting pictures, sharing snacks, helping others and sealing God's story in our hearts. Children ages 4 (by 9/1/2017) – “Rising Into” Grade 6 and volunteers from middle school age to mid-nineties delight in this week of fun. Questions: contact Caroline Dennis, at 253-6461 or

For families needing a longer day of enriching experiences …
VBSXtended Day 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM and Noon – 5:00 PM
Extend your VBS day with VBSXtended. Children and Family Ministries offers an early morning and afternoon of loving care for VBS Particpants. Children have lunch time with a meal brought from home, take a rest, enjoy arts and crafts, quiet and active games, and outdoor play. Questions: contact Caroline Dennis, at 253-6461 or

Children's Seder Meal
Wednesday, April 12

Childrens Seder Meal

The Seder is a traditional meal held in Jewish homes during the Passover. Family and friends gather to remember God’s delivery of Hebrew slaves from Egypt. Each food shared and each question asked, leads those gathered through this foundational story of Jewish and Christian people.
George and Dianne Kelley from Congregation Beth-El Zedeck will host our family friendly Seder. All are welcome.