Music Ministry


The Wings of Hope leads our Praise Worship service. With Worship Director Joel Scott Shade at the helm, the Wings of Hope consists of seven to ten singers as well as guitars, bass, violin, and drums. Come lend your voice to this praise group as we lead the congregation in upbeat contemporary worship music.  

The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Nadine Weisbrod, provides music for our traditional worship service. Providing traditional calls to worship and prayer and choral anthems, the Chancel Choir makes a joyful noise with 15 to 20 singers. Lend your voice on practice evenings usually on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm.  Call the church office to confirm practice times.

The Bell Choir meets semi-regularly to provide special music throughout our church year. Nadine Weisbrod leads the ringers in introits, anthems, and collaborations with the Chancel Choir. The bells ring on Tuesday nights.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to join any of our groups. No experience or audition is necessary. All we require is a willingness to enjoy fun and fellowship and to spread the good word through music!

If you are interested in any of these groups or any other aspect of the music ministry here at the United Methodist Church of Merced, please contact Joel Scott Shade, Director of Music Ministry by email or phone (209-722-5777).