The Harmonia Sacra

Minutes for January 1, 2018

Chapel of the Word
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Elkhart, Indiana

Matthew Lind called the twenty-seventh annual singing to order with the song on page 53. Michael Miller said an opening prayer. Leaders: James Nelson Gingerich 347; Cecelia Kramer 184; Will and Bess Fitzgerald 221; Kate Lind and Karen Andrews 303; Samuel Sommers 337; Marian Mitchell 302b; Michael Miller 351; Christine Guth 121b; (Rich Meyer) Samuel Sommers 96; Gillian Inksetter 326; (Margaret McLaughlin) James Nelson Gingerich 204.

At about this point, a fire alarm disrupted the singing. A recess was necessarily taken while singers found their way to Wadsworth Hall, where the sound was less unsettling.

The singing resumed with Beth Bontrager leading the song on page 99. Leaders: Matthew Lind 227b; Will and Bess Fitzgerald 220; Jan May 194b; Cecelia Kramer 311; Samuel Sommers 270; Marian Mitchell 310t; Michael Miller 175; Christine Guth 56t; (Margaret McLaughlin) Matthew Lind 140b; (Rich Meyer) Jan May 75; Michael Wiebe 224; Danile Martens 264; Beth Bontrager 218t; Gillian Inksetter 211.


Matthew Lind brought the class together with the song on page 260. Leaders: Adam Tice 183; James Nelson Gingerich 353; Bess and Will Fitzgerald 151; Jan May 392t; Kate Lind 164t; Cecilia Kramer 333; Marian Mitchell 261; Michael Wiebe 88t; Michael Miller 164b; Samuel Sommers 108b; Christine Guth 268t; (Margaret McLaughlin) Samuel Sommers 176b; (Rich Meyer) 109b; (Beth Bontrager) Gillian Inksetter 304; (Danile Martens) James Nelson Gingerich 355; Beth Bontrager 344t.


Gillian Inksetter brought the class back with the song at 230t. Leaders: Matthew Lind 378b; James Nelson Gingerich 393; Will Fitzgerald 345; Jan May 323; Kate Lind 227t; Cecelia Kramer 62t; Marian Mitchell 213; Michael Miller 188t; (Margaret McLaughlin) James Nelson Gingerich 219b; (Rich Meyer) 63t; John David Thacker 131b; Dirk Vardaman 290; James Nelson Gingerich led 354 as a closing song. Special thanks to Gillian Inksetter, arranging officer. The singers went to Wadsworth Hall and sang a pub carol, “The Holly and the Ivy” and Will Fitzgerald said a prayer.


Carry in meal followed.

Secretary’s note: All the song numbers in these minutes refer to pages of the twenty-sixth edition of The Harmonia Sacra. If a singer selects a song and chooses not to lead it, the requester is named parenthetically in these minutes, followed by the name of the leader (if there be one) and the number of the page where the song may be found. — SWS