Our Concert in the Sanctuary series offers a variety of quality programs and concerts throughout the year that are wholesome in nature and compliment Christian values taught by the Church. The proceeds from concerts go to the upkeep of our historic sanctuary and the mission and ministries of MUMC.
October 22, 2017 - Wayfarers & Company
On Sunday, October 22, 2017, the Wesley Stage will be proud to welcome Wayfarers & Company to its stage for a concert at 4 PM.
The Wayfarers & Company began around 25 years ago when Norm Williams and Bob Mallalieu met in Analomink, PA while attending a neighborhood Bible study picnic. They began talking about music which led to their formation of the Christian folk band Pure Water Supply which had a good run of concerts and highly acclaimed recordings. Their friendship, faith, and love for good music led them to form Wayfarers & Company. Norm and Bob share a love of old time music and combined, play guitar, banjo, lap dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, ukulele, and native flute. They are the co-founders of the Pocono Dulcimer Club. On the Wesley Stage they will be joined by Amanda Parker, flute player and the lead female vocalist; John James on the fiddle, mandolin and guitar; and Carol Walker on piano and upright bass.
Wayfarers & Company performs in numerous festivals and venues. Additionally, they hold workshops for the instruments they play, especially for those interested in the dulcimer. Their familiarity and expertise with the instruments as well as the gentle love for the music they perform will fill our stage with what some call “Mountain Music” and some call “Appalachian Music”, but most call “Good Music”. Their “good music” is of the style that reflects a bygone era when people settled in their homes to entertain each other with their self-crafted instruments, their thoughtful voices, and the profound love they had for one another.
We are bound to be awe-struck on October 22 by their stirring songs played on instruments that are seldom seen or heard today. They will be performing old time music, hymns, gospel songs and fiddle tunes.
All are invited to a light meal after the concert and to meet the artists up-close and personal. Childcare can be provided if requested in advance.
Tickets can also be purchased in-person at:
5711 Berkshire Valley Rd
Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
December 10, 2017 - Organist, Ed Alstrom
Ed Alstrom, the weekend organist at Yankee Stadium, will return to the Wesley Stage by popular demand on December 10, 2017. Ed was on our stage in February 2016 and was a roaring success. We learned why his organ concerts have been called “The Mighty Organ”. He plays a romping-stomping brand of music and he gets all kinds of engaging sounds out of the organ. He calls himself a throwback to an earlier era: the 1940s – 1960’s, and he loves to go back and get the old sounds, sounds people love to hear but sounds few people get to hear now. The theme for his concert in December will be the Christmas holidays and he will be featuring popular sacred and secular Christmas music.
Ed is a Paterson native and has a bachelor’s degree in classical organ performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. For many years, he has been at the mighty Hammond Organ at Yankee Stadium where he plays for weekend games. His performances are an engaging mix of entertainment and education that keep audiences listening to every word and note.
Come hear what Ed gets out of the great Allen Organ on the Wesley Stage, and stay for the light meal after the concert.
If you are looking for other concerts in our community there is Camp Jefferson Amphitheatre Summer Concert Highlights Series -