Worship is a lifestyle. We worship God in our work, in our interactions with other people, in our care for his creation, in our attitudes, and even with our bodies. But perhaps the most visible aspect of worship in the church is the worship service, and the various elements of the service that work together to help people sense the nearness of God, enter into his presence, and express their love for him, in words, in prayer, in posture, in sacraments (e.g., communion), in songs of adoration and praise, and in many other creative ways.
God is the ultimate creator, and we, made in his image, bear the characteristic of his creativity, as well. The worship arts encompass all sorts of creative expressions of adoration and praise, including music, visual media, lighting, liturgy, spoken words and poetry, the reading of Scripture, dance, and more. Our worship and media teams at LFMC are committed to creating worship environments that encourage people to focus their attention on God, to listen for his voice, and to speak and sing back to him words of blessing and praise and love.
Our worship arts teams at LFMC are the Praise Band (our contemporary worship band), the Celebration Singers (a seasonal choir), special ensembles (such as our mixed quartet), our children's worship team (KREW, Kids Raising Exciting Worship), our media team (who work with sound, video, lighting, and other elements of media), and other artists and musicians who contribute time and talent to various aspects of our worship services and events. Doug Heacock leads the worship band for the contemporary service, and traditional worship is co-led by Diana Ice, Larry Mallett, and Dorcas Smith. Diana Ice directs the Celebration Singers. Parents lead the children's worship team, KREW, working with Pastor Allie Klopenstein. These teams collaborate from time to time for regular worship services and special services (Easter, Christmas, etc.)
Serving in the Praise Band
The Praise Band is a group of skilled volunteer musicians including drummers, guitarists, bassists, violinists, percussionists, pianists and synth players, vocalists, and others. There is an audition process--contact Doug Heacock for more information.
The Celebration Singers
The Celebration Singers is a seasonal, multi-generational choir that is convened for seasonal presentations and performances, such as the upcoming Christmas musical, "Almost There," which is being prepared for a presentation on the evening of December 16, 2018. Rehearsals are currently underway on Sunday evenings, in the choir room, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Teens from 6th grade and up and all adults are invited to participate.
Serving on the media teams
There are five main media teams that utilize volunteers:
Sound team members work with the worship teams, setting up microphones, mixing audio for live services, and configuring and maintaining the audio equipment in our worship venues. Sound team members are also often involved in providing sound reinforcement and other support for special programs and services.
Video projection team members operate video projection systems in our worship venues. These systems include video projectors or large-screen TV displays, computers and worship presentation software. Some team members are involved in the preparation of the projected media, which includes song lyrics and backgrounds, video content, sermon notes and announcement slides, and other specialized content.
Video production team members include videographers and editors, who work on small video productions for the church, such as event promo videos, video interviews, and video documentation of church events. Video production volunteers are skilled in the use of video cameras, portable lighting systems, and video editing software.
Recording ministry volunteers are responsible for audio recordings of the Sunday sermons, for posting on the church Web site, or for duplication and distribution on CD or cassette tape when requested by attenders. These volunteers use audio recording software and other computer applications and equipment for production and duplication of audio CDs.
Digital photography team members document church events photographically, and shoot other images that are used in publications, promotions, video productions, and projected presentations. These team members also catalog and organize images for storage.