Like most places in the city, the fall has proven to be a busy time for Airdrie United Church.
The church has kicked off its Sunday school program, and continues to welcome new faces and families.
There is one new face that the congregation is particularly excited about — that of Alicia Woynarski.
Woynarski joined the staff at Airdrie United in October as the new choir director for the church.
Alicia holds a Bachelor of Music Honours (Performance) from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Music (Performance) from the University of British Columbia.
She is a sought after mezzo-soprano who has performed with many opera companies in Western Canada, as well as the Regina, Saskatoon and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras.
This is Alicia’s first chance to direct a choral group but she does have experiences leading sections of choirs and has in very short time made her enthusiasm and passion for music evident to all.
When she is not working in the church Alicia runs her own studio in Airdrie and is a private voice instructor with the Alberta Registered Teachers’ Association.
The choir at the church is open to anyone who loves to sing or would like to learn and rehearses 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
If people would like to hear to hear the choir, members offer their music on Sunday Mornings at 10:30 a.m. at Airdrie United Church.
They also perform a medley of anthems and hymns monthly at Bethany Airdrie.
There are two services coming up that members of the community may be interested in.
On Nov. 2, the church is celebrating baptism and they are also remembering ladies of the United Church Women who have died in the last two years.
The friends and families of Gywn Hemley, Pearl James, Klare Thompson and Airdrie pioneers Alma Clayton and Lilly Jensen have been invited to attend.
On Nov. 9, Airdrie United will once again be hosting its Remembrance Sunday and is inviting the city to be present for a wreath laying and candle lighting to honour the service of the Canadian Armed Forces past and present.
This service will offer the Sacrament of Communion and we will be called to the table with the words of Panis Angelicus (The Bread of Angels) sung by Alicia Woynarski.
For further information about the choir, Sunday school or any program offerings at Airdrie United Church, contact the office at 403-948-5527.
— Submitted by Airdrie United Church