Ashland offers many opportunities to praise the Lord with the artistic talents He has given.  Ashland encourages vocalist and instrumentalists to share their talents in worship in many ways.  Through our Chancel Choir and our bell choir "Bells are Beautiful," there are many ways we can praise God through song!

Conference for Church Musicians Report

Rebecca Esbin, Director of Music reports: I am writing from the beautiful location of the Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin.  As you may know, it is our American Baptist National Conference Grounds, 100,000+ acres set on a deep lake.
When I think of how many people in our congregation whose lives have been blessed and changed here, I am so grateful for your support in helping 14 of us attend the Conference for Church musicians this summer.  In attendance from Ashland are:  Teresa Blowers, Sarah Koenig, Rebecca Shaw, Joy DuShane, Tammy Potter, Lois Nelson, Jean Metzger, Ken Kohn, Britney Shedron, JT Potter, Kurt Kohn, Alexis Potter and Zac Hoskins.  Also here, but not enrolled in the conference , is Lisa Hoskins.  Also, one of our former bell ringers, Kate Whitmore, is not only attending, but is the new bell choir director for Northshore Baptist, our sister church in the Chicago area.

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Music Ministry ~ Get Involved!

If you are between the ages of high school and 99, please feel free to consider  joining Ashland’s bell choir “Bells are Beautiful” and/or the “Chancel Choir.”  For the 2012 – 2013 music season (September – May), bells will rehearse on Tuesday evenings and the vocal choir on Thursday evenings.  Both choirs perform a wide range of musical styles ranging from classical to Gospel Rock and contemporary style choruses to traditional hymns.  Also, both choirs minister occasionally to shut-ins at various rehabilitation facilities. Inspiration and resources are available for church musicians through the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians (FABM) at the Green Lake Conference Center every summer in July.

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