Laetare Sunday, We Remember

This Sunday March 31st, the 4th Sunday in Lent, we Remember and Celebrate Betsy Hathaway and Fred Bock.

Harry and Betsy Hathaway have been members of this congregation for many years. Harry has asked we remember his dear wife, Betsy, at the services on March 31, which would have been close to her 77th birthday. We sing the anthem, “Eternal Love” a setting of the words of Dorothy Gurney, “O Perfect Love”, and for communion, we sing the beloved setting by Cesar Franck, of the Latin text “Panis angelicus”, Bread of Angels, from Franck’s “Solemn Mass”, Opus 12. We are happy to welcome a friend of this congregation, as cellist this morning, Mary Anne Steinberger.

Fred Bock was born in Great Neck, New York in 1939. He played the piano at age six and organ at age twelve. He attended Ithaca College, receiving his B.A. in Music Education. He earned his Master’s and did Doctoral work in Church Music at the University of Southern California. Fred Bock was one of the most recognized and respected leaders in the world of church music. He was an accomplished composer, arranger, clinician, studio musician, organist, pianist, choral director and music publisher. He was the founder and director of publications for the music publishing division of Word, Inc. and later started Gentry Publication and other publishers of church music. He was also minister of music at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, where he served for 18 years. Before that, he served as minister of music at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles for 14 years. He died in 1998. This Sunday, we celebrate the life of Fred Bock in the Closing Voluntary, “He is Exalted”.

Stephen Bock, a member of this congregation, serves as President of Fred Bock Music Company, a job he completely enjoys. After graduating from Occidental College, Mr. Bock spent fifteen years in the television and film business, working as a writer, producer, and editor on many award-winning documentaries and network specials. Following the untimely death of his father, Fred, Stephen returned to the family business in 1999 and has been there ever since. He says that his tenure in the music publishing business has been a “thrilling ride and I’m glad to be working with such universally talented and nice people.” He has served as President of the Church Music Publishers Association from 2009-2010. Mr. Bock resides in Los Angeles, with his wife Lisa, daughter Kaylee, son Alexander, and two annoying dogs who deserve no other attribution based on their behavior this morning.