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Michiana Singing

Goshen, Indiana

Saturday, July 18, 1998

The eleventh annual Michiana Singing was held at the New Testament Baptist Church. The class was called to order by James Nelson Gingerich leading song on page 171. Rachel Miller Jacobs led the morning prayer. Matthew Lind led song on page 34b.

Leaders: Samuel Sommers 35; Laura Short 497; Kent Beck 72b; Christine Guth 77t; Dick Dunagan 74b; Martha Beverly 479; Emmie Barford 117; Janet Fraembs 91; Steve Warner 192; Kiri Miller 122; Bob Meek 441; Elizabeth Todd 335; Lee Steinmetz 503; James Page 216; John Seaton 217; Joan Aldridge 475.


The class was called together by Samuel Sommers leading song on page 319. Leaders: Jerry Enright 317b; William Shetter 120; Suzanne Flandreau 276; Ted Mercer 302; Brad Oglesby 460; Thomas Willard 106; Reba Windom 224; Paul Foster 377; Connie Karduck 528; David Rust 38b; Wendy Wahn 203; Mark Miller 271 (t? b?); Karen Hojnacki 504; Nathan Barford 260; Val Dunagan 288; John Fink 49b; Charlotte Wolfe 128; Melanie Hauff 318.


Matthew Lind brought the class together leading song on page 324. Leaders: Al Frank 146; Alexander Knecht 51; D.J. Hatfield 250; Jenny Willard 564; Dean Slaton 536; Henry Schuman 532; Julie Vea 436.

A memorial lesson was held by Ted Mercer, and began by expressing appreciation for singers who took the time and effort to share the Sacred Harp tradition with us. The memorial lesson is a time to remember and honor those singers who have gone before. Ted Mercer then read the list of those deceased: Barrett Ashley, Kim Cagle, Mamie Creel, Hadyn Creel, Vernice Calvert, Keterina Sanders, Mae Seymour, Jerry Sheppard—Alabama; Jimmy Driftwood—Arkansas; Winifred Walker Landis, Opal Johnston, and Andre Floyd—Florida; Eva Reeves—Georgia; Agnes Winkler—Illinois; John Oyer—Indiana; Anne Lyman Chancellor—Kentucky; Marvin Byrd, John Seeley, and Bill Froeschner—Maryland; Ruth Reid—North Carolina; Kevin Blood—New Mexico; Lucille Vea—Wisconsin. Connie Karduck led song on page 565 for the deceased.

Ted Mercer read the list of names of those sick or shut-in: Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, and Marie Aldridge—Alabama; Thomas Emmart—California; Ethel Klein—Florida; Horace DeLong—Georgia; Janet Borman—Illinois; Jane Gronau and Isabel Arnold—Massachusetts; Ken Kooyers—Michigan; Gary Gronau—Missouri; Tammy Webster—North Carolina; Linda Brown—Ohio; Jerry Williard—Pennsylvania; Lilia Springer—Wisconsin. Pauline Childers led song on page 498 for the sick and shut-in, and the memorial lesson was concluded.

Leaders: Beverly Enright 543; Kathryn Knecht 100. Rachel Miller Jacobs said grace.


James Nelson Gingerich brought the class to order leading song on page 454. Leaders: Debbie Barford 304; Bill Beverly 222; Marcia Johnson 196; Lynne deBenedette 218; Johanna Fabke 83t; Lisa Grayson 419; Laurel Cornell 254; Terry Hogg 344; Judy Hauff 411; Pauline Childers 269; Richard DeLong 362; Anne Heider 236; Ted Johnson 368; Keith Willard 144; Charles Knecht 410 (t? b?); Marlen Rust 84; David Barford 209.


Marcia Johnson brought the class to order leading song on page 32 (t? b?). Leaders: Samuel Sommers 76b; Maria Knecht 100; Jo Dell Albi 430; Jeanette Lowry 270; Stanley Chang 268; Reba Windom 155; Janet Fraembs 421; Jerry Enright 29t; Joan Aldridge 434; Melanie Hauff 168; Elizabeth Todd 501; Ted Mercer 299; Lynne deBenedette 73t; Richard DeLong 123b; James Page 538; Judy Hauff 273; Keith Willard 80t; Julie Vea 327; Terry Hogg 340; Pauline Childers 234.

Announcement were made. James Nelson Gingerich led song on page 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Rachel Miller Jacobs.

Chairman—Matthew Lind; Treasurer—James Nelson Gingerich; Chaplain—Rachel Miller Jacobs; Secretary—Samuel Sommers.