It's really good to have a regular singing schedule again.
For those who might have passed my little blog by these past couple of months, after a 10 year ministry at the First United Methodist Church in Grapevine, TX, I accepted a new appointment as the pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Crowley, TX, in the southwest Fort Worth/Tarrant County area. My wife and I relocated to the church parsonage here in Crowley on July 1st. It's been a very busy 3 months.
During my first 90 days, I curtailed singing in the community and instead focused on connecting with the members of the church, and to work on preaching good sermons. As time allowed, I went out and got to know some of the area Activity and Life Enrichment Directors at the hursing home, rehab, and assisted living centers, especially when I went to visit church members who were residents. It took a while, but invitations have started coming in. I sang two weeks ago to my largest crowd ever at the Huguley Nursing Care and Rehab Center in Burleson, off I-35 and FM 1187. I believe I sang to over 40 people, and it was a blast.
Today, I sang at the Heritage Place Assisted Living Center, located just southwest of Huguley. A brand new assisted living/memory care center. I sang in the front living area. A small crowd, but then this was really more of an audition. The Activity Director let me know she would be calling me soon to schedule a regular time to sing.
Next Monday I will be heading to Chisholm Trail Estates in Keene, TX, just east of Cleburne, about a half-hour away from Crowley. This is a large property retirement center. I believe I will be singing in either the front living room area or in the dining hall. I'm looking forward to it.
I am thinking that this will be a good singing schedule for me through December, considering I also lead the chapel service most Tuesday mornings for our preschool. I did accept an invite to provide several songs this coming Saturday morning in Waco, TX for a gathering of the United Methodist Women of our annual conference. All in all, I think this is a workable schedule, and there will be a good balance between my daily pastoral responsibilities and singing. I can take one more gig is things work out. We will see.
In the meantime . . . it is good to be singing again!
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>