When we all participate in our various Assemblies, Special Events, and Concerts, it can be easy to forget how MUCH goes on “behind-the-scenes” to make these Events successful. From the tech team to lighting and sound, from building maintenance to video and music preparation, we could go on and on about the number of Saints who freely volunteer their time to make GOD’S Gatherings run smoothly. More specifically speaking, our Music Team is blessed with fantastic, Spirit-led direction from Gwen and Michael Shamblin, along with hours of selfless participation and rehearsals involving our Band, Choir, RCO, Bell Choir, and various other performers. One common theme that affects all of these musical ensembles is REHEARSAL and PREPARATION. It collectively takes HOURS of time in ADVANCE of our Gatherings to learn the huge variety of music that is presented for GOD’S glory and for the encouragement of the Saints. As a Team, we could not accomplish this without a great level of assistance from December’s Volunteer of the Month – KAREN PERERA! Karen works hand-in-hand with Michael Shamblin and Tish Dunn to get our music into “written” form on paper, using specialized music notation software. She organizes written music for our Band and Choir rehearsals, making sure at EVERY ASSEMBLY that we have the correct music in its correct order…so that we can play and/or sing it without any delay. Karen also goes out of her way to make sure that we have plenty of organized copies of our various songs available for the Choir when we rehearse. Her diligence and ability to be “counted on” for these tasks are priceless qualities!
It takes a lot more than most people realize to pull off ANYTHING musically-related. So much happens between the time that a song is written and the time that the Saints actually get to HEAR that song played. Karen is a shining light and example of a Saint who not only is living out this Message (more than 170 pounds of excess weight GONE!) but also is giving her time freely and joyfully to help us make beautiful music to our GOD! Every volunteer act performed by each Remnant member is appreciated more than words can express, and as Gwen has always taught, EVERY part of the Body of Christ is important and needed. The Music Team is very thankful, as we ALL are, that this Church is full of Saints like Karen Perera, people who work long hours behind-the-scenes to make GOD’S Kingdom function beautifully and efficiently, so that our hearts and minds are free to praise GOD in song, word, and deed! -by David Martin