A note from Steve...

Steve Zocchi, Music Director
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It’s hard to believe that December is upon us. November was a great month. Many thanks to all who attended my concert on November 10th. Also, thank you to the Music Committee for all their help and support. I had so much fun and we raised over $1,300 for First Parish. I saw some new faces in the audience as well. Our next concert is Saturday, January 11th at 4:00pm (snow date is 1/25). It will be a collaborative effort of several musicians, including some of our wonderful youth voices. All youths participating in the service trip to Puerto Rico will also be sharing their time helping with the concert. Proceeds will be donated to the service trip to Puerto Rico.

The Meetinghouse Ringers brought their love and talent to Temple Emanuel in Lowell on November 15th. They represented First Parish well. On Sunday the 17th, several members of Senior Choir sang at the GLILA Interfaith Festival at CCU Dracut. Incidentally, First Parish was the most represented at that event. I am proud to be part of a church that reaches out to the larger community in this way.

All the youth choirs sounded great at the Thanksgiving Ingathering. It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the kids as they display their talents and efforts. I enjoy seeing how the music connects the generations. Those large services are always so much fun.

As Christmas comes barreling towards us, let me be the first to preemptively wish you a Happy New Year. The time is rushing by so fast that I dare not blink. I am grateful to have the time each week at Church to collect my thoughts and regain perspective; to slow things down a little. And we are entering one of my favorite parts of the Church year. Christmas Eve will have beautiful services and we have so much excellent music. It is a pleasure to plan the music for these services, and to work with all our talented and generous volunteers.

As always, I feel tremendous gratitude for the privilege of being Music Director at First Parish. Thank you.

Your Music Director, Steve