Phil Keaggy in Concert this Saturday

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Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series Kicks-Off with Phil Keaggy

Saturday, June 23, 7:30pm-9:00pm, will begin the Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series. In just two weeks, Phil Keaggy will be our first featured artist! Phil is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy’s mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don’t play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies. Phil will be teaching a guitar workshop, 3:00pm-4:30pm, in the main auditorium, $20 per person. Ticketed Buffet Dinner is from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, $25. Don’t enjoy driving Highway 17? You can even catch a luxery shuttle bus from Calvary Church in Los Gatos (see details below). All concerts are open to the public without charge, and all are on Saturdays at 7:30pm, in Mount Hermon’s main indoor/outdoor auditorium. There will be a free-will offering towards expenses. For more information, call 831-335-4466. Come be encouraged and inspired! Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Phil Keaggy Guitar Workshop

Phil will be giving a guitar workshop the same day as the concert, Saturday, June 23, 3:00pm-4:30pm ($20). Anyone who plays guitar, wants to get inspired, and improve their skill will love learning from Phil and gleaning from his years of experience. Bringing your guitar is optional.

Luxury Shuttle from Los Gatos/Buffet Dinner

There is a luxurious bus shuttle from Calvary Church in Los Gatos to the doorstep of Mount Hermon and back, so you can avoid the hassle of Highway 17 ($20 round trip). Click on the Buffet Dinner link to register. This is coupled with the Buffet Dinner option at 5:00pm ($25). Make it a wonderful day by enjoying the delicious buffet dinner and then priority seating for the evening concert.

May Ministry & Personal Update

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Relationships & Worship Matters

The book Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin covers many relevant issues on worship. On the Heartfelt Music website, under the category of Worship Matters book, I summarize the book in four parts. In Part 4, Bob reminds us that worship ministry is always about people. It is very important to keep in mind at all times that people are so important! God is all about relationships. Because of His deep love for us, God sent His Son to die for people, to heal relationships, and draw us all closer to Him. Relationships are messy and there are so many variables which make it hard to have a “cookie cutter” answer in solving problems. “But I know this,” says Bob, “the church doesn’t need leaders who love to lead people in worship but don’t love the people they’re serving.” It’s not just selecting the right songs that pleases God, but God is more interested in how we treat others. Take stock of your relationships and love them like Jesus would.

 

Phil Keaggy is Coming!

Saturday, June 23, guitar master and concert artist Phil Keaggy will be coming to Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, which begins the Summer Concert Series. Invite every guitar player you know!

 

Austin Coates is Getting Married!

Austin, my youngest son, is getting married this month to Lindsey Doran. Sherri and I are so excited for them and are full of joy in the midst of all the preparations. They met at George Fox University in Oregon.

 

Brandon Coates is Getting Married!

Brandon, my oldest son, is getting married in September to Kristin Campbell. Sherri and I are so blessed to know both Austin and Brandon have found wonderful and beautiful soul-mates. They also met at college, San Jose State University.

 

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March Ministry Update

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Worship Matters

I will be giving a concert at Gilroy Presbyterian Church this Sunday. It’s a musical three part series we’ve been having once a month to enhance our love for the Lord and express worship through music. The theme is Music in Faith and it starts at 6:30pm. I would love to see you!

The book Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin covers many relevant issues on worship. On the Heartfelt Music website, under the category of Worship Matters book, I summarize the book in four parts. Part 2 covers “The Task” of worship leading.  Bob beautifully gives a working definition of the purpose in worship leading with the following sentence:

A faithful worship leader
magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ
through the power of the Holy Spirit
by skillfully combining God’s Word with music,
thereby motivating the gathered church
to proclaim the gospel,
to cherish God’s presence,
and to live for God’s glory.

May you be reminded to magnify the greatness of God and live for His glory in all you do!

 

Reggie in Concert at Gilroy Pres.

I will be doing a concert at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020, Sunday, March 18, at 6:30pm. This is the third of three monthly Sunday Evening Worship Series. This Music of Faith concert begins at 6:30pm. It will be just me with guitar and vocal tapestry. I’d love to see you!

 

Easter Sunrise Service at Mount Hermon

An Easter sunrise service, open to the public, will be conduced at the summit of Mount Hermon on Easter Sunday, April 1, at 6:30am. Reggie Coates will be leading a time of worship and Randal Kay will share an Easter message. Breakfast is served immediately following the service.

 

Praise & Worship

Heartfelt Music has me involved in many things lately, which takes a lot of time and energy. But, everything works together and overlaps in the area of praising and worshiping God. Leading worship in churches; training others to sing praises through private lessons; teaching at conferences; organizing summer concerts at Mount Hermon…I love what I do!

 

Coming Events

March 18 (Sunday)
Music of Faith Concert with Reggie at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. It begins at 6:30pm. It will be just me with guitar and vocal tapestry.

March 30 (Friday)
Good Friday Service at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. It begins at 7:00pm. I’ll be leading music at this meaningful time of reflecting on the cross of Christ.

April 1 (Sunday)
I’ll be leading worship at Mount Hermon’s Easter Sunrise Service, at the cross near Ponderosa Lodge, 37 Conference Drive, Mount Hermon, CA 95041. Breakfast is served after the service.

April 1 (Sunday)
I’ll be leading worship at the main service on Sunday, 10:00am.  Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020.

 

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February Ministry Update

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Worship Matters

Do we spend our day mostly thinking about ourselves or do we have a lifestyle of talking with Jesus, acknowledging God’s presence, and worshiping Him? It’s so easy to get caught up with what we’re doing and not keep our eyes on Christ. The high school worship team is going through the book Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin in which he covers many relevant issues on worship. It’s been a great read and the students are loving it. On the Heartfelt Music website, under the category of Worship Matters book, I summarize the book in four parts. I’ll spend the next four eNewsletters looking at each section. In part one, I like how Bob describes many of the little things that consume us as leaders:  what others think of us, attitudes, musicians not showing up, and even technical things going wrong.  However, the most important thing is giving worth to God.  Worship matters to God because He is the one ultimately worthy of all worship.  It matters to us because we are created to worship God.  It also matters to leaders because it is one of the greatest privileges to lead others to encounter the greatness of God. Consider these four important aspects of leaders:

  • Your heart:  What do you love?
  • Your mind:  What do you believe?
  • Your hands:  What do you practice?
  • Your life:  What do you model?

 

The BASS Convention Training

March 1-3, I will be leading 3 training sessions for the BASS Convention. The relevant workshops I’ll teach are Improving Your Singing, Worship Leading Effectively, and Dynamic Guitar in Worship. There are three general sessions and over 300 workshops for everyone who is involved in ministry at churches, both professionally and voluntarily. Come and get equipped.

 

Valley Christian School Conservatory Faculty Showcase

There will be a staff concert on Tuesday, March 6, where some of the faculty of Valley Christian High School will perform in the Conservatory Concert Hall. I’ll be one of the performers along with some of my amazing cohorts singing, playing saxophone, piano, and other instruments. I’ll be playing my songs Getting Stronger and Remember. It’s free and open to all. It begins at 7:00pm.

 

Reggie in Concert at Gilroy Presbyterian Church

I will be doing a concert at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020, Sunday, March 18, at 6:30pm. This is the third of three monthly Sunday Evening Worship Series. This Music of Faith concert begins at 6:30pm. It will be just me with guitar and vocal tapestry. [Dave Talbott will be performing Hymns of Praise on piano and organ this Sunday, February 25, at 6:30pm.]

 

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January Ministry Update

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Still Ministering!

At the beginning of this new year, I’ve been contemplating what has remained true throughout my adult life and the 34 years of Heartfelt Music. The word that comes to mind is ministry. It’s tempting to see concerts, albums, and training events to be primarily about fame. I’ve seen many artists push hard to get their name out above others and base their important decisions on how much money will come in. A part of the entertainment business requires artists to think about these things, but it could be a slippery slope, especially when character and integrity are treated as less important. I’m very glad that over the years, Heartfelt Music has been an organization committed to ministry and not fame. We’ve emphasized people, relationships, encouraging others toward right living and a strong faith in Christ. The name of Jesus matters more than my name and mentoring others is so fulfilling. I’ll be doing more concerts in the next few months and will be promoting other artists’ concerts as well. All of this is for ministry, positively influencing and encouraging all those who come. Thank you for your help and prayers to keep me focused toward ministry, maintaining the priorities that make eternal differences.

 

Gilroy Concert

There will be a Praise Night with me and the worship band at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020, this Sunday, January 28, at 6:30pm. This is the first of three monthly Sunday Evening Worship Series. I will be leading, with the GPC worship team, popular worship songs. David Talbott will be leading a hymn sing Sunday, February 25, to recall the greatness of God through song. Then, Sunday, March 18, I will be doing a full concert with lots of guitar and vocal tapestry.

 

Valley Christian School Concert

There will be a staff concert on Tuesday, March 6, where some of the faculty of Valley Christian Schools in San Jose will perform in the Conservatory Concert Hall. I’ll be one of the performers this evening with both voice and guitar. Some of my amazing cohorts will sing, play saxophone, piano, and other instruments to demonstrate the wonderful talent represented at VCS. It’s open to the public, students, and faculty. It begins at 7:00pm.

 

Mount Hermon Concert

In the beautiful Santa Cruz Redwoods, there will be a Summer Concert Series with artists such as Phil Keaggy and Point of Grace. I will be performing in concert with Elizabeth Hunnicutt Summers on Saturday, August 4, at 7:30. Elizabeth will do a 20 minute concert, I’ll do a 20 minute concert, then together we’ll lead everyone in familiar worship songs. Concerts are free, but you can enjoy a buffet dinner right before the concert for $25.00.

 

Coming Events

January 28 (Sunday)
Praise Night with Reggie and the praise band at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 6:30pm. This is the first of three monthly Sunday Evening Worship Series. I will be leading singing with the GPC morning worship service band.

January 28 (Sunday)
I’ll be regularly leading worship at the main service on Sundays, 10:00am.  Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020.

March 3 (Saturday)
I’ll be teaching workshops on worship, guitar, and voice at the BASS Convention. Redwood Chapel,
19300 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley, CA.

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Happy Holidays!

I hope this Christmas and New Year celebration is filled with meaningful moments with family and a sense of “making room” for Jesus.  As the Christmas carol Joy to the World exhorts, “Let every heart prepare Him room!”  Though sometimes life gets tough and we wish things could be different, but let’s turn to the One who is in control and worship Him. This Christmas season, may you lift up Christ and thank Him for His abundant life…”Joy to the world! The Lord has come!”

 

Ways to Support Heartfelt Music

For year-end giving, you can donate to Heartfelt Music through Pay Pal (100% goes to us). Last year’s gifts helped us tremendously throughout the whole year…Thank you! Part of your purchase is donated to us when buying on Amazon.com through Amazon Smile. Also, Heartfelt Music is a registered Charity through eBay GivingWorks. When purchasing anything on eBay, if you list Heartfelt Music as your Charity, we receive a small portion without costing you anything extra.

 

VCHS Students at Ponderosa Lodge

The Valley Christian School Conservatory of the Arts took 32 high school students to Mount Hermon’s Fall Frenzy at Ponderosa Lodge. The entire HS Worship Team went. We had a fantastic trip! It was fun and meaningful…a great time to get away, be renewed, get closer to friends, and grow in Christ. Usually, students in the Conservatory program give and give, so this retreat was an opportunity to receive. Here’s a link to the highlight video for weekend, which was December 1 through 3.

 

Christmas Eve at Gilroy Pres.

Accenting the birth of Jesus, there will be three special Christmas Eve services on December 24th, at Gilroy Presbyterian Church. I will be leading the music for all of them. The 10:00am service is with a praise band; the 5:00pm service is for families and kid friendly, and will have a brass quintet doing music with me; The 9:00pm service will have a professional string quartet and will be topped-off with a beautiful candle lighting experience. He deserves all the glory, honor and praise!  You are welcome to join us.

 

Upcoming Events

December 17 (Sunday)
I will be leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

December 24 (Sunday)
Three special Christmas Eve services 10:00am, 5:00pm, and 9:00pm.  Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020.

 

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November Ministry Update

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Meaningful Thanksgiving

The usual Thanksgiving wish is “Happy Thanksgiving,” but I wish you a “meaningful Thanksgiving” weekend. May you experience a sense of joy as you share your gratitude with family and friends and thank God for who He is and all He provides. Yet, if you are experiencing hard times and find it difficult to see Thanksgiving as a “happy” time, may you find meaning and gratitude for all the good in your life. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:17).

Thank you for your interest in the ongoing work of Heartfelt Music Ministry. We continue to intentionally lead and influence through mentoring, training, teaching, and music performance. Your prayers and support are appreciated so much!
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Worship Teams at VCS

The Valley Christian School Worship Teams have been going so well. They have led worship everyday for our Spiritual Emphasis Week; led worship for Gilroy Presbyterian Church; and last Wednesday, they led a Worship Chapel where they organized the whole chapel. This year, we have just one team, which gives them more opportunities to lead. The Junior High Worship Team is also doing a great job.
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Easy Donations to Heartfelt Music

Without spending any extra money, you can have a portion of what you buy on Amazon.com by going through Amazon Smile. Also, Heartfelt Music is now registered with Pay Pal Giving Fund and is a Charity through eBay GivingWorks. When purchasing anything on eBay, if you list Heartfelt Music as your Charity, we receive a small donation. Every little bit helps. You can also donate through Pay Pal and now 100% goes to us. Click here to find out more about donating through Pay Pal.
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Summer Concert Series at Mount Hermon

At Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, this summer I am coordinating the eight concerts every Saturday night. I’m very excited about all the musicians who will be performing: Phil Keaggy, Buddy Greene, Brush Arbor, Dave Talbott & Alex Russell, Point of Grace, Captivating Keyboards, Elizabeth Hunnicutt Summers & me, and the Celebration Choir. Click here for more info.
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Leading Worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church

November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Sundays)
I will be leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am. On the 26th, we’re having a special service on gratitude. In December, we celebrate the birth of Jesus (Advent) with lots of Christmas Carols.

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An Awesome Summer

I hope you have had a wonderful summer! My summer has been awesome! Now, it’s full speed ahead into the fall with ministry at every corner. Valley Christian School has started, Gilroy Presbyterian Church has even more of my involvement, and Heartfelt Music will be taking on Mount Hermon’s Summer Concert Series for next summer (more information in the next eNewsletter).

Heartfelt Music is now registered with Pay Pal Giving Fund and is a Charity through eBay GivingWorks. When purchasing anything on eBay, if you list Heartfelt Music as your Charity, we receive a small donation. Every little bit helps. You can also donate through Pay Pal and now 100% goes to us. CLICK HERE to find out more. You can also donate when buying on Amazon.com by going through Amazon Smile.

Again, I want to express my appreciation for your generosity in contributions and prayers for Heartfelt Music Ministry. God is doing amazing things and continues to transform lives through us.

Back at Valley Christian Schools

It’s been a couple of weeks since Valley Christian Schools have started up for the fall. My classes are going well: Guitar I, Guitar II, Guitar III, HS Worship Team, JH Worship Team, and Music Technology. The Conservatory of the Arts began with a special alumni concert to kick-off the year.

 

Leading Worship in Gilroy

At Gilroy Presbyterian Church, I will be continuing this fall to lead Sunday worship and lead the choir. I have enjoyed working with this group so much, I will be ministering more long term with them as their Worship Director. This gives me weekly experience. If you’re in the area, come on by and say hi.

 

Sequoia Ropes Course

At Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, I did the Sequoia Ropes Course during Fun Day, August 19th. The Mount Hermon Community was invited to celebrate a day for the community to enjoy a BBQ lunch and many of the activities available at Mount Hermon.

 

Coming Events

September 3, 10, 17, 24 (Sundays)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

September 2, 3, 4 (Sat., Sun., & Mon.)
Playing and singing for Mount Hermon’s Labor Day Weekend Family Camp Pancake Breakfasts, 37 Conference Dr., Mount Hermon, CA 95041. From 7:45am to 8:30am, for Family Camp guests only.

 

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July Ministry Update

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Summer Ministry

.I hope you are having a wonderful summer. It’s been such a blessing for me with a break from Valley Christian School. Sleeping in a little and spending extra time with family has been so refreshing. We didn’t have any huge trip for vacation, just day trips to Carmel and San Fransisco. I’m keeping in shape by doing Kick Boxing twice a week with Lightspeed Martial Arts Academy.

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I’ve also been working on Heartfelt Music, writing out my songs (fully transcribed through Sibelius music writing software), recording a new album, video recording a new training DVD in the Songs & Techniques series, which has the same songs as the new album. I’ve been playing music for Mount Hermon Family Camps’ Pancake Breakfast in the mornings and leading worship every Sunday at Gilroy Presbyterian Church.

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Heartfelt Music is now registered with Pay Pal Giving Fund and is a Charity through eBay GivingWorks. When purchasing anything on eBay, if you list Heartfelt Music as your Charity, we receive a small donation. Every little bit helps. You can also donate through Pay Pal and now 100% goes to us. CLICK HERE to find out more. You can also donate when buying on Amazon.com by going through Amazon Smile.

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Thank you so much for your prayers and support for Heartfelt Music Ministry and effectively leading others toward intimacy with God. Though this month has been somewhat of a break, August will include a full schedule of creating instructional materials, mentoring students, leading worship with various churches, and joining hands with other non-profit organizations to enliven God’s work in the Bay Area.

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July Events

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July 23 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

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July 25, 27, 28 (Tue, Thu, Fri)
Playing and singing for Mount Hermon’s Family Camp 6 Pancake Breakfast, 37 Conference Dr., Mount Hermon, CA 95041. From 7:45am to 8:30am, for Family Camp guests only.

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July 30 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

June Ministry Update

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Gilroy Concert Sunday June 4

At Gilroy Presbyterian Church, Sunday, June 4, 6:30pm, I’ll be sharing new songs as well as favorites using loops and advanced guitar techniques. You will be encouraged through inspiring stories with beautiful guitar and vocal tapestry. This concert is free. The people of Gilroy Presbyterian Church are providing a free potluck dinner at 5:30pm. The concert will be at 6:30pm. I’ve enjoyed eight months of ministry with GPC and have thoroughly enjoyed leading the band and choir as well as working with the leadership. I will continue to lead worship for them on Sundays for another two months as they are searching for a permanent worship leader. You can download a flier for the concert HERE. Hope to see you there!

 

Upcoming Events

June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

June 4 (Sun)
Giving a concert at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The Concert begins at 6:30pm.

 

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