Music – Chancel Choir and Handbells

As Pastoral Musicians, the mission of the Chancel Choir is to support the Congregation and enhance the worship experience through:

• Music that involves the whole person
• Music that serves the Word of God
• Music that shapes and surrounds prayer

We do this through well-crafted music that:

• Serves the unity of the Church
• Expresses cultural diversity
• Creates healing and wholeness
• Promotes the mission of the Church
• Proclaims justice and mercy

Specifically, the Choir rehearses the Assembly’s music to lead it, sings music beyond the Assembly’s capacity, and serves responsively in alternation with the Assembly. The Director of Music takes into account the abilities and needs of both the Choir and the Assembly when selecting music for the Choir. This will allow those called to Pastoral Music Ministry an opportunity to develop choral singing that can enliven and strengthen singing of the Assembly.

Our ministry runs from September through June; singing every Sunday, and for selected special events in the liturgical year. Practice is on Wednesday night from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We meet in the Church. We get together on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am for a 30 minute practice, and then minister at the 10:30 am Liturgy.  And – very important – there is no audition for the choir; simply a love of music, and some very basic musical gifts are all that is required.

We love to party, having a once-a-month celebration to mark those members who have had a birthday in that month. We also gather for two pot lucks each year; one to celebrate Epiphany and the other, a Summer Pool Party, both at the Director of Music’s home in Vallejo.

FCC Choir

FCC Choir – Terry Jensen standing far right


The Overtones – Handbell Choir

The Handbell choir rehearses Thursdays at 6PM. Susan Kelchner is our enthusiastic handbell director. No experience needed! One of our members joined and, in the beginning, couldn’t read a note of music.  All levels of experience, or not, are welcome. Current members: Janice Mattison, Jan Edwards, Cathy Webber, Sara Donnelly, Alan Kelchner, Linda States, Kim Pack and Kathy Aanestad.

Interested in playing handbells?
Contact the director, Susan Kelchner

photo of handbell choir

Handbell Ringers – The Overtones

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Handbells at the Ready


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Malleting the Bells


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Handbell Trio donating their time to ring for F.I.S.H. during the Holidays – L-R: Janice, Patricia, Kathy