Hymnary Friends,

Please pardon this brief interruption, and please consider a gift today to support the work of Hymnary.org. Here's why.

Each month half a million people visit this website for free access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet. But this project does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. Twice a year we hold a fund drive, and these drives are critical to our future.

So if you benefit from Hymnary.org, would you consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Click the Donate button below to be taken to a secure giving site. Or you can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team, our thanks.
Harry Plantinga

Staff Snapshot: Ann Brown

For Ann Brown, who has worked at Hymnary for a little over a year now since starting in October 2017, a typical day and week involves designing and implementing features for the website, updating and hunting down any bugs in our code and providing feedback to her colleagues through our code review process.

It's a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff, but it keeps the site humming and ensures that it continually responds the users' needs. And Brown finds that gratifying.

"Being part of a team that is excited and engaged is wonderful," she says. "There are continuing opportunities to learn and grow and to exercise creative problem-solving. And it is gratifying to work on a project about something as meaningful to people as hymns can be."

Brown, a Grand Rapids native who majored in computer science at Grand Valley State University, is not just grateful to be one of the people who makes the site better; she also appreciates what Hymnary had to offer, especially the ability to learn more of the story behind a particular hymn and the opportunity to explore hymns she might be less familiar with. And she appreciates that Hymnary continues to make available to people content that has a deeper meaning.

"Church music is a comfort and an inspiration to many people," she says, "and singing together can be a means to connect with others and to be moved by your own faith. Hymnary works to assist and facilitate that, giving congregations, worship planners and musicians useful tools. I think that helping with such a positive part of peoples’ lives is good work to undertake."

Ann Brown