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Take Note - September 2018

August 30, 2018

While letting a fun summer go, another fruitful autumn is ahead of us! Are we ready to enjoy this beginning of the new church year?

Our first choir rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 5. I am in the middle of selecting music for both Celebration and Sanctuary Choirs. Planning is a time-consuming job, but it’s a most happy and imagination-filled job for me. Actually, the good results of our music ministry usually starts with this planning process. Without careful and sincere planning, you are just planning to fail.

During the Worship and Music Ministry Team meeting last week, we discussed a new trial during this choir year for more broad participation in our musical activities. So, there will be new opportunities for anyone who wants to sing for service one Sunday each month without coming to Wednesday choir rehearsals. Those days will be on communion Sundays and the first day for the new choir will be October 14.

This is similar to the summer choir in idea. We will gather at 9:30 a.m. and work on a pretty simple piece of music to sing during worship service on the same day. This choir is for anyone who wants to add their voice to others. You don’t have to worry about your ability to read music or anything. Your enthusiasm in praising God with your church family will be sufficient. The choir will be named Joyful Noise.

Also, I am planning to offer more opportunities to invite people to our praise in vocal and instrumental music. Please be ready to open your mind and say “yes” when invited. Dust off your instrument in your closest that you haven’t played for a while, or start tuning up your voice to sing with our choir members once in a while this year.

Music is a precious gift from God for all of us. And, the joy of singing and playing instruments before God is not necessarily for selected people only. It’s for all of us, and let’s prove it from this choir year.


 

Take Note - August 2018

July 31, 2018

Summer seems to be divided into three parts to me: exciting entrance in June, peak of enjoyment in July, and closing the season in August. Now, we are entering the phase of closing and preparing for coming seasons of school, work, and church year.

I have enjoyed some out-of-state activities in June and July this year: Handbell Festival in Rochester, MN with our bell choir members, and American Guild of Organists National Convention in Kansas City, MO with Miah. As a non-musical activity, I ...


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Take Note - July 2018

June 29, 2018

I was in Rochester, MN June 22-24 with our Celebration Ringers participating in the Area 7 Handbell Festival Conference. This event happens every other year, and our ringers’ enthusiasm for this event has always been strong. After 2014, this year is my second time going to the event, and I enjoyed it again with our ringers. Learning some new things about the instrument and technique may be important, but personally, learning to be a player in a group, in this case a BIG group of about 400, ...


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Take Note - June 2018

May 31, 2018

When I think of a break, there are two types in my mind. One is productive and voluntary. The other one is wasting and passive. In the scriptures, we can find these two examples. Jesus often took breaks in between his very busy ministries during his last years on earth. When he withdrew from his disciples and the people, he took time to pray and rest to recharge Himself for the next steps in teaching and leading the people around Him. The other case of break I found is when all of Jesus’ di...


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Take Note - May 2018

May 1, 2018

Last Sunday (April 22), our choirs and I finally gave our annual Spring Concert. More than any other year, we encountered some unexpected obstacles during our preparation for the concert. The most shocking one was that our beloved Skinner pipe organ suddenly stopped working a few weeks before the concert. Luckily, I had planned a way to have the concert without using the main pieces that greatly needed the organ this year. But, we still needed our organ for Bach’s cantata and some other pie...


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Take Note - April 2018

March 31, 2018

It was a cold and snowy day when I was alone playing the piano in our sanctuary, working on J.C. Bach’s piano quartet in G major, one of the pieces for our 2018 Spring Concert. Johann Christian Bach is one of Johann Sebastian’s sons. I was so happy when I found this piece while preparing this year’s Spring Concert. This piece is like an amazing combination of his father’s Baroque style and the style of the next generation, the Classical period.

I recognized, in the middle of playing...


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Take Note - March 2018

March 15, 2018

The time around late February and early March is always hard to pass by. Maybe it feels that way because it’s the end of winter and it’s also usually during the Lenten period in the Christian year.

This year has not been that much different. Harsh winter weather has been hurting the entire nation from the east to west coasts and a lot of difficult news has been reported inside and outside of this country; from gun shooting tragedies to ongoing violence in the Middle East and elsewhere t...


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Take Note - February 2018

January 26, 2018
 

This is a puppy doll I gave Miah as a gift for our anniversary last week, and I put it next to a turtle doll I gave Miah for her birthday a couple years ago to take a good picture. They look like good friends with each other, and I felt like they were talking about how they ended up living here with us. It seems amazing that we feel affection for these dolls even if they aren’t alive.

This year, Ash Wednesday is on February 14, which happens to be Valentine’s Day. Ash Wednesday is foll...


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Take Note - January 2018

January 11, 2018

It’s only natural for us to look back and evaluate what has happened in the past year when we approach the end of it. This year of 2017 seems to me to have been one of the most meaningful, comfortable, and exciting years.

First of all, this year will be remembered as a historical year, when all my family here became US citizens. The Han family has been pursuing and celebrating our citizenships throughout the whole year. Solomon was born here in the USA, but I hope he has had a chance to f...


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Take Note - December 2017

January 11, 2018

Concluding some event or time always gives us a chance to look back and re-evaluate what we have done and what we have experienced. Based on that, we will also be able to plan for the next step. This year, 2017, has been a special and meaningful year for me and my family. It’s our 20th anniversary living in the USA and it’s also the year when all our family members have become US citizens.

For this reason, Miah and I have had many opportunities to celebrate this year with our fellow chu...


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