Music Ministries

Director of Music & Worship Ministries: Dr. Matthew Harden

Thoughts (ramblings) from the Music Office:


That festive time of year, fellowship, family, and the celebration of Christ’s Birth is upon us again. This Advent and Christmas bring a return of cherished events and a change in the future. Please read through as we announce our traditional events and as I share a change with you.


Festival of Carols

The Choirs and Orchestra of The Appleton First United Methodist Church will present “A Festival of Carols” on Friday, December 16th at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary of the Church.


The theme for this year’s Festival is “Carols from Around the World” and will feature a variety of carols from Northern Hemisphere countries. We will be featuring all of our vocal choirs (Bass Clef, Festival Choir, Grace, and Sonshine Singers) and our Wesley Handbell Choir, as well as the orchestra that comes to collaborate with us each year.


We hope you will join us for this musical event. As with the event each year, 100% of a free will offering will benefit The Salvation Army Food Pantry.


Christmas Eve Family Orchestra

Has it been a while since you played your horn? Have you been learning to play the cello? Do you still remember how to play the flute, but don’t have a chance to play? Maybe, you’re in middle school or high school, or beyond and would like a chance to play with a different group?

If any of these describe your situation, have we got an opportunity for you:

First Church’s Multigenerational Christmas Eve Family (amateur) Orchestra!

Marty Robinson is looking for string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players

6th grade and older to play a set before the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve service.

We need everyone.

Rehearsals will be announced in the bulletins, but the final one is set for:

  • Saturday, Dec. 24th, 2:30-3:20 in advance of the 4:00 service.


Then, we will play for the service starting at 3:45.


A parting word from Matthew


Earlier this year I was offered a position that would be of benefit to my family and one that I felt needed to be seriously considered. I did discuss it will Pastor Markus and with the SPRC Chair, Jim, and the church did make a counter offer (I do not want you to think that they made it easy for my decision).


After serious prayer and reflection, as well as discussion with my family, I have decided step down as Director of Music and Worship Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Appleton as of December 31, 2022. I have agreed to stay on as director of the Sanctuary Choir for as long as needed. A part of me will always be with you and praying for your continued ministry and growth.






Matthew C. Harden, PhD

Director of Music and Worship Ministries

  December 2022  
This Week's Events


Sunday School
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Brass Rehearsal
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Puppet Practice
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday Advent Study
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Rehoboth Worship Service
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM


Strong Bodies
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Encore Strings
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Strong Bodies
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Prayer Meeting via Zoom
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Scout Troop 6002
6:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Grace Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Monday Advent Study
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Alanon Meeting
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tuesday Advent Study
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Advent Study
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Tuesday Evening Advent Study
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
AA Meeting
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Wednesday Advent Study
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Strong Bodies
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sonshine Singers Rehearsal
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Youth Group and Classes
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Bass Clef Rehearsal
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Pioneer Club
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Wesley Handbell Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Festival Choir
6:30 PM to 7:15 PM


MCCI Meeting
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday Mens Advent Study
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
AA Group Young at Heart
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Strong Bodies
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM


Kiwanis Meeting
6:30 AM to 8:30 AM


Circles of Support
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Children's Play - Dress Rehearsal
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Drop and Shop
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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