Every once in a while, you need to try something new. I followed the small hoard of teenagers into the Ananda Yoga Temple in Scotts Valley, California. Each day of youth camp, we had visited and participated in a particular creative art. On Tuesday, we explored the creative nature of God as we spent time with luthier Kenny Hill. On Wednesday, Santa Cruz potter John Albrecht allowed us to mold clay in his studio as we explored the shaping work of God. On Thursday, we studied the tending and caring nature of God… which led us to Doug Andrews, founder of Ananda Scotts Valley. I slipped off my shoes and entered the yoga room. Multiple mats were unrolled on the floor. Beside each lay a pillow, a blanket, a block and a strap. It reminded me of naptime in kindergarten. For the next ninety minutes, we breathed, stretched, posed, embraced affirmations and rested. Okay, I’ll admit, I’ve made fun of yoga for years. Now? I think I might be hooked…

Every once in a while, you need to try something new. This past Sunday the Furman Singers Alumni Choir led our congregation in worship. I watched many of you as you listened. Some were smiling. Some were quietly allowing the music to sink deep in their souls. Some were mouthing the words as the choir sang. In those moments, I wondered how many of you might need to open yourself to singing in our choir? There is always room for one more. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, and worship leadership is on Sunday mornings. An added bonus – you get to wear a cool robe! Maybe you’d like to join one of our handbell choirs. Vivian Hamilton, Josh Harrington or Julie Treu would love to share more information with you about our Sanctuary Choir and both our Beginner Handbell Choir and our more advanced Bell Tower Ringers. All groups will resume rehearsal this fall. Again, added bonus – the Bell Tower Ringers always wear a cool black outfit!

Trying something new has opened fresh possibilities for my health and spirituality. Finding your place in our music ministry will connect you with a wonderful means of service and a delightful community within the larger church. Now, please excuse me while I go shop for a cool yoga outfit.

— Jim