Chapel Choir

Chapel ChoirThe Chapel Choir has a rich history at First United Methodist Church. It has led Sunday worship at the 9:30 Sunday morning service during the school year since 1960. It is open to all high school youth regardless of musical abilities or background.

For the past 43 years, the choir has participated on a week-long Spring Break musical trip spreading God’s message in words and song to congregations throughout North America, including such places as New York City, Boston, Denver, St. Simon’s Island, Memphis, Pensacola, Nashville, Toronto, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Ft. Worth, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Wilmington, and many communities in between. The 2017 tour will take place March 26, 2017 - April 1, 2017.

Choir members practice Sunday morning after the 9:30 worship service as well as Wednesday night in preparation of their Christmas Concert and choir tour. Members also give their time through fundraising and mission trip activities at church. The youth are actively involved at their schools in athletics, speech, band, choir, dance, and many clubs.

The Chapel Choir goals are to:

  • Share our faith in Jesus Christ through our music and our actions.
  • Learn to participate in the leading of a Worship Service.
  • Grow in our music skills through our rehearsal and performance schedule.
  • Develop new relationships within our own group
  • Learn to participate in and contribute to a large, diversified group.

The Chapel Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.

Choir Director: 
Joy Belt-Roselieb, Director
Accompanist: 
Kevin Zehme
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 4:00pm
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 8:00am
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed May 24 2017 except Wed Nov 23 2016, Wed Dec 21 2016, Wed Dec 28 2016, Wed Mar 29 2017.

News and Events

Chapel Choir Tour Day 3

Day two found Lauren looking at the world from a different perspective. After losing her wallet temporarily, she flipped with joy when it was returned safely! During a sermon by Pastor Beth, words ushered us into God's nudging our hearts to open to gratitude. As this was said a yellow balloon came over and Julian said, "God’s presence floated amongst us." The balloon floated in and over us visually scoring the sermon. God’s presence followed us even into our messy bus, THE SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING no it’s that same balloon bouncing around us.

Chapel Choir Tour Countdown

Thirteen days until 41 Chapel Choir members and adult leaders head off for Tour 2012 and NYC!  This is just the first of many blog entries for Tour 2012.  Look for our daily updates and photos starting on March 24th.

Thanks from the Chapel Choir

Thanks to the 137 people who came to the Mongolian Grill on Jan. 31st in support of the Chapel Choir. A total of $868 was raised between the $3 donation per plate from the restaurant and the generous tips left by patrons. Sincere appreciation is also expressed to our six guest grillers: Joette Conger, Chad Goetz, JJ Mannschreck, Bobbi Mielcarski, Rev. Jim McDonald, and Bruce Ritter.

A Tribute to Nick and Belford

Nick and Belford

For over 11 years, the youth ministry at DGFUMC was run by two remarkable people, Nick Nicholas and Belford Hernandez. Nick Nicholas joined our congregation on June 12, 2000, the first day of church camp at Reynolds Wood. Since then, over 400 8th graders have been confirmed in their faith during the Onward Bound program. In addition to church camp, he expanded the number of mission trips each year to include junior, senior and post-high youth. He took the senior high to help rebuild communities from Milwaukee to Pascagoula, and the post-high to build shelters in the Bahamas and restore churches in London and Edinburgh. Locally, he established a particularly close relationship with the community of United Church of Rogers Park.

During this same period, the Chapel Choir was led by Belford Hernandez, a prodigiously talented musician from Venezuela, who was trained in Colombia and Chicago, before joining the music program at Downers Grove South High School. He was as accomplished playing jazz piano with the Worship Band as he was conducting the choir and brought an eclectic range of music to us on Sunday mornings, all played with passion and verve. Along with many wonderful adult leaders, Nick and Belford took the Chapel Choir to NYC, St Simons Island GA, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Boston, Wilmington NC, New Orleans, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Toronto.

During their time with us, Nick and Belford touched the lives of all our youth. Many of those that Nick led are now young adults that he keeps in touch with, officiating at many of their weddings and helping to baptize their children. Belford continues as director and piano collaborator for professional and amateur choirs and vocal ensembles throughout the Chicago area, including the local "Cantores" Community Choir.

On December 23, many of the alumni of the DGFUMC youth programs over the last decade gathered in the Open Door to show their appreciation for the years of service that Nick and Belford gave to our church. Below, you can see the slideshow prepared by Nikki Walters and Louise Osborn, that was presented the night of their good-bye party.

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