As most of America (and the world) knows by now, Florida was inundated with an unwelcomed guest this past week. Hurricane Irma churned through the Atlantic Ocean and crossed the northern part of Cuba before slamming into Key West and headed north along our Gulf Coast. She made landfall just to the south of Tampa and went straight up the peninsula of the state.
While we were spared in large degree from the massive destruction that a Category 5 hurricane would bring (there's several stories in that statement, alone!), the damage that it did bring even as a Category 1 in some areas were catastrophic. Flooding and power outages are still, even as late as Wednesday, being felt in some areas.
We are grateful that all of Trust Quartet and families survived the storm. We are all physically intact ~ all still have ten fingers and ten toes each. There are, however, some lingering issues that we must address. And with that, some huge prayer concerns that we bring to you, our friends.
Please help us pray much for Spence and Karen. They live in an RV park in Wauchula, on a creek. The creek has overflowed its banks, and was not expected to crest until Thursday, September 14. As of this writing, they are expecting a total loss, with the exception of their vehicles and some of their clothing. Please help us pray for them in this stressful transition.
One of Buzz and Beverly's grandchildren and their family had extensive damage to their home and are now staying with their mom and dad.
We're sure others are inconvenienced and more, but trust that God is aware of these needs and will bring His peace to all those who are trusting in Him.
Due to these, and other issues surrounding Gulf State and Simple Faith Quartets, the POPCORN concert in Auburndale/Winter Haven for Saturday night has been postponed. Be watching for a make-up date as soon as we can schedule it.
Through it all, we are resting in the peace that passes all understanding. The late Andre Crouch wrote, "Through it all, through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God. Through it all, through it all, I've learned to depend upon His Word." May those words be our testimony in these stressful days.
Thank you so much for your prayerful support!
The Florida Gospel Music Association was held at the Church of God Campground in Wimauma, FL this past Labor Day weekend, September 1-3. Trust Quartet was among the more than 25 different artists who appeared in three concerts during the weekend.
Trust led off the Saturday night concert, singing a 30-minute set. Others on the program Saturday night included Mark V, The Sheltons, The New Floridians, Lisa Ann Ferguson, and The Backwood Boys, among others.
The evening ended nearly four hours later with all the groups together on stage singing If You Knew Him, In The Presence of Jehovah, and Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus as several gathered at the altar praying and making commitments to Christ to serve Him with a higher zeal.
To see several photos from FGMA, click here and visit our Gallery page.
Trust Quartet returned to the studio to begin recording its 12th album in August. The group converged on Shelton Sound Studio in Dade City for three days to begin the process of recording a yet to be named album. The project will include ten songs ~ some re-releases from earlier Trust albums, while others are brand new to the group.
Both Buzz Beasley, Trust Quartet manager, and George Shelton, studio engineer / producer, are optimistic of a successful project that friends of Trust Quartet will be pleased with.
News of the completion of the recording phase of the album and its release will be shared as it happens. We covet your prayers during the next phase of the project!
It was just another marathon rehearsal, Spence said. A long afternoon ~ into the evening ~ of singing, Spence said. But Buzz, Beverly, Woody, Karen, Steve, and even Jeff and Rhonda had other ideas!
Spence celebrated his birthday on Sunday, August 13 (we'll let him comment below his age, if he wants), and on Saturday, the Trust Family was together for a long rehearsal.
Pizza split the singing time, and a birthday cake and ice cream helped make a festive atmosphere. Spence has been singing with Trust Quartet 15 years now and seems to get younger instead of getting older! He brings an unparalleled energy to the group and we are all so very glad to celebrate with him!
The last day of July is a special day in the Beasley household. It was on that date in 1967 they said those all-important words to each other ~ I do.
The Beasley children, grand-children, great grandchildren, and Trust Quartet gathered in Buckhead Ridge recently for a special celebration to honor the 50th Anniversary of Buzz and Beverly Beasley.
We're grateful for their long testimony of God's grace, provision, and guidance these past 50 years. The celebration was golden, and Trust Quartet was honored to be among those present to pay tribute to this fine couple.
For several years, Trust Quartet, along with Gulf State Quartet and Simple Faith Quartet has promoted Popcorn Concerts. These concerts were named POPCORN concerts because the groups sing in a continuous rotation, where as one group finishes their song, the next group POPS out of their seats to sing the next song. It is literally wall-to-wall music ~ for a while!
One of the absolute best things about a Popcorn Concert is that, while there is a plan in place, there is no script. A popcorn concert is never, EVER, the same thing twice!
The next Popcorn Concert is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 at the First Free Will Baptist Church of Auburndale at 6:00 PM. The church is located at 3600 US Hwy 92 in Winter Haven, at the corner of Jersey Road and Hwy 92, across from Aaron's Furniture and near the Winter Haven airport. The concert is free, but a free will love offering will be received to help defray the group's expenses.
If you enjoy southern gospel music, this is an event you'll want to be sure to attend. These three groups genuinely love one another and it is obvious throughout the concert. Go ahead, circle the date on your calendar, and make plans to attend! You'll be glad you did!
As most of you are likely aware, Rhonda made the decision to step away from the quartet traveling schedule. She felt the need to spend more quality time with her family. While Trust Quartet and friends across Florida are saddened at her departure, it is understandable and we all wish her the very best.
The hand of God is definitely obvious. As Steve left in June 2016 to pursue other ministry opportunities, he was immediately approached about filling the pulpit at a church in Hollywood, FL on an interim basis while they searched for a pastor. The day the church voted to call a pastor, he got a text from Rhonda and a phone call from Buzz. Rhonda texted him to let him know she was stepping down, Buzz phoned him to ask him to consider returning to Trust Quartet.
The transition period began. A couple of rehearsals with Steve, and Rhonda concluded her journey with Trust at the church where Steve has been filling in the past 11 months. Steve's last Sunday at Calvary Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church in Hollywood was June 12 ~ his first concert with Trust was June 19.