A Ruptured Appendicitis!

July 30, 2009 by  
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Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox (Brian’s daughter) was not feeling well this week.  She went to the doctor on Tuesday, but was sent home again–possibly a virus? Wednesday early morning 4:00 am Brian and Sheryl decided to take her to the ER.  She was so weak, she had to be carried everywhere.

They started doing some tests and realized she had appendicitis.  They scheduled surgery and then realized it had already ruptured!  So, she will be in the hospital for 3-5 days.

You can pray for her recovery!

Thank God it was discovered when it was.

The Sam Yoder Farm

July 28, 2009 by  
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On the road again–to Deleware this time.  Anna and James Harvey were the promoters of the dinner concert, and it was held at Sam Yoder’s Farm.  Also on the program were the Allen Harris family from Indiana(a father and two sons who sing together).

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Singing right after a great meal--cod, catfish, ham, beans, potatoes and carrots, coleslaw, salad, rolls, chocolate cake and different kinds of pie--yum. The guys waited to eat till afterwards!

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MC for the evening Anna Harvey. This is the third time we've done concerts for Anna Harvey, and he's been the MC each time, introducing the group as "a trio, with a bass singer tagging along".

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Daryl, Brian, Anna Harvey (concert promoter), Sam Yoder, Jason, Danny

Sam’s farm is a very family-friendly place to have concerts.  Jake Petersheim was in his glory–John Deere tractors are everywhere inside.  Sometimes they have tractor shows with a concert, but not this time.  Still, there are always Sam’s pedal tractor display the whole way around the top of the room–75 of them (he’s got 150 total).  And in the display cases around the room, he has 175 model tractors set up.  I think he said he has several hundred more at home in display cases.

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Jacob Petersheim enjoys the tractor display

These kinds tractors line the perimeter of the wall...an impressive collection

These kinds tractors line the perimeter of the wall...an impressive collection

Renita Petersheim and Sam Yoder made some Oregon connections this time–Sam’s father grew up in Albany, Oregon, and Sam’s in-laws are in McMinnville, OR.  About 10 years ago on his way up to Alaska, Sam and his wife stopped in Sheridan, OR (Renita’s home town) and parked their trailer in the church parking lot while visiting friends in town.

Jacob, Renita, and Chrissy Petersheim enjoying a meal

Jacob, Renita, and Chrissy Petersheim enjoying a meal

We let the children play outside after the meal, while the guys sang.  There are cattle to visit, chickens to feed, and toads to catch.  We all really enjoyed our time there.  Sam and Anna are great hosts!

Teen Challenge & Gospel Express

July 27, 2009 by  
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Gospel Express hosted by Teen Challenge in Rehrersburg, PA

Gospel Express hosted by Teen Challenge in Rehrersburg, PA

Gospel Express was invited to come do a tent crusade on the grounds of Teen Challenge, Rehresburg, PA, and Garment of Praise was invited to open up one night.  Dale Weaver from Myerstown was the moderator, and Dave Miller brought the message, “It’s All About Jesus”. He spoke from Hebrews 2:1-3 about not neglecting your salvation.

Before the message, Dave’s family also shared a small drama regarding the spiritual gifts–funny and challenging! Nelson put in an enthusiastic word here and there, and ran the sound system (with son-in-law, Rendall Hostetler). This is a dynamic ministry and we pray God’s blessings upon them.

Garment of Praise was received enthusiastically by the Teen Challenge guys, and Nelson requested one more song after they were returning to their seats.  They sang “Heaven’s Joy Awaits” and got the group clapping along (this is sometimes scary–since clapping along with GOP’s timing can confuse these guys :-)  ). After the song they got a standing ovation, and after the service, testimonies of the songs blessing them.  May God receive the glory!

Our Families At Fountain Park

July 20, 2009 by  
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Our families were at the program on Sunday night, except for Brian’s eldest, Carissa.  The children enjoy being at this program, because there are places to run and play before, after, and, if they get lucky…. during the service!

(L-R)Molly (Jason's middle daughter), Andrea Fox (Brian's), Whitney (Daryl's), and Tamara Fox (Brian's).

(L-R)Molly (Jason's middle daughter), Andrea Fox (Brian's), Whitney (Daryl's), and Tamara Fox (Brian's).

Brian and Sheryl, with youngest, Marshall

Brian and Sheryl, with youngest, Marshall

Jason and Denise--only 5 weeks to go till the latest GOP baby makes its appearance.

Jason and Denise--only 5 weeks to go till the latest GOP baby makes its appearance.

Singing at Fountain Park

July 20, 2009 by  
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What a beautiful evening for an outdoor sing!  This was the Garment of Praise’s second time singing here at Fountain Park in Schaefferstown–two years ago there were thunderstorms threatening, but this time was gorgeous!   There was a nice crowd of people attending, and everyone enjoyed the program.  The hosts provided cookies and drink following the service.

Singing at Fountain Park

Singing at Fountain Park

These services are planned by a non-denominational group. They invite a group in and plan a treat afterwards.

These services are planned by a non-denominational group. They invite a group in and plan a treat afterwards.

Planning and Prayer before the service (Danny & Jason)

Planning and Prayer before the service (Danny & Jason)

The gazebo where the guys sang.

The gazebo where the guys sang.

everyone enjoyed the outdoor part of it, except for a few soft spots in the lawn from the previous day's rain.

Everyone enjoyed the outdoor part of it, except for a few soft spots in the lawn from the previous day's rain.

A Sunday Night At Home!

July 16, 2009 by  
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It was a beautiful evening in the city of Reading.  The sun was in the guys eyes, but other than that, with the wonderful weather we’ve been having, we had a great night.  They sang a few newer songs,”Heaven’s Joy Awaits” and “He Will Lead His Children Home”; and took requests for “Low Down the Chariot”, “The Tomb Says It All”, and others.

The GOP singing on the deck of the "Lighthouse" at Fairivew on a Sun. night

The GOP singing on the deck of the "Lighthouse" at Fairivew on a Sun. night

Marcus took back his spot from Danny for a few songs.  They sang “On the Resurrection Morning”–they haven’t done that one too much since Danny stepped in.  Instead of singing “I’ll have a new body…” Brian put in that he hoped to have “hair like Willis!” Daryl’s father, Willis, does have a head full of hair, unlike Brian! They also took requests while Marcus sang with them.

Marcus joined for a few songs

Marcus joined for a few songs

After closing the official program, some of the youth and Garment of Praise had a little jam session up on the deck, singing around the keyboard and guitars.  They brought up a Fairview Christian School quartet, and sang a few with Danny and his sister, Kim Petersheim.

Ralli Zook playing a little pre-concert music

Ralli Zook playing a little pre-concert music

Steve Petersheim takes a break from the guitar

Steve Petersheim takes a break from the guitar

Danny, preparing the sound system

Danny, preparing the sound system

One of the "Twins" offering advice on sound quality

One of the "Twins" offering advice on sound quality

Jeremy & Joanna Martin n' family...

Jeremy & Joanna Martin n' family...

(L to R) Harry, Kevin, Ken, Ralli....chatting after the service

(L to R) Harry, Kevin, Ken, Ralli....chatting after the service

(L to R) Ryan & Danny

(L to R) Ryan Huber & Danny Petersheim...

Update on Marcus’ son Ryan:  Ryan’s been getting around a lot faster lately with his scooter that he rides on.  Marcus brings it along almost wherever they go, and Ryan seems to enjoy his time a lot better.  But if you ever were nervous around a 16-year old with his license, think 13-year-old on a scooter–and watch out!:-) Ryan is almost done with a one-year trial drug for Muscular Dystrophy that he’s been doing through Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Its been disappointing in that it hasn’t seemed to help Ryan, but hopefully the time invested will help other children!  Keep Ryan in your prayers!

Ryan Fox (Marcus' son)

Ryan Fox (Marcus' son)

Another Practice Session

July 7, 2009 by  
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The Garment of Praise got together Tuesday evening, July 7, to practice for their upcoming program on July 12.  They usually practice long, loud, and late! They set up their sound system at Fairview, open the windows, and sing their hearts out.

Daryl, Brian, Danny, Jason....practicing at Fairview

Daryl, Brian, Danny, Jason....practicing at Fairview

They practiced a few new ones; “He Will Lead His Children Home”, and one of Daryl’s new compositions “How Can You Not?” (The GOP usually gives their own names to things… I think this one was dubbed “monkey-man”).  Pics included of guys practicing, song sheet, song list.

Practice is in session

Please stand by...I'll hit that low note yet.

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So close you can almost hear them

So close you can almost hear them

The wives visited together up at Brian Fox’s house while watching the children.  There’s never a dull moment with the GOP kids! (pictured (l to r): Bryce and Blake Fox (Brian’s two oldest boys), and Guy Petersheim (Daryl’s oldest boy).

(L to R) Brian's two oldest boys and Guy Petersheim (Daryl's oldest son)

(L to R) Bryce & Blake, Brian's two oldest boys and Guy Petersheim (Daryl's oldest son)

2: Tamara Fox (Brian’s), Whitney and Jacob Petersheim (Daryl’s).

Tamara Fox (Brian's daughter), Whitney & Jacobb Petersheim (Daryl's daughter and son)

Tamara Fox (Brian's daughter), Whitney & Jacobb Petersheim (Daryl's daughter and son)

3. Sheryl Fox, holding onto Brooklyn Fox (Jason’s) and Chrissy Petersheim (Daryl’s).

Sheryl Fox holding onto Brooklyn Fox (Jason's daughter), and Chrissy (Daryl's daughter)

Sheryl Fox holding onto Brooklyn Fox (Jason's daughter), and Chrissy (Daryl's daughter)

Jacob (Daryl's youngest)

Jacob (Daryl's youngest)

Sheryl, Brian’s wife, just began an extensive treatment for Lyme Disease again… Whitney, Daryl’s oldest daughter, just finished getting treated for her Lyme.  She had face paralysis on one side, so she was immediately tested and treated for Lyme. Thank the Lord for her healing.

Update on Fox’s oldest sister Diane: underwent surgery on July 2. They weren’t able to get all the cancer out, but they were able to remove most of it.  She will do some more chemotherapy after a while.  She’s recovering at home now.  The Fox’s mother, Norma, has been staying up there helping in the last few days. Continue remembering Diane in your prayers.