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First Church Guitars is playing this Sunday . . .

We are playing and singing at the BSA Crew 700 fundraiser lunch following worship this Sunday. It all takes place in the Family Life Center here at First United Methodist Church in Grapevine.

Real "Buffalo Burgers" are the main menu item. Donations at the door will be excepted. The money raised will help the Venture Crew members plan for some great summer outings.

Most of the guys are playing . . . and we will be doing a bunch of new numbers. We have so far played and sung bluegrass and gospel songs. We are adding some old-time acoustic rock-n-roll to this gig . . . and the great thing is, most of the songs we will do are in the BSA Philmont Scout song book.

See you there!

I'm better than I deserve! ><>

It is simply a conspiracy . . .

It is a conspiracy! And I don't like it.

The auxillary volunteers at all our area hospitals are out to get me! It's true!

Maybe I should explain . . .

I am on this diet . . . and have lost 20 pounds. The secret is eating foods with lower natural carbs. So, nothing white, except caulifower. No bread, no cereal, not potatoes, no rice, no pizza, no cookies . . . nothing with sugar . . .

It's OK really, it is not that bad. Why? Because my taste buds seem to have come alive!!!!

I actually can't believe that I am writing this . . . but I now love tomatoes!!! If you know me, then you know that the only reason I order a hamburger with tomatoe is to be able to pick the tomatoes off and throw them with glee into the trash.

Dirty little buggers! Only wimps eat tomatoes, right???

Ah, attention world . . . I don't think like that any more!

And green beans! Have green beans always tasted this good? I thought green beans were God's idea of a bad joke (but no, that designation is rese…

Making life sing . . .

5 of us "First Church Guitar" guys went to the Atria Retirement Center in Grapevine yesteray afternoon, to provide singing for the afternoon chapel service there.

Contruction forced us to set up in the "library". A somewhat limited space. Three lovely ladies attended the service, and got "sung-to-pretty-good!"

Interesting about being in a band after a 25+ year hiatus. When you play together a lot, you start playing a lot better.

And yesterday afternoon . . . we were on fire! I think we only messed up a little on one song, and did that only once. Everyone was just "on" yesterday.

Thank you Lord! It was a lot of fun!

Our "big group" will play for the BSA Crew 700 fundraiser this Sunday after worship in the Family Life Center. They are feeding us (our 1st paying gig!)

Funny thing, how I call our inging at a retirement home and for the Boy Scouts a "gig!"

Practice is a good thing. Rehearsal is a good thing. Maybe I will start apply…

What I am "living without" for Lent . . .

Lent, the 40 days prior to Easter (not counting Sundays) began a few weeks ago on Ash Wednesday, February 6th.

It is both an ancient and common practice to participate in an intense time of devotional study during Lent. As are a number of the people who call FUMC-Grapevine their churh home, I am reading the entire New Testament before Easter. So far I am on schedule.

It is also an ancient an common practice to "give up' something for Lent, as a way of self-sacrifice and self-denial, as one prepares spiritually for the celebration of the resurrected Jesus Christ.

This year, Ken Diehm, our Senior Pastor, put this into a different perspective by asking, "What are you going to learn to "live without" during Lent?"

I gave this some serious thought. When people ask me for suggestions about what to give up for Lent, I usually offer the advice that they "give up" a destructive or un-fruitful habit.

This year, I decided to practice what I preach. This year . .…

Go Rams! A Table Tennis Dynasty . . .

I am still a proud alumni of Texas Wesleyan University (just a college back when I was there in the late 70"s . . .).

The TWU Rams Table Tennis team swept all the events at the college level Table Tennis Championships in 2007.

Go Rams!

Yes, my friends, REAL men play table tennis.

Hmmmmm . . . suddenly I am very hungry for a slice of spinach quiche!

I'm better than I deserve!

Favorite Songs - #5 of 5

My #1 favorite song is Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What A Wonderful World as sung by the late Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole.

My #2 favorite song . . . Walk Away, as sung by Joe Walsh and the James Gang.

My #3 favorite song . . . Closer to Home - Grand Funk Railroad.

My #4 favorite song . . . Leader of the Band, as sung by the late Dan Fogelberg.

My #5 favorite song . . . Suite to Judy Blue Eyes, the 1969 Woodstock version as sung by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

It was the fall and spring of my freshman year at Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas. Every month, our Student Union provided a movie free-0f-charge to the students, that would run every night for a two-week period. They showed Woodstock about 4 times that year. I saw it, maybe 12 times from start to finish. Several times, I was one of only 2 or 3 people there to see it. We were all guitar players . . . we weren't watching . . . we were drooling.

At the time I was a 12-string guitar player . . . but had been wondering if I sho…