Community United Church of Christ presented “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” a service of music, scripture and prayer featuring a string quartet, organ, piano, soloists and the Community UCC Chorus on Sunday, Dec. 16.
Many thanks to our music director EJ Hinojosa and the many talented singers and musicians who brought us this wonderful evening!
Our talented church photographer Terry Cole put together this slideshow of his beautiful images from the event.
Terry Cole, our resident photographer, put together a slideshow of images from the recent CD release party. Thank you, Terry!
Join us for Journey into Advent, our annual deeper exploration into our faith as we enter the Advent season of our spiritual calendar.
EJ Hinojosa is a composer, conductor, vocalist, pianist and music educator. He has been the director of music at Community United Church of Christ, Fresno for five years, where he leads a band and a choir.
EJ holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Fresno Pacific University, where he studied music composition, biblical critique and church music history. He serves as the piano instructor at Roosevelt School of the Arts in Fresno.
EJ has been commissioned as a composer and arranger by musical ensembles in Canada and the United States, including works for local ensembles like Soli Deo Gloria Women’s Chorus, Quintus and several faith-based choral ensembles. He is sought as a coach by solo vocalists, high school choral ensembles, and barbershop quartets.
This fall, he released an album of original music for worship titled “Banner.” EJ is a proud citizen of Fresno, where he lives with his wife, Erin, and their daughter, Rosalind.
- 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 in Hayden Hall: EJ will begin our journey with context of the Magnificat then begin to move us into the creative process. Dessert provided.
- 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17 in Hayden Hall and the Sanctuary: Breakfast then we will continue our journey by listening to different examples of the Magnificat. We will discuss those styles and themes and what makes a good Christian worship song. We will work together to set lyrics to music and reflect on what we’ve learned together.
- 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Sanctuary: Worship with EJ as he continues our Journey into Advent.
Cost is $25 per person for this event. Full and partial scholarships available upon request. Or if you are able, please fund a scholarship.
To register or for more information, call Marilyn in the Church Office at 559.435.2690.
Please respond by Nov. 9 so we may plan for food.
~ By EJ Hinojosa, music director
Words can’t begin to describe the gratitude I feel toward our beloved church and every member of the congregation. Our CD Release Party was an incredible success enjoyed by all who could be there.
In all of the festivities, I again would like to acknowledge the primary goal of the project: the celebration of God’s permanence, and the contemplation of what it means to live a prophetic life.
If you were unable to attend the Release Party, fear not! CD’s are available for purchase in the church office. If you would like to get your hands on a copy of the album, please contact Marilyn.
Thank you again, and again. What a joy it is to have the love and support of our extravagantly-welcoming church.