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Love Wins!

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Last Friday, something remarkable happened at the Supreme Court of the United States. As you  know, in a 5-4 decision, bans against same-sex marriage (or as we now know it - marriage) were struck down. My husband Paul and I were married in a ceremony in Dallas, TX, surrounded by our friends and family on March 13, 2010. A few days later, we traveled to New York City for our honeymoon and took a train up to New Haven, CT to get legally married; at that time there were only 5 states that recognized same-sex marriages, and the Council of the District of Columbia had just made recognition legal the week before our wedding. So after our honeymoon, we went back home as roommates in the eyes of the State of Texas.  

Standing at the Supreme Court steps on Friday, I spent about two hours fighting off tears of joy.  Despite our relatively young age, Paul and I weren't really sure we would live long enough to see our marriage fully recognized in every state in the United States; I can't imagine how astounding it must be to be one of the couples who were finally married after being together for 20, 30, or 50 years together. Progress is rarely easy to make, and this victory comes after years of blood, sweat, and tears (literally).  

We're thankful for our allies, especially allies in the faith community, who stood up for lovein  the face of consternation, Bible thumping, and hate. And Progress is STILL being made as we speak! This week at General Conference, the House of Bishops approved two liturgies that will permit same-sex couples to be married in the Episcopal Church, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent 2015. But despite this giant step forward, there are still battles to be fought: LGBTQ people can still be fired from their job, denied housing, kicked out of stores and restaurants, denied healthcare and prevented from adopting children in many states. Please continue to pray that love continues to conquer hate and that the arc of the moral universe continues to bend toward justice for the LGBTQ people in our community.

Michael Austin
Music Director



Music Opportunites 3/29

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Attention Parents: Children Singing for BOTH Easter Services

The Children's Choir will be singing on Easter, and we would love to have them at both services. If your child will join us, please have them in the Fellowship Hall for a quick warm up at 8:45 a.m. on Easter Day. We will sing as part of the 9:00 a.m. service, have a GREAT time at the Easter Egg hunt (and stay to play on the playground) until the 10:45a.m. service where we will sing a song during the first 10 minutes of the service (after which children are free to leave). Children who have not attended children's choir rehearsals Thursday evenings but  who have been part of music times during Formation are very welcome to join us!

Good Friday Taizé Choir Rehearsal - This Sunday at Noon

If you are interested in singing as part of the Taizé choir on Good Friday, please join us for a short rehearsal from 12:00-12:30 p.m., immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service on March 29, 2015. We'll meet by the piano in the Fellowship Hall. The austere simplicity and beauty of this music helps to make our Good Friday service profound and worshipful, and we would love to add your voice to the choir for this special service. Anyone is welcome to join us (even if you're not a member of the regular choir)!

Easter Choir - It's not too late to join us!

If you're interested in singing with the choir for Easter Sunday,  we invite you to join us on Thursday night (TONIGHT) at 7:30 p.m. We will rehearse Easter music for the first 30 minutes of the rehearsal.The choir is open to anyone of High School age or older that is willing to sing (or willing to learn) - no music reading ability is required, and rehearsal recordings will be provided.  

Hand bell Choir Rehearsals!

The hand bell choir will rehearse at 12:15 p.m. every Sunday until Easter in the church. Please contact Jessie McCardell or Michael Austin if you are interested in joining the hand bell choir.

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