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Higher Ground Singing

United Ministries Center, Terre Haute, Indiana

Saturday, March 25, 2006

The eleventh annual Higher Ground Singing was called to order by David Rust leading 63. Don Bardsley offered the morning prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: In the absence of Janet Fraembs, who is recuperating from surgery, Peggy Brayfield and Stephanie Fida were appointed Co-Chairs; Arranging—Ariel Weinberg; Secretary—Darrell Swarens.

Leaders: Marlen Rust 148; William Shetter 540; Stephanie Fida 49b; Peggy Brayfield 373; Darrell Swarens 159; Don Bardsley 150; Becky Browne 102; Molly Evans 228; Brad Bahler 32t; Joan Aldridge 34b; Presley Barker 448t; Ariel Weinberg 472; David Rust 268; Peggy Brayfield 556; William Shetter 56 (MH).


The class was called back to order by Don Bardsley leading 475. Leaders: Lamar Schlabach 48t; Becky Browne 155; Terry Hogg 13 (MH); Barb Lund “Bosold”; Molly Evans 107; Darrell Swarens 335; Karen Bahler 128; Marlen Rust 40; Joan Aldridge 36b; Presley Barker 8 (MH); Brad Bahler 117; Stephanie Fida 455; Ariel Weinberg 163t; Peggy Brayfield 151 (MH); David Rust 178; Don Bardsley 236; Lamar Schlabach 276. Don Bardsley offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Stephanie Fida brought the class together with 114. Leaders: William Shetter 474; Becky Browne 29t; Terry Hogg 112; Adrian Eldridge 89; Molly Evans 277; Marlen Rust 84; Darrell Swarens 186; Karen Bahler 47b; Joan Aldridge 124 (in memory of Teddy Creel); Presley Barker 481; Brad Bahler “Mercy Seat”; Peggy Brayfield 195; David Rust 528; Ariel Weinberg 196; Don Bardsley 129; Stephanie Fida 504; Lamar Schlabach 131b; William Shetter 51 (MH).


David Rust led 565 to call the class back to order. A memorial lesson was held in which joys and concerns were expressed: for the deceased, we remembered Teddy Creel—Alabama; for the sick and shut-ins we remembered Janet Fraembs—Illinois; Jeanette Lowry, Shirley Figura, and Bert Lindsay—Missouri.

A copy of the Sacred Harp Singings 2005 Minutes and 2006 Directory was presented to Jan Buffington of the United Ministries Center staff with thanks for her support of the Higher Ground Singing.

Leaders: Peggy Brayfield 532 (for Janet Fraembs); Becky Browne 203; Terry Hogg 55 (MH); Adrian Eldridge 37t; Molly Evans 489; Darrell Swarens 45t; Karen Bahler 38b; Joan Aldridge 142; Presley Barker 89 (MH); Brad Bahler 551; Marlen Rust 45 (MH); William Shetter 546; Lamar Schlabach 68b; Terry Hogg 523; Adrian Eldridge 74t; Karen Bahler 454; Becky Browne 99; Joan Aldridge 385b; Peggy Brayfield 215; David Rust 384; Ariel Weinberg 86; Molly Evans 547; Darrell Swarens 388; Stephanie Fida 198.

After announcements were made, Stephanie Fida led 62 as the closing song. David Rust led the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Co-Chairs—Peggy Brayfield and Stephanie Fida; Secretary—Darrell Swarens.