We are pleased to announce that KT Thompson has accepted our offer to serve as Interim Organist & Accompanist through the end of April. KT is one of the folks who have been serving as substitute organist during these last Advent and Christmas seasons (you may remember her playing the accordion in addition to the organ and piano on one of those Sundays!). Her call to serve on an interim basis provides us with consistent and competent accompaniment for our worship services and choirs through Lent and Easter Sunday, while at the same time allowing us to carefully enter into a search for a permanent Organist/Accompanist without feeling the need to rush the process. Please make a point of welcoming KT among us at CtK!
Let me take this opportunity to also share more about the “re-shuffle” of our Worship and Music team, which we have been living into for a little while already. As many of you know, Nate Crary shifted his ministry at CtK from full- to half-time in July, in order to respond to a call to serve half-time with Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota. As a result of that change, Nate’s new title will be “Director of Worship.” He will continue to curate our seasonal liturgies, oversee visual and graphic arts for our worship space, design bulletins and related materials, lead the worship weekly worship planning, and supervise the Worship and Music staff team, while serving as liaison to the various volunteers related to worship.
As of December, Heather Nelson has increased her work to full-time, working under the new title of “Director of Music.” In addition to continuing to direct the Sanctuary Choir, Christ’s Kingsmen, and Glory Sound, Heather will also be working to create new avenues for musical participation among children, youth, and adults. IN addition, her work will include an increased role in liturgy planning and worship leadership, the development of a new concert series at CtK, as well as serving as a resource person for other program ministries as needed.
While we continue to work out the finer details of these important changes on our worship and music staff, I am pleased that the Worship and Music team at CtK continues to include folks who are not only wonderfully gifted, but whose gifts complement one another in such a remarkable way. In addition to Nate, Heather, and KT, this team includes Hannah Pagel and Caleb Anderson, whose work as Handbell Director and Sound Technician (respectively) remains the same.
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in the sanctuary…
Let everything thing that breathes praise the Lord!”
(Psalm 150: 1, 6)