First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant is blessed with a diverse music department that provides for anyone who wishes to glorify God in a musical setting to do so.
First United Methodist’s sanctuary is the home to a beautiful 29-rank Reuter Pipe Organ. Installed as a 19-rank instrument into the new church building in 1955, it was enlarged and given a new, movable 3-manual console in 1992. In addition, the sanctuary houses a Baldwin baby grand piano. The chapel of First United Methodist is a warm and intimate space for many worship activities. It features a Charles Walter studio piano and Hammond organ. The Fellowship Hall has the other baby grand piano of the church. There are 2 other Wurlitzer studio pianos – one in the Sunday School Music Room and one in the Choral Library room.
Jerry Lalaga, organist of First UMC, holds a BA in music from Iowa Wesleyan College. He is also the principal accompanist for the Chancel Choir and soloists. Iowa Wesleyan University uses the organ of First UMC for students’ organ lessons, given by Carl Moehlman, Associate Professor of Music Emeritus and College Organist.
There are several music groups which are open to anyone whose worship of God includes making music.
The Chancel Choir leads music in worship at the 10:00 AM Traditional service. A volunteer group of 15-25, the choir provides anthems for other worship opportunities as well as the Traditional service. It is not an audition group, and open to all. Rehearsal is 6:30 Wednesday night, in the South Transept of the Sanctuary from where the choir sings on Sunday. Mark Kimzey is the Chancel Choir director. He holds a BME from Iowa Wesleyan College.
The Praise Band, organized by Dave Adams a current BME student at Iowa Wesleyan University, provides special music and assists in leading worship at various times.
Ringtones is the bell choir of First UMC. Organist Jerry Lalaga directs the Ringtones group. Usually made up of 8-12 players, Ringtones is open to all. They perform primarily at the 10:00 AM Traditional service for various Sundays. The Ringtones rehearse at 5:30 Wednesday evenings in the Bell Choir Room on the 2nd Floor of the church.