Bethlehem United Methodist Church
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Mission Statement: To give of ourselves so others may know Jesus Christ.

Music Ministry

The musical program of Bethlehem Church is rich and varied.  We are definitely a “Singing Church,” and we love to follow the instructions of John Wesley, to sing the songs of faith with passion and spiritual enthusiasm. 
We have reason to be grateful to God for the many musical gifts given to our congregation by voice and instrument.  It has proven a great strength of our worship life for many, many years.

Chancel Choir
 Junior Choir
The choir consists of 30 mixed voices and an organist/accompanist. They sing at least one anthem on Sundays at the 10:30 am service from early September to early June.
In addition, they always prepare a cantata for Christmas and sometimes Easter, and special music for the annual Music Sunday in April.
An effort is made to ensure that selections are synchronized to the sermon topics and to the seasons of the Church year. The director is Mr. Ronald Dyer and the organist is Mrs. Torus Crouse.
They perform a variety of musical genres from classical to country; from country to spirituals.
They rehearse every Wednesday at 7:15 pm. We are always glad to have new voices join the effort in singing praises to God.
If you are interested in  joining the choir, please contact: Ronald Dyer at 244-4021
This is a group of kids who sing and worship the Lord together under the direction of Ms. Natalie Smith each week.
Children from kindergarten through age 13 are invited to join us. Rehearsals are held each Sunday during the 10:30 am worship service.
Immediately following the Children's Message with the Pastor, they gather together and sing in the Sunday School room downstairs in the church. Rehearsals start in September and conclude in May.

The choir sings during several worship services throughout the year and performs one mini-musical.

 Their musical offerings are always an inspiration to our congregation... we love the children, and they love learning the lessons the songs of faith can teach.
If there is interest in the choir, please contact the church office at 244-1486
 Praise Team
 Bell Choir
 The "Light" at Trinity Life Center - This is our Praise Team which leads worship at 8:30 am at our TLC building on Charles Street.
Mr. Robert Huska leads a group of fine musicians and vocalists who offer themselves in leadership inspiring our worship with contemporary Christian music.
They rehearse twice every Sunday, and often during the week as needed. You are welcome to join in their offering of praise. Guitars, keyboard and drums give strength to their sound.
This is our newest musical group. Mr. James Stine has assembled a wonderful group of ringers who prepare anthems to perform during the high seasons of the church calendar.
We are so glad that this group has begun and encourage interested ringers to join them.
They rehearse on Sunday at 6 pm. Members of this group will also join the choir to add their musical quality to the presentation of anthems. If you are interested in the choir, please contact Jim Stine at 244-9492.
Our Organist - Torus Crouse
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Torus Crouse has been a church organist for 62 years, 31 of those years at Bethlehem, her home church.
A church committee was created who organized a surprise service celebration to honor Torus for her longtime commitment to the music ministry in October 10, 2010. Torus has been an inspiration to the congregation through music.
She leads worship at the 8 am service, and she also plays the organ along with the Chancel choir at the 10:30 am worship service.

 Ephesians 5: 19-21 -  "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ."