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Music Ministry

July 28-31

Handbell Camp

9:00 AM - Highland Presbyterian Church

For rising 2nd through 9th graders

This year's camp will be hold at Highland. To register, call Cathy Wilson at Highland at 485-2147 or e-mail



6 p.m. Wednesday, April 30

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Summer Choir

The Celebration Choir will prepare a simple anthem for each Sunday in July and August. Meet in the Choir Room at 10:20 a.m.
The Chapel Choir will rehearse on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 8:00 a.m. during July and August.
Both choirs will take a break during the month of June.
The summer is the perfect time to join with one of the choirs. Each week the choirs will prepare for that Sunday only, no long-term commitment. Come and sing with us!

About the Duties of Organist

The principal organist at First Church accompanies all services of worship. This includes Sunday worship, special services, accompanying choirs, weddings and funerals. Dr. Marcia Heirman-Mervin is ensuring that these responsibilities are covered. At this time, Dr. Heirman-Mervin, Dr. Monica Sparzak, and Alice Ann Campbell will rotate duties at the organ. Alice Ann Campbell will also serve as the new accompanist for the Celebration Choir. To contact Dr. Heirman-Mervin, call 483-0121 or use her email:


Alice Ann Campbell began studying organ at the age of 11 with Dr. Richard Tappa of Austin College in Texas, and continued her studies in college with Dr. Lawrence Archbold of Carleton College in Minnesota. She also spent a summer studying organ at Interlochen National Music Camp in Michigan. She has served as organist in Texas and North Carolina and has substituted in many churches in the Cape Fear region.
She began accompanying choirs and soloists in high school. She was the regular accompanist for the Cumberland Oratorio Singers from 1998 to 2008. She was employed at UNC-Pembroke as a staff accompanist from 2004 to 2011. She has also participated in Renaissance music groups in Minnesota and Fayetteville and handbell choirs in Texas, Minnesota, and North Carolina.


Dr. Heirman-Mervin earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance: Liturgical, Church and Synagogue Music (2008) and a Masters of Music in Church Music: Church Music/Organ (2006) from the University of Michigan. During graduate school she was inducted in Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honors society.  Initially following a ministry call with intentions to attend seminary, she earned a BA in Philosphy/Religion and Music at Spring Arbor University.  She began studying piano at age 4 and switched to organ with Dr. Roberta Bitgood in Battle Creek, Mi, National AGO President and composer at age 12.  She has served churches as principal organist from age 15 in Michigan, Georgia, Oregon, Pennsylvania and The Netherlands.  She has three young adult children living in Scotland, Michigan and North Carolina, who are all dual citizens with The Netherlands, and she is fluent in Dutch.  She has played many of the great organs in The Netherlands and Germany.


Dr. Sparzak is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance: Liturgical, Church, and Synagogue Music, a graduate of Emory University with a Master of Sacred Music, and a Bachelor of Music from Salem College. She has served churches and universities in North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, and Florida. She is the lay director of First Presbyterian Church’s, God Squad Choir, and chapel organist at Methodist University. From 2006-2008, she was a bass and battery ringer with the professional Detroit Handbell Ensemble. She is married to Dr. Paul Sparzak and they have two children, Matthew and Liam.


Keeping Track of the New Names

Pre K – Joyful Praise

Lower Elementary – Primary Praise

Upper Elementary – God Squad

Teenagers (middle and high school) – Agape

Men’s Chorus – Men of God

Women’s Chorus - Jubilate

Mixed Adults – Celebration Choir

Chapel Choir - Chapel Choir


Celebration of Ministry

Charlyne Jones

To listen to the Sunday, January 26 concert and service, click here


  • July 14-18 Vacation Bible School
  • July 28-31: Handbell Camp – Beginning and advanced ringers, grades 3 through high school


Music Ministry Schedule



If you would like more information regarding any of the choirs below, please contact Dr. Marcia Heirman-Mervin, Director of Music, 910-483-0121 or email

Celebration Choir

(Wednesday, 6:30 pm)

The Chancel Choir sings weekly for the 10:55 am Service of Worship as well as for other special services throughout the year. Repertoire consists of a wide variety of styles from classical and traditional to spirituals and contemporary. Participation is open to high school students through adult. Childcare is available. Rehearsals take place in the Music Suite, Room 108.

Chapel Choir

(2nd & 4th Sundays, 8:00 a.m.)

The Chapel Choir sings on the second and fourth Sundays for the 8:30 am Service of Worship in the Chapel. Rehearsals are at 8:00 am on the Sunday the choir is singing. Anthems are simple in nature and are in a wide variety of styles. The Chapel Choir is under the direction of Dr. Marcia Heirman-Mervin. Childcare is available.

Men of God (Men's Chorus)

(2nd, 4th, & 5th Sundays, 6:00 pm)

The men of the church are invited to join the men’s chorus. This group will lead worship once a month from October through April. Rehearsals begin the first of September under the direction of Dr. Marcia Heirman. Youth Music Room

Jubilate (Women's Chorus)

(2nd, 4th, & 5th Sundays, 6:00pm)

All women of the church are invited to join the women’s chorus. This treble choir will lead worship once a month from October through April. Rehearsals begin in September under the direction of Sharon Coker. For more information, contact Sharon Coker at 483-9606 or Music Suite, Room 108

One Voice

(Tuesdays, 5:30 pm)

This contemporary group of singers and instrumentalists is under the direction of Scott Marchant. if you would like to participate, contact Dr. Marcia Heirman-Mervin.

Class Participation in the Music Ministry

The Music Director would enjoy working with Sunday School classes who might be interested in singing during worship services 3 or 4 times a year. Please contact Dr. Marcia Heirman-Mervin at 483-0121 or with ideas, questions, etc.




Agape (Youth Chorus)

(Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.)

6th-12th Graders: This is a middle and high school chorus sponsored by First Presbyterian Church. The choir is comprised of boys and girlsfrom different schools as well as local churches. Pure in Heart participates in worship services at First Presbyterian Church and throughout the community.  Room 232. Contact Dr. Heirman-Mervin for more information (483-0121 or




Canticle Handbell Ringers

(Sundays, 4:00 pm)

All Ages Grade 5 through Adult. This is a group for ringers of all ability levels who want to experience the joy of ringing handbells for worship. They prepare handbell processionals, hymn descants and bell repertoire to participate regularly in Worship Services and other programs.


Revelation Ringers

(Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.)

Adults. This is a group of handbell ringers who want more! These ringers will explore the art of ensemble handbell ringing. (Ensemble ringing requires fewer ringers than a regular handbell choir.) They will ring for Services of Worship and other programs. Music reading ability and prior handbell experience is required for this Ensemble.




Church Orchestra

We always have a need for instrumentalists to be involved in the music life of First Church. The orchestra meets for two six-week periods each year. Rehearsals are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. from March 2 through April 13, 2014. Practice takes place in the Sanctuary. If you play an instrument and wish to share your talents, please contact the music director at (910) 483-0121 or email



First Presbyterian Church
Post Office Box 569
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28302
Phone: (910) 483-0121
Fax: (910) 483-3975