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Missouri State Convention

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

March 10-11, 2012

Saturday, March 10

The 27th 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 Roberta Strauss leading 269. Presley Barker offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Roberta Strauss; Secretary—Dave Ressler; Arranging Officer—Lisa Bulawski; Memorial Committee—Anne Drexler, Paul Wyatt, and Dave Kaeser. Songs were called from the 1991 edition of The Sacred Harp and The Missouri Harmony 2005.

Leaders: Barbara Uhlemann 66; Marcus Whitman 139 (MH); Karen Isbell 68 (MH); Dave Ressler 377; Dave Kaeser 278b; Patti Sontag 178; Daniel Bearden 189; Jubal Schultz 59; Anne Drexler 454; Daniel Gray 19 (MH); Les Sontag 142; Meg Stauffer and John Markovitz 34b; Paul Figura and Jonathan Pendleton 207.


Darrell Swarens called the class to order leading 208. Leaders: John Uhlemann 212; Wendy Hofmann 278t; Marcia Johnson 260; Wayne Smith 163b; Tommy Schultz 143; Jan Ketelle 89 (MH); Bill Rintz 276; Shirley Figura 94; Terry Hogg 172 (MH); Charlie Derleth 34t; Carla Bermudez 113 (MH); Cindy Pepmiller 159.


Lou Kujawinski led 350 to call the class together. Leaders: Presley Barker 501; Elizabeth Schultz 138 (MH); Jedidiah Schultz 135 (MH); Penny Kujawinski 472; Berkley Moore 157; Tim Reynolds 117 (MH); Melissa Breed Parks 277; Michael Domino 161 (MH); Cherry Hinderberger 457; Evangeline Schultz and Louisa Foreman 180 (MH); Dennis Corcoran 127 (MH); Bruce Moeller and Cindy Moeller 99 (MH); Tim Von Engeln 86; Presley Barker 164 (MH). Daniel Bearden offered the blessing before the noon meal.


Roberta Strauss called the next session together by leading 32t. Leaders: Johanna Fabke 122; Jim Herr 475; Nate Green and Norma Green 384 (for Coy Ivey); Jo Dell Albi 65 (MH); B.M. Smith 318; Nate Zweig 337; Ted Mercer 302; Paul Wyatt 328; Judy Hauff 503; Mike Hinton 456; Jo Pendleton 479; Darrell Swarens 389; Jonathan Smith 12 (MH); Ted Johnson 224; Dan Brittain 434; Carol Munro Mosley 145 (MH); Rhonda Machlan 335; Pattie Doss 532; Nathan Rees 193.


Nathan Rees and Jonathan Smith led 73t to begin this session. Leaders: Lamar Schlabach 341; Clara Herr 564; Syd Caldwell and Reba Windom 542; Janet Fraembs 480; Jim Goetz 218; William Shetter 62 (MH); Claudia Egelhoff 485; David Casenhiser 99; Evelyn Lamb 149 (MH), Paul Landskroener 166 (MH); Rob Bahler 345b; Tivey 49t; Melanie Hauff 75 (MH); James Page 170 (MH); Donna Gunderson-Rogers 106; Bill Beverly 547; Peggy Brayfield 275b; Bill Caldwell 240; Martha Beverly 78 (MH).

Announcements were made. Roberta Strauss led 146, and then Wayne Smith closed the day with a prayer.

Sunday, March 11

The Sunday session of the Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order at 9:30 a.m.by Roberta Strauss leading 436. Presley Barker offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Joan Aldridge 546; Marcus Whitman 448t; Johanna Fabke 129; Pattie Doss 442; Lou Kujawinski 216; Jan Ketelle 217; John Markovitz 128; Daniel Bearden 304; Jonathan Pendleton 388; Donna Gunderson-Rogers 464; James Page 45 (MH); Anne Drexler 282; Charlie Derleth 384; Jim Herr 131t; David Kaeser 56b.


Tommy Schultz led 270 to call the class back together. Leaders: Bill Beverly 8 (MH), Claudia Egelhoff 556; Wayne Dell 22 (MH); Lori Graber 13 (MH); Syd Caldwell, Nate Green, and Norma Green 137; Sylwinn Tudor 178; Matt Shomaker 39t; Shirley Figura 361; Paul Wyatt 33b; Dayle Black 148; Peggy Brayfield 24t; David Casenhiser 569b; Wendy Hofmann 288; Ted Mercer 148 (MH).


Leaders: Paul Landskroener 29t; Rebecca Browne 411; Lamar Schlabach and Marye Yeomans 68b.

Paul Wyatt and Anne Drexler conducted the memorial lesson. Paul read the names of the sick and shut-ins as follows: Harrison Creel, Coy Ivey, Dr. Julietta Haynes, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, S.T. Reed, Lessie Reed, Inez Thornsberry, Don Buswell, Anita Buswell, Beau Caldwell, John Grant, Richard DeLong, Andy Worthington, Jim Helke, John Kaeser, Romelle Kaeser, Dixie McGregor, Lee Steinmetz, Doris Steinmetz, David Rust, Marlene Rust, Will Fitzgerald, Jim Hearne, Ruth Snyder, Mary Ellen Wilkinson, David Carlton, Bob Anderson, Elizabeth Melde, Bob Scorgie, Julie Vea, and Phylis Hiser Hartwig. Paul led 229.

Anne Drexler read the list of names of those deceased since the last convention as the class hummed “China”. Those remembered were Christine Gandy, Marie Ivey, Travis Keeton, Corinne Lacy, Clarence McCool, Ernestine Pipkin, Cecil Sanders, Melvin Stiefel—Alabama; Virginia Cowart—Arkansas; John Merritt—Mississippi; George Holland, Lonnie Rogers, Merle Worthington—Georgia; Becky Shildman, Paul Streeter, Mike Veech—Illinois; Joanne Bowman—Massachusetts; Ed Hinderberger, Sharyn Kropp, Muriel Taylor, William Malloy—Missouri; Jerry Clagget—Ohio; Frank Evans—Virginia; Joyce Anderson—Wisconsin; and Steve Collins—United Kingdom. Dave Kaeser led 163b, and closed the lesson with a prayer.

Leaders: Carol Munro Mosley 192; William Shetter 98 (MH); Jim Crawford and Mary Crawford 546; Jo Pendleton 145b; Rob Bahler 423; Melanie Hauff 80 (MH); Clara Herr and Dan Brittain 481; Jim Goetz 312b. Daniel Bearden closed the morning with the blessing.


Roberta Strauss led 82t to begin the afternoon session. Leaders: David Lloyd 320; Mike Hinton 340; Martha Beverly 504; Ariadne Zitsos 181; Darrell Swarens and Jim Herr 49b; Jo Dell Albi 56 (MH); Tim Reynolds 92 (MH); Janet Fraembs 175 (MH); Penny Kujawinski 383; Jedidiah Schultz 146; Jubal Schultz 496; Judy Hauff 84 (MH); Nate Green and Norma Green 43.


The final session was called to order by Tim Reynolds leading 64. Leaders: Karen Isbell and John Markovitz 212; Evelyn Lamb 362; Bill Rintz 186; Paul Landskroener 365; Ethan Schultz 299; Patti Sontag and Les Sontag 268; Tommy Schultz 198; Barbara Uhlemann 46 (MH); Presley Barker 505; Marye Yeomans 313b; Paul Figura 19 (MH); Wayne Smith 105; Marcus Whitman 133; Claudia Egelhoff 77b; Dave Ressler 77 (MH).

The arranging officer reported that eighty songs were led on Saturday and seventy-five on Sunday, and that twelve states were represented by singers at this convention. Announcements were made.

Marcus Whitman closed the convention with a prayer, and the class sang 62 as the closing song.

Chairman—Roberta Strauss; Secretary—Dave Ressler