In the new year, St. Augustine’s has formed a worship team to strengthen the connection between the liturgy and music. The first meeting was held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Maneys. To begin the meeting, Fr. Philip Sang, Fr. Ron Feister, Fr. Ric Bowser, and Fr. Kevin Maney joined with the music team, comprised of Val Bowser, Timothy Dickey, Ken Matsuda, Tanya Matsuda, and Dondra Maney, to review the scriptures for the coming three Sundays. Identifying themes, the group discussed the types of music to bring the Word to life for the congregation. Fr. Kevin challenged the team to provide a mixture of theologically-sound music, from contemporary to classical hymns. The group acknowledged that music can be divisive, and Fr. Kevin asked the team to canvas the congregation from time to time to find out how the music selections are touching them. With a tight integration, and a variety of music, we seek to elevate our worship to the Lord. An exciting outcome of the gathering were commitments from the musicians to share their gifts on a regular basis. We are blessed with talent in this small and mighty congregation, and we lift our gifts in faith and gratitude. Our next meeting will be on February 12th.