Winter Solstice Singing Ritual
Saturday, December 21st at 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 22nd at 10:30 am
An alternative holiday celebration.
Welcome the sun back after the longest night of the year.
Featuring a women’s choir, readings and poetry, and candlelight.
No charge, open to everyone
Free will offering will be taken, with 50% donated to local charity
We are looking for folks who would like to be involved in the Winter Solstice Singing Ritual (December 21 and December 22). We need several readers, so please let Beth know if you would like to be considered for one of the readings. And we are looking for someone to help with the set-up of the ritual space. If you are particularly good at creating altars and/or decking the halls with boughs of holly, please let Beth know. She can be reached at 714-376-6666 or Music MusicDirectorocuucorg (MusicDirectorocuucorg) .
Our CARING CHOIR will be going out for their bi-monthly Sunday of service on December 1. The Caring Choir’s purpose is to reach out to OCUUC members and friends who are ill, hospitalized, in hospice care, or otherwise needing some encouragement. We’ll go to their bedside to sing for/with them and their families. We’ll meet at 1pm at the church for a brief training and rehearsal, go out to sing for 2-3 people, then come back to church to debrief. Figure on an all-afternoon endeavor. The Caring Choir is open to all those who can carry a tune and who would like to use music as a tool for healing. Contact Beth Syverson if you have any questions about our CaringChoir. 714-376-6666 or Music Directorocuucorg (Directorocuucorg)
Multimedia Training Session Sunday, September 22, 1-3pm. Do you want to support our worship experience behind-the-scenes? Come learn about our sound system, slideshow, overflow webcam, and podcasts. In an effort to spread the Sunday morning duties around, we will be divvying up the responsibilities for these important multimedia tasks among several volunteers. It will be an easy once-a-month gig for anyone who is trained to volunteer. If you have questions, contact Beth (musicdirectorocuucorg) .
In order for OCUUC to grow, we need to draw in visitors who will stick around long enough to create connections with our vision, our members, and our activities. I’ve been thinking of ways that the music can either help or hurt the first impressions of a first-time visitor to one of our worship services. Here are some ideas I have, but I am open to hearing your suggestions as well:
- Make sure hymnals are readily available for those who wish to use them. Large-print editions are also available for both hymnals. It’d be great if folks sitting near newcomers could lend a hand if they are struggling to find a hymnal or struggling to find the songs in our two books.
- Reduce or eliminate all “insider” information. You might hear me make a bit more of an explanation before singing the children out or before singing our Offertory Response (From You I Receive), for example.
- I’ll avoid at all costs using acronyms or “lingo” when speaking or writing. A new visitor might not know what UU, UUA, RE, or DRE mean, for example. (Unitarian Universalist, Unitarian Universalist Association, Religious Education, Director of Religious Education)
- Make sure the musicians who are singing and playing reflect our diverse community — in gender, age, race, etc.
- Make sure the music I choose reflects our Unitarian Universalist principles, our church’s mission, and our diverse cultures and interests (i.e., pop and classical, songs in languages other than English).
- Make sure the quality of music is as good as we can possibly make it, and make sure my presence on the mic is warm and inviting.
- Make it easy for newcomers to find out about how to be involved in the Music Ministries. To that end, the Music Committee is staffing the music table every Sunday in the courtyard, and there’s a “Music” checkbox on the visitor form.
Director of Music Ministries
714-376-6666 or MusicDirectorocuucorg (MusicDirectorocuucorg)
Just a few of the reasons to join the choir when we resume August 15th. :-)
Articles and Studies:
- Choirs Bring a ‘Heart Connection’ (read more)
- Music Programs Key to Congregational Life (read more)
- Singing is healthier for you than Yoga (read more)
- Choir singers not only harmonise their voices, they also synchronise their heartbeats (read more).
- Music releases a chemical in the brain that has a key role in setting good moods (read more).
CALLING ALL SINGERS:
Choir rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm beginning on August 15th
Have you ever thought about joining the Orange Coast Choir? Or have you taken a hiatus and you’re ready to join us again? We’d love to have more singers in our choir this fall to help celebrate our new minister, our new building, and other very special events coming up this year.
Orange Coast Choir, our adult choir, will resume for the fall season on August 15th. We rehearse every Thursday night at 7:30pm in the Social Hall and we usually sing 3 times per month. Our first Sunday to sing in the service will be September 8th. It’s a great time to jump in if you would like to join the choir. Choir members do not need to read music and there is not a formal audition. The only 2 requirements are that you can match pitch and follow directions. Contact Beth Syverson if you’re interested in joining the choir or if you have any questions. 714-376-6666 or Music Directorocuucorg
If the choir is too much of a commitment for your life right now, there are some other singing ministries available to you.
Our new CARING CHOIR will be kicking off on August 11th. The Caring Choir’s purpose is to reach out to OCUUC members and friends who are ill, hospitalized, in hospice care, or otherwise needing some encouragement by coming to their bedside to sing for/with them and their families. We will meet on the second Sunday, every other month. We’ll grab lunch together after the worship services, then rehearse for a half hour, go out to sing for 2-3 people, then come back to church to debrief. Figure on an all-afternoon endeavor. Our lunchtime discussion leader on August 11 will be our congregation nurse Adair Small, who will be talking with us about compassionate and sensitive interpersonal skills needed for ministering to those in need. The Caring Choir is open to all those who can carry a tune and who would like to use music as a tool for healing. Contact Beth Syverson if you have any questions about our new Caring Choir. 714-376-6666 or Music Directorocuucorg
Contact Beth with any questions.
Beth Syverson, Director of Music Ministries, 714-376-6666, MusicDirectorocuucorg
Open Mic Night Saturday June 29
Get your act ready!
Don’t miss OCUUC’s annual Open Mic Night on Saturday, June 29 at 7pm!
(We’d call it a “Talent Show”, but we don’t want to go out on any limbs.)
Join us for an evening of family-friendly entertainment, including snacks and drinks. We’re holding an opportunity drawing, too, with tickets for sale at the door.
- 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 29th
- Admission is FREE
- Intermission with bar: wine and water for sale, and snacks for a donation
- 50-50 raffle (that is, the winner gets 50% of the money from the sale of raffle tickets and the church gets the other half). Raffle tickets will be available at the door and at intermission, when the drawing will be held
To register your act, please sign up with Barbara Schilling or Amy Tompkins by June 14th.
See you there!
Choir rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm
We rehearse on the choir risers in our temporary sanctuary/social hall. Several bonuses of this space (compared to the Victoria St. building):
- The choir has ample natural light during daytime services!
- The choir will be able to see the projector screen with ease!
- No roof support blocking your view of the speaker!
- No stair climbing to get to the music office!
- Sneaky back entrance through the kitchen!
Contact Beth (musicdirectorocuucorg) with any questions.
There are so many wonderful musical events coming up through the end of the year. I hope you will all join in either as participants or as listeners!
- November 4, 9:30 am rehearsal – One-Hour Choir performs at the service this same morning
- November 10 and November 11 – Orange Coast Choir will be featured as part of the Fond Farewell to our Victoria Street building (and the memories therein). They will be performing Unitarian Universalist composer Clif Hardin’s Requiem. It’s a very moving 30-minute work that travels a huge arc from anger to acceptance.
- Rehearsals for the Winter Solstice Singing Ritual – women singers – begin November 29th
- December 8th, 7:30 pm – “PeaceNick” concert featuring a dizzying array of holiday songs in many styles by liberal satirist singer-songwriter Roy Zimmerman. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets are available on Sunday mornings, or buy online.
- December 22nd and December 23rd – annual Winter Solstice Singing Ritual
- December 24th – Family Christmas Eve service – opportunities for instrumentalists and singers of all ages
Contact Beth Syverson at MusicDirectorocuucorg (MusicDirectorocuucorg) or 714-376-6666 if you have any questions about any of these events.
“Roy Zimmerman: PeaceNick” show Saturday, December 8th at 7:30pm. Admission: $20 in advance online or at OCUUC on Sundays, or $25 cash only at the door (plus applicable fees). Box office opens at 7:00 pm.
Who’s that chubby old hippy stuck in your chimney? That’s the musical question answered by satirical songwriter Roy Zimmerman.
“PeaceNick” is Zimmerman’s send-up of the political, social and even spiritual absurdities of the Holiday season – ninety minutes of hilarious and heartfelt songs from a decidedly Lefty-Pacifist-Humanist point of view.
Zimmerman made a “campaign promise” this year to perform in all fifty states. He did 140 shows in 49 states, traveling 45,000 miles with his wife and frequent co-writer Melanie Harby. In twelve albums over twenty years, and on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
“PeaceNick” contains a dizzying array of Holiday songs in many styles. “Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanzaa” is the sort of patter song Danny Kaye might have sung, a song of celebration for all world cultures. There’s a faux-Dylan protest song, “Christmas is Pain,” and an island ballad about climate change, “Hula Yule.”
A Crosby-like crooner, “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” is sung from the point of view of an American troop stationed in Afghanistan. And there’s a multiple choice number, “What Would You Rather Get for Christmas” where the audience guides the song to one of eight different endings.
Save the dates for A Fond Farewell to our Victoria Street Home:
- Saturday, November 10th, Social Time with appetizer potluck and wine service 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm; program at 7:30 pm
- Sunday, November 11th, 10:30 am
This weekend of special events will be our official farewell to our beloved church building as we prepare to move to our new building on Mesa Verde East in early 2013. This will be an opportunity for present and former Members, Friends, and Staff from our 50+ year history to say their personal goodbyes. Special guests will share their fond memories of their time here, and there will be a chance for everyone to share their cherished memories as well. Orange Coast Choir will be presenting a Unitarian Universalist Requiem by Clif Hardin. This contemporary Requiem explores the themes of loss, remembrance, and gratitude. Please join us. RSVP not required. Free childcare is available at both events.
Have you captured any wonderful OCUUC memories with your camera? Pictures taken at an auction event, at Camp de Benneville, or at a concert here? Maybe from an Open Mic night or baby dedication or just on a Sunday? One of our very talented members is producing a slideshow for the special Fond Farewell Service, but we need YOUR memories!
Please send DIGITAL photographs to farewellphotosocuucorg (farewellphotosocuucorg) by October 21st.
One or two photos per person/couple/family, please.
As much as possible, please identify people in photos, the event and date (give at least the year, if you can).
ONE-HOUR CHOIR: We’ll have our 3rd round of One-Hour Choir on the first Sunday in September. It’s super-easy — if you want to sing in the One-Hour Choir, just come on Sunday, September 2nd, for a 9:30-10:30 am rehearsal in the sanctuary. We’ll learn an anthem in an hour and sing it at the 11:00 am service that morning. The One-Hour Choir is open to anyone who can match pitch and follow directions. (If you’re not sure if you can match pitch, please check in with Beth before the rehearsal.) Please be sure to arrive ready to sing at 9:30 so everyone is there for the whole rehearsal.
Contact Beth Syverson at MusicDirectorocuucorg (MusicDirectorocuucorg) for more information.