It was good to be out singing again this Sunday. We took the bus, and the families, except for Brian’s three girls. Daryl had a pretty bad cold, but God kept him singing, and the program went well.
We left at 6:30 am from the church parking lot. The trip was a little foggy, and some of the children continued sleeping for the 2 hour ride there.
Stony Run Mission Church had Sunday School first, then Garment of Praise had the worship service. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the service, with hearty “Amen”s and hand-clapping! That helps feed singers early on a Sunday morning! We enjoyed visiting with the congregation, and their pastor, Nick Smith, his wife, and new little baby boy. Nick, and his cousin, Jim Bob, had picked up some GOP music at Weaver’s Store, then had come to a Transport for Christ Banquet 2 years ago. It was good to get to their church for the long-awaited program.
The afternoon was spent at a park nearby where the children could run and play in the beautiful sunshine that day.
The evening service was at Crossroads Mennonite Church, just a few miles up the road. It was good to reconnect with friends from there, and nearby churches. Daryl was able to sing through the whole program, but his voice was almost gone when they finished. Thank God for always giving strength when it’s needed!
It was a good day in all. A milestone was kind of reached; the first program after the Fox’s sister, Diane, had graduated to Heaven. Our hearts pull more towards our heavenly home, and “Wish You Were Here” just seemed a little dearer, as well as “The First Look” and “Going Home”. It was good to have Jeff, Diane’s husband, and Brandon, her son, at our program Sunday night. Please continue to keep them all in your prayers.
Thanking God for all of you
I received 2 of GOP’s CD’s for my birthday. From the time I first played the song “I’ll Never Know”, it has been in my heart and mind. I sat down and wrote out the words and God pressed them even more into my heart.
We have been through cancer & major back surgery with my husband and so many family trials but as this song says, I’ll never know what it’s like to go through these things without the Lord Jesus Christ.
I praise His name for the peace He gives even during the times when we just don’t have any idea how things will turn out.
Thank you so much for your ministry and your songs. I had never heard y’all sing until my sister gave me the CD’s. I think they have been playing your songs on WDYN out of Chattanooga, TN and that’s how she got them.
Keep up the good work and may God bless you and yours. He is most definitely blessing others through your ministry.
Your Sister in Christ,
Just happened by the site and heard a clip of ‘I’m Gonna Leave The Light On’. It’s impressive…you took it and did your own thing with it….I haven’t heard an a capela arrangement on it! Very cool!
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PS. I’m the writer.
Brian and Jason’s oldest sister, Diane, went peacefully on to her eternal home Wednesday afternoon, November 4, 2009.
Please continue to remember the family in your prayers. Funeral and viewing arrangements are as follows:
- Saturday, Nov. 7 from 5-8 pm at East District Mennonite Church
- Sunday, Nov. 8 from 2-6 pm at Martindale Mennonite Church
Monday, Nov. 9 at 2:00 pm at
Revival Tabernacle Church
960 Susquehanna Trail
Watsontown, PA 17777
(East District Area)
Burial will be at East District that evening
Last year and this year, the Garment of Praise had the privilege of singing at Shady Maple for Living Hope’s Banquet. We also shared the evening with Good News from Myerstown, PA. Their band is talented; playing an array of instruments–and singing A Cappella some of the time. They sang one of Trulan Martin’s songs he had written, a “yodelling song” by Lewis Nolt, and other great tunes.
Garment of Praise sang some new songs not on CD’s, including “I’m Free”, “Gloryland”, “I Have Not Forgotten”, and “Is That Footsteps That I Hear?” For that last song, Brian called Good News up on the platform to back us up with a band! They had a lot of fun with that! Check out that video, too.
It was a great evening with food, music, and fellowship! Living Hope is doing an awesome work over in Ghana; we were so blessed by their testimony in their slide presentation. May the work continue and grow! We were happy to be part of the evening.
This trip was intended to be an all-day bus trip to Maryland, but some of the children were sick, and Brian’s wife, Sheryl, was helping with our church’s fellowship meal, so only the 4 guys drove down in a van.
They left at 7:00 am and sang at New Life Mennonite Church in the morning. The church provided a meal for the guys, and there they met 2 gentlemen who used to sing in a quartet. They sang a song together, and enjoyed visiting. See the video with these two older guys!
–usually Brian is nowhere to be seen during clean-up!
In the evening, the guys drove over to Goshen Mennonite, Lee Mummau’s church. They always love that church, with the cemetery out back, outhouse, slave balcony inside, and warm memories.