The Worship Ministry at St. Paul’s plays a critical part in providing leadership on all factors influencing the congregation’s worship life. It provides input for the music environment of the congregation, including the adult and children’s choirs, the bell choir, and the congregation’s magnificent Shantz organ. It plays a key role in advising on the liturgy, communion practices, and the general worship environment. The ministry also is responsible for enlisting volunteers to assist with the many aspects of worship, including worship assistant, communion assistant, readers, greeters, crucifers, acolytes, banner bearers, and torch bearers.
If you are interested in getting involved with Worship Ministry, please contact Karen Leigh Campbell or 703-508-2492
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Dear St. Paul's,
We are delighted to begin as your new music directors! Tuesday the 5th was our first day at the church, and we enjoyed attending our first official staff meeting. We look forward to playing the church's fine instruments, working with the dedicated choir, and getting to know you, the congregation.
We live in Bethesda with our two children, who will accompany us to St. Paul on Sundays. We are lifelong Lutherans who met in the organ department of Northwestern University's music school 27 years ago. Our first date was to go hear organist Paul Manz play for a Sunday service in Chicago. We have served as a team in churches since our marriage (25 years ago this November). The last five years we worked at Our Savior Lutheran in Arlington, so the shorter commute to St. Paul's is great.
Sonja attended Valparaiso University to study music and journalism; then she went to Northwestern University for a Master of Music and discovered Matt in the organ department. Matt's degrees from Northwestern are in church music and computer science. He is vice president of research at ICANN, a nonprofit that coordinates Internet domain names, where he leads a team of researchers.
Sonja is finishing a third degree in organ at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Until our son was a toddler, Sonja worked as a copy editor for various publications, including Kiplinger Magazine and its book division, guides for the National Park Service, and business documents for IBM, Verisign, and other firms.
Our son, Christian, is a freshman at Walt Whitman High School, and he plays piano and euphonium. His sister, Ilsa, is a 7th-grader at Washington Episcopal School, and she plays piano and trumpet.
Again, our family is delighted to begin at St. Paul's Lutheran! Please introduce yourselves, and we look forward to meeting everyone!
Sonja Kahler & Matt Larson