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New City Music Conference 2015 is shaping up. We are getting registrations slowly but I fully expect 2/3 of the conference to register at the last minute. I’m so thrilled to have our line up of speakers and breakout leaders. It seems to get better and better every time we pull one of these together. If you haven’t done it yet, please check out the conference details and register at www.ncfmusic.com/conference/
Carrie Jones is the conference director this time. Carrie was involved in the 2011 conference we had here in St. Louis as the graphic designer and she created the conference notebook which was so full of information and resources that people wanted to get the notebook even though they couldn’t attend the conference. Carrie is also a long time member of NCF (@NCFStLouis) and as well as a highly qualified musician on our team.
The conference steering committee was made up of myself (@kirkwardmusic), my dad (@jcalvinward), and my long time friend, Michelle Higgins (@fast_foodie). We went out to lunch when my dad was here in March and hammered out the rough outline of who and what will be featured at this year’s conference.
I hope that you consider coming. If you are from the local region, we would love to meet you or connect again with you to be able to encourage each other in the struggle. If you are from out of town, we would to meet and connect as well and to hear what is going on in other communities. So much has happened in our nation this year that has served to break down our facades and to reveal the areas where we are divided and broken. The gospel has the power to heal communities when it is planted in soil that will let it thrive and produce fruit. Let’s live the gospel of reconciliation and justice that is available to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Please join us for the 11th annual Black Heritage Celebration at New City Fellowship on Saturday, February 28, at 6:30.
Our theme for the evening is “To God Be The Glory” based on the Andraé Crouch song, “My Tribute.” Crouch passed away last month and we will be performing a couple of his songs in the concert to celebrate God’s work through him as a composer and worship leader.
In our planning, we the musicians talked about the passage from John 9 about the man born blind who Jesus healed. The question was asked about why he was born that way and Jesus’s response was that this happened that the works of God would be displayed in him. So as we remember the heritage of African Americans, we might ask “why did so much evil and suffering have to happen in our nation?” and we can look to this blind man, his healing and his testimony to see that all people and cultures exist to display the works of God, for his glory alone. We remember the past works of God in Black community and culture because HIS glory is woven into their story for all to see, and we can all praise Him for the things He has done.
Please pray for our choir directors, Michelle Higgins and Noelle Becker who both have stomach flu running through their family this week. (Also, pray for my wife and the other spouses who have to care for the kids during extra rehearsals this week.)
Please pray for the unity and bond of peace from the Holy Spirit to fill the hearts of everyone involved.
Please pray for Thurman Williams, one of the pastors at Grace and Peace Fellowship who will be bringing a sermon.
Please pray for the long, slow healing process that our region is going through this year.
I just got back from Chattanooga and while I was relaxing with my family, I also had time to take care of some long over due meetings. I met with some of the team that curates ncfmusic.com and we are hoping to fix some of the glitches on the website as well as tweak the content to make it more useful. In addition, we were able to talk some about a music conference for 2015! If you are a church musician (volunteer or pro), you should make a general plan to travel next summer to our conference to be inspired, encouraged, empowered, etc. in the struggle to produce cross-cultural music for worship.
By the way – if you are a musician in St Louis and you haven’t done it yet, please register for the Worship Music Workshop on August 8 & 9.
SAVE THE DATE // August 9, 2014 in Saint Louis
Who: Worship musicians, leaders, and volunteers
What: resource exchange, training, praise, and fellowship
When: Saturday August 9 2014, Daytime workshops ($5 for participants) // Evening concert event open to the public
Why: worship teams from various churches don’t normally have the chance to gather in the same place to be participate in worship events rather than direct them. We will learn together, encourage each other, and share our experiences.
organized by New City Fellowship and South City Church
Contact: email@example.com // firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday we wrapped up our 3rd Reconciliation and Justice Conference. I was very thankful for the volunteers in the NCF music team. They were exceptionally generous with time, willing to step up and serve, and skillful in their performances. As a leader, I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful group of musicians to serve along side.
The conference was yet another encouraging experience to meet with, pray with, and wrestle (or ‘rassle) with other ministry leaders. I was also very excited to announce at this conference that New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, TN is hosting the New City Music Conference on July 25-28, 2013. I just got done registering myself (which is good because I’ll be giving the plenary talk on Friday morning!)
Saturday, December 15, 2012 6:30 PM
Artwork by Julie Carvalho (Thank you, Julie!!)
Sign in that you are coming at the Facebook event here.
Internationally celebrated Congolese performer and pastor, Athoms Mbuma and his wife, Nadége will be joining the New City Fellowship musicians in presenting a special cross-cultural worship concert on June 16 at 6:30pm in the gym. Folks from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend this expression of reconciliation through the power of the Gospel.
Here’s a link to a facebook event where you can learn more: Worship Concert featuring Athoms and Nadége.