Many changes have occurred during these summer months and we are anxious to catch up and let you know what has been happening, however, due to the first week of September being filled with excitement of the Florida Gospel Music Association Convention, August in Review will be released shortly.
Over the Labor Day weekend Buzz, Bev, Spence and Karan had the pleasure of attending the 27th annual Florida Gospel Music Association Convention (F.G.M.A.) held each year on Labor Day weekend. Buzz and Bev have been associated with this organization for 26 years. This is the weekend that approximately 30 plus gospel groups come together from throughout Florida and Georgia.Buzz had the privilege of serving on the board of directors for 5 of those years. F.G.M.A. is not only a great singing event but an opportunity to rekindle old friendships, meet new friends and just have a lot of good old fun.
Trust was not involved in performing on stage this year due to the resignation of Steve Faison, who followed the leading of the Lord to return to his home church ministry, and our new partner, Woody Jackson, just coming on board. There will be more news to come shortly about Steve and Woody.
Buzz was reminiscing with Dale Thigpen, who has a group called The Reflectsons. Dale was telling Buzz that Trust Quartet was partly responsible for them being a part of the F.G.M.A. due to a time of fellowship spent after one of the concerts about 20 years ago. Back then the Trust Quartet group fixed a big pot of beans along with cornbread and all the trimmings and invited some of the other groups to come to their rooms and eat beans, hang out and have a good time together. "Those were the days", Buzz said.
F.G.M.A. convention always ends the same way each year with all the participating groups gathering on the stage for a grand finale. This year the convention ended with a patriotic theme with all veterans in the congregation presenting arms, which was quite overwhelming. The Patriotic Finale was led by Max Pickering, and he graciously invited Buzz and Spence to join with all the groups on stage and be a part of the finale even though Trust had not participated in singing. That meant a lot to Spence and Buzz. When those two came off the stage they had a smile on their face and both were saying "What a joy".
What a wonderful weekend to say the least. Next year, The Lord Willing, Trust will be back singing their hearts out, being a part of the F.G.M.A. convention.
GOD IS GOOD!
As always, your comments are most welcome!
Trust Quartet generally takes the months of July and August off each year to regroup, refresh, and occasionally even learn some new songs. With the resignation of Steve, the group is also focusing on filling that position. Please remember the Trust Quartet in your prayers as we go through this transition.
If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please let us know.
We have found a "new" singer to join the Trust Quartet, Woody Jackson. We will have more information later about Woody.
Trust gathers around Steve singing Sinner Saved by Grace.
June was a bittersweet month for Trust Quartet. On the sweet side, there were four fantastic concerts to close out the 2016-17 season leading into our summer break! We started the month in Ona at the Union Baptist Church and their Homecoming 2016. Trust has enjoyed being with Ona several times over the past few years, and specifically their Homecoming Celebration the last couple. This one was no different! They always find a way to have a fantastic and energetic crowd, and the food . . . oh, the food is nothing short of incredible!
On Saturday, the 11th, we enjoyed making some new friends at the Eastside Christian Church in Lake Placid. Skook Wright (not his real name, but not a misprint, either ~ it's the name he goes by!) and the folks at Eastside welcomed us with open arms! Pastor Ray Culpepper closed the service with a challenge to the congregation. He was asked afterward if he had been a fly on the Trust Bus walls. We had discussed some of the same thoughts before the concert. Folks, we need to be excited about what Jesus has done in our lives!
The next morning, we were privileged to be with the folks at Spring Lake Presbyterian Church in Sebring. Although we've driven by the church a gazillion times, Trust had never sang there. The church does a unique service every month or so. They meet in the fellowship hall for a bit of a more informal service, beginning with a continental breakfast. The people seemed to have enjoyed that, and then Trust Quartet sang. Again, the Holy Spirit moved in and among the people, and Trust was grateful to play a small part.
Trust gathered together on Father's Day for our final concert of the month. We took the short drive to Canal Point where the congregations of the Pahokee and Canal Point United Methodist Churches joined together for a service with Trust Quartet. Although Trust has been to Canal Point several times, adding the congregation from Pahokee meant several people there had never heard Trust Quartet before. It's always fun to meet new people and share the gospel through music and spoken word with them.
That also leads to the bitter part. Not only is it the last concert currently scheduled until September, it marked the final concert with Steve as a member of Trust Quartet. Steve has resigned the group to work more closely with the music at his home church in Vero Beach. As the plans have begun to unfold, however, it appears God has chosen to delay those initial plans. Steve will be helping a church in the Metro Miami area who's pastor has just moved away. Please do keep Steve in prayer as he begins this new phase in his ministry. His ultimate plan is still to work his way back to Ryanwood Fellowship in a music role, but also is excited to preach on a weekly basis again, too. Also, please do keep Trust Quartet in your prayers as we endeavor to find someone to sing lead for the group.
When Steve auditioned with Trust Quartet in October 2010, the first song Trust Quartet sang during that afternoon session was Sinner Saved By Grace. That has almost become his signature song, singing it at many, many concerts, so it seemed fitting that it be the final song with Trust. As Steve summed up his emotions after the service, he said he was fine throughout the concert until singing Midnight Cry at the end and looking at Rhonda who had begun to tear up. But then when singing Sinner Saved By Grace at the very end, the group gathered around him and put their arms around him. "That's when I lost it!", he said.
Please keep an eye on the website and the group's Facebook page for all the pertinent updates as they occur. And again, we do covet your prayers in the transition phase that we're undertaking. Thank you for being the absolute best friends a Southern Gospel group could ever ask for!
As we mentioned in the April in Review, we can tell our friends from the North are moving back to their native land, and our schedule is slowing down. Although June will have a few more concerts before taking July and August off to recuperate, we'll mention a couple of concert weekends in May that we hope will excite you.
Trust visited the Moore Haven Church of God for the first time. This is a small building with people who have huge hearts! We fell in love with these folks from the very beginning! Pastor Corey Masterson and the good folks in Moore Haven welcomed us with open arms and we are so thankful to have been with them. After the service, we ate lunch with them ~ and celebrated all the May birthdays in the church. Complete with birthday cake and ice cream. That, of course, was after
the fried chicken!
The next weekend, we were able to be back with the folks at Sun City Center United Methodist Church. Easily one of the larger venues we've been invited to, we were kept hopping for the entire Sunday. After the early sound check, we sat in on a little bit of their early Contemporary Worship Service before meeting with the choir for prayer in preparation for the 9:45 Traditional Service. Buzz, Spence, and Steve even sang with the choir ~ backstage! We sang for the offertory before being whisked away to the later Contemporary Worship Service to be introduced again. Back to the 11:00 Traditional Service to sing for the offertory again before resting a bit on the bus. Then, at 3 PM, we did a full concert. All told, the two morning worship services and the afternoon concert, we were honored to sing to about 450 people. It was a busy day, but one that was a blessing to be a part of.
June will be a bit busier ~ there are four concerts on the schedule right now ~ and we'll look forward to keeping you updated on our travels during the month.
June will also begin a bit of a transition for Trust. Steve has announced his resignation from the group, effective at the end of June. You can read more about that here
. Please keep Steve and the Trust Family in your prayers as we seek to follow the Lord's leading with the next chapter of our ministry.
Trust Quartet has been singing since 1994 and has seen many vocalists come and go. The last five plus years has seen a stability in the group that is quite envious of many on the Southern Gospel circuit. However, after nearly six years of singing lead with Trust, Steve Faison has announced his departure from the group.
Citing the need to return to the music ministry in his local church, Faison has said he will fulfill quartet obligations through June, 2016.
“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to sing with Trust these past several years,” said Faison. “It’s certainly been a privilege and an honor to make lots of new friends, and be reacquainted with ones from years gone by. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life!”
Those interested in possibly auditioning for Trust Quartet should submit a vocal demo and photo along with a brief summary of your ministry focus to email@example.com.
Please be praying for Buzz and Trust Quartet as they seek to replace Steve.
We can tell the "Snowbird Season" has just about come to a close. The schedule slows down considerably and the weather gets a lot warmer ~ in a hurry!
Trust was able to be with a couple of churches this month for concerts and in each case, the Lord was gracious and met with us in a special way.
On Sunday night, April 10, we were with the folks at First Baptist Church, Indiantown. This was a 'make-up' concert of sorts. We were scheduled to be with them earlier in the season, but had to reschedule due to illness. It's always good to be with Pastor Dennis and our friends in Indiantown because the fellowship together is so sweet. The crowd was a bit larger than usual and we were certainly grateful for that! After the service, we had a wonderful time of food and fellowship. It's always good to be able to have those times ~ it adds to a concert when we have the time to sit and just get to know the folks afterwards.
Sunday morning, April 17 we were back at The Gathering in Okeechobee. We've enjoyed being able to be with our friends at The Gathering the last few years, and this particular service was nothing short of incredible! We are so thankful for friends who welcome us with open arms and allow us the freedom to present Christ through Southern Gospel music ~ especially and even when it is not the norm of the church music style. God has a way of reaching out to us in so many ways and through so many genres of styles, and we love to be a part of that!
We offer our sincere thanks to our many friends across the State of Florida (and beyond) who welcome us into their lives and allow us to share what Christ has done for us. If you'd be interested in hosting Trust Quartet, please feel free to let us know by clicking here
and sending us your information. We'd be delighted to get back with you and arrange a time for us to come share with you these same blessings!
Until next time, Keep On Singing!!
The month of March opened with the opportunity to be with our friends at the First Free Will Baptist Church of Auburndale and their annual Homecoming celebration. We have visited with them a few times now, and this is the second consecutive year we've celebrated their Homecoming celebration. It was also an honor to be able to hear Sheriff Grady Judd, who was the guest speaker for the day. Sheriff Judd, of Polk County, FL is an outspoken Christian man who is not afraid to use his platform to honor Christ and America. Our prayers are with him and his staff as he leads that office with Christian principles.
The following Sunday morning, we were blessed to worship with Calvary Baptist Church in Grant. What a great day to be with these friends! Following the morning concert, we were treated to an outstanding lunch. It had been a few years since we'd been able to be with these good people, and it was certainly great to be able to be back with them!
The weekend of March 19-20, we had three concerts in 24 hours! We started the weekend making some new friends at Craig's RV Park in Arcadia. Now, we have some friends that live there who have followed us around for several years, but this was our first opportunity to visit them at their home. We were grateful for the reception and blessed to make some fantastic new friends!
On Sunday morning, we were back with the folks at Palm Bay Baptist Church. From the first song we sang, we knew we were gonna have church! After we finished singing, we sat in awe as the pastor delivered a soul-stirring message about that first Palm Sunday event ~ Jesus riding into Jerusalem to the cheers of the people. Hosanna! It was indeed a WOW moment!
The weekend ended at Midway Road Baptist Church in Ft. Pierce. While setting up for the concert, Steve received word that his mother-in-law in Illinois had gone home to be with Jesus. It was expected, but the concert took on a bit of a new life when Rhonda sang God On The Mountain. Along those lines, Steve wants to thank the Trust Family as well as all our friends who have prayed for his family. You are special people and the outpouring of love does not go unnoticed.
Thank you for your prayers and continued support. We cherish our friends and look forward to seeing you whenever we are close to you. If you don't see a concert on our schedule that is near you ~ click here
and let us see if we can schedule a time to be with you. And until next time,
Keep on singing!!!
February kicked off in Lake Placid at the Sunshine RV Resort with their Jubilee event. More than 100 filled the recreation / dining hall to hear the gospel through music. Pastor Hurley shared a devotional thought about the meaning of the Jubilee from the Old Testament and how that directly relates to us today in the church age. We're thankful for the opportunity to be with these good folks again and are looking forward to being back again!
We were scheduled to be with Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Indiantown on Valentine's Day. Steve was sick the week before and we weren't sure he would be able to make the weekend concerts. Late in the week, it was determined we could do one of them, so we were with Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church for their Sunday morning service. (We're already looking for a date to reschedule with Indiantown Baptist.) More than 200 filled the remodeled sanctuary at Buckhead Ridge and when the service was over, several were praying and doing business with God at the altar. We were so grateful that God used Trust Quartet to minister to this church. Thank you, Pastor Arlen, for welcoming us again to Buckhead Ridge!
The Trust Bus rolled to Clewiston for a Friday night with the Swindles at the Red Barn. We always enjoy being with our friends there, and this weekend was no different. Nearly 200 folks came from all over the countryside to be with us and we had such a great time! Then on Sunday morning we were with our friends at the First Christian Church in Sebring. Pastor Ron and the people there are always so gracious. Incidentally, Pastor Ron is a pretty amazing cook ~ the pulled pork was incredible! On Sunday night we were in Zolfo Springs with the First Baptist Church. Another full house and we were excited to be there. Some of our friends from Gulf State were kind enough to some and support us, and we were so grateful to visit with them a bit, too.
Trust wrapped up February with concerts in Immakolee and back in Zolfo Springs. We were with the First United Methodist Church in Immakolee on Sunday morning and had a blessed service with our longtime friends there. After the service, we were treated with some Bar B Q from a local restaurant as they celebrated their February birthdays. (The birthday cake was pretty good, too!)
We got the bus loaded and headed to Zolfo Springs to the Cracker Lake RV Park. We were just there a few months ago, but they wanted to have us back with a better opportunity to reach some of the seasonal friends from the North. We had a wonderful time with them and look forward to heading back that way again.
Its hard to believe we're already finishing up February! Please keep us in your prayers as we roll into March ~ and remember, keep on singin'!
Trust Quartet got off to a great start in 2016! The first concert of the year was at the birthplace of Trust Quartet, the Treasure Island Baptist Church in Okeechobee. The Holy Spirit was evident from the first song and we are confident that He did a work in the lives of the people who were there.
Our concert at the Christian Brethren Church in Basinger had to be cancelled due to some sickness in the Family. We look forward to rescheduling that very soon!
The Trust Bus rolled west toward M RV Park in Moore Haven for a Saturday afternoon concert and had a fabulous turnout in our pre-supper event. Trust sang for more than a hundred folks who were waiting for some pork tenderloin. The weather was quite cool (and yes, the term 'cool' is used only to defer to the weather in the north) and very windy. But thankfully, the concert was indoors and the people seemed to enjoy themselves.
We went from there to visit our friends in Alva at the First Baptist Church. This has got to be one of our favorite places to visit! It was obvious the Holy Spirit was moving among the people and the concert was a blessing not only to First Baptist Alva, but to Trust Quartet as well.
Some might have heard the story Buzz has told recently about almost being ready to quit a couple of years ago. We had a concert that changed his mind and it was confirmed with a phone message from a stranger and a postcard from a pastor ~ that concert was at First Baptist Alva. This concert would have changed anyone's mind, too! God's presence was so evident! We praise God for days like this one!
Trust Quartet put a wrap on January with a trip north to Daytona. The raceway was busy with the Rolex 24, but the Daytona Christian Church did not let that deter them from allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way in our service on Sunday morning. It seemed the engines of the race cars could be heard all over the city. At least we know they could be heard all night long in the parking lot of the church! The Sunday school class was one of the best we've experienced. The teacher / minister has begun a study taking his class through the basics of Bible study. We learned things and were able to apply lessons from Genesis to today's current events. It was indeed powerful! Miss Lillian was introduced to us after the concert. We wanted a picture with her, but other obligations didn't allow it. She is 105 years young ~ and still attends every Sunday! Not only that, we heard she is a regular at choir rehearsal on Wednesday nights, too! Miss Lillian and the folks at Daytona Christian, we salute you for your faithfulness!
It's hard to believe we're about to begin February. February is a busy month, and we value your encouragement and prayers as we continue sharing God's Good News through song!
Trust Quartet extends our deepest sympathies to the family of Marceline M. Decker. Mrs. Decker, 89, passed away on Saturday, December 19 in Pennsylvania. Her husband of 69 years, Randle Decker, was an older brother of our own Spence Decker.
Please remember the Decker family during these days.