Trust Quartet and our friends, Gulf State Quartet and Simple Faith Quartet, will be singing at First United Methodist Church of Zolfo Springs on Saturday, December 30 at 6 PM. You'll certainly want to circle your calendar and make plans to be with us for this great night of southern gospel music.
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As we enter the Christmas season, there are so many things running through our minds. From shopping trips to parties with family and friends, from year-end plans to preparing for 2018; there is much on our schedules and our minds. We want to make sure that in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the season, that we remember the whole reason for it all.
"You will find the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." We trust He will be the focus of your events and activities this Christmas season and that He will be your constant Source of peace and protection.
From our family to yours ~ Merry Christmas!
The month of December began in the outskirts of Okeechobee - in Basinger, at The Embassy. We've been singing for these folks for a long time. Actually, a LONG time! Pastor Bill and the good people at the Embassy have always treated us like family, and the first Sunday of December was no different. And of course, after the concert, we had a fellowship lunch with them. It's doubtful anyone will BBQ ribs any better!
We stayed close to home the second week of December, too. We were blessed to be with the Okeechobee Church of God. This is the church Trust Quartet calls 'Home.' Since these were the two December concerts before Christmas, we made sure to include a couple of Christmas songs. While this particular space is very rarely used to brag on anything Trust Quartet does in a service, perhaps on this rare, special type occasion, our readers will forgive ~ but tenor singer Woody Jackson sang O Holy Night for these two concerts. He was sick the first weekend and struggled a bit, BUT WOW ~ the second week, the old man (yes, he had just celebrated a birthday that week) brought the house down!
Trust took a couple of weeks off to celebrate Christmas (and in Steve's case, a daughter's wedding) with family. We were back for New Year's Eve weekend with a couple of concerts, though.
On Saturday night, December 30, we were honored to be with our friends Gulf State and Simple Faith Quartets in Zolfo Springs at the United Methodist Church there. It was a packed house and such a wonderful night of gospel music! On Sunday night, New Year's Eve, Trust was able to be with the good folks at Lorida Baptist Church. What an honor to close out 2017 with these friends. After the service, Pastor Goodwin noted that God did something 'special' that night. Following the concert, we had some refreshments and then those who were left sat in the back of the auditorium for a while and just sang. Some with tracks that Beverly played on the Trust sound system, and some just a capella. It was such a sweet time of worship with friends.
Trust Quartet put a wrap on 2017 and looked forward to 2018 and what God has in store for this ministry. We look forward to seeing God do amazing things, and looking forward to you being a part of it with us!
Trust Quartet had only one concert in November, and it was at the Limestone Baptist Church in Ona, FL. We were with them on Sunday morning the 12th. What a great day of singing, preaching, and fellowship we had with our new friends! It was Homecoming Day, and the interim pastor of the church is our friend from up the road a piece at Lily Baptist Church, Rev. Bill Iverson. He and his family have been such gracious hosts to us in years past, and it was so good to see them again!
We trust you enjoyed a good Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends. Be encouraged to count your blessings and remember that we are indeed so blessed.
Word is that Trust's latest album, A Few of Our Favorites, is nearing completion and hopefully will be on its way to duplication soon. Obviously, we'll be sharing more and more about that here on our website as soon as we are able to do that. Those who have been to our recent concerts have heard songs like Then Came the Morning, Down By The Riverside, Unto These Hills, and Midnight Cry have been asking about an album with those songs ~ its coming, soon!
We are looking forward to a great December, and encourage you to make plans to be with us when we are in your area. Of special note, be on the lookout for a couple of special events over the New Year's Eve weekend!
Until next time . . . keep on singin'!
During Steve's first stint with Trust Quartet and being the one with the responsibility of the website, we tried to provide a monthly update on this page about the various happenings with Trust Quartet. When he returned to the group in June of this year, it was during the 'off-season', so to speak. There was time set aside for rehearsals, a recording project, and more rehearsals. Followed by more rehearsals!
We had our sights set on being as prepared for the recording project as possible, and then hit the concert ground running hard with FGMA over the Labor Day weekend. So far, so good!
The very next weekend, we were set to do a POPCORN concert with our friends Gulf State and Simple Faith quartets but Hurricane Irma had a different agenda.
We were scheduled to sing in Bartow the next weekend, but thanks to a hospital stay by our fearless leader, we had to ask the folks at Christian Home FWB to allow us to reschedule that one.
The next concert on the schedule wasn't until October 15, so it gave Buzz an opportunity to recoup from his hospital visit a bit more and allowed the rest of us to take care of some other business as well.
Here's a brief update: Buzz, at some point, has had a stroke. While not a debilitating one, for which we are SO thankful, it has slowed him just a bit. If you see us in concert now, you may see him sit on his stool a little more than he'd like, but we're thankful he's still driving the bus and hitting the low notes!
You may recall in an earlier edition of the Trust-Worthy News, that Spence and Karen were expecting a total loss of their R/V home. It was indeed rendered a total loss, but God has graciously provided another place in Wauchula for them to live and call home. Please give praise to God with us for His blessing and provision and also continue to pray with us in their smooth transition.
Including in this post will be another prayer request / need. It will also be included in other places on the website so it won't get 'lost' among other things. We are praying that God would provide someone to help us drive the bus and with load in / out. Jeff Mohr did such an incredible job with that, but since he's not able to travel with us like he once did, we are diligently searching for someone who would be interested in making this their ministry with us. Thank you for helping us pray and get the word out for this need.
Through all the twists and turns of life, God has a plan. We may not always understand His plan, but we must always be willing to follow the plan He has for us. Would you help us pray that we are always striving to follow His plan? Thank you so much. We knew we could count on you!!
The month of October started much better than September! We were able to record the final vocals for our new album to be released soon. More details will be forthcoming about the release date, but to have it now in the hands of the producer for the mixing process sure feels good!
On Sunday morning the 15th, we were with the folks at Living Waters Church of God in Melbourne. If you've been following Trust Quartet very long at all, you will remember the name Gary Franklin. He sang tenor with the group from 2009-2011. Gary had to leave due to health reasons and Living Waters is the church he attends. He was responsible for allowing us to be there to sing, and we're so grateful to make some new friends in Melbourne! Gary even sang a couple of songs with us. He told Buzz the one condition Trust Quartet could be there was that he could sing Glory Road! Having Gary, Steve, Spence, and Buzz sing a couple of songs together again felt really good!
The following weekend, we were just outside Sebring with the Spring Lake Presbyterian Church. It was our second visit to be with these fine folks. The first time, we were singing at a fellowship breakfast. This time we were with them in their regular Sunday morning worship service. They made us feel right at home. In fact, I overheard one of the members describing why they attended this church, and the primary reason was the good fellowship among the members. We truly saw that in the brief time we were with them.
The church also celebrated Pastor Appreciation Sunday, so we were able to take advantage of a fellowship time, complete with cake and cookies following the service.
The final weekend of October was spent in Crewsville, FL at the Crewsville Bethel Baptist Church for their annual Homecoming Day. Whenever we told people we were going to Crewsville, we generally got puzzled looks because most folks don't know where it is on the map. Crewsville is a community nestled between Zolfo Springs and Sebring. In addition to their Homecoming festivities, they also honored their pastor with gifts for Pastor Appreciation Day as well. Trust Quartet made some new friends and look forward to the opportunity to be back with the Crewsville Bethel Baptist Church again!
As always, Trust Quartet is grateful for the prayerful support of our family and friends. We do not take lightly God's protection and provision while we do what we feel He has called us to do. Thank you for the huge role you play in helping us fulfill God's plan!
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!