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Bethlehem Lutheran Celebrates Music

Bethlehem Lutheran Church invites everyone to an organ concert on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00PM.


The members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church invite everyone to an organ concert on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00PM.  Please join us for this free performance in our sanctuary located at 155 Linwood Ave. in Ridgewood, NJ. We will be celebrating the important part music has played at Bethlehem.  This concert is a part of our 100th anniversary celebration.

This musical celebration will feature organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix
Mendelssohn, Jean Langlais, Jan Bender, Ron Boud, and Michael Burkhardt. Two
piano and organ duets, arranged by Tedd Smith and Don Hustad, will be
performed, in addition to a solo piano arrangement of the hymn “Great Is Thy
Faithfulness.” There also will be congregational singing of several traditional
hymns, including “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” and “Now Thank We All Our God.”  The concert will be performed by Bethlehem’s current organist, Elena Crudge, and their former music director, Mark Meyer.

The organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church was built in 1959 by the Schantz Organ
Company of Orville, Ohio.  Pastor Ewald Mueller did much of the work on specifications and voicing.  The Swell division is located in the front of
the church, to the right of the chancel area. The Great, Choir and Pedal divisions are located to the left of the chancel area.  The organ has three manuals, and 54 ranks of pipes.  There are 66 stops (draw knob units).  Each stop produces a different quality of sound, like a musical instrument.  The list of stops includes a wide range of both Baroque and Romantic character to allow playing all styles of music. 

Elena Crudge, organist and pianist, is a native of Russia. She graduated from the
Moscow State Music College "Gnesini" and the Voronezh State Institute of Arts with honors.  She majored in piano and qualified as a teacher, accompanist and soloist of the Chamber Ensemble.

Mark Meyer was the Director of Music at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, NJ, from 1979 until 1991. During that time he served as organist and directed Bethlehem’s Chancel, Youth, Children’s, and Handbell Choirs, as well as assisting with the Christian Education program at Bethlehem.  From 1996 until 2009, Mark Meyer was Administrative Assistant for The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada while the headquarters was located at Boston University. Since 2005 he has been Music Director at historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport, MA.

Admission is free, however a free will offering will be welcome.  Refreshments will be served following the performance.

The members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ridgewood want you to know that God has a plan for you and he loves you.  Our faith is in Christ.   Our guide is in the Bible.  Our love is for all.  Come celebrate with us.  We offer 2 Sunday services:  Contemporary Praise Service at 8:45am and Traditional Worship at 11am, with Sunday School and Bible Class at 10am.  Please join us at 155 Linwood Avenue, Ridgewood.

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