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FC: Davis and Joan Bingham Mt. Carmel Music 2004-2012

1: This book is lovingly presented to Joan and Davis Bingham by the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Choir. Thank you for your tireless work in bringing your exceptional level of quality and commitment to the music program at Mt. Carmel. All of those who have sung with you or enjoyed the musical fruits of your labors are now better for your investments. But what we have received from you that is even more unique is the example that you've shown us as you live your lives in service to God.

3: The Bingham's And Mt. Carmel Baptist Church | And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Paul's letter to the Romans, chapter 8, verse 28). In late 2004, Dr. Davis Bingham brought his big heart, refined musical expertise, and enthusiastic charm to our country church, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Fast forward to 2013, we're celebrating, with love and appreciation, his tenure as Musical Director. Davis brought many years of experience working with many notable churches but Mt. Carmel was a place that truly drew on all his talents and rich gifts. His high musical standards and ability to teach all levels of singers helped mold a choir that would sing everything from southern gospel favorites to Mendelssohn's 'Hear My Prayer. He took great pleasure in teaching each choir member and developing their voices. He loved classical Christian music but was always open to exploring new works the choir members suggested. He taught us proper phrasing, diction, enunciation and musical nuance but most importantly, he encouraged us and led us in finding joy in singing the good word. He did not do this alone--Joan, his ever supportive wife quietly provided a backbone of patience and selfless hard work. Each week, she would organize the music and ensure all necessary preparation was made for the choir's performances. Her involvement in the details simplified the process so it was smooth and seemingly effortless, but we all knew it was an ongoing work of devotion. Talent is wonderful but the willingness and capacity to work with and through others is a precious gift. Davis was an easy member of the church leadership team and helped us navigate through both difficult and good times. He was always a good friend and consultant to the church staff and congregation. Faith enriches our lives and in Davis it overflows with sincerity and commitment to musical ministry which he used every day to teach all of us the unbounded love of Christ. We do sing from our hearts - Thank you Davis. Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Your praise. Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.

8: Down Home | At Mount Carmel

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11: “Marked by smooth, tight harmonies, and sometimes driving rhythms, this easy- to-read, simple gospel music emphasized brotherly love and a happier afterlife. It also afforded spiritual sustenance to millions of Americans, especially in the south and mid- west, in their struggles through World War I, the nationwide influenza epidemic, the Great Depression and World War II.”

13: Joan | Joan Bingham is the unsung hero of the music program that the Bingham's brought to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She religiously provided "behind the scenes" support for Davis and for the Choir by managing the huge task of sheet music acquisition, filing, music folder management and more. She helped with other organizational details such as emails, phone calls, and choir room housekeeping. Joan was always available and ready to support Davis and the Choir and on several occasions she stepped forward with spur-of-the- moment directions when Davis was sick or unavailable. The petite, blond tenor wearing a man's tie will always be remembered for her quiet, giving nature.

14: Davis and his sister Sue in 1937 .

15: The 8th Army Choir in Japan, 1953. Davis is in the foreground holding the award.

17: Dr. and Mrs. Davis Bingham, 1983

18: 1. Don't talk when others are talking. 2. Put your things back where they belong. 3. Look out for your neighbor. 4. Arrive on time and leave on time. 5. The more you give, the more you receive. 6. The whole is more important than the sum of it's parts. 7. Keep your eyes on the director. 8. Blend. 9. Pray. | Every Thing I Need To Know I Learned From Singing In The Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Choir

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