A Great Christmas Concert at McLean Bible Church

 Christmas Joy 2013

A Great Christmas Concert at McLean Bible Church

It seems only fitting that being that last day of the year I share some images that make me extremely happy.  Many of you know that besides being a wife, mom and photographer I am also a musician.  That talent has taken me many wonderful places and provided me with opportunities that I normally would not have had.  For the past 14 years I have been the director of the Children’s Choir at McLean Bible Church here in Northern Virginia.  It is a great, part time job that allows me to use my musical side and still have a bunch of fun with a great group of kids and their parents.  Along with loving my actual job at MBC,  I have the added pleasure of working with some of the best musicians I have ever met, in a creative environment serving God.  Seriously, if you want to be in the room of total musical greatness, come to one of our staff meetings.  It is oozing out of people’s pores.  (I am not one of the musical geniuses so I just sit there sometimes and soak it all up.)

This past year the staff in the Worship Department were given the task to put together a Christmas Musical Concert for the church and community.  It was to be on two nights and ended up featuring some of the best,  no really, THE BEST performers in Christian Music today or in the past 20 years.  We had the pleasure of welcoming Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Wayne Watson, Jaci Velazquez and the band Salvador to our stage for two nights and it was fabulous.  Really, it was GREAT!  I know many people came on both nights and it was such an honor to be a part of it.

I wore many hats during the concert.  I sang in the opener, during Steve Green’s Set and in the closer.  Then, in  between, I ran around with my camera capturing moments from the concert to share on our Facebook page and use for other purposes at a later date.  I’m not sure which I enjoyed more, the chance to sing with musical legends OR the chance I had to get my camera lens on them.  Either way, it was a blast and an honor.

So many fun stories came out of those two evenings.  The entire church (that is a lot of people) pulled together to put together this program and being part of such a supportive community is always a wonderful feeling.  It was a lot of hard work behind the scenes and it took many people working around the clock to make it happen. but it was a wonderful event that put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

I hope you and your family had a fabulous Christmas and Holiday Season.  May you continually be blessed as we celebrate the coming of a New Year and all the things that are in store for us in 2014!

Here are some of my favorite images from the Concert:

The incredible Dick Tunney at the keyboard and our oh-so-talented Musical Director Ben Roundtree leading the Orchestra and Choir.  Dick, along with his wife Melodie, have won 10 Dove awards and 1 Grammy.

The incomparable Larnelle Harris bringing down the house!  You know the winner of FIVE Grammy’s and 11 Dove awards was going to be good.

No one can sing like Steve Green.  Four Grammy’s and 7 Dove awards right there.  Amazing.

The fun and sweet Jaci Velasquez.  Jaci has  recorded three Platinum and three Gold albums, and recorded 16 singles that hit No. 1 plus six more that hit the top-10. She has received seven Dove Awards including Best New Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year.

I just love Wayne Watson.  With two Grammy nominations and 12 Dove Awards he is so down to earth and funny.

Jaci Velasquez and her husband, Nic  Gonzalez,  the lead singer of the band Salvador.

Steve Green waiting the in wings.

It was a concert for all ages.

The entire MBC choir  and orchestra.  All their hard work paid off.  I have never heard them sound better.

As we all sit and reflect upon the past year and make some goals for the new year, I want to personally invite you to join us at McLean Bible Church if you are looking for a church home or just seeking the truth about God and how this whole Christianity “thing” works.  You can even watch some of the services online or, even better, let me know you are coming and I will save you a seat.    I hope to see you there!  For more information, visit the website.  McLean Bible Church

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