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Jazz and the Arts Take Center Stage

What is jazz? What is its influence on art, culture and worship? Special guest speakers and musicians will delve into these questions as America’s classical music takes centerstage for the 48th Annual Religious Arts Festival: Jazz and the Arts. This week-long event begins with a jazz brunch at Oscar’s at the Museum followed by a Birmingham Museum of Art tour and talk lead by curator Dr. Katelyn Crawford. There will also be lectures offered by WAJH-FM Tuxedo Junction host, Bart Grooms, and NC State Professor, Dr. Jason Bivins, as well as music from Avante Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Trio. We’ll also enjoy New Orleans cuisine at the Religious Arts Festival Banquet in the Great Hall next Thursday. The week of events ends with a jazz mass during the 5 pm worship on Sunday, February 10. Remember that there will be no morning worship that day because of the Mercedes Marathon. 

It’s a lot of information to keep straight, so please be sure to look at our online calendar or pick up a brochure from the church. All of the events are free and open to the public except for the Jazz Brunch at Oscar’s and the Religious Arts Festival Banquet. Oscar's is booked for brunch and no longer has reservations available. However, you can still join the tour and talk. Reservations for the banquet can be made by calling the music office at 933-3700 or online.

This Sunday is our annual congregational meeting, which will occur at the end of the 11 am worship service. The Congregation will be receiving 2018 financial reports, approving changes in compensation for ordained clergy, and receiving the 2018 report of the President of the Congregation

Finally, thank you to everyone who came to worship and Sunday school last week to hear from Union Theological Seminary President Dr. Serene Jones. If you missed her visit, you can listen to hersermon and her Sunday school lecture online.

See you Sunday,

Bill