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An "Official Announcement" and a very humble "Thank you, Church!!"

Dear FUMC-Grapevine Church members and friends . . . 

Two years ago, I was extended the honor of being invited to come serve as a member of the summer Chaplain Corps at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, the largest outdoor youth camp in the world.  To say the least, this is a great honor to myself and to the church I am proud to serve, the First United Methodist Church of Grapevine, Texas.  I initially thought that my going to serve as a chaplain  at Philmont during the summer would be out-of-the-question.  Being away from the church and family for so long just didn't seem realistic to me.  I was very comfortable with my yearly trip to Philmont to serve as chaplain for the week-long Fall Leadership Conference held there each September.  A week away was far more manageable.
Then . . .  I got cancer.  I have to admit, my cancer battle took far more out of me than I realized, and it lasted a lot longer than I expected it to.  There are still some physical side-effects f…

Deadlines approaching . . . it's a busy time . . .

My focus right now is to have everything I have backlogged in my project notebook finished by or before June 28, which is the day I leave for New Mexico for a month of renewal/mission leave at the Philmont Scout Ranch, where I will be serving as one of the Protestant chaplains in July.

Included in these efforts are my trying to finalize the list of gear, clothes and music stuff I am taking with me.  Space in my Saturn Vue is limited.  Hard decisions, and lot's of paring down my lists.  Each time I go over them, I cross a couple of things off.  I only have room to take what I absolutely need.

Lean and mean . . .  that may mean just one guitar if I take my PA system with me.  That will be my last decision.  Sean has loaned me a factory repaired Taylor 916ce, frankly the most beautiful guitar I have ever had in my temporary or full-time possession.  It has a large (long) factory repaired crack in the soundboard, that is still slightly visible.  It sounds very nice, a different more …

Concert Report . . .

I just plain forgot to post about my concert for the New Horizon group on May 28th.

To quote the late, great Andy Griffith . . . "Outstanding!"

This was my first full concert (about an hour) singing the songs I love and grew up with, with time spent including the audience joining in on the choruses.

Several quoted that it was the best program that New Horizon had all year!!!  

Guess I get to go back and sing again in the fall!

Oh, and to be honest . . . after I sat down . . . I couldn't get up, I was so tired.

But, the voice held, although a little raspy at the end.   This was my first concert using my Lucas Nano 300 PA for both voice and guitar.   It worked very well.  I borrowed a Taylor 514e from Sean Simon at Grapevine Guitars Works to use, and enjoyed it very much.  However, I'm a GS (Grand Symphony) guy, and I took it back all cleaned and retuned.

All in all . . . a good event all around.

And, I can finally say it . . . despite the thyroid cancer and all that…