First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Neil H. Wilson, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-9122


Recent Events

 

 

 Bayview Young Artist Series

On Sunday, July 30th during our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service and in continuing fellowship with Bayview Music Festival, we welcomed Tanner Hoertz and Migeun Chung

Tanner Hoertz is a Master’s in Voice student at the University of Michigan where he studies under the direction of Stephen Lusmann. He received his Bachelor’s in Music degree from the University of Kentucky in 2016. Tanner is regular performer of American Negro Spirituals at various churches. His recent operatic credits include Moralès and Doncaïro in Bizet’s Carmen and Starvling in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Migeun Chung (Piano Fellow) is a native Incheon, South Korea.  She has extensive experience as a versatile soloist and collaborative pianist.  Her collaborative works include: opera, music theatre, orchestra, jazz ensemble, chamber music, choir & ballet.  Dr. Chung earned a BM in Piano Performance from Sookmyung Women’s University in North Texas.  She has over 16 years in an active role as ballet pianist for the University of North Texas.

Sunday’s special music was sponsored by Ron and Judy Willey.


 

On Sunday, July 23rd as we presented special music and welcome Erin Murphy as our featured guest artist. 

Flutist Erin Kendall Murphy frequently performs with orchestras, in chamber music collaborations, and as a soloist throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Murphy holds degrees in flute performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA), Northwestern University (MM with honors), and the University of Michigan (BM, James B. Angell Scholar). In addition, she earned a performance certificate while studying in Kent, England at Trevor Wye’s international flute studio. Erin performs frequently with Chicago’s Lakeshore Rush ensemble and cellist Christopher Ferrer as the Analogue Duo. Dr. Murphy is the Instructor of Flute at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Visit www.erinkmurphyflute.com for more information.

Sunday’s special music was sponsored by John and Sue Dixon

 


 Rev. Steve Marshall’s Art Evangelism

Where: First Congregational Church, 101 State St.

When:  Tuesday, July 18th at 10 a.m.

When Steve Marshall entered the ordained ministry after a long career in the graphic arts field, he looked for a way to combine his two passions for preaching and painting. 

Inspired by a childhood remembrance of a visiting chalk art evangelist and encouraged by his wife Sue, Steve developed what he called art sermons.                                                                                            

Rather than using chalk, he decided to rely on his extensive experience as a pastel artist to create quick paintings during his sermon. When he was appointed to his first church in 1994,

he began presenting his art sermons regularly and was pleased by the enthusiastic response. He found that when members of his congregation learned that he was going to be doing an art sermon,

they invited friends and neighbors to experience this unusual approach to preaching. When Steve founded a new church in Surprise, AZ, his art sermons became an effective evangelism tool,

aiding in the church’s rapid growth. As word of what Steve was doing spread, he was invited to present his art sermons at many different churches and events throughout the country.

Steve retired in 2010 but serves part-time on staff at Willowbrook UMC in Sun City where his art sermons continue to be popular among his congregation.

 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 

Bay View Young Artists present Opera à la Carte

BAY VIEW, MI – On Friday, June 23, the Summer Opera, Art Song and Recording Seminar (SOARS), a cast of 13 collegiate and pre-professional singers and three pianists, will present the final performance of their program, Opera à la Carte at the First Congregational Church, Charlevoix at 8pm. The opera scenes program celebrates its 5th edition this year with the theme Postcards from Michigan featuring various historically meaningful locations, personalities and times in the State’s history.

The SOARS young artist program offers the chance for pre-professional opera singers to hone their art through a variety of performance opportunities including an Art Song Recital, recording a demo with a professional recording engineer, and a concert that includes opera scenes.

Friday evening’s program will include opera scenes selected specifically for each student from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti, The Merry Wives of Windsor by Otto Nicolai, Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart, Street Scene by Kurt Weill, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart, Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, Die Zauberflöte by W.A. Mozart, La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini, The Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana, Little Women by Mark Adamo, The Secret Garden by Lucy Simon, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten.

Complete with costumes and explanations of each scene so you can understand all the on-stage shenanigans, this program has become a favorite with our audience.



Sunday, June 25th at our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service:

In continuing fellowship with Bayview Music Festival, this Sunday, June 25th at our 10:30 a.m. worship service, we welcome Megan Stoltzfus and Joe Fizgerald. Please come and help us extend warmest regards to Megan and Joe.

Megan Stoltzfus is a junior majoring in flute performance at Lee University. Megan is principal flutist of Lee University’s Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra and is a member of Bay View Music Festival’s 2017 Wind Institute. Her primary flute instructors include Kristen Holritz, Leah Arsenault, and Debra Reuter-Pivetta. In her free time from playing flute, you can find Megan practicing piano, running, and hiking.

Joe Fitzgerald is a vocal coach and organist originally from Topeka, Kansas.  He currently calls Oklahoma City home, where he is the Assistant Music Director for Painted Sky Opera, a Staff Pianist at Oklahoma City University, and Organist for Hillcrest Presbyterian Church. He received his MM from OCU in 2016.  

Sunday’s special music is sponsored by Ted and Marilyn Dumbauld.

 

 

 

 



IN CONTINUING FELLOWSHIP WITH BAYVIEW MUSIC FESTIVAL…

 

We begin our summer  season with special musical guests sharing in our Worship on Sunday, June 18th

during our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service.   Please join us to enjoy their talents and extend your warmest regards

to Joe Fitzgerald & Stephan Wilson

Joe Fitzgerald is a vocal coach and organist originally from Topeka, Kansas.  He currently calls Oklahoma City home, where he is the Assistant Music Director for Painted Sky Opera, a Staff Pianist at Oklahoma City University, and Organist for Hillcrest Presbyterian Church. He received his MM from OCU in 2016.  

 

Stephan Wilson, Tenor, is a junior from Flint, Michigan pursuing a Musical Theatre degree at Central Michigan University. Recently, Stephan performed the role of Richie Walters (A Chorus Line) and Dr.Falke (Die Fledermaus, by Strauss). He has been a qualifier for the Great Lakes Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singers for past two years. He was also a finalist in the inaugural Hall Johnson spiritual competition last summer.

 Sunday’s special music is sponsored by Roger & Donna Waters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Education Committee – Annual Halloween Party

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Christian Education Committee – Annual Halloween Party

When: Sunday, October 30th 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. !!!!

Who should come:  Adults and Youth

There will be food, fun and games and pumpkin cards!

Ghoulsagna

Spooky Salad

Ghostly Garlic Bread

Wear a Costume if you want!

We are also having a Cupcake decorating contest!

 

 

 

ADVENT HERALD SYMPHONY AND SINGERS IN CONCERT

WHERE:  FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH ~ 101 State Street ~ Charlevoix ~ The Church with the Purple Doors

WHEN:  SUNDAY ~ SEPTEMBER 4TH AT 4 P.M.

Hear your favorite gospel classics with the power of a full symphony and the enthusiasm of young voices singing the good news of Jesus’ coming soon!

www.adventheralds.com

Advent Herald Symphony

 

 

 

SPECIAL MUSIC SUNDAY!

Marga Eickholt

     This Sunday, August 28th at 10:30 a.m. please welcome Marga Eickholt as she performs special music during our 10:30 a.m. worship service here at First Congregational Church, 101 State Street.  The church with the purple doors.  

     Marga is co-principal cello of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and principal with the Gaylord Community Orchestra.  Marga joined the GLCO in 2002 after moving to northern Michigan. She previously performed for 26 years with the Saginaw Bay Orchestra. She has performed with the Midland Symphony Orchestra and served as principal cello with the Alma Symphony Orchestra and the Germania Symphony. A versatile musician, Marga orchestrated 24 songs for a Gordon Lightfoot Tribute, “Whispers of the North” with Mike Fornes. She also played cello with RAW Emotion Rock Orchestra.

     Marga’s hobbies include motorcycle riding on her new Indian Scout, pistol shooting, camping, and snowmobiling. Her husband, Jerry, is joined by her instrument family: cellos “Crash,” “Louis,” and “ElecTroid;” bass, “AsaBass;” and mandolin, “Lindy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAYVIEW YOUNG ARTIST SERIES

 


In continuing fellowship with Bayview Music Festival Sunday, July 31st, 2016, we welcomed Miguel Ochoa and Joe Fizgerald. 

Miguel Ochoa (bass-baritone) graduated with his BM in Vocal Performance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Miguel is currently studying with Brian Banion at Bay View Music Festival this Summer and is performing the role of Alidoro in Rossini’s comic opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella). In 2013, he participated in American Singers’ Opera Project’s production of Don Giovanni as Leporello, and returned in the summer of 2014 to perform Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. “Classical Voice North Carolina” reviewed him as having “the most evenly polished voice as Sarastro.” Miguel serves as Conservatory Registrar and lead teacher of the Rhythm & Cues Workshop for the Acadiana Conservatory of Music. He enjoys discovering new music and looks forward to developing his character one stage at a time.”

Joe Fitzgerald is a native of Topeka, Kansas and is currently a student at Oklahoma City University.   He began playing organ for church services as a child and has served as an organist, choir director, handbell ringer, and worship leader ever since.  He is currently the organist at Hillcrest Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, and previously served in Topeka at First United Methodist Church, First Christian Church, and North Topeka Baptist Church.  After his anticipated graduation in Decemer 2016, he will have a Master’s of Music in Vocal Coaching, and will continue to remain active in church music as well as his other favorite genres: opera and musical theatre.  His past show credits as pianist, orchestra member, and/or music director include a wide spectrum of productions; most recently he was the chorus master for the OCU productions of Don Pasquale and an orchestra member for Evita.  He is currently a Piano Fellow at the Bay View Music Festival.

Sunday’s special music was sponsored by Sarah and Dave Smith in loving memory of our friend Fran Tollas.

Miguel             Joe

 

 

 

 

 

Bay View Young Artists Reach Into Local Community

 BAY VIEW, MI – On Friday, June 24, the Summer Art Song and Recording Seminar (SOARS), a cast of 14 collegiate and pre-professional singers and three pianists, will present Opera à la Cartein Charlevoix at First Congregational Church.  The concert begins at 8:00 pm and is free to the public with a free-will donation.  The SOARS young artist program offers the chance for pre-professional opera singers to hone their art through a variety of performance opportunities including an Art Song Recital, recording a demo with a professional recording engineer and a concert that includes opera scenes.

The performance at First Congregational Church is one of the performances which conclude two weeks of intense work on behalf of these talented young artists as well as festival faculty and staff.  Program will include opera scenes selected specifically for each student fromCandide by Leonard Bernstein, Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart, The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore, Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, Così fan tutte by W.A. Mozart, Giulio Cesare by G.F. Handel, L’Elisir d’Amore  by Gaetano Donizetti, Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart,  Tartuffe by Kirke Mechem, The Old Maid and The Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti, Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and the thrilling fight scene from Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod. The Friday night program takes place at First Congregational Church in Charlevoix. Located at 101 State Street in the seaside town of Charlevoix, this church has ideal acoustics for this type of program. These students will also present a repeat of this concert on Saturday night, June 25 in Bay View in the spectacular John M. Hall Auditorium. 

 

 

 

 

BAYVIEW YOUNG ARTIST SERIES

In continuing fellowship with Bayview Music Festival this Sunday, June 19th, at our 10:30 a.m. service we welcome Anne Linebarger and Alyssa Griffith. 

Anne Linebarger is a junior trumpet performance major at Florida State University, studying with Dr. Chris Moore. She is a recipient of the International Trumpet Guild Young Artist Award, and a four-time semifinalist at the National Trumpet Competition in both the solo and ensemble divisions.

Alyssa Griffith is a collaborative pianist and pedagogue from northern Illinois. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in collaborative piano from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she works as a graduate assistant pianist for the vocal department.  She is also living and working at Twin Towers Retirement Community as an Artist-in-Residence, and enjoys spending time with the residents there, worshiping with song at church, visiting her family, and travelling. Her future plans involve a month long trip to Germany as a collaborative pianist for Musiktheater Bavaria, and then finishing up her Master’s degree at CCM.

Sunday’s special music in sponsored by Jim & Christel Gibbons in loving memory of their parents Dr. Gerald & Mrs. Elsie Gibbons and Mr. Walter & Lotte Dethloff.

Anne Linebarger              Alyssa Griffith

 


 


 

 

 

 

A Celtic Worship

This Sunday, May 1st, First Congregational United Church of Christ in Charlevoix will be offering a worship service featuring Celtic (Irish) music.  Church member David Bowen has gathered a wonderful ensemble of musicians who have played together on many occasions who will be leading the service with some traditional Celtic musical instruments.

Pam Luce is from Central Lake and is well known in traditional music circles for her lovely singing talent, including pieces sung in the Irish language. Pam also is the program director for the Back Porch Coffeehouse monthly concert series held in Charlevoix.

Linda Hammond, from Harbor Springs, plays the Irish flute and penny whistle among other instruments, and has played Irish music in many concerts in Northern Michigan.

 John Richey from Boyne City is a premier fiddle player, performing both Irish, Scottish, and old time American music, and playing many concert and dance venues across Northern Michigan and Wisconsin.

Bruce Gartner (mandolin and fiddle) and David Bowen (guitar, cittern, piano) have played together in concerts, ceili dances, and Irish music competitions from Alaska to Dublin, both having competed and won medals in the All-Ireland World Music Championships. Gartner is a resident of Mount Pleasant, and Bowen resides in Charlevoix.

First Congregational Church is located at 101 State Street in Charlevoix on the corner of State and Park Avenue.  Look for the “church with the purple doors.”  More information can be found at www.chxucc.org , or by emailing us at info@chxucc.org  and by calling the church office  (231) 547-9122

 

 


 

Tuesday, August 18th at 8 p.m.

Lain Robards Concert Poster Aug 2015

 

 

 

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FREE CONCERT – JULY 2ND 8 P.M.
FREE CONCERT – JULY 2ND 8 P.M.
Opera 2 Opera 1

FREE CONCERT

Thursday July 2, 2015

“Opera a La Carte”

– On Thursday, July 2, the Summer Art Song and Recording Seminar (SOARS), a cast of 10 collegiate singers and three pianists, will present Opera a La Carte in Charlevoix . The concert begins at 8:00 pm and is free to the public with a free-will donation.

The SOARS young artist program offers the chance for pre-professional opera singers to hone their art through a variety of performance opportunities including an Art Song Recital, recording a demo with a professional recording engineer and concerts that include opera scenes and solo classical and Broadway songs.

The performance at First Congregational Church is one of the performances which conclude two weeks of intense work on behalf of these talented young artists as well as festival faculty and staff.

Program will include arias and Broadway song and selected opera scenes from The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart, L’Amico Fritz by Pietro Mascagni, La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini, Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, Così fan tutte by W.A. Mozart, Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten, Of Mice and Men by Carlisle Floyd and A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim.

The Thursday night program takes place at First Congregational Church in Charlevoix. Located at 101 State Street in the seaside town of Charlevoix, this church has ideal acoustics for this type of program.

FREE CONCERT - JULY 2ND 8 P.M.

FREE CONCERT – JULY 2ND 8 P.M.

FREE CONCERT - JULY 2ND 8 P.M.

FREE CONCERT – JULY 2ND 8 P.M.