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May 6, 2014

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BCF Women’s Ensemble leading worship on tour.

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) Women's Ensemble recently completed a tour of Central and East Central Alabama, performing seven concerts in four days.

The group led a chapel service for the Glenwood School, sang for two choral classes at Smiths Station High School and performed a concert for Summerville Baptist Church, all in the Phenix City area. The ladies sang for the residents of Wesley Gardens Retirement Center in Montgomery and the Lovelady Center in Birmingham. The tour concluded with Sunday worship concerts at the First Baptist Church in Talladega, and Calvary Baptist Church in Abbeville.

The prestigious ensemble sang several sacred pieces that included contemporary choral settings, a spiritual, an oratorio chorus (“Lift Thine Eyes” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah), and a recent setting of the Latin text, “Cantate Domino” (Sing to the Lord a Jubilant Song). For the schools’ performances, the group also presented an Italian Renaissance madrigal and a setting of the American folk song “Shenandoah.”

According to the singers, the most memorable experience, by far, was visiting and singing for the residents of the Lovelady Center, a shelter for homeless women, recovering addicts, and abuse victims. BCF Senior and Christian Counseling major Lauren Butler said her favorite part of the tour was “...our trip to the Lovelady Center in Birmingham, AL. They have such a beautiful ministry established at that place, and the Lord uses it to make a difference in countless lives. Broken women and children have the chance to come to this place to find true restoration in Jesus Christ, which is so much more than any kind of self-help program the world may try and provide. Miracles happen every day at the Center, and I was so touched and inspired just by being there with those people. As a Christian Counseling major, it made me so excited about all the things that God has for me in my future!”

Spontaneous performances provided a highlight of the trip. Contemporary Worship Ministry major Katrina Graham commented about singing on the sidewalk under an underpass, “...the shape and texture of the walls made it acoustically beautiful. We sang some of our a capella music, and bystanders loved it! The spontaneity of it was so fun.”

Directed by BCF Professor Buford Cox and accompanied by Mrs. Linda Vaughn, the Women’s Ensemble is available to sing in churches, high schools, Christian schools, community colleges, and community events. For more information, contact Cox at 850-263-3261 or becox@baptistcollege.edu.

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BCF Women’s Ensemble at the Lovelady Center in Birmingham, AL