Martin Luther once wrote, “Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.”
We are truly blessed to have Becky Jones, aka “Miss Becky,” as our Music and Worship Coordinator at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. This summer Becky will be celebrating her 10 year anniversary with us! Within these 10 years, Becky has taken on challenges and overcome those challenges. She had never played handbells before joining Holy Cross, but she now not only directs the adult Carolan Bell Choir, but also our middle and high school Youth Bells, and the elementary kids in Radical Ringers. When our Organist left, Miss Becky stepped up and taught herself how to play the Organ that we enjoy hearing. Becky was also instrumental in helping to create the summer “Music and Arts Camp”.
2020 created a special challenge for Music and Worship during the pandemic. Becky moved forward and worked to secure the correct licenses and copyrights so that music could still be a vital part of the streaming service. She organized Art into the service that year by having members create works of art each week based on the gospel reading each week. She even went as far as creating a Christmas video to share the music for all of us to enjoy. Who can forget Christmas Eve Service in 2020? We started with a Facebook Service and then we were invited to meet in the parking lot for a candlelight singing of “Silent Night” with Miss Becky leading us in song.
Once we returned to in-person Worship, she had to find a way to keep the music going. She needed a way to keep music in the lives of our youth, even when it was not safe to sing, thus the now famous “Ukulele Choir” was born. Since then, our Ukulele choir has become the talk of the Nebraska Synod.
Becky has touched the lives of so many members in the church through her music program, not only adults, but many, many children. She is an inspiration to all of us.
On June 4th Becky will be celebrating 10 years at Holy Cross. Please make plans to join us that day for a cake and punch reception immediately following worship. As a way of saying thank you for 10 years we are also having a card shower. We invite you and your family to bring a card for Becky to let her know how much she means or has meant to you throughout the years, or mail a card to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Congratulations Becky, on 10 years of music excellence at Holy Cross!
If you would like to help with set up or clean up for this, please sign up using the link below. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4ba8ad23a64-beckys