We are so blessed to have not one, but three very successful praise nights in July! We had many wonderful young musicians come out to sing, lead, jam, and share their musical gifts with us! We also would like to thank Family Worship Center of Mattoon, First Baptist Church of Charleston, and the Arthur United Methodist Church for being great hosts this month!
A special thank you to all our Volunteers this month, without you this would have been a difficult task! We are very blessed to have such wonderful help at praise nights!
Charleston Update- Charleston’s first praise night was a huge success! We had over 50 people including musicians, which is wonderful for a first concert at Charleston First Baptist Church. Everyone sounded great, and we appreciate all of Pastor Chris’s help in preparing for the concert. The sanctuary was perfect for a night of worship! We also appreciate Brian Johanpeter helping out with lyrics and sound along with Lindsay Keniley.
We had 3 lead drummers including Allie Fair, Lane Woodard, and Dylan Rhoads, Kaleb Johanpeter made his debut on Bass guitar, Jackie Byod on Piano, MJ Brand on Electric, and Lauren Kibler on synthesizer. Jackie Boyd, MJ Brand, Avery Smith, and Krista Kingery song lead along with Chris K throughout the night! We also had a few extra drummer that came to jam with us!
Mattoon Update- We are always grateful to all our Mattoon friends and families that continue to support our ministry! This is the 15th Praise Night in Mattoon and God continues to show up in a mighty way. This is also our 4th Praise Night at Family Worship Center! We may have had some sound situations there for the first time, but we left it in God’s hand and the night turned out to a blessing and learning experience for us. We had over 60 in attendance not including young musicians (total around 80). We appreciate Melissa Caywood’s help with Lyrics and Lindsay Keniley with sound for the evening!
We had 3 lead drummers, Caleb Caywood, Lukas Myers, and Allie Fair for this event. Caleb Johanpeter and Alex Myers jammed on bass, MJ Brand on Electric, Jackie Boyd on Piano, Lauren Kibler and Joseph Goldstien on Synthesizer, and song leaders included MJ, Jackie, Mary Huffman, and Josie Hale. We also had many young piano players come out and perform with us!
Arthur Update – July continued to be a month of new praise night events for us, including the Arthur United Methodist Church in Arthur! It’s great to be able to venture 35-40 miles away to share God’s love and have veteran and new praise band members perform! We Appreciate Martha Yeakel for all her support and promotion in preparing for this event! We had around 70 in attendance and over 15 musicians in the praise band or jamming with us! (roughly 85 total). A huge thanks also goes out to Ryan Decker and Zach Temple that ran sound and media for the night.
We continued our trend of 3 drummers, with Ian Plank and Jace Green making their drumming debut. Lukas Myers closed the night on drums. We also had a few extra drummers jamming along as well! Alex Myers on Bass, Katie Auer on Piano, and Jackie Boyd, Krista Kingery, and Mary Huffman song lead along with Chris. We also had many keyboardists, bassists, guitarists and others!
Closing Thoughts – It is truly amazing to see such growth in these young musicians over the past month, and everyone’s support and appreciation for the praise night ministry! Being able to go to Charleston and Arthur for the first time is an incredible blessing, and I appreciate everyone that came out to be a part of each night! We also had our first back to back concert, which looks to be the first of many. We had over 30 musicians perform over the past month, and about a third of the musicians participating in one or more praise night! Jackie Boyd also made Praise Night history this month in performing at all three praise nights! God is so Good!
Closing Prayer – Lord, we appreciate Your Love and blessings that have poured down over our ministry. We continue to ask for your presence as we continue down this road of worship through our youth, families, and community. Let us continue to send You praise, and glorify You through Your music. In Your name, Amen.