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The Ecumenical Women’s Breakfast group met on Monday, Sept. 9 at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Clarksville with 37 in attendance from nine area churches.
Father Lou Dorn offered a prayer before the meal, which was prepared by the ladies of Mary Queen of Peace and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Louisiana. President Judy Allely opened the business meeting and thanked the hostesses for the bountiful breakfast.
It was decided to donate funds to three local organizations: Pike County Nutrition Center, Lane’s Backpack program, and the Community Food Pantry.
Following a brief business meeting, the group moved into the sanctuary, where Clarksville resident and well-known musician, Jerry Epperson, presented a program about the history of music from the beginning of the Western Civilization to modern day times.
He played recordings of simple chants that would have been done in church services in early days, which were only sung by men. He explained how Pythagoras tied music and mathematics together and how the Greeks influenced the music as we know it today.
Showing how modern technology has changed the way we access music today, Epperson demonstrated how he was able to download many styles of music onto his smart phone and his computer.
He shared recordings of jazz musicians playing old hymns and told of how famous church music has performed in modern versions by performers like Duke Ellington. Epperson demonstrated a phone app that can change the key in which that music is played.
The next meeting of the Ecumenical Women’s Breakfast group will take place on Monday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana with the ladies of Elmwood Presbyterian and Calvary Episcopal Churches as co-hostesses. All women of faith are encouraged to attend.