October 8, 2009
Oklahoma Baptist University will welcome the Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma to Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. for a performance by the East concert group. The 2009-10 season marks the 21st year of the Singing ChurchWomen's musical ministry in Oklahoma. The public is invited to attend the free performance.
The group began in 1989, and now includes 400 members divided into two concert groups: East and West. Members must audition for their spot to ensure a quality group. Among the performers are professional, vocational and lay church musicians. The mission of the group has always been to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ through their lives and the music. The concert will celebrate the group's heritage by including songs that have been presented in past years.
The Singing ChurchWomen have used their vocal talents to serve on various concert and mission trips. The trips included Nashville in 1991 to sing for Prai-Sing, the unveiling of the 1991 Baptist Hymnal; visiting churches in Brazil in 1994; and missions in Romania and Hungary in 2004, resulting in 1,500 professions of faith. More recently, the group traveled to Glorieta Baptist Conference Center in Glorieta, N.M., for the release of the 2008 Baptist Hymnal.
The group welcomes its third full-time director, Dr. Ken Gabrielse, during this concert season. Gabrielse serves as worship and music specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Dr. Jim Woodward was the founding director. Dr. Bill Green directed the group from the fall of 1991 until his retirement in May 2009.
Recordings of all three performing groups of the BGCO will be available at the concert.