Through Music

“Being a member of the ERUCC Senior Choir under the direction par excellence of Alison Shafer has and continues to be  one of the highlights of over 50 years for me in choirs of all kinds.  The selection of music is superb, always coordinating with the message of the day. Alison brings the best out of us with her musical gifts, humor and an endearing personality. The choir members truly enjoy each other and celebrate joys as well as provide support in times of trial.  For me, it’s one of the best parts of ERUCC!!”
Cindy Smith, Choir Member

Alison Shafer, Organist and Choir Director

Whatever your age or style of music, there is a choir for you at ERUCC.  On Sunday mornings, you may hear traditional or contemporary music from the adult choir, or young voices raised in song from the children’s or young people’s choirs. In addition to vocal music, there is a lively tradition of handbell choirs of all ages and experiences. Connect with ERUCC and its members by joining one of our choirs.

“Being a member of Senior Choir and Spirit brings me great joy. I feel the spirit of our Lord through the strains of our organ music and the choral liturgy. In addition to the ERUCC community, the music liturgy is what has always kept me coming back.”
W. Daniel Smith, Choir Member

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The Senior Choir is a traditional choir that sings most Sundays at the 10:30 a.m. service.  Their 4-part anthems range from classical style, to spiritual, to more contemporary pieces.  The Senior Choir plays a key role in leading hymns and sung responses during the worship services.  The choir rehearses the first and third Thursday of each month in the Marj Menchey Berkheimer Music Suite, and on Sundays following the 10:30 worship service in the Sanctuary.  If interested, please contact Organist/Director Alison Shafer at the Church Office,  301-662-2762.

Sun, 12/2    Senior Choir- ADVENT
Th,   12/6    Rehearsal
Sun, 12/9    SPIRIT 
Th,   12/13  Rehearsal
Sat,  12/15  Final cantata rehearsal, midday, time TBD
Sun, 12/16  Cantata
Th,   12/20 Longest Night Service 7:30pm
Th,   12/20 Rehearsal 8:15pm
Sun, 12/23 Senior Choir- LESSONS & CAROLS
Mon, 12/24 CHRISTMAS EVE 7:30pm, call time 6:45pm
Th,   12/27  NO rehearsal
Sun, 12/30 Senior Choir


“It has been such a rewarding experience for me to lead the Children’s Choir and Young Spirit at ERUCC. Both choirs offer children and youth an opportunity for faith and leadership development by participating in worship and sharing their gifts of music.  Seeing our children and youth grow by taking an active role in the church community while sharing their time, talents and joyful spirit is priceless! “
Tricia Coffey

Children’s Choir

The Children’s Choir is for children from kindergarten through 5th grade.  The choir sings at the 10:30 a.m. service at least one Sunday a month.  The choir rehearses every Monday during the school year from 5:45-6:15 p.m. in the Choir Room near the downstairs Social Room. If interested, please contact the director, Tricia Coffey, at or 301-455-8720.

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Young Spirit is a choir for middle and high school students.  Young Spirit members also serve as mentors to the younger Children’s Choir members. The choir sings during the 10:30 service at least one Sunday a month and assists with music for Youth Sunday.  Young Spirit rehearses every Monday during the school year from 6:15-6:45 pm.  If interested in joining or learning more about this group, please contact Tricia Coffey ( or 301-455-8720).

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The handbell ministry began in 1966 and has only been under the leadership of two directors. The Chancel Handbell Choir is open to children grades 1-5.  They rehearse on Mondays 6:00-6:30 during the school year in the balcony of the sanctuary.  dsc_6842No music reading experience is necessary.  The children gain skills in music basics and rhythm.  They play every other month during the 10:30 service. The Cambridge Handbell Choir is a multi-generational group for grades 6-adult.  This enthusiastic group rehearses on Mondays from 6:30 -7:15 in the balcony of the sanctuary. They play during the 10:30 service once a month.  The choir participatest in Bell and HistoryDays and handbell festivals.dsc_6851

We invite you to join us throughout the year.  If you have any questions, contact Kelly Esslinger at 484-707-3233 or