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The Sinless Summerland
Christian Harmony Singing

Belleville Congregational Church, Newburyport, Massachusetts

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The first Sinless Summerland All-Day Christian Harmony Singing was held at Belleville Congregational Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts. All song selections were from The Christian Harmony, 2010 Revision. The class was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Christopher Noren leading 521. The opening prayer was offered by Nancy Haverington.

The following officers and committee members were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman/Treasurer—Chris Noren; Vice Chairman—Pat Callahan; Secretary/Chaplain—Nancy Haverington; Arranging Officer—Elizabeth Stoddard; Keying—Robert Stoddard, Ben Bath, Becky Wright, and Mary Gowins; Food Committee—Jan Juntunen, Pat Callahan, and Barton Slatko; Welcoming—Alana Ali-Reynolds.

Chris Noren taught a brief singing school, teaching the class the seven shapes used in the Christian Harmony with new mnemonic lyrics set to “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music.

Leaders: Pat Callahan 509b; Elizabeth Stoddard 409t; Karen Noren 263; Ben Bath 336t; Bill Holt 171; Philippa Stoddard 419t; Mike Richards 105t; Ivy Hauser 350; George Pomfret 300; Becky Wright 326; Stina Soderling 211t; Patrick Friesen 205; Jennie Brown 292; Liz Cantrell 258; Terry Ryan 184. Chris Noren led 293 (birthday lyrics) for Pat Callahan, Robert Stoddard, and Philippa Stoddard.


Pat Callahan called the class back to order by leading 35t. Leaders: Jesse Vear 109; Sylvia Martin 52; Laura Hodges 64; Robert Stoddard 303; Mary Gowins 362; Zoë Madonna 346; Tristan Gordon 546t; Chris Noren 372; Brian Harris 330; Joan Frankel 88; Vale Cofer-Shabica 91; Elizabeth Stoddard 338b; Becky Wright 209; Mike Richards 1; Stina Soderling 146b; Terry Ryan 131; Karen Noren 55t. Nancy Haverington offered prayer before the noon meal.


Chris Noren led 85 to call the class back together. Leaders: Mary Gowins 54; Ben Bath 180; Patrick Friesen 316; Ivy Hauser 284; Jennie Brown 276; Brian Harris 262; Philippa Stoddard 332; Tristan Gordon 145b; Laura Hodges 19; Linda Shea 274; Vale Cofer-Shabia 261t; Zoë Madonna 216t; Liz Cantrell 281b; Bill Holt 172; Robert Stoddard 168t; Jesse Vear 246; Sylvia Martin 208b; Joan Frankel 299; George Pomfret 43.


Ben Bath called the class back to order by leading 93. Leaders: Jeremy Galvagni 117; Tara Mulder 153; Ron Trial 8; Stina Soderling 256t; Laura Hodges 455b; Patrick Friesen 268; Jennie Brown 138; Ivy Hauser 384; Brian Harris 156; Terry Ryan 309; Becky Wright 450b; Tristan Gordon 207b; Zoë Madonna 50; Mike Richards 63t; Vale Cofer-Shabica 465t; Liz Cantrell 290; George Pomfret 461; Chris Noren and Karen Noren 143.

Announcements were made. Elizabeth Stoddard reported forty total registrants representing five states (MA, ME, NY, RI, VT), with thirty leaders and seventy-six songs.

Chris Noren, Pat Callahan, Elizabeth Stoddard, Nancy Haverington and Jan Juntunen led 546b as the closing song. Nancy Haverington dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Chris Noren; Vice Chairman—Pat Callahan; Secretary—Nancy Haverington