‘Music is Life’ Concert Set for May 18

Courtesy photo    The Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church of Alameda prepares to bring smiles to Alamedans’ faces on May 18.

The music department at First Congregational Church of Alameda (FCCA), United Church of Christ presents its annual spring concert and fundraiser, entitled “Music is Life,” on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The performance will present musical selections from across the decades by the FCCA choral and bell choirs, followed by a wine and cheese reception. Director of Music Janice Peterson will conduct the choirs, with Christopher Hewitt on piano, Ron Jones on percussion, and guest vocal and instrumental soloists.

Tickets are available at the door or at https://fccaspringconcert.bpt.me for $25 regular admission; $20 for seniors 65 and older and youth ages 8 to 18; or $10 for children younger than 8. Childcare is included.

On the Chestnut Street side of the church is a ramp that allows wheelchair access to an elevator lift to enter the sanctuary. Hearing aids will be available for the hearing impaired along with large-print programs for the visually impaired.

Founded in 1879, FCCA serves the needs of the Alameda community and advocates for social justice locally and nationally. The church has opened its doors to welcome people who have been marginalized by society at large throughout its history. In 1987, church members voted to become an LGBTQ open and affirming congregation.

Today, FCCA is a growing and vibrant community where all persons and families are welcome — no matter who they are or where they are on life’s journey. On any given Sunday morning a warm-hearted community made up of people of various ages and life circumstances meets, affirms and defends the civil and human rights of every person or group, especially those who face oppression.