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Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church

“The Church where Christ is exalted and


Culture is remembered”
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Music/Worship Ministry

2010
Handbook

The Rev. Mr. Samuel T. Ross-Lee—Pastor


William H. Acosta, Sr.—Minister of Music
Sunday Decorum Points (cont.)

 All talking stops during the service. (remember that you are being
videotaped) – unless you are encouraging the preacher or the
soloist.

 All cell phones off or on vibrate – NO TEXTING DURING


SERVICE!!
Greetings! Here we grow again . . . in 2010!!

 When the service has ended, remember to pick up any belongings,


Welcome to Immanuel’s Music/Worship Ministry. “Let the candy wrappers, etc. Leave hymnals and Bibles on your seat, not
beauty of the Lord be upon us, and establish Thou the work of on the floor.
our hands” Psalm 90:17. Truly, the Lord has blessed the work
of our hands over the past few years. Now as we move for-
ward in the days ahead in 2010, we expect great things!

This handbook is designed to give you the very basics of the


operation and structure of IBC’s Music/Worship ministry,
with a thrust to clarify each segment.

This handbook will answer the frequently asked questions


by new members and others already involved in ministry.

Please. . .let us keep these few things in heart and demon-


strate them throughout the year:

1. Commitment to our call (Philippians 3:13-14)


2. Bear necessary hardships we may face (2 Tim. 2:2)
3. Be alert to change (1st Corinthians 9:20-22)

We sincerely solicit your prayers as we minister together as


conduits of the Holy Spirit, edifying our congregation and
reaching spiritual maturity among ourselves!

Ministers William & Gayle Acosta


Minister & Assistant Minister of Music
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Sunday Decorum Points to Remember

 Gather in the downstairs room at 9:00a.m. instead of in the rear entrance


narthex.

 For those in Sunday School, meet in the choir room at 9:15a.m. for prayer
and final music touch-ups.

 The choir stands up and joins in during Praise & Worship – watch your di-
rector or simply join in the singing with the Praise Team.

 The choir stands up and sits down together – watches the director. Make sure
your seat is free of books, lyric sheets, pocketbooks, etc. before you stand up
so that you are not trying to clear them away when it‘s time for you to sit
back down.

 Everyone sings during the routine songs we do every Sunday – The Gloria
Patri, the Welcome Song, and the offering Doxology.

 If you are late, come into the choir stand during the welcome of visitors/
Welcome Song. If you arrive after the welcome, lay out from participating
in the choir for that day.

 Once in the choir stand, stay in the choir stand. If you have to step out after
the sermonic selection because of work or other urgent, unavoidable com-
mitment, please notify the choir director or the Minister of Music in ad-
vance.

 Wait for the signal to stand when the pre-sermonic scripture is about to
read—watch Minister Acosta.

¨ Stay awake at all times – remember that you are example-setters


to the congregation and that you are being videotaped; get a good night‘s sleep
on Saturday night.

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Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church
Music/Worship Ministry

Purpose
Our primary purpose is to discern the will of God for this ministry through
prayer and fasting, and to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

The IBC Music/Worship ministry ‗s secondary purpose is to strengthen the


worship and spiritual vitality of Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church by
keeping God in the center of the ministry, through music that is biblically
based and theologically sound.

Ministry Vision & Strategy


(“Without a vision the people perish” – Proverbs 29:18)

Our vision is to participate in the mission, message and ministry of Imman-


uel Missionary Baptist Church.

Our strategy is to share with our congregation the attributes of God by minis-
tering music thematically, in a way that will engage the whole person --
mind, soul & body (language/expressions), resulting in renewed passion for
the worship, witness and work of Jesus Christ.

In obedience to Ephesians 5:19 (Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns


and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord),
we are energetic about–and absolutely encourage–both singing and learning
of the great hymns of the past and their history. We foster hymn singing as
one of our current expressions of worship.

In obedience to Ephesians 5:21 (submitting yourselves one to another in the


fear of God), we also seek to hear God when listening to one another, when
sharing our experiences with God, prayer and ministry, and when supporting
the spiritual growth of this ministry. We trust God who leads; we work to
help each other follow. The IBC Music/Worship Ministry is open to all who
have the spiritual conviction to share their musical gifts/skills with the IBC
congregation.

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Remember the Big P.L.U.S. +
Prayer The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
availeth much (James 5:16)

Love And above all things have fervent charity

The Big Plus


among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins (I Pe-
ter 4:8)

Unity And when the day of


Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place
(Acts 2:1)

Spirit
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor
preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit;
serving the Lord (Romans 12:11)

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Table of Contents

1 Mass Choir ........................................................................................... 7

1.1 Summer Choir ............................................................................ 7

2 Choir Rehearsal Logistics ............................................................ 8, 9

Intercessory Prayer Cycle ............................................................... 9

CHOIRS
2.1 IBC ............................................................................................ 10

2.2 Children’s Choir ...................................................................... 10

2.3 ERB ........................................................................................... 11

2.4 Young Adults ........................................................................... 12

2.5 Men’s Chorus ........................................................................... 13

3 SPECIALIZED GROUPS
3.1 Praise Teams ............................................................................ 14

3.2 Praise Hymn Singers ............................................................... 14

3.3 Band .......................................................................................... 15

3.4 Performing Arts/Drama .......................................................... 15

3.4.1 Liturgical Ensemble .............................................................. 15

3.4.2 Praise Dancers....................................................................... 15

4 2010 Music Ministry Fair

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2009 Church Anniversary Concert – The Gospel Thru Jazz, Pop, R&B

Mass Choir/ Summer Choir


Mass Choir 1

I Will Bless the Lord at All Times. He’s Good!! The Mass Choir ministers on special Sundays (Easter, Pastor‘s &
Church Anniversaries, Christmas Cantata, etc.), as well as on spe-
cial occasions (Church Anniversary Concert, Pastoral preaching
engagements as assigned, etc.).

Mass Choir means everyone in every adult choir. When the Mass
Choir is scheduled to minister, all choirs sing together as one choir.

Attire: Colors as assigned for the occasion by the Minister of Mu-


sic.

Director: Gayle Singleton


Administrative Coordinator: Diane Petaway

Summer Choir 1.1

The Summer Choir ministers every Sunday during the summer


months, beginning on the first Sunday in July and ending on the
Sunday before Labor Day. Anyone who sings in the adult choirs
and wishes to participate in the Summer Choir is welcome and en-
counaged o do so.

The Summer Choir is an exciting way to learn new music while


exercising the spirit of P.L.U.S. concept amongst the various com-
ponents of the Music Ministry!

Attire: Pastel tops, black bottoms


Director: Gayle Singleton
Administrative Coordinators: Diane Petaway, Lori Booker,
Curtis Hayes and Cheryl Huckabey

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Rehearsal Logistics

Performing Arts /Drama / Liturgical Ensemble/Praise Dancers


Rehearsal Schedule & Room Assignment 2
Performing Arts/Drama 3.4
Rehearsals happen for each choir/specialized group as listed below. The Performing Arts components of the Music/Worship Ministry
Each rehearsal begins with prayer and a brief Bible study in an effort to
periodically presents songs through expressive worship, dance or
bring unity with the Holy Spirit and one another.
Mime.
On Sunday mornings choirs gather in the choir room downstairs at
9a.m. ((:15 for those who attend Sunday School) for prayer and prepara- Liturgical Ensemble 3.4.1
tion to proceed to the pulpit. PLEASE DO NOT ASSEMBLE IN THE
VESTIBULE. The Liturgical Ensemble (LE) is a selected group of worshipers
who encourage and support the heartfelt singing and worship of
Schedule of Ministry: 1st Sundays—IBC, 2nd Sundays—ERB, 3rd Sun- the congregation by reinforcing melodies through the beauty of
days—Young Adults & Children, 4th Sundays—Men‘s Chorus, 5th Sun- deliberate, artistic dance.
days ERB/YAC Combined Choir and Special Sundays—Mass Choir.
*TBA=To be announced—*DCR=Downstairs Choir Room The LE accompanies singing with dance while attending to the
Times & Room Assignment vocal harmonic movement of melody in particular. The LE is
accompanied by stringed instruments such as the guitar, piano
Choir/Group Evenings Time Room
and/or harp.
Intercessory
Prayer Mondays 7:30-8 Chapel The Liturgical Ensemble ministers as assigned by the Minister of
Music during any worship service.
Mass Choir TBA TBA Sanctuary
IBC 2 Tues. before 1st Sun. 7-9 DCR Facilitator & Trainer: Rev. Gayle E. Acosta
Saturday before 1st Sun. 5 Sanctuary
Praise Dancers 3.4.2
Men‘s Chorus 2 Weds. before 4th Sun. 7-8:30 Sanctuary
The Praise Dancers minister on fifth Sundays and on special Sun-
days (Church & Pastor‘s Anniversary, Easter, etc.). The Praise
ERB 2 Thurs. before 2nd 7-9 Sanctuary Dancers are an excited, fervent group of young people who share
Sun.
their evolving praise and skill through expressive dance!
ERB & YAC Thurs. before 5th Sun. 7-9 Sanctuary
(combined) Saturday before 5th 4-5:30 Sanctuary Youth Praise Dancers’ Leader: Sher‘Vonne Peters
Sun. Adult Supervisor: Rose Hazel

Young Adults 3 Sats. before 3rd Sun. 3-4:30 Sanctuary Music Ministry Fair 2010 4
The Music/Worship Ministry Fair is scheduled the 1st weekend
Children 3 Weds. before 3rd Sun. 6-7 Sanctuary of June. Details to be announced.

Summer Choir Thursdays 7-8:30 Sanctuary


(July & August) Saturdays 5-6:30 Sanctuary

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Praise Hymn Singers / Band

Rehearsal Logistics (continued)


Times & Room Assignment (continued)
Praise Hymn Singers 3.2
The Praise Hymn Singers are charged with the responsibility of lead- Specialized/ Rehearsal Day Time Room
Groups
ing and teaching the congregation in the singing of two hymns—the
Processional Hymn and the Congregational Hymn of the Month— Adult Praise Team Saturday before 1st 6:30-7:30 Sanctuary
each Sunday morning. There are three teams (A, B & C). Rehearsals Sunday
focus not only on preparing musically, but on learning the history and Young Adult Monday before 2nd, 3rd 7-8:30 Sanctuary
author(s) of each hymn with corresponding scriptures. The Praise Praise Team & 5th Sunday
Hymn Singers give you a wonderful learning experience and great
spiritual inspiration!
Praise Hymn Tuesdays 7-7:15 DCR
Singers 7:15-8:30 The Small Chapel
Facilitator: Linda Hayes Band Tuesdays 7-7:15 DCR
7:15-8:30 Sanctuary
Band 3.3
The band consists of a conjunction of humble, experienced, skilled, Music Ministry Prayer Intercessors Prayer Cycle
musicians who are responsible for providing the instrumentation for
all Sunday worship services and special events. The band also travels
to Pastoral preaching engagements as requested by the Pastor, and to
choir singing events. The band loves to ―jam‖ for the Lord, and it
bonds beyond the music through its spiritual and personal connection!

Directors: Minister William Acosta, Gayle Singleton

Power of the
Holy Spirit

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IBC Choir / Children’s Choir

Men’s Chorus
Men’s Chorus 2.5

IBC 2.1
4th Sundays (September-June) and Mass Choir ministry.
1st Sundays (September-June) and Mass Choir ministry The Men‘s Chorus ministers on fourth Sundays. This choir smoothly
The IBC Choir ministers on first Sundays. Its musical focus is tradi- blends traditional and ―quartet‖ gospel with a contemporary flavor to
tional gospel and spirituals, with a smattering of contemporary gospel the songs it renders. The Men‘s Chorus has been ministering for over
and other genres as assigned or indicated. IBC is also responsible for fifty years; several original members continue to be active in the choir
providing music during communion. IBC is a very bonded choir that

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ministry today! This choir is always ready, willing and able to serve
is always welcoming new members! as requested—both in Immanuel and beyond!

Specialized Groups
Colors: Robes or white dresses
Colors - As assigned by Deacon Willie Mewborn
Men: Black pants, white shirts, dark ties
Director: Deacon Charles Williams
Mass Choir as assigned
Administrative Coordinator: Curtis Hayes

Secretary: Patricia Batts


Director: Rev. Gayle E. Acosta
Specialized Groups 3

Children’s Choir 2.2 Praise Teams 3.1


The Praise & Worship Teams are responsible for the opening of Sun-
3rd Sundays (September-June) day morning service throughout the year, ushering the congregation
The Children‘s Choir consists of children ages 5-12. The choir sings into the flow of worship. There are three core teams of skilled, capa-
on third Sundays and shares the service with the Young Adult Choir. ble servants with focus on all genres of Christian worship music:
The musical focus is on songs with simple melodies and lyrics to
which the children can directly relate, thereby encouraging and moti-  Adult Praise Team ministers on first Sundays
vating them to sing praises to the Lord in their own way!  Young Adult Team ministers on 2nd, 3rd & 5th Sundays
 Men‘s Praise Team ministers on 4th Sundays
Colors: Robes or as assigned by Adult Supervisor The Praise Teams work independently of the choirs through fast-
Director: Harriett Alfred paced musical preparation.
Adult Supervisor: Rose Hazel
Trainer & Facilitator: Rev. Gayle E. Acosta

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Young Adult Choir

ERB Choir
Young Adult Choir 2.4

ERB 2.3
3rd Sundays (September-June) and Mass Choir ministry
The Young Adult Choir (YAC) is an energetic group of young people 2ND Sundays (September-June) and Mass Choir ministry.
ages 13-26. The YAC ministers on third Sundays. YAC also serves The ERB Gospel Choir ministers on second Sundays. It blends contem-
on fifth Sundays with the ERB Gospel choir, as one combined choir. porary and rearranged traditional gospel music, with a potpourri of ad-
YAC focuses on rendering contemporary and urban gospel selections, ditional genres of music as is deemed necessary for the occasion by the
with occasionally rearranged traditional gospel and hymn renditions. Minister of Music. ERB loves to move while singing and is always
YAC is an excited group, always ready to move it to the next level! eager to learn theory and new music!

Colors: January through March (Standard): Colors - January & March (Standard):
Young Ladies: Black dresses, purple blouses Women: Black dresses with pearl necklaces
Young Men: Black pants & purple shirts, black or dark ties Men: Black pants & white shirts, black or dark ties
Alternate: fully black attire Alternate: fully black attire
Mass Choir as assigned Mass Choir as assigned

April through June February: Afrocentric (women & men)


Women: Yellow blouses & black skirts
Men: Yellow shirts & black pants April through June
Alternate: fully black attire Women: Yellow blouses & black skirts
Men: Yellow shirts & black pants
September & October Alternate: fully black attire
Fall colors
September & October
November & December: Standard Fall colors
Director: Gayle Singleton
Administrative Coordinator: Lori Booker November & December: Standard
Director: Gayle Singleton
Administrative Coordinator: Cheryl Huckabey

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