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10 Years of Thankfulness

Worse than being left speechless is to be rendered inarticulate.  No words that I can string together express the depth of joy, love and gratefulness felt from your 10th anniversary surprise.  I have spent a couple of weeks stumbling over my words when talking to people about it.  It was one of those life moments where words simply cannot express what is in the head and heart.  So I will choose the more appropriate, and dignified, path of speechlessness and simply say, “thank you.”  The only other words that come to mind are, “We’ve only just begun.”  But before you think we are planning a Carpenters service, take a moment to think about that phrase.  Can you feel it?  Can you feel the excitement of hope and promise of tomorrow?  10 years is the longest I’ve stayed in any one place, not because of wanderlust or the Witness Protection Program, but because I thrive on challenge, growth, the opportunity to give something impactful to a community, and the ability to be part of something greater than myself.  For being that perfect confluence, I am grateful to GCC.  The bicycle already has many miles on it, the cards and letters have been read with utter humility, and those tall, upright rectangular gift bags have been opened and shared.  Here’s to the next 10 years!

With love and admiration,

Gary Wendt

Minister for Music & Organist



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Summer Music @ GCC

Each summer we are blessed with the gifts of our musical volunteers who share during worship in a wide variety of ways.  From solos to small ensembles, instruments to voices, we bring people together to make music in ways unlike the “program year.”  Thank you to our summer musicians this year!


14           Vocalist – Gary Wendt

Guitarist – Dan Fergus

21           Pilgrim Chorus

28           Instrumentalists –  Sue Cunningham, flute; Edie Harrison, clarinet

Vocalists –  Jason & Karen Ornduff, Jason & Lumi Stutz

Summer Bell Choir –  Carolyn Keller, Sue Newberry, Leisl Jaberg


5             Guest Organist – Stephen Alltop

Summer Choir – Tom Macfadden, Director

12           Guest Organist – Stephen Alltop

Vocalist –  Tricia Melzer Swaydrak

19           Pianist – Barry Nelson

Vocalists – Donna Scott, Russ Hiltz

26           Vocalists – Hands of Peace Singers

Vocalist – Courtney Sherman

Instrumentalists – Katherine Hughes, violin; Kevin Kizer, saxophone


2             Drop-In Choir, Guillermo Munoz-Kuster, Conductor

Instrumentalists – Edie Harrison & Kevin Kizer, clarinet

9             Vocalists –  The Ornduff Family Singers

Instrumentalists – Sue Cunningham, flute; Edie Harrison, clarinet

16           Vocalists – Jamie Chodoroff & Sheryl Long

Instrumentalists – Sue Newberry, Doug McCarthy, handbells

23           Summer Bell Choir, with St. David’s Bell Choir

Vocalists – Leanne Drennan, Alex Roth

Instrumentalist – Kathryn Heiser, flute

30           Vocalist – Tom Aldrich


6             Guest Pianist – Pam Keckler

Instrumentalist – Katherine Hughes, violin

Vocalist – Mickey Safstrom

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Introducing Guillermo!

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the appointment (by unanimous decision!) of our new Director of Adult Choirs, Guillermo Munoz Kuster.  Guillermo received his B.A. in Music from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and his Master of Music degree, focusing on conducting and classical guitar, from Northwestern University.  Guillermo was previously at Countryside Universalist Unitarian Church, Winnetka Congregational Congregational Church, and worked with the Chapel Choir of Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University.  Please welcome Guillermo to the GCC family!