Singing the National Anthem at the Rough Riders Game - August 2010

Singing the National Anthem at the Rough Riders Game – August 2010

Choir Council Members for the 2018 – 2019 Choir Year

President:  Doug Fountain

Vice President:  Christy Kinnaird

Secretary:  Janie Hansen

Treasurer:  Jane Fore

Shepherd:  Ruthie Horner

Staff Liason:  Joy Ferguson

 

Communications: 

E>Major – Tracy Praestholm
Website – Rebecca Gebhardt

 

Devotions:  Judy Blaisdell

Head Start: Shelby Chesnut

Joys & Concerns:  Eileen Stanley

 

Membership: 

Janie Hansen
Leigh Harriman

 

Robe Warriors: 

Ladies – Sue Gibson
Men – Andy Matia

 

Section Leaders: 

Altos – Marte Lilley
Basses – Jack Allenberg
Sopranos – Kara Shrum
Tenors – Patrick Shrum

 

Music Director/Minister:  Tim Morrison

Choir Council Members for the 2018 – 2019 Choir Year President:  Vickie Scott Vice President:  Doug Fountain Secretary:  Anita Gebhardt Treasurer:  Jane Fore Shepherd:  Ruthie Horner Staff Liason:  Joy Ferguson   Communications:  E>Major – Tracy Praestholm Website / BB – … Continue reading

Choir Council Members 2017 – 2018

Choir Council Members for the 2017 – 2018 Choir Year President:  Tracy Praestholm Vice President:  Vickie Scott Secretary:  Anita Gebhardt Treasurer:  Jane Fore Shepherd:  Ruthie Horner Staff Liason:  Joy Ferguson   Communications:  E>Major – Tracy Praestholm Website / BB – … Continue reading

Choir Council Members 2016 – 2017

Choir Council Members for the 2016 – 2017 Choir Year President:  Tracy Praestholm Vice President:  Vickie Scott Secretary:  Anita Gebhardt Treasurer:  Jane Fore Shepherd:  Ruthie Horner Attendance/Coordinator:  Joy Ferguson Communications:  E>Major – Tracy Praestholm Website – Rebecca Gebhardt Devotions:  Pam … Continue reading

Choir Council Members 2015 – 2016

Choir Council Members for the 2015 – 2016 Choir Year President:  Mike Lesh Vice President:  Tracy Praestholm Secretary:  Chris Gebhardt Treasurer:  Jane Fore Shepherd:  Ruthie Horner Attendance/Coordinator:  Joy Ferguson Communications:  E>Major – Tracy Praestholm Website – Rebecca Gebhardt Devotions:  Pam … Continue reading

Choir Council Members 2014 – 2015

Choir Council Members for the 2014 – 2015 Choir Year

President:  Rebecca Gebhardt

Vice President:  Mike Lesh

Secretary:  Chris Gebhardt

Treasurer:  Jane Fore

Shepherd:  Ruthie Horner

Attendance/Coordinator:  Joy Ferguson

Communications:  Tracy Praestholm

Devotions:  Pam Peterson

Joys & Concerns:  Eileen Stanley

Membership: 

Debbie Dethlefsen
Beth Huntington
Elaine Anaya

Robe Warriors: 

Ladies – Sharon Quigley
Men – Chris Gebhardt

Section Leaders: 

Altos – Connie Ager
Basses – Joel Blaisdell
Sopranos – Anita Gebhardt
Tenors – Carlton Dinwiddie

Music Director/Minister:  Tim Morrison

Choir Council Members 2013 – 2014

Choir Council Members for the 2013 – 2014 Choir Year President:  Brian Jones Vice President:  Rebecca Gebhardt Secretary:  Kim Weiner Treasurer:  Jane Fore Shepherd:  Ruthie Horner Attendance/Coordinator:  Joy Ferguson Communications:  Tracy Praestholm Devotions:  Melinda Propes Joys & Concerns:  Eileen Stanley … Continue reading

 

 

** Stay tuned for the next Chancel Choir Chat! **

 

 

 

Woody Edwards playing violin in the CRUMC Orchestra.

 

CHOIR CHAT:

WOODY EDWARDS

 

Woody Edwards, a terrific Tenor, was born in Pensacola, Florida. He was an only child until he was almost 14 years old. He is grateful for everything he has acquired in his life.

“I credit my parents, family and church for significant nurturing and instilling values and work ethic in me,” Woody said. “I have often wondered if, without these things, would I be the one in prison or the one living under a bridge?”

Woody’s passion for music began with playing trumpet in junior high school. Due to the great folk music scare of the late 60’s as a child, the guitar and banjo got him started with string instruments. At one point, he thought the five-string banjo would be a career path. Afterwards, he picked up the fiddle, which morphed into six years of Suzuki violin lessons – leading to sitting in the Custer Road UMC string ensemble.

Woody received a degree in accounting, and then proceeded to go back to school for a degree in computer science. This turned into his “meal ticket” for the following 30 years at Texas Instruments (TI) in IT because “he knew a good number from a bad one.”

“TI was a fantastic ride for me,” Woody said. “I was able to ride what I call ‘The Golden Age of Data Processing’ with the last 14 years being business continuity and disaster recovery for the central data center. In supporting TI’s worldwide data centers, I was blessed to see some of the most interesting places on the globe.”

Woody started singing in the Chancel Choir in 1995 because of Tim Morrison and the combined choir performances with the Plano Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to passions for IT and music, Woody joined Toastmasters to improve his speaking and leadership skills. In 2006, he took the lessons to sponsor a youth Toastmasters club for middle and senior high school students.

“This is a tremendous confidence builder and provides life skills not provided in schools,” Woody said. “These young people are amazing. While this is a secular organization, these youth are as full of God’s grace as anyone you might meet. After each of our meetings as I’m turning out the lights and picking up their little spit wads, I ask myself, ‘who exactly is the mentor here?’”

When his mother passed away in 2014, Woody had to decide between living in Pensacola or Dallas. He decided to stay in Texas primarily because of the “bounty of opportunities” available at Custer Road.

“Custer Road is truly doing what Christ intended us to do, not just music, but missions,” Woody said. “When I tell people we house homeless in our church, their response is typically, ‘you can’t do that.’ Family Promise is also important to me.”

Woody views his Sunday school class, Finding Our Way, Chancel Choir, and orchestra as “anchor points” in his life.

“Our Sunday School class is open about discussing our faith, what we believe and what we may or may not accept about that,” Woody said. “We are all blessed by friendships in Chancel Choir and our ability to contribute in worship and care for one another.”

Thinking back to Easter morning, Kory Knott’s sermon had a significant impact on Woody and his faith.

“Pastor Kory’s Easter sermon with the admonition to not roll the stone back over the tomb has registered quite strongly with me,” Woody said. “I hope worship services that day and Good Friday were as meaningful for you as it was to me. Not rolling the stone over translates to finding out what is next, ahead of me.”

“I know one thing: more will be revealed.”

Submitted by Kara Shrum
April 27, 2017