Dear St. Paul’s Members and Friends,
It’s that time of year again, and in a couple of weeks Marianne and I will be heading up to Rangeley, Maine for a few weeks of lakeside cottage living. And once again we’re taking our two Field Spaniels, Oscar and Babette, and of course their Maine Coon Kat, Kirby, is going along. Oscar just became a breed champion (he is now Champion Windfarthing’s Heartsong). And Babette just received her Canine Good Citizenship award and is in training to be a therapy dog. She already is visiting residents at area nursing homes as well as visiting the home-bound members of the parish.
In this installment of the Rector’s article I would like to focus on the childrens’ Music School. The school will be entering its third year in the fall, and the director, Brian Hoffman, is already making plans to make this year’s classes new and exciting. Brian is committed to building up the school and having the kids performing in church often. For the 2010-11 school year Brian has decided to expand the learning environment to include other art disciplines. The core of the program will continue to be music, but this next school year Brian intends to offer other learning opportunities as well.
The St. Paul’s Special Music Fund helps to provide support for the Music School. So far this year the Music Fund Committee has met with Brian twice to offer encouragement and pledge our commitment to him and the school. In addition to the Rector, Warden David Graham and Mr. Hoffman, Vestry Member Sharon Bonk has agreed to join the committee to help plan for a successful Music School year. Heartfelt thanks go out to the committee and all the volunteers. I look forward to the changes to the Music School and to seeing the kids in church.
Brian Hoffman is looking for volunteers with creative artistic skills who are willing to conduct a session with the children, whether once a month or once a semester. Sessions will be half an hour to 45 minutes. Any subject in the creative arts will be considered. Please contact Brian at email@example.com, or at 518-273-7351, ext. 3.