The Sanctuary Choir has been a center of vitality in the life of First Congregational for decades. This choir is led expertly by our choir director, Nancy Allen, who has directed “Platinum Edition” at Viterbo University. The Sanctuary Choir shares anthems from a variety of traditions and leads the congregation in service music at the 10 AM service from Jazz Sunday through Pentecost. All are welcome to join them in rehearsal.
- Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Sunday Warm-ups: 9:20 AM – 9:45 AM in Balcony
- Director: Nancy Allen
"I love singing with the First Congregational Sanctuary Choir because it is one of my favorite ways to worship God. Nancy Allen, our Choir Director, picks out music that soothes, excites, challenges, and motivates. Those who hear the choir cannot help but participate in the worship of our services."
The Handbell Choir
The Handbell Choir of First Congregational creates contemplative space in our worship service. They are directed adeptly by Suellen Retzlaff. All adults are welcome to ring. The choir also welcome student-age individuals who are able to read music. They share a range of musical pieces in our worship services several times a year. They laugh a lot and soothe their souls by ringing the bells. Whether you are a member of the church or not, join them for rehearsal.
- Rehearsals: Fridays, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
- Director: Suellen Retzlaff
Our Church has a rich variety of instruments that enliven the worship of our congregation.
The Hendrickson Organ has four manuals with sixty-one boxwood and ebony keys on each, thirty-three stops, and forty-six ranks of pipes—the largest is 16 feet long and the smallest the size of a pencil. In 2014, a computer was installed in the organ allowing transposition, recording, and playback. Each organist can even program their own memory settings making the organ user-friendly for multiple organists.
The Positiv Organ is a type of portable organ that was used between the 10th and 18th centuries. This organ is used for special performances and occasionally in voluntaries during our worship.
The Martin Harpsicord is housed in the chapel. It is used for special performances.
Steinway Grand Piano
The Steinway Grand Piano in the Sanctuary was refurbished in the 1980s. Musicians in our own church and the community perform concerts and recitals on this instrument.