Taylor Community Choir Resumes
The Taylor Community Choir is about to resume. This popular, non-audition choir attracts members from across the city, drawn to the fun atmosphere in which serious music is rehearsed and performed with love and care.
"We will be doing a program of Psalms, including a larger work - Handel's 'Utrecht Jubilate' (Ps.100) - with orchestra," says Director Diana Wiens. "It should be very exciting, and I can't wait to get started!"
Registration and the first rehearsal of the new term will take place August 27th at Lendrum Mennonite Church. Everyone with a love of singing and appreciation of great sacred choral music is invited to join.
Registration: Monday, August 27, 7:00pm followed by first rehearsal 7:30 - 9:15pm. (All rehearsals will be on Monday nights as usual.)
Fee: $100.00/ semester
Location of rehearsals and concerts: Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church - 11210 - 59Ave.
The fall concerts are scheduled for Saturday November 17 at 7 PM, and Sunday, November 18th at 3 PM.
TSSA Executive Busy Planning
It may be summer, but the members of the Taylor Seminary Students' Association are busy planning and preparing for the year ahead.
TSSA President Amy Israelson, Megan Jackins and Pete Downing met July 26th to continue work on the events calendar for the upcoming fall and winter semesters. Some of the executive members couldn't attend, and there are still at least two vacancies on the board.
Some of the events being planned are focussed on spiritual formation, some are more about building community or about outreach, while others are just about having fun. Details of these events will be announced shortly -- check the bulletin board near the Taylor Commons, or click through to the TSSA webpage here, or click and like the TSSA Facebook community here.
(Did we mention that there are still some vacancies on the TSSA board? Be in touch if you are interested in being part of the student leadership on campus.)
Renovations at Taylor
A much-needed facelift is well-underway at Taylor, giving new life to our main public spaces.
The worn and damaged carpet in the Taylor Commons has been replaced with tile and carpet, and the walls have been transformed with new modern colours. Important repairs are also being made to the ceilings and the roof, tending to some leaks that became more significant this spring.
Another small but important change is the removal of an oversized brick pillar in the Commons, which significantly adds to the usability of the space by improving sight lines.
These improvements are the first significant upgrades since the building was constructed in the 1990's. The work is scheduled to be finished before students return to classes on September 4th.
Triennial Gathering Draws a Crowd
An ice cream social for alumni and friends of Taylor drew over 180 people at the recent NAB Triennial conference in Orlando, FL. There were students on hand from every era of the school, including recent graduates and going all the way back to the CTI days of the 1960's.
Taylor president Dr. David Williams provided a detailed overview of Taylor's current situation, outlining current enrolment, budgets, renovations and staffing, and reviewed Taylor's recent history. Time was also provided to the new head of the Taylor Alumni Association, Eric Peters, who gave an impassioned plea to his fellow alumni to support Taylor. The evening ended with a time of heartful prayer, led by Daunavon Buyer.
Taylor enjoyed a strong presence at the Triennial, including a busy trade show display in the ministry area and a video that was shared with the full conference. Delegates were all wearing Taylor lanyards and our new, custom-made Taylor caps were a big hit. We also received inquiries from quite a number of prospective students intrigued by Taylor's unique programs and course delivery model.
The 2015 Triennial, to be held in northern California, will coincide with our 75th Anniversary -- see you there!