Thursday, January 31, 2013


 
 
Every last Thursday of the month, our three Iron Men Breakfast groups come together for a large gathering to eat and fellowship together.  This morning I shared about my volunteer efforts through Hugworks, as well as my own theraputice music entertainment ministry through my work at the church.  I also led a group discussion on the importance of sharing our faith by helping others through personal involvement in church and community mission efforts.
 
Many of the men in attendance this morning volunteer and serve in ways to numerous for me to list here . . . and the list would be very diverse.  Most, when asked why they serve, would answer, "I feel I am supposed to."  Some want to give back, others want to pay-it-forward.  Some would answer, "because Jesus wants me to."  That's a good answer.
 
This was also my first time to use the HK Lucas Nano 300 PA system in public.   In the 1st picture, you can barely see one of the small satellite speakers to the right of the lecturn stand next to the wall.  (Look for the little black square in front of the dark wood window blinds in the 2nd window from the right. It's on top of a black mic stand about 5 feet off the floor.)
 
In the 2nd picture, you can just make it out in front of the dark window blinds, just above the gentleman with the blue shirt and bald head.  (Hi Rocky!)
 
Can't see them?  Yep, the satellites are that small (only about 6" x 6" x 5") . . . and I only had the volume setting on midway (detent position) and it was a little too loud.  the subwoofer was on the flor behind me.  I am very satisfied with how it quickly hooks up, and how it sounds.  I will make the final payment on it next week.  It's a keeper.
 
Yes, the guitar sound coming through the PA was the sound of my guitar.  I am thrilled.
 
I hope to be able to head to Dallas this afternoon to sing at the Children's Medical Center  for Hugworks with good friend Larry Dykstra.   It will be a good day of music.  Considering the number of funerals I have officiated so far this month . . . I need a day of music for some emotional balance.
 
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Monday, January 28, 2013

I will start posting regularly again soon . . .

I promise to start posting regularly again as soon as I can. However it look's I will be concentrating on a few more funerals this week and next, and the care we give to the respective families.

I love to sing and play guitar, for myself and for others, just about more than anything else.  But I love providing pastoral care to people just as much.  I try and approach both as a craft that I have worked hard to develop skills at, and will work to continue to do so.

I will be blogging a daily devotional during the upcoming season of Lent.   Just to let you know.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

I got the HK Lucas Nano 300

I picked up the Lucas Nano 300 this past Friday and took it home! Deciding if I want to get the add-on package with the poles, or pick out some others. No gigs anytime soon that will need satellite speakers. So far so good!

Again, thanks to Sean at Grapevine Guitar Works for helping me get one.

God's graces till amazes me . . . ><>

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

HK Lucas Nano 300

I'm very close to making a decision about getting this little PA system.  I played my Guild F50R through one yesterday for almost an hour, and felt very good about what I was hearing as well as the versitility of the system. 

I think this set-up would work very well in the small venues I am sometimes asked to perform in, such as house-concerts, at the park or camp-ground, chapel services at camp, and at VBS type assemblies in smaller churches.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Sunday, January 6, 2013

First Church Guitar schedule for 2013 . . .`

Anyone interested in playing guitar and singing with a fine bunch of great people in the Grapevine, Texas area on the 1st and/or 3rd Thursday evenings of the month are invited to join the First Church Guitars group at the First United Methodist Church of Grapevine, Texas.

We gather together at 7 PM in room #2001 in the Family Life Center (FLC).  Play usually ends around 8:30 to 9 PM.  We have a lot of guitar players, a keyboard player, a bass player, and then we have Brother Russ . . . who might be on fiddle one week, mandolin the next, or on guitar the next.  

We send out email reminders to the participants before we meet.  We share lots of song sheets with each other, and generally fun is had by all.

3-4 years ago, we were a pretty fair little band of guitar players, and besides fun and fellowship, we played 6-8 church and community gigs a  year.  Some of those players have moved on to new things, so nowadays, we play, sing, and stress the fun and fellowship as priority #1.

 If you would like more info, or to be included in the email list, let me know and I'll pass your info on to Brother Harvey, who sends out our emails.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>