COMPLETED EVENT November 8th, 2014

Composing Music for the Congregation

Susan Palo Cherwien Ken Medema Larry Olson Jay Beech Join Susan Palo Cherwien, Ken Medema (via live video conference), Larry Olson, and Jay Beech for this day-long workshop at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. These four distinctly different composers will explore various aspects of creating music for congregational singing. At the end of the day, some participants will have an opportunity to share their own pre-selected compositions with the group. Download the brochure for more information. Registration is now open! Sponsored by South Dakota Synod – ELCA, Augustana College Campus Ministry, and The Center for Worship & Music Studies.

COMPLETED EVENT November 2nd, 2014


Agape, Rachel Kurtz, Jonathan Rundman, Jay Beech, and John Kerns (from Spirit Garage) will perform a concert to raise money for the newly-formed Center for Worship & Music Studies.

Agape Rachel Kurtz Jonathan_Rundman John Kerns Jay Beech


Some of the most dynamic and innovative musical artists in the church are coming together to support the newly formed Center for Worship & Music Studies. A fundraising concert on November 2nd will feature Agape, Rachel Kurtz, Jonathan Rundman, John Kerns from the Spirit Garage, and the director of The Center, Jay Beech.

“We are creating a new kind of worship and music training program, one that celebrates ALL the musical gifts of God’s people,” says Beech. “This includes everything from our rich hymn and choral traditions to the newest kinds of music from our own culture, as well as music from around the world.”

“This concert will feature immensely gifted artists specializing in rock, hip-hop, and R&B styles, all of whom are driven by a deep faith and genuine love for the church. We are deeply grateful for their generosity and willingness to help grow this new ministry.”

In addition to their individual performances, the musicians will also play some songs together. This may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this very eclectic “super-group.” The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and can be purchased using the form below.

Click on this link to view the poster for the concert, or click here to begin downloading a compressed file immediately for promoting the event in your church.

COMPLETED EVENT August 12th & 13th, 2014

Full-Bodied Stewardship: Practicing, promoting, and being full-bodied stewards in areas of congregational ministry.

Jay will present at each of these one evening workshops sponsored by Southwestern Minnesota Synod – ELCA. August 12th is at Trinity Lutheran in Sleepy Eye, MN and the 13th is at Peace Lutheran in New London, MN. For more information or to register, go to this page.

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