As many of you know, Maureen Armstrong, our Director of Worship, is leaving us in a full-time capacity at the end of the month on June 30. Maureen tickles the keys on Sundays, directs the choir, and orchestrates a lot of what happens in a Northgate worship experience. Maureen is like family to me. She even played at my wedding. When I first hired her, she promised me five years in one church. Instead, she gave me six years in two churches. What a gift! My whole family loves her and our staff adores her.
Maureen has been eyeing “retirement” for some time, and when a number of amazing opportunities came her way as a pianist, performer, and teacher, she knew the time had come. Maureen realized that she would have to say “no” to a number of other opportunities if she stayed at Northgate. So, she’s leaving “church work” after 35 years of full-time music ministry. Now, that's a legacy.
In many ways, Maureen is irreplaceable. She is a very unique individual, but so are Will and Tracy Wojcik, Northgate’s worship leaders. Maureen has been grooming them deliberately for such a transition this past year and they’re ready for it. Will's coming on full-time, Tracy is increasing her hours, and Greg Harris, our tech guy, will be around a lot more too (full-time). That being said, I’ll miss Maureen terribly like many of you. But, God is in this. Maureen is following his lead and so will we.
Thank you, Maureen! Northgate couldn’t have done it without you and we look forward to partnering with you in a different way in the days ahead.
Maureen’s letter to Northgaters is below:
For everything there is a season. . . and my season at Northgate has been a constant blessing. God's mercies are new every morning, and he continues to surprise me in way I cannot always understand or explain. Recently, many new opportunities in the music world have come my way. In fact, so many that I believe God is opening new doors and offering me a new season as pianist, performer, teacher and recital collaborator. After 35 years in full-time music ministry, I have decided to pursue these opportunities and being a new season in my life.
This does not mean, however, that I will totally disappear from Northgate. Pastor Steve has asked me to continue my role as mentor to Will and Tracy Wojcik, Northgate’s worship leaders, as well as be “on-call” as pianist for weddings and funerals. Also, I anticipate returning on occasion to play on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings throughout the coming years. I am thrilled and honored by Steve’s request and will gratefully accept his invitation. And, I will certainly be back for the opening of our Northgate facility this fall! I wouldn’t miss that for the world!
Northgate is gifted with talented and passionate musicians. I know the worship teams and Northgate Choir will continue to grow and flourish under the leadership of Will and Tracy. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue this journey of service to our Lord. It’s my hope and prayer that they will have 35 years of joy-filled church music ministry like me.
Northgate has been an exciting season in my life. I will be forever grateful to Pastor Steve for inviting me to be a part of this “church plant.” The friendships and memories made at Northgate will last me a lifetime.
God’s blessings, peace and joy to you all,
Maureen Armstrong, Worship