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2016 Annual Report

Music continues to be at the heart of Trinity’s liturgy. The leadership provided by Trinity’s faithful Choir fills our sanctuary with prayerful song and joyful music that makes the soul smile. At the end of June we said farewell to Trinity’s beloved Minister of Music Kenneth Woods after 32 years of faithful ministry with us. The Choir worked with various supply organists and musicians after Kenny’s retirement—sometimes offering a cappella anthems and always offering their flexibility and many gifts. Trinity’s Choir librarian Leslie Dehey offered her leadership in selecting anthems and hymns, and managing the music library.

An Organist Search Committee was formed over the summer and began the work of defining what our organist position might encompass, how the position would be posted, how our interview process would by conducted—all of the necessary details of hiring a new Director of Music. Mimi McGill chairs the Organist Search Committee and serving with her are Leslie Dehey, Nancy Dasilva, Susan Jones, Paul Atkins, and Sheri Sparks. In the fall we received applications, interviewed candidates who ultimately sought positions elsewhere. We continue to post our position online at several websites and in a number of colleges and universities. Alex Kirstukas, a gifted member of Trinity’s Choir, currently serves as our Interim Director of Music and began that ministry in December. We are grateful to Alex for his many gifts and the leadership he brings to our music program.

The Choir has been blessed with Trinity’s children when their voices were added on Family Sundays that began in the fall. Church School Children more fully participate in the liturgy on those Sundays, and a number of children have opted to sing with the Choir!

On behalf of the entire congregation I give thanks for Trinity’s Choir, for Kenny’s ministry, for Alex’s new ministry with us. Thanks be to God for each and everyone.

Respectfully submitted,

The Rev. Linda Spiers, Rector


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