Thursday’s Thoughts from Will 08.22.19

We are officially fully back in the swing of things as AWANA, Children’s Choirs, Youth Choir, etc have all started back with a whirlwind. We had great rehearsals last night. I’m looking forward to the great times of worship we have coming up. Check out the Current Choral Music (Audio) link for listening recordings of all the tunes we are working on for the choir. If you need something related to CIC for the next few months, be sure to visit this link: Christmas at Ivy Creek. Right now, you’ll find the digital listening files and the schedule you received in your packet. Within the next few weeks, we’ll be adding the digital music files for you tablet users.

On another note to choir members, about this time each year, we begin having our regular black folder “issues” AND seating issues as we begin integrating new folks into our group. Please be patient with us as we try to get your music to you and have plenty for everyone. Like with our seating chart, which is always in flux, be flexible as much as possible. Our situation is not ideal, but it’s our only option for now. Also, if you plan to take your black folder home to practice on your own (and I’m certainly in favor of that) please be aware that if new music as been “loaded” into the folders, your new music will be on the organ side choir rails in a stack by the alto side. Simply come by and pick it up so it doesn’t get shoved around on your seat before you arrive. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

There are SEVERAL important things in this newsletter, so please check them all out and make sure you are good.  Here are the top three items you need to know this week:

  1. Outfits- if you’re new since last Christmas, you need an outfit. Let me know if you need one and haven’t been fitted.
  2. First CIC rehearsal (for ALL orchestra and choir) is Sunday afternoon, the 25th, from 4-6. We’ll be working in sectionals most of the time. Choir will begin in the Fellowship Building and Orchestra in the Sanctuary to begin. Choir: we will work on Mary, I Have Seen the Light, When He Comes Again, and Jesus, What a Wonderful.

  3. Choir Retreat on Sept 14th for ALL choir members only from 9-3 with Monte Nichols leading. Lunch included in donation of $15 (not required). You’ll pay that morning. There’s a sign up underneath the graphic below.

Sunday the choir (not full orchestra) is singing “See Him Face to Face.” I hope you’ll join us for this fun anthem. Orchestra and Praise Team will warm-up at 8:30. Choir will warm-up at 9:10 for first service. Hope to see many of you here! We do have baptisms (boy AND girl) in the 11:00 service this week, so make plans to move cases orchestra.

Last week I included links to the voice enhanced part recordings of “Breath and Clay,” which we are working on and today there will also be link to the voice-enhanced “Praise Him” tracks. There are NOT bass tracks, however. You’ll find the links to them and the rest of the choral music we are working on. Hope this helps! Current Choral Music (Audio)



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Published by Dr. Will Whittaker

I'm a local church Minister of Music from the Atlanta area with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Church Music with specializations in worship and hymnology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Contact me at

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