We just completed another highly successful season of our well-tried Lunchtime Recital Series. The pictures show Janet Waanders, the main organizer of the series, and Maureen Hurd Hause, the clarinet player of the concert on May 4.
- Why is this series a form of ministry? Well, it bears several qualifying marks:
It is a selfless endeavor whose costs are shared by the church, the County and the NJ Council of the Arts.
- It builds community in that it brings populations together that would otherwise not meet – for example students of middle school age and residents of area nursing homes. The meals following the concerts are very important in this regard.
- It supports integration efforts for immigrant children as they can relate to the music and the performers and become aware of the international origin of much of what is being played.
- The Question & Answer moments afterwards oftentimes provide opportunities to reflect on the music, the composers, and even the meaning of life.
Thank you, Janet, for enriching our lives with this very special Series! A great thank you goes also out to the many volunteers who work in the kitchen for our success: Joan Fekete, Lolly Schenck, Margaret Coakley, Lilie Suabedissen, Sherri Novack, Liz Hance and many others.