As you have seen in several mediums of communication, our Creative Arts Camp has been set for August 6-9. This camp has an amazing reputation, not only at Broadway, but within our surrounding community. It is a camp that brings children together to learn about different mediums of the arts, instills spiritual lessons, and is an outreach to our community. Encourage your friends to sign up their children or grandchildren. It is a four day summer camp that will enrich their lives.
The Outreach Committee is hosting a Community-Wide Block Party, which will feature live music, food, Steel City Pops, a small farmer’s market, and games and activities for children of all ages. Free admission and parking, but bring cash to support local vendors.
The 2017-2018 Children’s Choir has participated in worship more than any Children’s Choir in the past six years at Broadway. Truly, this is a talented group of children and they have grown so much in their musical and spiritual knowledge and understanding this year. In addition, they have inspired us and enhanced our worship experiences numerous times, and we are grateful for their musical offerings in worship. Their last opportunity to sing in worship this semester is planned for May 13, Mother’s Day.
Thanks to everyone who came out for Blaze Pizza Night - our fundraiser for the new preschool/kindergarten option at Creative Arts Camp. We filled the place with more than 103 people. Though I have not gotten the official numbers from Blaze, with individual donations and estimated proceeds from Blaze, we raised at least $1,280!
After traveling down the path of our Lenten theme, God of Wilderness and Water, we will gather to celebrate the resurrection of Christ as we are led by the Chancel Choir and instrumentalists in our Alleluias. Come to Broadway to celebrate Christ is Risen. Christ is Risen indeed!
Delight in great music in a cozy setting as our Courtyard Concerts return in May! Join us on Sunday, May 6, immediately following worship in our newly renovated courtyard. Musicians from the Louisville Orchestra are our featured guests, and a great meal is provided by Gracious Plenty.
Admission is $10, and everyone is welcome! Space is limited, so please make a reservation by calling the church office at 502.895.2459.
Whether you’re an aspiring chef, guitarist, or photographer, our annual Creative Arts Camp is reserving a spot just for you! For children who have completed first through sixth grades, join us August 6-9 for a day camp centered around the creative spirit. Registration is $50 per camper and everyone is encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch daily.
Save the date for Broadway’s 5th Annual Creative Arts Camp, and be sure to let your friends and neighbors know about this unique event Broadway hosts for children each summer. Children who have completed first through sixth grades gather to learn about God through the arts, including choir, visual art, culinary art, and many different types of instruments!
This year, we will add a concurrent component for children in preschool and kindergarten. More information to come!
Many thanks to those who sponsored flowers for our worship services in 2017 through our Flower Ministry. We have the following dates available in 2018: April 8, May 6, June 10, June 17, July 15, July 22, August 12, and October 14. If you would like to sponsor a flower arrangement, please contact the church office at 502.895.2459. If you have a particular Sunday for which you have sponsored flowers on an ongoing basis in the past, please verify these dates with the office.
Wednesday Night Activities resumed on January 10, with the Deacon Ordination and Installation Service. Our regular schedule begins on January 17, with a small group for adults at 5:15 p.m., dinner at 5:45 p.m., and small groups for all ages at 6:30 p.m
This month, we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Robert Gammon's ministry at Broadway. When the search committee was given the job description by the deacons and surveyed the congregation, it was clear that expectations were very high. In unanimously recommending Robert, we believed that we had found the person who could meet those expectations - and he exceeds them!
This year, Robert Gammon accompanied a group of six youth, including myself, on the Jubilate Choir’s Summer Tour. Youth choirs from five churches gathered together in January to learn eight songs, and we performed them on a week-long trip.
The 2017 Jubilate Summer Tour begins at Broadway Baptist Church on June 6. The choir, made up of youth from church choirs around the Southeast, will gather on Tuesday for rehearsal and then sing a concert in our sanctuary on Wednesday night, June 7, at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, May 3, the Pleasure Ridge Park High School Advanced Choirs will perform Mozart’s Requiem under the direction of Phillip Jennings in the Sanctuary of Broadway Baptist Church at 7 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public.
During the month of May, I will be away from the church observing a time of sabbatical. I am so thankful for this opportunity that Broadway offers to ministers every five years. During my sabbatical, I will take time for rest, travel, and to observe other musicians and churches along the way. I look forward to returning to Broadway in June as we host the Jubilate summer tour here at BBC on June 7.
Please note: Due to Spring Break, Wednesday Night Dinner is not scheduled on Wednesday, April 5. The following week, we will have dinner on Maundy Thursday, April 13. and no dinner on Wednesday, April 12.
April 9 Palm Sunday 11 a.m. Worship
April 13 Maundy Thursday Dinner and Service Dinner—6 p.m. Friendship Hall (Please RSVP with the church office) Service—7 p.m. Chapel
April 15 Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. Family Life Center
The Chancel Choir will sing Dan Forrest's compelling Requiem for the Living on Sunday, March 26 at 11 a.m., in the sanctuary.
A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest - traditionally, for the deceased. The five movements of Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living (2013), however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. The opening movement sets the traditional Introit and Kyrie texts - pleas for rest and mercy - using ever-increasing elaborations on a simple three-note descending motive.
The second movement, instead of the traditional Dies Irae, sets Scriptural texts that speak of the turmoil and sorrow which face humanity, while yet invoking musical and textual allusions to the Dies Irae. This movement juxtaposes aggressive rhythmic gestures with long, floating melodic lines, including quotes of the Kyrie from the first movement.
The Agnus Dei is performed next (a departure from the usual liturgical order) as a plea for deliverance and peace; the Sanctus, following it, becomes a response to this redemption. The Sanctus offers three different glimpses of the "heavens and earth, full of Thy glory,” all of which develop the same musical motive: an ethereal opening section inspired by images of space from the Hubble Space Telescope, a stirring middle section inspired by images of our own planet as viewed from the International Space Station, and a closing section which brings the listener down to Earth, where cities teem with the energy of humanity.
The Lux Aeterna, which then closes the work, portrays light, peace, and rest - for both the deceased and the living.
On behalf of myself and the Advanced Choir students at Pleasure Ridge Park High School, we want to thank Broadway for allowing us to use the facilities on January 20 - 21. Between Friday evening and Saturday morning, the students rehearsed 8.5 hours on their Choral assessment repertoire, as well as their upcoming performance of Mozart's Requiem which will take place in Broadway's sanctuary, on May 3.
This retreat utilized the help of other JCPS choir directors, as well as Music Education students from Morehead State and the University of Louisville. While not rehearsing, the students enjoyed the use of the Family Life Center and gymnasium. All 70 women slept in the yoga room, hallway, and surrounding classrooms. The 28 men were housed in the Friendship hall divided rooms, which also doubled as sectional rehearsal space.
The highlight of the weekend was their reaction at the first chord sung by all 98 in the chancel. Needless to say, they are very excited about performing at Broadway in May!
Members of the PRP Choir will also be singing in worship at Broadway on Sunday, February 26. Please come to support these high school students and see the results of the great progress they have already made!
This year, we attended winter Jubilate for the third time. A group of 11 went to Atlanta for Martin Luther King weekend and met with other youth choirs to learn new songs. Jubilate was an amazing experience that gave the youth the chance to learn new music, meet new friends, and worship. We practiced Friday night, all day Saturday, and then again on Sunday before our two concerts. By the end of the weekend, we knew that the hours of rehearsal were worth it because our performances were great. It is always exciting to get to see our friends from other churches and make new ones too. We were able to visit the Georgia Aquarium before our flight, which was an amazing way to end a perfect weekend spent worshiping with friends.
Come and find out the answer to this and many other facts and stories associated with the hymns of our faith as we started a new Wednesday Night Study on January 18 at 6 p.m. in Friendship Hall. Robert Gammon will be leading this study: January 25, February 1, 8, and 22.