New Addition: Meet Addison!

October 24, 2013 by  
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Jason and Denise welcomed Addison Taylor into their home on July 7 of this year! She weighed 7 lb 15oz and was 19 1/2 inches long.  She is blessed with a loving family– along with Jason and Denise, there are many arms to hold her: Caitlin, Molly, Brooklyn and Dallas. She’s already growing up and looking like Jason –a real cutie. :-)

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A Christmas Light– Revisited

January 3, 2013 by  
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An encouraging letter emailed from Waslala, Nicaragua– from Pablo Yoder–not TO us, but passed along to us. On Christmas Day, Pablo’s daughter, Jessica, newly widowed, with 3 young daughters, and a little one on the way, experienced a Christmas Light shining into their home. She knows not who it was– but it brought Christmas cheer, and gives testimony to Jesus and the hope He brings.

Daryl had penned the words to “A Christmas Light” after mulling over the happenings around a 1996 tragedy, which took the life of a 40 year old father. The song was recorded by the Garment of Praise in “The Wondrous Gift is Given” .

To all the hurting at Christmas, may we as Christians be a true light for Jesus, and an encouragement to hang on to hope.

Following is the email newsletter– penned by Brother Pablo.

A Special Christmas Gift

Dawn had just awakened Waslala and a pale luminosity was filtering into the dark room. The young widow sat on the couch in her living room, reading her Bible. The three little girls were sleeping in their upstairs nook, cuddled under the covers to keep the winter chill at bay. And the last addition to the family, that wasn’t quite here yet, was nestled deep in his mama’s being. As the lady read, she wondered what the Waslala Christmas day would hold. It was then that she heard distinct footsteps right outside her front door.

Wondering, she laid her Bible aside and quickly stepped over to the window. Pulling back the curtain she saw Omar Montenegro walking away from the house and down the lane briskly. Hum, I wonder what he wanted. He must have decided to not disturb me since it’s so early and will stop by later.

Though Omar was once a criminal who dealt with cocaine in LA,  Jessica would never even have thought of doubting him for stopping by at that hour. His faithful Christian testimony since his conversion six years earlier had erased all doubts from her heart. But what he would have wanted that early in the morning was a mystery that needed to be solved.

Later, after the sun burst over the horizon and the morning woke up the whole way, Jessica laid her Bible aside and opened the front door to let the morning and the sunlight flood into her house. Right in front of the door was a big gift, wrapped up grandly.

Then Jessica knew what Omar had been there for. She quickly bent over the gift and read the tag: “Merry Christmas! Ha! Ha! (In Spanish)”

Shaking her head questioningly, Jessica hauled the basket to the table and decided to wait to open it until her children woke up.

Later the fatherless family opened the gift. The little girls cheered and exclaimed as they pulled out a lovely pair of sandals for each one; a perfect fit!  A darling purse for each of them. A pillow. Bottles shaped like ice-cream cones that were actually bubble blowers. And more…

“Mama,” Tisha squealed, “look, here is a pair of shoes for the baby that isn’t born yet.”

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As the children rejoiced with their gifts, the widow noticed a frame with some words on it. She pulled it out and read the words slowly. It was song she had known ever since she was a child.

 

 

 

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The room is dim, she’s feeling sad…

Christmas ain’t the same when you don’t have a Dad.

Mama said, “Daddy went home to be with Jesus.”

Just as a tear makes its way to the floor…

She turns as she hears a knock on the door.

Nobody is there, just a gift wrapped up for Christmas.

She opens the box, takes a look inside,

 And with the smile on her face and a glow in her eyes

She reads the note from the one who brightened up her Christmas.

 

It said…

I just want to be a Christmas light

Shining like the star on the very first night;

Telling everybody I meet: “Love is HERE!”

I don’t want to be just a burned-out bulb,

I’m gonna shine for the One and ALL.

I want to be a Christmas light this year.

 

Jessica had always been moved by this sad story. But now, for the first time in her life, she thought about it that the first verse of the song told her story too.

Then Jessica saw a CD, lying among the gifts. Leaving the children to their delights, she quickly took the CD to her computer and listened to the song as sung by Garment of Praise. Then she found a chair and sat down, and wept.

Later Jessica and her daughters dropped by here on their way to the Millers where they planned to spend Christmas day. The little girls were very excited, telling us all about the special gifts each one had received. Especially about the brown and white baby shoes. But what blessed me most was how the mother’s moist eyes glistened as she told us their precious Christmas story. I could see that that gift had meant more to her then words could ever tell.

Later I asked Omar about the gift. He confessed, “I was just the courier. She was not supposed to see me. But I feel so blessed to at least be the messenger for this special Christmas gift. It’s such a beautiful thing!”

Then Omar’s tears started flowing almost as fast as mine were.

God bless you, mysterious donors. Jessica doesn’t need to know who you are. Because she and all of us know that God is really the author of every good and perfect gift !

I also want to be a Christmas light this year!

Pablo

Petersheim Family Records

September 10, 2012 by  
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Whitney-- age 11

Daryl, Renita, and family entered Altar of Praise studio and recorded a song for the first time! We hope it will make it onto a new CD coming out in the future.

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Guy-- age 9

Daryl penned “When He Works that Way”. God doesn’t always work in miraculous ways, or always how we’d like, but isn’t it fun when He does?!

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Chrissy-- age 7

Jacob-- age 6

Jacob-- age 6

“I love it when He works that way!”

Song all done and ready for a listen!

Song all done and ready for a listen!

Updated photos

July 2, 2012 by  
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We’ve changed a little since some of our pictures on the website… so pardon our exhaustion, grime, and appearances (we were experiencing a fun, hot sight-seeing trip prior to our program in NY). Here we are!
From l to r: Danny Petersheim, baritone; Daryl Petersheim, lead; Jason Fox, bass; Brian Fox, tenor

From l to r: Danny Petersheim, baritone; Daryl Petersheim, lead; Jason Fox, bass; Brian Fox, tenor

From l to r: Dallas, Jason, Denise and Brooklyn

From l to r: Dallas, Jason, Denise and Brooklyn (missing on this trip, Caitlin and Molly)

 

Back row l to r: Darien, Renita, and Daryl and front row l to r: Chrissy, Guy, Jacob, and Whitney

Back row l to r: Darien, Renita, and Daryl and front row l to r: Chrissy, Guy, Jacob, and Whitney

Danny and his family

Danny and his family

Brian's abbreviated family (his three girls were absent on this trip); Brian, Sheryl, and boys l to r: Marshall, Bryce, and Blake

Brian's abbreviated family (his three girls, Carissa, Andrea, and Tamara were absent on this trip); Brian, Sheryl, and boys l to r: Marshall, Bryce, and Blake

A Day at the Park

May 4, 2011 by  
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Now this is what you’d call a really, truly “behind the scenes” post!  You wouldn’t normally see these guys behaving like this on the stage or in church, but what’s in the heart usually comes out sometime or other!

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… and look at the next generation following in their fathers’ footsteps!

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… and some more pictures of our families enjoying the day…

Dallas, Jason's son

Dallas, Jason's son

Daryl, with his youngest son, Darien

Daryl, with his youngest son, Darien

clockwise (starting at far left): Denise, Whitney, Bryce, Brooklyn, Dallas

clockwise (starting at far left): Denise, Whitney, Bryce, Brooklyn, Dallas

Brian, and wife, Sheryl

Brian, and wife, Sheryl

Newest Addition

October 26, 2010 by  
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Daryl Petersheim family welcomed its newest member on Thursday, October 21, 2010. Darien Chase weighed in at 7 lbs 12 oz and 22 inches long. They are thanking God for a healthy boy and a timely delivery. All the family is enjoying him, and Renita and baby Darien are doing well.  He joins siblings Whitney (10), Guy (8), Chrissy (5), and Jacob (4).

Daryl with his third son, Darien Chase.

Daryl with his third son, Darien Chase.

 

Welcome home, Darien!

Welcome home, Darien!

 

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Bus Drivers

October 11, 2010 by  
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The secret is unleashed–who the true slackers are on the bus!

Brian does a great job of driving the bus!

Brian does a great job of driving the bus!

Dan is too young yet to drive the bus, according to our insurance--but you can tell he's anxious to take the wheel!

Dan is too young yet to drive the bus, according to our insurance--but you can tell he's anxious to take the wheel!

No, this isn't Bob the Builder. Its Jason getting ready to take the wheel for the next shift.

No, this isn't Bob the Builder. It's Jason getting ready to take the wheel for the next shift.

 

The lone survivor of the sunny afternoon trip. (He was resting his eyes one at a time.)

The lone survivor of the sunny afternoon trip. (He was resting his eyes one at a time.)

Everyone truly does pitch in on the bus–driving, cleaning up (not too often), providing snacks, and generally keeping a good attitude. We have a lot of fun and thank God for safety! 

Our “big” little helpers

July 14, 2010 by  
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Thanks to our children who are our biggest fans (usually). They get tired of the trips sometimes, but have a fun time with friends they meet and with each other.  They also “help” along the way with some setup, and always help us to be anxious to get home! :-)

Molly (Jason's) reads to the children before the service after practicing with them for some singing

Molly (Jason's) reads to the children before the service after practicing with them for some singing later on during the program

 

Dallas helps us all by sharing his smile with everyone!

Dallas helps us all by sharing his smile with everyone!

 

All the children would be glad to test the sound system.

All the children would be glad to test the sound system.

 

All ready for church Sunday morning; Chrissy (Daryl's), Marshall (Brian's), and Jake (Daryl's)

All ready for church Sunday morning; Chrissy (Daryl's), Marshall (Brian's), and Jake (Daryl's)

 

Jake in Wooster square helping direct traffic? At least he helped out this trip by sleeping through most of the programs!

Jake in Wooster square helping direct traffic?

Jake did help out his mother by sleeping through all the programs but one!

Jake did help out his mother by sleeping through all the programs but one!

Bryce (Brian's) and Guy (Daryl's) digging out CD's from under the bus bed to restock the CD stand.

Bryce (Brian's) and Guy (Daryl's) digging out CD's from under the bus bed to restock the CD stand.

Recording

February 18, 2010 by  
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The Petersheim family enjoyed trying their hand at recording in their own “studio”.  Daryl has a small recorder that he uses for some of his songs he’s written.  He sings the melody, then adds  additional parts with his own voice; this helps Garment of Praise in learning one of his new songs.

Daryl recording down in the basement of his house.

Daryl recording down in the basement of his house.

Daryl, Renita, and children decided to lay down a track of them singing their “family” songs that they’ve sung at a few programs.  When “God makes a yot of a yitto” (instead of a “lot of a little”), you’ve got to preserve that!

Whitney listening back to "Father to Me".

Whitney listening back to "Father to Me".

 

This singer, Jake, (3) is the one who sings the last line, "God makes a yot of a yittle".

This singer, Jake, (3) is the one who sings the last line, "God makes a yot of a yittle".

Jason’s family “Caitlin and Molly”

January 26, 2010 by  
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Please pray for Caitlin and Molly (Jason’s) as they mourn the loss of their mother. She passed away January 18th.

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