Lenox United Methodist Church Receives New Pastor

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LENOX, Mass. — Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England United Methodist Conference has announced Nami Yu as the new pastor of the United Methodist Church of Lenox at 6 Holmes Road.

Pastor Nami Yu’s appointment will be celebrated with a special installation service at the United Methodist Church of Lenox on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

Pastor Yu comes from previous appointments serving two churches as senior Pastor in Brattleboro, Vt., and Leyden, Mass. Prior to that she served as Sunday school minister at Wesley UMC of Medford while completing her studies at the School of Theology at Boston University, where she graduated in July of 2016.

Pastor Nami is a native of South Korea, where she accepted her calling into the ministry in her teens. She began a church ministry in 2009 as a Sunday school minister in Korean Holiness Church while attending Seoul Theological University.  Earlier she was a student and a volunteer in the Youth with a Mission (international missional organization) in Honolulu. She joined the Discipleship Training School, which is a unique five-month discipleship training school that includes three months of lecture phase and two months of outreach phase. She then became part of the school's staff.

Nami said she is excited about this appointment because she sees an alignment of her goals and interests and that of The United Methodist Church of Lenox in that she wants to help "nurture disciples who are balanced between their personal holiness and social holiness, reach out to the community through extended ministry, and to comfort people, especially those who are sick, home bound and shut-in."


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Tanglewood, Sevenars, Taconic Music Highlight the Week

by Stephen DanknerGuest Column

Tanglewood enters its second week, and the highlights are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable.
Two examples: The Boston Symphony, led by maestro Andris Nelson, who will be joined by an outstanding assemblage of operatic superstars, performs Giuseppe Verdi's magisterial Requiem, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchesta (TMCO) showcases Tchaikovsky's fatalistic Symphony No. 6 ("Pathétique"). Symphonies by Copland (no. 3) and Beethoven (no. 4) will also be heard on consecutive dates, along with an all-Bach solo violin recital by the electrifying virtuosa Hillary Hahn.

Don't miss out on the captivating Sevenars Chamber Music Festival, located in South Worthington, Mass. This week, in honor of Bastille Day, July 14), a rich musical palette with a French accent will be offered – the artists showcasing the elegant and sensuous music of Frédéric Chopin, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens, and César Franck.

Finally, Taconic Music's brilliantly programmed and presented third annual summer festival concludes with three concerts – the final two at the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester.

All three venues present magnificent music performed at superb venues in pristine, bucolic settings by marvelous performers. Read below for the details.


• Wednesday, July 10, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: Acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn will perform a solo all-Bach program, including Sonata No. 2 in A minor and No. 3 in C, and the Partita No. 3 in E Major. These works constitute half of the composer's six lofty suites for solo violin, completed in 1720. They are considered among the most challenging and transcendent works for the violin, showcasing Bach’s unparalleled combination of technical mastery and expressive depth.

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