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Dear Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church,

When we started Jazz Vespers at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church three years ago, we began as a three month experiment in our community. We wanted to create a welcoming place, a space apart from the noise and the pressures of modern-day life, a place to rest.

We know that beautiful music can reconnect us with ourselves and God in a way that sometimes surprises us. Our goal was to create a spiritual oasis for people who feel like the routine can sometimes leave them feeling dry at the end of the month.

Every second Sunday of the month we’ve gathered together at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church to experience music that transports us, words that inspire us, and friends and family who meet together to experience refreshment. Our three month experiment transformed into three years of Jazz Vespers, almost without us even noticing it.

Throughout this time, Jazz Vespers has been funded by a variety of sources. Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church has contributed, attendees and supporters have contributed through monthly donations, and we have received substantial grant money from an arm of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. called 1001 New Worshipping Communities.

1001 NWC is a movement within the PC(USA) denomination that seeks to encourage and equip grassroots movements of the church. They want to see 1001 New Worshipping Communities planted; communities that are original, communities that try new things and take risks, and communities that are innovative.

Jazz Vespers has been named one of these new communities by our denomination. The Presbytery that we are a part of, the Northwest Coast Presbytery, is proud of this new church movement. We are featured on the Presbytery website as a new worshipping community here:

The grant that we applied for and received in 2020 was called the Seed Grant and contributed $15,000 towards Jazz Vespers. During this time, Jazz Vespers went online, and in addition to paying our professional musicians and producer/arranger/composer, Jean Chaumont, we were able to invest in the necessary equipment (microphones, sound interface, etc.) that allowed us to be virtual for 12 months.

In September 2021, we resumed in-person Jazz Vespers services and met monthly until July 2022.

We are at a crossroads. The grant monies that have sustained us throughout the pandemic and post-pandemic season have run dry, and the next time we can apply for grant money is February 2023. We will most likely get a response from the PC(USA) in March/April as to whether or not we have been selected to receive further grants.

We would love to continue to offer Jazz Vespers at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church in December - June (until we may have received the next level of grant funding). In order to do this, we are inviting you to contribute a one-time gift to Jazz Vespers right now, through November 18th.

It costs roughly $1,900 to run one Jazz Vespers. This money is used for graphic design, printing, marketing, advertisement, production, arrangements, composition, musician fees, booking, etc. Therefore, our goal is to raise $10,000 by November 18th to keep the music going this season.

You can do this in several ways. You can visit or you can give a check made out to LFPPC with “Jazz Vespers” in the memo line. I also invite you to pray with us about the future of Jazz Vespers. Lots of volunteers have faithfully served this ministry over the last three years, as ushers/greeters, in set-up and clean-up, in the sound booth and streaming, in childcare, in speaking and preparing “reflections,” in hosting the event as the MC, and in preparing our e-mail newsletter and communications. Thank you for your support of Jazz Vespers. It is truly a team effort.

with gratitude,

Pastor Andrea
"Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music"
- Martin Luther
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