What is Cymanfa Ganu??


glass_stairs1_chorusA tradition in Wales is festivals of singing hymns in chapels. These are, in Welsh, ‘Cymanfa Ganu’.

In Wales, more than a thousand Cymanfa Ganu are held each year. These take place in virtually every village and town in Wales.

Cymanfa Ganus are held across the world – wherever people of Welsh heritage live.

Once a year, a four-day North American Festival of Wales (a Gymanfa Ganu, commonly just referred to as a National) is held in North America over the Labor Day weekend. The four-day festival opens on Thursday night with a Noson Lawen, which some call a Welsh Amateur Night. The weekend continues with an evening banquet on Friday and a Saturday concert, generally featuring a Welsh male voice choir and soloists, both from Wales.

Sunday is the defining day of the four-day festival which begins with a bilingual church and memorial service. After a brief intermission, this service is followed by afternoon and evening sessions of the Gymanfa Ganu itself.  A unique feature of the gymanfa ganu is the seating separation of alto, soprano, tenor, and bass singers into sections for the four part harmony singing. And while the Gymanfa Ganu is conducted with the dignity of a church service, it is not unknown for the musical conductor to stop the singing when one or more of the voice sections wanders from the desired harmony and needs special attention.  Interspersed between the formal proceedings are frequent sessions of spontaneous singing of favorite hymns.

Our Church will be hosting a Gymanfa Ganu here in Beaver Dam On November 12th at 2:30 PM it is open to the community and it is an event you will not want to miss!!!   It will be followed by “Te Bach,” a Welsh tea time with cookies and sandwiches.

It is sponsored by the Welsh Gymanfa Ganu Association of Wisconsin





Special Event – November 3 @ 6:15

At the November 3rd Special Touch meeting our special guest will be Jon Wos was born in Lena, Wisconsin with a congenital condition that is manifested by weak bones, leaving people who have it very susceptible to fractures. Though this condition limited his physical ability, it heightened his sensitivity to the world around him…In 2005, Jon graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in drawing, painting, and sculpture.  Website: wosart.com

Mr. Wos has exhibited his various pieces of artwork throughout North America, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition, Mr. Wos’s work is held in such public collections as the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Ripon College in Wisconsin, and MacMurray College in Illinois.

Currently his work is in exhibition as the 2017 Featured Artist; Secura Fine Art Exhibition, The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, Wisconsin.


You can vote for his newest self portrait # 6331 at RareArtist.org  The piece is shown above.   Titled “Lighting The Darkness”  it is an Oil on Canvas 50.5″ x 46″ Self Portrait

“Your passion is like a fire, a fire that must be maintained by you, and only you. It is up to you to discover what fuels your fire. Just as you protect the physically essential aspects of life, like your heart, your eyes, or the food on the table; your passion for life, your inner fire, must be looked after just as carefully. Some may be able to survive without that burning passion, but they certainly cannot live without it.”             Submitted by Jon Wos on 6/16/17

Special Touch Ministry – Beaver Dam monthly meeting at 6:30 pm. Location: St Katharine Drexel Church, 408 S Spring St, Beaver Dam, WI

Special Touch is a non-profit faith-based organization, interdenominational in scope, committed to serving people with intellectual or physical disabilities, their families and caregivers.

7 Days of Prayer

Here are the daily prayer points :

Sunday – Puerto Rico
-The district office and AG Bible school have been severely damaged
-In the words of Superintendent Ivan De La Torre, “The island has been destroyed.”

Monday – Mexico
-Two massive earthquakes have devastated Oaxaca and Mexico City.
-Our missionaries are safe, but many churches have been devastated.

Tuesday – Southern Asia
-Record monsoon rains across India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
-The UN reports more than 1,200 dead, and 40 million impacted.

Wednesday – Cuba and the Caribbean
-Many left devastated after the series of powerful hurricanes.
-Cuba especially has infrastructure problems as pastors attempt to rebuild house churches.

Thursday – Texas
-Houston and South Texas continue to rebuild after Harvey.
-Two dozen AG churches affected.

Friday – Florida
-90% of homes in the Keys were damaged
-1 in 4 homes in the Keys were destroyed.

Saturday – Northwest Wildfires
-Fires have spread through Montana and the Northwest.

Sept. 27…See You at the Pole!

Mark your calendars for this year’s prayer gatherings.
SYATP 2017 is Wednesday, September 27.

All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles, praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. SEE YOU AT THE POLE is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for your generation.