September 16, 2014
From 2-3:30pm on Sunday afternoon, September 14th, I'll be flying solo for an intimate time of acoustic praise & worship and special music under the big tent at the Free Methodist Church of South Canaan (South Canaan, PA).
On Wednesday night, September 17th, at 7pm, I'll be singing God's praise with the brothers and sisters of Calvary Chapel of Delta (Delta, PA). Pastor Doug McClean will be taking us through Genesis 11 one powerful verse at a time.
Then later this month, I've been asked back to lead worship once again for two very special weekend retreats...
On September 19-21, Church of the Saviour (Wayne, PA) is having their annual Singles Retreat at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference (Harvey Cedars, NJ). I believe this event is sold out but you can check to see if there's been any cancelations HERE.
Then, on September 26-28, I will have my band with me as we join the men of NEMR (North East Men's Retreat) for their annual retreat up at Lake Champion (Glen Spey, NY). This is an AWESOME event for guys (post highschool age and up) that we've been privileged to be a part of for many years now. If you're struggling with your walk, your marriage, your kids, your job, or if you just need some personal down-time, you need to be at this retreat! Invite your men's ministries from church, invite your friends & family. Check out their video HERE.
SPECIAL MEN'S RETREAT DEAL for friends of this ministry! There's still some space available for this event (9/26-28), and if you email registration at email@example.com and mention you'd like the "friend-of-the-band deal," they will get you in at the EARLY BIRD RATE! Check out this LINK for more details.
Guitar for Sale
Here's one way you can support this music ministry that can inspire a music ministry of your own! Our son's car was totaled in a recent hail storm, so he bought our '96 Camry. So we now need to find a good used car that gets good gas mileage (since I drive to most of our ministry events). I'm selling some things on Craigs List to help us with this and one of those things is my Ray LaMontagne Signature Series Bourgeois Guitar.
I really don't need three guitars- especially three of this quality. I've been blessed to play a McPherson (primary) and a Taylor (back-up). So usually my Bourgeois sits at home. There were only 33 of these made (it's #9) and the guitar is signed by Ray LaMontagne and Dana Bourgeois. There's a neat God-story to how I even have it that's too long to write here.
But all that to say, though it truly sounds amazing & looks as beautiful as it sounds, I do need to sell it. And I would LOVE for one of you to own it so you can make your own beautiful music! If you're interested and have questions, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to tell you more about it!
On A Mission
I recently had the honor of leading worship and encouraging the missionaries of InFaith.org at their annual ReFresh Conference at Sandy Cove in North East, MD.
Very grateful to Dr. Ridge Burns (Exec. Director), guest speaker John Allan (Belmont Chapel bible teacher and Exeter School Chaplain, Exeter, UK), Andrea Graver, Mesha Smith and everyone with InFaith for allowing me to be a part.
What a wonderful group of servant hearts from all over the U.S., each one with an amazing testimony of God's grace and a unique calling on their life to share the hope of the gospel with the lost and the least of these. And man, do these guys LOVE to sing God's praise! They sang so LOUD I followed them! :-)
Thank you so much for keeping this ministry in your prayers. The Lord truly blessed our times together and I pray each family went home refreshed with joy and a renewed faith for what God has in store.
Your gifts of support to help this music ministry are so greatly appreciated, as they help thousands of people each year come to hear and sing the good news of Jesus Christ.
God is using this ministry to bring His light into the dark places, the broken places, the hopeless places. Your prayerful support helps me go wherever He would have me serve. It also helps fund new recordings so they don't come from our family budget. And your gifts can be tax-deductible by following these instructions HERE.
If you've been blessed by this music ministry and would like to support me in the work the Lord is doing, I would be so honored to team with you. Thank you!!
Here's an 11-song sampler which includes songs from all my past projects, including the live, hidden track duet I sang with my daughter, Lauren, that was never available by itself. There's also a bonus track of a living room guitar demo of The Fragrance of Christ. Please share this sampler with your friends on Facebook!
Just enter the info above or click HERE. In exchange for your email & zip (which will only go to my fanbase- no spam!), NoiseTrade will email you the songs! It's free, but you can also "tip" any amount to help towards the new recording. Don't forget, you can also give a tax-deductible donation by going HERE.
Thank you so much for your love, prayers & support!!
Why "Blessed Hurricane?"
I often get asked why our music ministry is called Blessed Hurricane Ministries. If you've wondered about that, or if you'd like to hear more about the heart & vision behind this ministry, click HERE.