Greetings Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving! If you are traveling, be safe. If you are home, be warm! J

*THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR A GREAT PIE FUNDRAISER:

Please join me in thanking the Pie Team under the leadership of Vicky Hurley!

You sold $11,810.00 worth of pies, chocolate, paper whites and other goods for a profit of around $5,905.00

This is one of our best November Pie Sale Totals ever! Congratulations!

Thank you to Vicky, Shannon Cave, Meaghan Cheung, Sarah McCain, Vanessa McGarry,

Alexandra Scott, Melinda Weir and Anne Zaccaro! We could not have done this without you all.

*GCS SUNDAY: Thank you everyone who donated food, time and resources to make the day so special and the reception so beautiful and yummy.

*CHOIR TOUR INFORMATION:

We have made our goal of 50 participants and have filled the bus so to speak! Enrollment is basically closed, but if you are still thinking about your chorister attending haven’t said anything now it the time while we might be able to still be creative.

The First Deposit is due on 1 December in the amount of $500.00 for each person going on the tour.

Please make your check out to GRACE CHURCH IN NEW YORK, Memo: Choir Tour Deposit One and list who it is for. These checks should be given to P. Allen.

If you have not done so and would like to request financial aid for your chorister, please talk with P. Allen.

Please indicate on your deposit whether your chorister and or family member will purchase the group air travel package so we can plan for that. If you do not indicate this we will assume you are making your own travel arrangements to and from France.

The work in progress Itinerary is attached to this email. Have a look, be ready to chime in with your thoughts after Thanksgiving. We will want your feedback.

*TUESDAY JUNIOR EVENSONG WILL TAKE PLACE this Tuesday December 2 at 6:00 Rehearsal starts at 5:00 in the music room for all Junior Choristers. This is our final Tuesday Evensong for 2014!

*Novice and Junior Choir Rehearsals……This is the final week for novice and junior rehearsals for 2014.

THE ROTA: Parents, there is now a “rota” or schedule of who is doing what at Evensong this year. It is posted on the bulletin board outside the Music Room. It is offered in an attempt to give all the choristers a chance at all the jobs that go into producing Evensong as well as to let you know in advance when your choristers might be reading or caring the cross.

*NO AFTERSCHOOL VOCAL COACHING THIS THURSDAY 4 December.

*THE ANNUAL CHOIR CHRISTMAS PARTY TAKES PLACE SUNDAY 7 DECEMBER in the GCS Dining Room. Plan to attend, please respond to the sign up list and to the e vite that was sent to everyone.

*COMMUNITY CAROL SING – All the Choristers attending GCS will be released from school on Wednesday 10 December to have a festive “Pie” Pizza Lunch in the Chantry followed by the offering of a Carol Sing in the Church from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help set up the event, serve lunch and clean up. Please let PA know if you are able to help.

Bring family, friends and colleagues for this thirty minute moving time in the church to sing favorite carols of the season with the choristers. Wednesday 10 December at 12:15 p.m.

*Flyers for upcoming events are attached: Please circulate and invite family, friends and colleagues to these special offerings of the season.

*AS THE YEAR IS COMING TO AN END…please look around the house and make sure you cash all choir checks you have received. When the books are closed at the audit for each operating budget year checks can no longer be redeemed or replaced.

*THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:

Tuesday 2 December:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Boys

Tuesday 2 December:

3:20 p.m. Novice Girls Rehearsal! The Final one for 2014

Tuesday 2 December:
5:00 Junior Boy and Girls Choristers Rehearsal

6:00 Choral Evensong by the Junior Choristers, ending at 6:30 p.m.

The final one for 2014!

Wednesday 3 December:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Girls

Wednesday 3 December:
3:20 – 4:30 After School Vocal Coaching in the Music Office. Senior Choristers – please sign up on the bulletin board, all welcome with parent’s permission.

Thursday 4 December:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Boys

Thursday 4 December:
NO After School Vocal Coaching today, vocal coaching on Thursday will take place next week on November 11th. That will be the final one for 2014.

Friday 5 December:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Girls

Friday 5 December:

3:20 p.m. Novice Boys Rehearsal until 4:30. Drop off and Pick up at the Music Room

Sunday 7 December: NOVICE & JR CHORISTERS SING TODAY,

The Choir of Men and Boys with The Girls’ Choir

REQUIRED FOR ALL NOVICES AND JUNIORS!

Senior Choristers not involved in the GCS Play are most welcome to sing as mentors!

Dress Code for Services and Offerings. Appropriate Sunday clothes with dark shoes

• Boys. Dark dress shoes (no sneakers) with dark socks, white collared shirt and tie, black or navy pants (no khaki)

• Girls. Black or navy dress shoes (no sneakers, open-toed shoes, sandals, clogs or flip flops), white, black or navy socks or tights or nude-colored hose, dress or skirt that is appropriate for church, no collar showing above the cassock except a simple white collar, no noticeable hair ornaments
9:45 Call for All Choristers (Required for Novices and Juniors

11:00 The Morning Service Begins, it will end around 12:20 p.m.

6:00 p.m. The Annual Choir Christmas Party in the GCS Dining Room!

ONGOING INFORMATION SOURCES:

*The Goggle Choir Schedule Calendar Link: http://gchoirsched.info/home.html

*Sign Up Genius for Choir Parent Volunteer Sign Link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B4CA9A72DA64-choir/11611445

*Accessing the Secure Choir Family Area of the Music Website:
www.gracechurchnyc.org
CLICK: MUSIC
CLICK: login
User Name: helfenstein
Password: iheartch0ir (0 is a zero)

*REMEMBER: If your contact information changes or you notice a typo in a communication don’t hesitate to let PA (P. Allen, not the Parents Association) know. “If you see something, say something”

*REMEMBER…please keep an eye out around the house and make sure you cash all choir checks you have received. When the books are closed at the audit for each operating budget year checks can no longer be redeemed or replaced.