Lake Junaluska offers workshop on African-American music

8/26/2009

Want to make your worship service more meaningful and exciting?

The African American Music and Worship Explo at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Oct.1-3 will bring together pastors, musicians, ministers of music, singers, choirs and worship leaders from across The United Methodist Church to fellowship, network, and learn from each other.

This experience will create possibilities of God bringing renewal and vitality to local congregations in order for them to reach people of all ages, especially youth and young adults, with the gospel of Jesus Christ through music.

Each participant will receive a free copy of Zion Still Sings! For Every Generation. This collection contains arranged accompaniments and medleys that can help any church learn the musical styles used in many African-American churches today.

Zion Still Sings! includes a collection of songs from African American spirituals, black gospel, traditional hymns, new hymns, and urban rap.

 It is the first publication to include very contemporary Black church music, but this song book is not just for the African American church. It contains arranged accompaniments and medleys that can help any church learn the musical styles used in many black churches today.

Monya Logan, one of the Explo’s guest speakers, served on the Editorial Committee of Zion Still Sings! For Every Generation. Logan has served for 12 years as minister of Worship and Arts at the St. Luke Community UMC in Dallas where there are 11 choirs. She will demonstrate how to use this new music resource to energize worship services.

Speakers at this event include the Rev. Tyron Gordon, a senior pastor of St. Luke Community UMC; the Rev. Dr. Carl Arrington, director of African American Ministries at Lake Junaluska; the Rev. Dr. Safiyah Fosua, director of Preaching Ministries of the General Board of Discipleship for the United Methodist Church; and Logan.

Limited scholarships are available. For information, contact Pam Naplen at 828-454-6656 or click here.