A thousand thanks

The LCH Music Staff: (L-R) Jerome Vasconcellos, choir librarian; Carl Crosier, choirmaster; Katherine Crosier, organist; Allen Bauchle, assistant

The LCH Music Staff: (L-R) Jerome Vasconcellos, choir librarian; Carl Crosier, choirmaster; Katherine Crosier, organist; Allen Bauchle, assistant

Here’s just a sampling of the many cards, emails and other letters of congratulations and thanks to Carl Crosier on his retirement after 38 years at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu:

Your zest for living and for honoring the important moments in our lives have given all of us the opportunity to celebrate your retirement in grand style. The choir has been the most significant and constant activity of my adult life. Thank you for what you have enabled all of us to achieve together. (C.L.)

Thank you for making it possible for me to be a part of this special day and special service. What a unique opportunity I was given to learn and perform so many incredible works with you at LCH. I thank God for that musical journey and for your dedication to provide the people of Hawaii with the opportunity to hear and experience truly great, inspiring works. (V.G.)

Carl conducted from a reading desk (we ran out of music stands!)

Carl conducted from a reading desk (we ran out of music stands!)

Singing in your choir has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Thank you for sharing that gift. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement. (O.C.)

How can I even find a way to count all of the musical blessings you have brought into my life? Thank you and thank you again. (R.C.)

Happy retirement! I shall sorely miss the musical and spiritual opportunities at LCH. (P.S.)

Well, Carl, what can we say? The music said and continues to say it all! Now you have time for more cooking! (G.S.)

Thank you for this wonderful experience. I’ve learned so much and had a great time! (S.B.)

Thanks for many years of great music making at LCH. It’s been a pleasure to work with you. (A.B.)

Enjoy your well-deserved retirement, Carl! I’ll be forever grateful that you asked me to be a part of this musical experience, and I look forward to future occasions to sing with you. In the meantime, enjoy your change of pace! (C.P.)

What a grand blessing you have been to the Lutheran Church of Honolulu community during your lifetime of ministry with us. You have generously shared not only your splendid musical gifts, but equally your devotion to Christ and His Church, your leadership on the church council, your artistic gifts of composition, choral directing, chamber music conducting, your profound sense of what is appropriate in worship, your parament designs, and the years of nurturing the Sunday evening Compline service. I have memories of you early Sunday morning, climbing through the von Beckerath encouraging the reeds to get their act together. Your musical squibs, seasonal liturgies, and bulletins are a scholarly blessing to all who are willing to follow their lead. Add to that your culinary talents and your willingness to share your musical gifts with the wider community and you will understand our deep sense of gratitude and loss at your retirement. (D.J.)

No words and no gift can express the depth of gratitude and joy we have for your many years of service. So we won’t try. Please know how much we love you. Blessings, LCH

Pastor Jeff presents Carl with a maile lei.

Pastor Jeff presents Carl with a maile lei.

About Katherine Crosier

In addition to playing the organ I am interested in documenting life's special moments through journaling, scrapbooking, photography and slideshow production. My family just groans.
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