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Hymn Festival with David Cherwien & Reception Benefitting Salvadoran Pastors
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
San Francisco, CA
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Join us for two events, and one fabulous way to spend the day on September 21. We are hosting a Hymn Festival, with a Reception and Silent Auction Benefit to follow. Purchase tickets for either event, or receive a discount when you buy both together.

~ 3:30 PM ~
Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear what happens when one of the finest organs in the Bay Area is paired with one of the country's leading organists. David Cherwien, artistic director of the National Lutheran Choir, is a nationally known conductor, composer and organist. He'll be leading a Hymn Festival on the Taylor & Boody organ built for St. Mark's. Whether or not you are an organ aficionado, or follower of Lutheran liturgical music, this event will feature memorable music for all to enjoy.

~ 5 PM, or following Hymn Festival ~
Join us for a light dinner and silent auction to benefit the Salvadoran Lutheran Pastoral Support Fund. For the past three years, St. Mark's has sent a delegation to visit our sister parish, Cordero de Dios, in El Salvador. Through our travels, we learned that many pastors in poor communities in El Salvador serve congregations that are not self-sustaining, meaning offerings given by members are not enough to pay the pastors who serve. In times of crisis, pastors do not receive any income for weeks or months. We seek to change this by helping the Salvadoran Lutheran Pastoral Support Fund reach its $2 million goal. There will also be opportunities to support programs St. Mark's is pursuing with Cordero de Dios.

Recognized for his contributions to the field of church music and liturgy, David serves as editor of the National Lutheran Choir Series of choral music published by Morningstar Music Publishers. He is a founding member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and has served in its leadership in a variety of capacities. He is a member of the American Choral Director's Association, American Guild of Organists, Chorus America and Choristers Guild. In addition, David serves as Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, a parish known for its passion for creative high quality liturgy and music.

David holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and the Master of Arts degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota. In the Fall of 2000, he was honored as a "Distinguished Alumnus" by Augsburg College, Minneapolis, where he studied choral music education and organ performance as an undergraduate. David also spent two years at the Berlin Church Music School studying conducting, composition and organ. He is the 2007 winner of the Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition for his piece "The Souls of the Righteous."

In an effort to support the work of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church pastors, the ELCA has teamed up with the Salvadoran Lutheran Church to establish an Endowment Fund which is exclusively dedicated to provide for Salvadoran Lutheran Church pastoral salaries. The goal is to raise $2 million to be kept as principal for the fund, which will generate enough interest to pay basic salaries to the ordained clergy of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church. As of May 2014, the fund is generating interest enough to cover the salaries of 6 pastors.

If you are unable to attend our event, but you'd like to support the fund, please visit Enter the amount of your gift in the "Other" category with the note "El Salvador Pastor Endowment Fund."
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St. Mark's Lutheran Church (View)
1111 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States

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Arts > Performance
Music > Classical
Music > Spiritual
Other > Charity
Other > Fundraisers
Other > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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