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Missouri State Convention

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Pinckney, Missouri

March 12-13, 2005

Saturday, March 12

The twentieth annual Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ by Co-Chairs Gary Gronau and Karen Isbell leading 313t. Bill Caldwell offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Co-Chairs—Gary Gronau and Karen Isbell; Secretary—Dave Ressler; Arranging Committee—Rebecca Browne; Finance Committee—Cindy Pepmiller; Memorial Committee—Jerry Enright and Martha Beverly.

Songs were led from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition and the 1996 Songs from The Missouri Harmony.

Leaders: Gary Gronau 38t; Bill Caldwell 472; Cindy Pepmiller 159; Dave Ressler 13 (MH); Penny Kujawinski 542; Bill Ellason 59; Barbara Uhlemann 34b; Shirley Figura 37b; Ann Leckie 11 (MH); Linda Biggs 23 (MH); Emily Gruber 168; Pattie Doss 171; John Uhlemann 362; Charlie Derleth 348b; Jo Dell Albi 372; Paul Figura 2 (MH); Marcia Johnson 368; Jim Page 52 (MH); Ann Fox 45t; Jan Ketelle 54 (MH); Tim Von Engeln 15 (MH).


Gary Gronau called the class to order leading 40. Leaders: Karen Isbell and singers who attended the first Missouri singing 29t; Rebecca Browne 475; Martha Beverly and LaMar Schlabach 56b; Mark Bruns 68 (t? b?); Dave Ressler, Ladd Faszold, and Jeff Heyl 192; Terry Hogg 135; Coy Ivey 384; Judy Hauff 203; Susan Green 29 (MH); Tim Reynolds 5 (MH); Jim Solheim “Dragon.”


John Uhlemann led 147b to call the class together. Leaders: Lou Kujawinski 272; Heather Nehre 503; Syd Caldwell 373 (in memory of Anita Buswell’s cousin and for Amanda Denson); Carla Pepmiller 361; Alice Moran 480; Berkley Moore 106; Connie Karduck 222; Bill Beverly 86; Wendy Hofmann 436; Julie Vea 430. Bill Caldwell offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Gary Gronau called the class to order leading 42. Leaders: Ted Johnson 16 (MH); Melanie Hauff 485; Ted Mercer 212; Nate Green and Norma Green 438; Joan Aldridge 142; William Shetter 198; Johanna Fabke 32b; Jerry Enright 300; Janet Fraembs 551 (for Ruth White); Ginny Landgraf 22 (MH); Don Baker 47b; Kathy Kaiser and Dave Gardner 117; David Lloyd 7 (MH); Nathania Tenwolde 36b; Susan Green 157; Julie Vea 419; Connie Karduck 218; Judy Hauff 411; Marcia Johnson and Coy Ivey 454; Jan Ketelle 228.


Jerry Enright brought the class to order leading 312b. Leaders: Linda Biggs 528; Ann Leckie “Windsor”; Terry Hogg 535; Melody Von Engeln and Diane Gallagher 178; Coy Ivey 137; Ted Mercer 208; Syd Caldwell 38 (MH); Berkley Moore 71; Ted Johnson 224; Melanie Hauff 498; Jo Dell Albi 163b; Bill Caldwell 217; Joan Aldridge 150.

Following announcements, Karen Isbell and Gary Gronau led 278b as the closing song. Tim Reynolds offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, March 13

Karen Isbell and Gary Gronau brought the class to order at 9:30 a.m. by leading 318. Bill Caldwell offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Karen Isbell 85; Gary Gronau 84; Emily Gruber 155; David Lloyd 216; Ginny Landgraf 447; Jerry Enright 77t; Jan Ketelle 464; Presley Barker 481; Ann Leckie 327; Bill Caldwell 344; Wendy Hofmann 82b; Kathy Kaiser 335; Tim Reynolds 173; Alice Moran 441; Barbara Uhlemann 299; Don Baker 74t; Charlie Derleth 99 (for Howard Jones); Penny Kujawinski 442; William Shetter 46 (MH); Pattie Doss 76b.


Paul Figura led 388 to call the class back together. Leaders: Julie Vea 192; Jim Page 27 (MH); Jim Solheim 444; LaMar Schlabach 284; La Vanya Daniels 40; Kathy Kaiser and Dave Gardner 341; John Uhlemann 269.

Jerry Enright conducted the memorial lesson for the deceased, and led 30b, as he remembered Noah Lacy leading it. Those remembered were G.L. Hinton, John Hocutt, and Hershell King—Alabama; Betty Passmore—Arkansas; Bill Holt—Florida; Gary McGraw, Nick Pender, and Naomi Sailors—Georgia; Jean Kujawinski, John Loomis, Ernie Mahs, Billie Mowrey, and Ruth White—Illinois; David Grundmeier, Darlene McDonough, and Eric Swenson—Minnesota; Theresa Russell—Mississippi; Joe Roth—Missouri; Arthur Burtis, Robert Martin, and Roxanna Mennella—New Jersey; Nathaniel Keith—New Hampshire; David Van Allen Hotaling—Washington; Lawrence Clark and Alma Clark—Wisconsin.

Martha Beverly read the list of the sick and shut-ins and led 385b (especially for Amanda Denson). Those remembered were Daphene Causey, Flarce Creel, Amanda Denson, Mary Gardner, Bill Green, Eldora Moody, Thurman Nall, Jeff Sheppard, Shelbie Sheppard, and Edith Tate—Alabama; Beau Caldwell, Lloyd Caldwell, and Charles Poston—Arkansas; Kit Rich—Florida; Nancy Allen, Felton Denney, Josephine Denney, Donnie McGraw, I.V. McWhorter, Lonnie Rogers, Margie Smith, Myrtle Smith, and Violet Thomason—Georgia; Suzanne Checchia, Al Frank, Dennis Miller, and son of Sallah Mohammed—Illinois; Dean Slaton—Indiana; Alice Burkhardt and Howard Jones—Missouri; Mary Ellen Wilkinson—Oklahoma; Jean Yoder—New Mexico; Dolores Katz—New York; Kelley Beard, Andre DuPont, and Grant Gallagher—Texas; Bob Skorgie and Bob Anderson—Wisconsin. Bill Caldwell closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Lura Koch and Rebecca Browne 102; Rex Armstrong 101b; Anita Buswell 31t.


Presley Barker led 474 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Johanna Fabke 290; Ann Fox 68b; Syd Caldwell and Jordan Williams 273; Coy Ivey 63, 222; Lou Kujawinski 191; Daryl Daniels 236; Janet Fraembs 532; Martha Beverly 163t; Paul Figura 11 (MH); Nate Green and Norma Green 303; Bill Beverly 91; Joan Aldridge 282. Presley Barker offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Dave Ressler led 67 to bring the afternoon session to order. Leaders: Karen Isbell 383; Jo Dell Albi 131t; Julie Vea 315; Joan Aldridge 351; Ginny Landgraf 583; Jerry Enright 330b; Ann Leckie 172; Dave Ressler 436; Jan Ketelle 34 (MH); Coy Ivey 405; Bill Beverly 547; Rex Armstrong 385t; Nate Green and Norma Green 319; William Shetter 150; Jim Solheim 434; Wendy Hoffman 201; Janet Fraembs 556; Bill Caldwell 474; Kathy Kaiser 501; Emily Gruber 522; Jim Page 2 (MH).


The class resumed singing with Carla Pepmiller leading 117. Leaders: Anita Buswell 515; Daryl Daniels and La Vanya Daniels 171; Syd Caldwell and Nate Green 418; Cindy Pepmiller 361; Johanna Fabke 209; Alice Moran, Jordan Williams, and Moriah Williams 310; Don Baker 510; Martha Beverly 270; Presley Barker 472; Ann Fox 135; Lou Kujawinski 182; Charlie Derleth 56b; Karen Isbell and Gary Gronau 496.

After announcements were made, the closing song was 347. The closing prayer was offered by Bill Caldwell, and the class was dismissed.

Co-Chairs—Karen Isbell and Gary Gronau; Secretary—Dave Ressler.