By Dr. Kathy Yamashita

Yamashita&Lethbridge ChoirsThe Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB) is a partnership of 15 church and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger. Together, there are 30 denominations represented. The United Church of Canada is one of these denominations.

Church Musician Ron Klusmeier is the President of the CFB in British Columbia and in 2016, Ron offered his choral arrangements to churches across Canada for the “Spring into Song” choir concerts with proceeds to benefit the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Forty-one participating communities collected $80,000 in donations (and that was before the government match).

LethbridgeChoirsforCanadianFoodGrainsIn 2017 the concert is named “Common Vision” and on November 15, the combined choirs of the Southern Alberta Japanese and the First United Churches in Lethbridge, Alberta, performed 16 pieces of Ron’s music. While our collection of $1260 may seem small, the amount translates into $6300 after a 4X matching grant by the federal Government of Canada. We feel like we did something very worthwhile to feed the world’s hungry people.

Leadership to bring the voices together came from First United Church’s Music Director Cheryl Nelson and myself with Japanese United Church in Lethbridge.

We are the hands and feet and the vocal cords of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Kathy Yamashita is President of Alberta and Northwest Conference.