Music and Worship Leaders Retreat ~ January

 Thank you for attending in January 2021!

Thank you so much for supporting Laurelville’s mission through this event each January. We are so grateful to MennoMedia and the “Voices Together” creators for their tireless work on the virtual version of this annual conference. Next year’s dates will be announced this summer if not sooner. 

Links to the 2021 retreat sessions are below. If you did not pay to attend the virtual conference, consider making a donation to Laurelville to help cover related expenses here (scroll down to GIVE).

For churches that want to use the Sunday Service for their entire congregations, please consider making a $100 donation to Laurelville here (scroll down to GIVE). The original cost was $150. Congregations will be responsible for the CCLI and the One License as well.
Here are the resources that were posted in Chats during the virtual conference:







View VOICES TOGETHER Launch Parties

 To view the VOICES TOGETHER launch parties or to register for the March  10 or May 6 Launch Parties,

click here.


RESOURCES for VOICES TOGETHER & music and worship leaders

Here is a guide to adopting VOICES TOGETHER for your congregation.

Find two dedication resources, here and here .

Learn about some new songs in this engaging chart.

A thoughtful discussion of expansive and inclusive language can be found here.

Virtual only $50 register by THURSDAY,  JAN.7, 2021 Links will be sent later that day or early Friday, Jan. 8
$210 single person per room, one night, three meals*
$175 per person, two in a room, one night, three meals each
$108.50 Student, per person, one night, three meals
*lunch & dinner Saturday, breakfast Sunday. All rooms include private bath, linens and towels
$317 single person per room
$217 double, two in a room
All rooms include private bath, linens and towels
$92 Three meals Saturday, breakfast Sunday and virtual program
OPTION 4: Sunday 9:30 or 10:30 service for an entire congregation $150  Links to the Sunday service will give congregations the choice of 9:30 or 10:30am.
OPTION 5: Attend ONLY the January 9, 2021, 1:30pm Voices Together Launch webinar (organized by MennoMedia) at no cost. Sign up at

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    Planning Committee
    Benjamin Bergey is an active song leader and conductor. He is assistant professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University, where he conducts the choirs and orchestra and teaches music theory and conducting. In addition to serving as music editor for Voices Together, he is director of music at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church and conducts the Rapidan Orchestra.
    Sarah Kathleen Johnson is the worship resources editor for Voices Together, the editor of the Voices Together: Worship Leader Edition, and gives leadership to Together in Worship ( A graduate of Conrad Grebel University College (BA ’07, MTS ’08) and Yale Divinity School (MAR ’10), she is currently completing a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame. Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Sarah now lives in Toronto with her husband Carl Bear where she enjoys baking, reading fiction, and exploring her neighbourhood on foot.
    Bradley Kauffman looks for meaning in unexpected places, dialogue among unlikely conversation partners. Eighteen years of programming and conducting vocal and instrumental ensembles in Mennonite institutions offered rich forums for faith, culture, history, and the questions of our time to intermingle. He is energized by the joys and challenges of curating a worship collection for 21st-century Mennonites. Bradley has made his home in Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Kansas, now residing in Goshen, Indianna with his spouse, Renee Kanagy, and children Lucca and Rowan.
    Anneli Loepp Thiessen is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa, where she researches gender representation and the worship music industry. In addition to her work as a Voices Together committee member and the co-chair of the Popular Idioms subcommittee, she is one of the directors of the Anabaptist Worship Network and serves as the director for Ontario Mennonite Music Camp. A graduate of the music ministry program at Canadian Mennonite University (2018), Anneli cares about equity and diversity in worship and pedagogical practices, and is passionate about resourcing the breadth of Anabaptist worship. 
    Darryl Neustaedter Barg loves the church and its music. Employment with Mennonite Church Manitoba and Canadian Mennonite University in communications and multimedia has fostered an increasing interest in the role of “the medium” as being more deeply intertwined with “the message” than we want to admit, particularly in our church music. While leading singing at Canadian and binational Mennonite youth gatherings (including St. Louis ’99) has been significant, he’d still much prefer the small gathering of youth around the fire at camp. Darryl lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    Katie Graber is an ethnomusicologist who studies race and ethnicity in a variety of contexts including Mennonite music, American music, and European opera. She has taught classes on Western music history and world music, and she accompanies recitals and school choirs when there isn’t a pandemic. She leads singing at her church in Columbus, Ohio, co-directs the Anabaptist Worship Network, and served as the Intercultural Worship editor for the Voices Together project.
    Adam Tice is a widely published writer of hymn and song texts. His words appear in many recent denominational hymnals. He served as text editor for Voices Together, and now works as editor for congregational song at GIA Publications. He lives in Goshen, Indiana.  

    Who should attend this program?

    This program isn’t just for pastors and music directors; it gathers a wide variety of individuals interested in worship, including:

    • New music or worship leaders looking to become stronger leaders
    • Experienced music and worship leaders looking for a refresher course to help them improve their effectiveness in their congregations
    • Anyone with a love for music and worship who is discerning their gifts and interested in exploring music or worship leadership

    How do I register?

    As soon as the dates for 2022 are released, scroll down and register online, or you can print, complete, and send the registration form to Laurelville Mennonite Church Center at 941 Laurelville Ln., Mount Pleasant, PA 15666, or fax it  to 724.423.2096,  or call 724.423.2056 to register by phone during office hours. Payment in full is required with each registration (your $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is included in the registration cost). Please be sure to indicate any special dietary needs you might have so we can make necessary accommodations.

    Many congregations choose to register their participants together and we encourage you to do this. Please note however that we must receive individual names, contact information, and payment in order to hold your spots.  Whenever sending payment, please clearly indicate the names of the congregation and participants so that we can divide the payment accordingly.

    What if I need to cancel my registration?

    Your payment is refundable (minus a $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit) until two weeks prior to the start of the event.  While no refunds are given after the two week deadline, you may transfer the balance of your registration payment (minus the $50 non-transferable deposit) to a participant coming in your place.  As we understand that life and weather can be unpredictable, we can roll your money into the next year.  

    How do I get to Laurelville?

    Laurelville is located 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, just fifteen minutes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Driving Directions

    What are the lodging accommodations like?

    Your retreat experience begins with finding a comfortable place to rest and relax. Lodging at Laurelville varies in terms of comfort and style, so we encourage you to select an accommodation that will best suit your needs.
    Learn more about our lodging facilities.

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