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Pauline Worusski to Serve as Interim Director of Music/Choir Director/Organist and Bob Dempsey Hired as New Bookkeeper

With the departure of Austen Wilson at the end of June for a new call in Florida, the Worship and Music Committee, along with the Personnel Committee, met in May to discuss how to best address the vacancy. Pauline Worusski came to Our Savior in 2012 to serve as organist and accompanist while working to earn a second Masters of Arts at Westminster Choir College after receiving her first from Emory in GA. Since then she has taken over direction of the Cherub Choir and serves as the Assistant Director of Music. After discussing the possibility of combining the two positions into one on an interim basis for one year to determine if it works for Our Savior’s music ministry, the Personnel Committee has recommended, and Council approved offering Pauline Worusski the full-time position of Director of Music/Choir Director/Organist to begin as of July 1. We look forward to Pauline’s direction of our music ministry in the coming year and are so thankful to know the continuity of our thriving music ministry is in such capable and well-known hands.

Additionally, with the departure of Darlene Haines as our part-time bookkeeper we needed to look no further than our own new member Bob Dempsey, who is retired and has a background in accounting. He has already received instruction from Darlene as well as Treasurer Paul Knauer on how Our Savior’s bookkeeping and bill paying operates and is accli- mating well to the position. Welcome Bob!

A Music Note From Your “New” Interim Music Director

It feels strange to be writing an introduction to a congregation that has already felt like my family for the last seven years! I hope that as you will welcome me as warmly in this new role as interim music director as you did back when I arrived as “the new organist.” I am delighted to be using my past conducting and directing experience from both my schooling and former work to work with our wonderful choirs. I have also learned a lot from Austen, for whose leadership and service I am very thankful. Although it has been since J. Bert Carlson that LCOS had a music director doing all musical roles, I am excit- ed for this challenge and already have many ideas. If you have any suggestions or feed- back at any point, please let me know! I am a big believer in collaboration and ideas ex- change. I am looking forward to serving, singing, and ringing together!