In his letters to the churches at Rome and Corinth – and to Christians everywhere – Paul details the gifts and abilities God has given to each of us. Just as the physical body has different parts with different functions, each of us has special work to do within the body of Christ. Some have been gifted with teaching or leadership, others with serving or prophecy or encouragement. In using these gifts, together, we can build God’s kingdom.
My friends, I believe that our ministry with the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus helps to further God’s kingdom. Certainly, the offerings received during our concerts assist in the important work of the Mennonite Central Committee. MCC works in 60 countries world-wide providing water, food, education and disaster relief in God’s name. This is the direct ministry you support through membership in KMMC.
I know that our concerts also bless those who listen to our music in-person or later through our recordings. The text of our music and the power of our sound reinforce the promise God made to us in Jesus. You have also shared with me how important singing in the chorus is to you. The friendships, the laughs, the variety of venues and the sights seen on our trips have been life changing for many, including me. Just as we use our spiritual gifts to benefit the body of Christ, we bring a variety of abilities to KMMC. Whether you sing tenor or bass, sing a solo or harmonize with the chorus, are a senior member or a newcomer, the reality is that we cannot do what we do without you. The funds raised for MCC, the joy experienced by our audiences, the memories built by our members are all part of the ministry that is KMMC and they would not be possible without you.
We have an exciting schedule of concerts for 2015 and I am sure that you will be blessed by your KMMC experience. I encourage you to share our message by inviting your friends, co-workers and family members to join us in the chorus.
Mike Lamb, KMMC President
It comes down to this: What a joy to spend time, sharing our music! Men in your churches and communities are missing out on what we do. It is time for the older generation to spread the news to the middle and younger generations that KMMC is definitely worth the time and effort. This is no longer just a Mennonite activity though. Share with all men in your community that KMMC is the group for them!
We are a society of storytellers. We love to tell about our life experiences and share with our friends what great times or hard times we have had. The people that you have shared experiences with are the people who have probably shaped your life. There are times though, when you have missed out on those great experiences and have felt left out of the discussion. There are those moments that you wish you could go back and say yes to an invitation that you declined. As a high school teacher, I have learned that sometimes I have to force kids to get involved so that they can begin to build on their life experiences. Now there are those rare times when this backfires and they still absolutely hate it – but more than not – they come out of the experience sharing how much fun they actually had. They spread the word, which in turn, builds excitement for the program.
My point – we are experiencing growth with KMMC but there are still men out there who are totally missing out on the experience. After our concerts last season, there were always men coming up and saying how they want to join us next year. That is an easy statement to make at the time but it gets more difficult come registration time. That commitment to join isn’t easy when you are the newcomer unless you have someone nudging you to “go for it”!
This is where you all come in. You need to be the one to share what a great experience you have had and that you would love to have them experience that same joy. Make them aware that they just cannot miss out on the fun that we have together. Explain about the learning CD and what a great learning tool it can be. This can alleviate some the hesitations about not being able to attend all of the rehearsals. Basically, allow your friends to be a part of the experience of KMMC.
I want to once again challenge you to invite your friends to come and share the incredible experience of being a part of KMMC. Singing so that others may Live!
See you In Rehearsal,
It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but already we’re thinking about the exciting things coming up next year, including singing at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City.
You can check out our conerts list and rehearsal schedule now.
We are happy to have new people join us! Here’s a recruitment poster you might use.
Chairs are arranged. Sound is being checked. In a few minutes, 300 men will find places on the stage for our rehearsal. It’s not too late to come hear us tonight, 7PM at Memorial Hall, Bethel College.
Our second concert for the 2014 season is just two days away! Come out and join us Sunday evening, May 4, at 7:00 PM at Memorial Hall in Bethel College — and enjoy the comfort of the new air conditioning in that historic building. KMMC is a unique organization, with hundreds of men singing to raise money for charity.
If you need directions, here’s a map. Singers, our rehearsal begins at 3PM, so please be there in time to be seated by 3.
We hope to see you all there!