Music News

Saturday, July 15 • 7:00 PM
First Congregational Sanctuary

Noted lyricist and composer David Stoddard is a songwriter and teacher living in the snowy wilds of Western Minnesota. He tours sporadically throughout North America and plays mostly concert venues, living rooms and other dedicated listening environments.

He's played at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas, and been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Tent Show Radio." These days, he plays mostly house concerts. He's shared festival and concert stages with people like Juice Newton, Leon Russell, Rik Emmett, Lou and Peter Berryman, Michael Smith and Pat Donohue. He was once mistaken for George Winston at a bookstore in Milwaukee — true story! He has won the Kerrville New Folk award, as well as songwriting awards at the South Florida Folk Festival, the Minnesota Folk Festival, The Tucson Folk Festival and others.

David is also the composer responsible for writing the scores for all of First Congregational UCC's intergenerational musicals for the past eight years. His songs are known to have sharp insight, clever lyrics and, if you have ever heard First Congo's Still Speaking Players’ musicals, memorable and unique melodies.

We hope you will join us! First Congregational will take a free-will offering and offer treats at the intermission. Please bring a friend!

Wednesday, July 19 at 12:15 PM, First Congregational UCC hosts Dr. Naomi Rowley as part of the Lunchtime Organ Recital Series’ 22nd season. Learn more about Dr. Rowley’s performance and others in the series at lunchtimeorganrecital.org.

The church has mice! But they are cute and friendly!

The children of choir parents have been meeting during choir rehearsals since January and we are having a blast! This ministry was started to provide a safe space with some intentional fellowship for the children of  our choir members who were without childcare. We have enjoyed various craft projects, movies, and follow up Church School lessons. Our evening usually begins with 30 minutes of homework time and piano practicing followed by fun.

If the only thing preventing you from joining our amazing choir has been childcare, no more excuses. The Church Mice Youth group is open for students age 4 through grade 6. Students should bring homework or a quiet project for the first 30 minutes of our time together and  parents should be members of the choir to take advantage of this awesome opportunity.