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First Congregational

United Church of Christ

... exploring the frontiers of faith in Jesus

Welcome to Our New Organist!

Hudson Hudson Lourenço will be joining us Sunday, August 18th as our new organist.

Hudson is a Brazilian native from São Paulo. His first contact with church music was through many relatives, most of them being church musicians as well, still during his childhood. In this way church music became an integral feature of himself, which is something that he is very passionate about. By the age of 13, he obtained his first church position, which was as an adjuvant organist at Basilica do Carmo church in downtown Campinas, SP, his hometown.

In 2011, Hudson moved to the Southernmost state in Brazil in order to study his undergrad in a well-respected public university. During this time, he worked for the most important churches in downtown Porto Alegre, including the Metropolitan Cathedral.

In 2016, he graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, with a bachelorís degree in Music with an emphasis in Organ Performance. Shortly after, he was selected twice to participate in a cultural exchange program called "Music in Churches in the USA", directed by Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA. This course was a turning point in his career, especially because he had the opportunity to learn more about the rich musical tradition of the USA, as well as history, liturgy, and cultural heritage of the most important church denominations present in this country.

Last May, Hudson graduated from the masterís program in Organ Performance at the University of Iowa. In Iowa City, he served as the organist for St Mark's United Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church.Some of Hudson's hobbies include cooking, listening to music, and biking.

We are excited to welcome him to our church family!

At First Congregational United Church of Christ, WE LIKE MUSIC!

Musical notes

We like classical music ... we like contemporary Christian music.
We like traditional hymns ... we like praise songs.
We like organ ... we like guitar and drums.
We like majestic anthems ... we like soulful spirituals.
We like music that sings ... we like music that swings.
We like violins and flutes and oboes and trumpets and bongos and castanettes and bells and chimes ...

We like music, good music, all kinds of good music ... and we include a variety of music in each worship service. The object is praise, but praise speaks many languages, and we do not want to limit ourselves to one language!

We have intentionally chosen not to offer different worship services with different styles -- traditional, contemporary, Gen X, etc. -- because we believe the family of God (the whole family of God!) belongs together. We need to listen to each other and learn from each other and serve each others' needs, not just our own.