We’re excited about an upcoming program in our school gym on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Groups participating will be: Vision Quartet, Testify Quartet, Landis Brothers Quartet and Garment of Praise. The program starts at 6:30 pm. The gym is located at Fairview Christian School. The address is 410 S. 14th Street, Reading, PA 19602. Hope to see you there!
Sunday morning, we participated in a service at Bittinger Mennonite Church and enjoyed a delish potluck lunch! Thank you for the warm fellowship and encouragement we received. The new acquaintances we make and warm friendships we renew, make this singing ministry a joy!
We had a refreshing trip to Ohio; being with old friends and singing again after a break in the schedule. It only turned exhausting on the road home, arriving back to the church around 4:00 am on Monday morning. We’re grateful again for another safe trip.
We enjoyed visiting with JR and Rhonda Schlabach on our trip. We stayed at their home, and Rhonda’s brother’s home right next door, for the duration of our stay in OH. (JR and Rhonda had done a year of VS in Reading, then stayed for a couple more years.) It was a sweet time of fellowship and renewing friendships with them, as well as many of you all that came out to listen and encourage us!
Friday evening, the guys sang in Wooster Square; an event planned by Davie Richards. Saturday evening, they sang at Chester Mennonite Church, then Sunday morning at Messiah.
Sunday after the fellowship meal for lunch, we headed east 3 hours to Cochranton, PA to Pleasantview Mennonite Church. After church, Jason and Daryl decided to tackle the job of stopping the leaking air-conditioner before the trip home. Thank you to the help from the men at church, and to God, for an easy fix!
We arrived back in Reading at 4:00 am on Monday morning. Thank you everyone for your encouraging words and hospitality during our travels. Thanks to God for the safe trip!
Following are the dates and times for our upcoming trip to Ohio. We’ll be arriving in the Wooster, OH area on Friday, July 13th. Here are the details.
The guys enjoyed singing to the arrows campers on Thursday night, June 28 at Promised Land Camp in Conestoga, PA. As close as we could figure, this is the eighth year we’ve done this– and loved it every time! Danny was absent for this program; he was on a family trip to Colorado. Instead, Marcus rejoined the quartet for the evening, revisiting old songs, and jumping right into some of the quartet’s new songs.
The guys finished out the night with visiting with the campers and enjoying root beer floats. Thank you to the cooks, counselors, directors, and all who make the camp possible. We were blessed to be there, as I’m sure the boys are, as well.
Looking forward to a banquet coming up on October 25, 2011 at Shady Maple Restaurant. Information is posted on the flyer following:
The trip began at 3:00 am on Friday morning, August 5th. Jason, then Brian, then Daryl took a turn driving. Click here to watch life unfold on the GOP bus! This trip, Sheryl also helped out with the driving, and did a fantastic job.
One of the funnier moments was instructing Danny on driving the bus for the first time (as well as his first try at driving manual transmission.) Watch here for his successful second attempt! Nothing like learning to drive with a whole busload of people!
Our first program was at the Simon J. Graber building, graciously hosted by Jason and Joanna Knepp and family! They provided dinner and motel for us that evening, and the service was a blessing.
The following day was jam-packed with fun activities with friends; going out for breakfast at Knepp Family Restaurant with Hank, Jason, Joanna, and daughter, Rachel; eating lunch with Nate and Rose Overholt and family at Jeremy and Vanita Sensenig’s from Fresh Start; and letting the children run off some energy.
We drove about a 1/2 hour to the program that evening at Hillside Mennonite Church. It was the first time we were ever there, but we received a warm welcome, and it was great to meet more brothers and sisters in the Lord.
The next morning we enjoyed a morning service at Fresh Start Chapel and a quick meal, then it was onto the bus for a 5 hour trip to our Sunday evening program.
Eldon and Audrey Miller and family hosted this evening at Salem, and had a meal for us immediately on arrival. We finally were able to do a Sunday evening program here, and they definitely had a good turnout!
This time we spent Sunday night in Indiana, and tanked up on sleep for the ride home Monday, rather than travelling through the night. Each night we were so grateful to our hosting families, and blessed by your generous spirits! We couldn’t continue our ministry without you!
Our prayer and aim for this weekend was to focus on salvation. We hope to plant the seed, or perhaps water it. It would be nice to “see the increase”, however, only God can know what was happening in people’s hearts. Only God can truly save the soul. We were blessed to have someone comment on our facebook page, “
On April 1st, the bus hit the road for the first weekend trip of the 2011 year. Goshen, IN was our destination. The families went along this time, except for Daryl’s family, who remained at home recovering from the flu. Brian’s oldest daughters also stayed at home, but Jason’s whole family went. Danny managed to bring his ENTIRE family on the trip, too!!
2011 was the first year the A Cappella Gospel Sing took place, but hopefully this will become an annual event. Ray Yutzy, of Sharon Bethel Quartet from Iowa, headed up the event, along with a committee of five men in the Goshen area. Ray did a phenomenal job of envisioning the weekend and helping it to run smoothly. Thanks, Ray!
Quartets, quintets, choirs, and family groups from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Canada, and more…
Garment of Praise
Greene Mountain Men’s Choir
Harmony 5 Generation 2
New Freedom Quartet
New Heights Quartet
The Harbor Lights
Higher Ground Quartet
The Living Faith Quartet
Sharon Bethel Quartet
Many thanks to James Yoder, of Kalona, IA, who ran the sound and did a magnificent job! Also our appreciation goes to Fairhaven, for hosting the event at their church and to the Fairhaven/Woodlawn Youth for operating the food booth.
Near the dining area, each of the groups were able to set up a table to display their CDs and cassettes, and that is where we were able to meet friends and visit.
A highlight of the trip was being able to reach new people in the Goshen, IN area. From those we met, we received many encouraging words to go on singing. Thank you for that! We can go for quite a while on an encouraging word!
We also enjoyed meeting the other singing groups, and getting to know them. What a wonderful fellowship in working together to worship the Lord and bringing others a blessing!
The A Cappella Gospel Sing was Friday and Saturday, so on Sunday Garment of Praise sang at Blue River Church of the Brethren.