COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2022

We are pleased to announce the return of our Community Christmas Concert!


On Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 4:00 pm we will present an encore performance of the cantata Were You There on That Christmas Night?   A reception will follow. Admission for the evening is free.


The choir and musicians will include members of the Hillsdale First UMC choir, as well as a number of friends from the community. Additional music at the concert will include singing of familiar Christmas carols, interspersed with Scripture readings and brief reflections. 

community concert series

Hillsdale First United Methodist Community Concerts are sharing the gift of music in the name of Christ.


In 2015, Hillsdale First United Methodist Church began a concert series as part of our Celebration of 150 Years of Ministry at our 45 North Manning Street location.


Our goal is to present programs of a distinctive sacred flavor and with high musical standards in order to offer the good news of Jesus Christ to our community through the gift of music.


All concerts are Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm and are free and open to the public. A reception will follow each program.

Previous Community Concerts


gary & martha matthews - Sunday, march 1, 2020

On Sunday, March 1, Hillsdale First United Methodist presented Gary and Martha Matthews in a concert of sacred music. The multi-talented Matthews duo performed unique arrangements of well-known hymns and songs in diverse musical styles including classical, jazz, gospel and contemporary on a variety of instruments. Gary played the piano, organ, trumpet, and sings, while Martha played a variety of flutes, penny whistles and handbells.


This was the first concert in the 2020 Hillsdale First UMC Community Concert Series- sharing the gift of music in the name of Christ.

sunday, December 8, 2019 - night of the father's love

HILLSDALE FIRST UMC'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Hillsdale First UMC's annual Christmas program celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ through choral music, carols, scripture readings and brief reflections. Featured performers were the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and guest singers from churches around the community, accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, all under the direction of John Ourensma, Director of Music.

The kalamazoo Ringers handbell choir

Sunday, April 14, 2019

On Sunday, April 14, The Kalamazoo Ringers handbell choir returned in the second concert of the Hillsdale First UMC 2019 Community Concert Series - sharing the gift of music in the name of Christ.


Now under their newly appointed director, Martha Matthews, they offered an exciting and diverse program of music for handbells. This outstanding group plays a set of bells that cover six octaves as well as a seven-octave set of hand chimes.

February 24, 2019 - Nicholas Nestorak, tenor, 

with debbi wyse, piano

On Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 pm, Hillsdale native Nicholas Nestorak, tenor, offered a recital of sacred music. Nick was accompanied by well-known local pianist Debbi Wyse, Artist/Teacher of Piano and Assistant Choral Conductor at Hillsdale College. They will offered a varied program of sacred vocal music drawn from various periods of musical history as well as some arrangements of beloved sacred hymns. Ms. Wyse will also be playing several piano solos.


Nick is an emerging tenor to watch on the national scene after several seasons of successful engagements in US regional opera companies. With his family based in Hillsdale, we are delighted to have him sing this program before he heads off for his spring season of engagements. 

December 9, 2018 - by heaven's light

Hillsdale first UMC's annual christmas program

Written by lyricist Tom Long and composer Allen Pote, By Heaven's Light celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ with choral music, scripture readings and brief reflections. Also included was the singing of familiar Christmas carols with the audience. Featured performers were the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, the Hillsdale First UMC Handbell Choir, all under the direction of John Ourensma, Director of Music.

sunday, March 4, 2018

David Youngman, fingerstyle Guitarist

David Youngman is a local professional fingerstyle guitarist and will be sharing music in a varied program of sacred and classical selections.


Youngman has won several national and international awards for his guitar performances and compositions, including the 2015 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion. Since winning the International competition, he has primarily focused on his own music. Youngman's music features techniques not seen many other places. He is most famous for his use of two hand tapping techniques, hand-drumming, and live looping. Combined, these unconventional techniques produce and incredibly full, live sound, often giving the illusion that an entire band is performing.


Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. A reception will follow the concert in the Fellowship Hall.

2017 concerts

Were You There on that Christmas Night? - Hillsdale First UMC's Annual Christmas Concert



Alma College Choir Concert


The Ten Commandments Silent Film Presentation, accompanied live by Organist Dr. John Schwandt


2016 concerts

What Sweeter Music, by Hillsdale First United Methodist Church Music Department


Organ Recital by John Ourensma with Nicholas Nestorak, Tenor


The Kalamazoo Ringers Handbell Choir


The King of Kings, Silent Film Presentation, accompanied live by Organist Dr. John Schwandt

2015 concerts

Cameron Wilkens, Pianist

 

Bradley Hunter Welch, Virtuoso Organist


The Covenant Players, Drama Team


John Ourensma, Pipe Organ Recital and Demonstration


Sing We Now of Christmas by Hillsdale First UMC's Music Department