There are three types of events listed on our calendar:
- MMC Workshops planned collaboratively with hosts around the United States and Canada;
- Local Practice Groups led by presenters and participants from the Music that Makes Community network, providing opportunities to hone our skills and support one another in song leading;
- Community Events presented by organizations affiliated with MMC for the benefit of the wider musical community.
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM through October 17, 2018Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center
We're excited to gather at Cross Roads again for a three-day retreat focused on congregational song leading skills! MMC presenters Cricket Cooper, Jorge Lockward, Angela Morris, and Paul Vasile will lead worship, workshops, and conversation to help you add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation's repertoire of sung prayer and praise.
Take a look at photos from last year's gathering!
The three-day workshop begins at 10 am on Monday, October 15 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, October 17. Attendees will have the option at registration to check in early on Sunday, October 14. Otherwise check in begins at 9 am on Monday, October 15.
Standard Double Occupancy: $422
Hotel-style accommodations with linens provided. Toiletries are not provided.
Upgrade to Single Occupancy +$40
Early Check In (Sunday at 4 p.m.) +$30
Dormitory-Style Lodging: $372
Bunk beds and a shared bathroom. Linens and toiletries are not provided.
Early Check In (Sunday at 4 p.m.) +$10
Individuals staying off site and commuting to the event.
Cross Roads is a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and the NJ Synod of the ELCA. They are accredited with the American Camp Association. It is most convenient to Newark International Airport (EWR), a one hour drive away. Participants are responsible for securing transportation from the airport to the retreat center. For those commuting by car, there is convenient parking on the Cross Roads property.
The costs of the event are partially subsidized by a generous grant from Region 7 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 06:30 PMHome of Julie Pfeiffer in Salem, VA
Our lively Practice Group in Roanoke will gather at the home of Julie Pfeiffer (a few blocks from Roanoke College) on Saturday, October 19. Share a Potluck Supper followed by a time of community singing, hosted by MMC's Roanoke Practice Group!
Contact Deborah Hunley at the email below for more information or visit the MMC Roanoke Facebook page. RSVP below and share with friends!
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 06:30 PMSt. Ansgar Lutheran Church in Portland, ME
Join the Portland Practice Group for a time of singing and learning at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church.
All are welcome to share song and practice paperless their leadership skills in a supportive, gracious setting! RSVP below to let us know you're planning to attend!
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 at 04:00 PMBethany UCC in Chicago, IL
Join the newly-formed Northside Chicago Practice Group for their quarterly gathering. All are welcome to sing with others, learn new tunes, and strengthen your song-leading skills! Contact group organizer Spencer Foon with any questions!
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 06:00 PM through January 23, 2019The Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, CA
Music that Makes Community returns to the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Sonoma County, CA for our sixth retreat, January 20-23. The Ranch is an ideal setting to spend three restful days singing, learning, and recharging for the year to come while enjoying the beauty of Northern California.
A dynamic team of MMC presenters including Conie Borchardt, Nehemiah Luckett, Donald Schell, and Paul Vasile will lead worship, plenaries, and conversation to help you add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation's repertoire of sung prayer and praise. Take a walk in the surrounding vineyards and enjoy breathtaking views of the Russian River threading through the valley. There's no better place to take some time to reconnect with the joy of singing in community, and we hope you will join us!
Attendees can register to stay at the Ranch and enjoy delicious food prepared by the Ranch's chefs, or participate as a commuter. Take advantage of discounted early registration rates by reserving your spot before December 1!
Students and seminarians are welcome to attend Music that Makes Community at a significant discount. Please contact Paul Vasile if you are a full-time student at a college, university, or seminary and would like to attend.
Single occupancy room:
Early Bird Rate (December 10): $675
Regular Registration Rate (after December 10): $750
Double occupancy room:
Early Bird Rate (December 10): $600
Regular Registration Rate (after December 10): $675
Early Bird Rate (December 10): $375
Regular Registration Rate: (after December 10): $450
We are pleased to be able to offer scholarship to those with limited financial resources. Contact Paul Vasile to inquire if you or your congregation qualify for assistance.