On September 1, 2018, join us at El Sobrante UMC for a day of celebrating the power and importance of singing together as we honor the opening of The Center for Congregational Song (CCS), the resource and outreach arm of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (THS). Our plenary speaker will be the Rev. Donald Schell, founder of Music that Makes Community and co-founder of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco. Other events will include worship, a presentation on the CCS, “Sing & Serve” (connecting song with mission), and a closing hymn sing featuring the work of several local hymn poets and composers, including Dan Damon. You may register for the San Francisco event at https://congregationalsong.org/event/sfbay-2018/ The cost is $20 and includes lunch. There is ample free parking. Registration is required. Several years ago, the leadership of THS began dreaming about a place that would provide resources, training, and networking for people who write, compose, and lead the church’s song. However, this center was envisioned not as a brick and mortar building, but as an online place for meeting, learning, and growing. The Center for Congregational Song (https://congregationalsong.org) was officially launched last October in Dallas, Texas. Center Director Brian Hehn describes his work this way: “We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization seeking to encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing. We are ecumenical, which means we work with folk from a variety of traditions and denominations to build deep and meaningful conversation, create useful resources, and help practitioners, poets, and composers build their skills." Have questions? call Eileen Johnson or Rev. Dan Damon at 510.232.1102.