Worship & Arts Coordinator

Director of Music

Sandra "Sam" Wack

Rehearsal: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Choir Room. 
The Chancel Choir, comprised of older youth (9th grade and up) through adults, sings in worship weekly at the 10:30 a.m. service and offers larger choral works throughout the year.  This choir season we will be participating in the nationwide Concert to End Gun Violence, and in a joint Good Friday service with Silver Spring United Methodist Church, singing the Duruflé Requiem.  You are also welcome to join us at holiday time, if your schedule is limited. There are no auditions required for this group.  For further information, contact Sandra ‘Sam’ Wack. Director of Music, at sam@cccsilverspring.org.  If you like to sing a variety of music, from classical pieces to spirituals, we have a place for you here!

The group open to all children aged 3 to those in 5th grade will gather weekly BEFORE worship and church school, from 9:45 a.m – 10:15 a.m. Children will learn religious songs and hymns in a relaxed setting, periodically participating in the 10:30 a.m. service. The group will be lead by Spencer Clark, Leona Ripple and Lynne Joseloff. Children’s Music Time replaces the Chapel Choir rehearsal that met after the worship service in past years. Adult volunteers (non-parents welcome!) are needed to support Children’s Music Time by helping teach music, supervise, and provide a healthy snack.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., child care will be provided in Room 006 for children birth to grade 5, to provide an opportunity for parents to participate in adult education classes or Chancel Choir. At 9:40 a.m, singing children will be escorted from child care to Children’s Music Time. Younger or non-singing siblings may remain in child care. While we have one paid staff for childcare, additional volunteers are needed.

The Deacons provide support for the Sunday morning worship services and the special seasonal services throughout the year

Worship Liturgists

  • Sunday service lay reader
  • Sunday service Deacon Liturgist assists with the service in the absence of one of the ministers
  • Readers for the Maundy Thursday service of Tenebrae
  • Readers for the Christmas Eve candlelight service
  • Baptisms—present the certificate of Baptism and Dutch cradle cross to the family
  • New members&emdash;lead the congregation in the church covenant

Communion—Served on the first Sunday of each month, Maundy Thursday and Confirmation Sunday 5 Deacons needed once a month and for special communion services

  • Provide breads and juice
  • Serve communion with the ministers to the congregation during communion services
  • Set up and clean up after the service

The Committee for the Arts is responsible for planning programs of art, including but not limited to, paintings, photography, and other artistic expressions. Visit the first floor hallway to explore a rotating exhibit of local art, curated by our arts committee.

This committee works with the Director of Music to assess CCC’s music needs and aspirations; establish a yearly calendar of music programs; identify financial, human, and other resources needed to support the music program; and periodically assess any need for improvements in CCC’s music spaces, instruments and other equipment and their maintenance, and the music library.

The Worship Guild prepares the sanctuary for Sunday worship and liturgical services throughout the year and provide fresh floral arrangements weekly for the church lobby. Service opportunities include preparing arrangements from the altar flowers [donated by members] for pastoral care teams to take to the bereaved, ill and shut-in; decorating the church for Christmas; supporting the pastors conducting weddings, funerals, memorial services and other special worship services; and donating the produce on the Thanksgiving altar to Shepherd’s Table. The Guild provides wedding hospitality on behalf of the church; we work in teams on a voluntary basis. Men and women participate; no special skills or talents are needed. Orientation is provided. The Guild is a supportive, relaxed and fun group; we learn from and help each other! Guild members get together about 4 times a year to decorate the altar for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas and to gather for a meal, a workshop and planning. Commitments range from signing up for weekend flower duty a few times a year to helping with a holiday such as Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Our worship is characterized by a willingness to question tradition, acceptance of human diversity, a strong emphasis on social justice and care for the poor and the oppressed, and environmental stewardship of the Earth. We have a deep belief in the centrality of the instruction to “love one another” (John 15:17) within the teachings of Jesus Christ. This leads to a focus on promoting values such as compassion, justice, mercy, tolerance, often through political activism.