Worship through Music

At Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, music is at the heart of our worship. During the 10:45 am service, our powerful organ and skilled adult choir lead the music, frequently enhanced by anything from a jazz trio to a string quartet.

Chancel Choir

The mostly volunteer adult choir serves the 10:45 am service. New members are most welcome.

Children and Youth Choirs

Children from age 5 through 5th grade sing in our Children’s Choir. Young people from grades 6 through 12 sing in the Youth Choir. Both choirs participate occasionally during the 10:45 service.

Chapel Bells

Chapel Bells consists of experienced handbell musicians who participate in worship about once a month from September to May. Along with Promise Bells, the handbell ministry caps the ringing year with the annual Berries ‘n’ Bells concert in early May, a concert with dessert. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings.

Promise Bells

Promise Bells afford the opportunity for new or less experienced ringers to participate in the handbell ministry. The team participates in the biennial Western PA Handbell Festival in early spring and annually in Berries ‘n’ Bells. Potential and new ringers are welcome. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays, prior to Chancel Choir.

Our Directors

Dr. Gretchen Franz directs the adult and youth choirs and is the church organist. She has served the church since 1981.

Courtney Heath directs the children’s choir along with Kim Rhoton, Director of Christian Education.

Nancy Lutz is Director of Handbells, leading the Promise Bells and Chapel Bells ensembles. The program and the available equipment has grown under her leadership, begun 1994. She’s the founding Artistic Director of Three Rivers Ringers, Pittsburgh’s premier handbell ensemble and Artists in Residence at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church.

B.J. Collins is a music team leader, keyboardist and vocalist for The Gathering, the modern 8:30 am service featuring music arranged and performed in a current style.