I am especially thankful for the musicians sharing their gifts with us in our worship services this summer. As I write this, I’m thinking of some of our recent soloists: Tyrese Byrd singing, “I am seeking for a city into the Kingdom, Hallelujah;” Sara Kathryn Coates singing, “I am a Poor, Wayfarin’ Stranger;” Bronwen Forbay singing, “Be not Afraid, the Lord will give you strength;” and Pam Kenney-McIntyre’s beautiful sound on the flute. The level of talent in our congregation and community and the many musicians sharing their musical offerings are tremendous blessings. We are fortunate to be able to gather as a congregation and sing together and to have a dedicated choir and organist who share their talents with us week after week.

Bergsvein Toverud, tenor, will be our guest soloist on Sunday morning, July 24. During his undergraduate studies at Furman University, Bergsvein was a Herring Choral Scholar and Herring Church Music Intern here assisting with our Youth and Sanctuary Choirs. He has recently received his Masters degree in Music from the Eastman School of Music and been a Young Artist for Palm Beach Opera. He has also been a national first prize winner in the Classical Singer Competition.

On Sunday morning, July 31, the Furman Singers Alumni Choir will sing in our worship service under the direction of Hugh Floyd and Bing Vick, each a conductor emeritus. Furman Singers Alumni from multiple states gather to sing together because of their love for choral music and the strong friendships they have made from singing in this choir. We are honored to host this group of approximately 150 singers here on the last Sunday in July.

Singing in a choir is uplifting to one’s spirit, a way to connect with other people, and good for the brain and soul. I encourage you to try singing in one of our choirs this year!

—Vivian

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