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Alaska Sacred Harp Convention

United Methodist Church, Sitka, Alaska

October 23-24, 2009

Friday, October 23

The 2nd annual Alaska Sacred Harp Convention was held at the United Methodist Church in Sitka, Alaska, on Friday evening and Saturday before the fourth Sunday in October. David Lee of Hoboken, Georgia, conducted a singing school Friday evening, giving an overview of the Sacred Harp tradition and rudiments.

Saturday, October 24

Kari Lundgren called the class to order Saturday morning by leading 31b. Chaplain William Davis offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Kari Lundgren 64; Sara Beaber-Fujioka 178; Sylvia Friske 49b; Judy Gangle 277, 282; Sher Schwartz 268, 354t; David Kreiss-Tomkins 38b, 276; Paul Norwood 40; Iris Klingler 107, 551; Erika Wilson 171, 29t; Linda Jweinat 235, 323b; Heidi Ekstran 378t; Denise Klingler 445; Tom Crane 82t; David Lee 501, 39t.


David Kreiss-Tomkins called the class back to order leading 59. Leaders: Scott Willis 63; Erik Schwab 440, 217; Kathy Lee 201, 374; Ken Hallock 52t, 142; Cornelia Stanton 101t, 350; Mryka Hall-Beyer 53, 344.

Karen Willard and Steve Helwig conducted the memorial lesson. Steve Helwig spoke for those who were sick and shut-in and led 340 for Rodney Willard, Barbara Willard, and Kathryn Hopp.

Karen Willard spoke for the deceased and led 330b in memory of the following: Leta Marshall, Bruce Heiner—Washington; Ron Brownell—Arizona; Don Welch—Florida; Francile Bue—Minnesota; Dale McMurren—Montana. The chaplain closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Karen Willard 196, 148; Steve Helwig 280, 163b. Chaplain William Davis offered the noon blessing.


Kari Lundgren called the class back to order leading 49t. Leaders: Kari Lundgren 146: Linda Jweinat and Steve Helwig 376; Tom Crane 155; Erik Schwab 110, 455; Sher Schwartz 176t, 388; Judy Gangle 81t; Mryka Hall-Beyer 479, 454; Iris Klingler 59; David Lee 273 (CB); Paul Norwood 288; Denise Klingler 45t; Ken Hallock 65, 30t (CB).


Erik Schwab called the class back to order leading 565. Leaders: Erika Wilson 203, 131t; Sarah Beaber-Fujioka 314; Scott Willis 192; Cornelia Stanton 511t (CB), 573 (CB); Sylvia Friske 451 (CB), 488b (CB); David Lee 484b (CB); Steve Helwig 70b, 76b; Karen Willard 465 (CB), 463 (CB).

Announcements were made, including the resolution that the Third Annual Alaska Sacred Harp would meet again in Sitka the Friday evening and Saturday before the fourth Sunday in October, 2010.

Kari Lundgren led 571 (CB) as the closing song. Chaplain William Davis offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Kari Lundgren; Secretary—Steve Helwig