The Gospel Music Barn 2013-2014
Greetings in the name of our Wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! The month of November is the 'SPECIAL' time of the year that is set aside for remembering and giving thanks for ALL the 'LORD' has done. This past summer has been a very busy and blessed time all wrapped into one. Several groups had to cancel, mostly because of health problems. The Lord always brought in a replacement that blessed all who came. Remember, the Lord IS still in control and everyone that comes to the Gospel Music Barn is there because of Him, not me. I just have the privilege of being His 'tool' to do His bidding. That's what makes my job so enjoyable. I love watching how the Lord guides me into doing what He wants. PTL!
We have been blessed by ALL the people that came to share the word of God in music with us. We saw an increase in numbers, kitchen sales, and our offerings. Our love offerings for the people that come are VERY important. We can only keep having these good groups back if we can give them a good offering. Most of the people that come to sing, come from a distance. You know what the price of fuel is and that is only a portion of the expenses involved in having a group, large or small, that comes to sing for us. I know, I sing in a quartet and know what is involved in singing and traveling. We really need to DOUBLE our giving in our Love Offerings this next season. I know some of you cannot do much more, but many of you can. Everyone needs to pray and ask the Lord what He would have you to do to keep the Gospel Music Barn open and bringing in these good programs. This was one of the concerns at our last Board of Trustees meeting. Our food sales are what pay the utilities, insurance (which we pay year 'round). Sheryll has done a marvelous job in our kitchen in keeping the cost down, but this next year the prices will have to be increased due to food cost going up. You can see that.
The newsletter has not gone out yet mainly because we do not have anyone to help keep the mailing list updated to print out the labels. We should also have an Email list which would help save cost in mailing. All this is well and good…BUT…what we need is for someone who has experience with computers to step forward and help us with this. I know that we must have someone, man or woman, who has enough experience, out there to help us. We have one more need that is very important to fill. That is of a person or persons willing to help in putting up the sign that is out on the corner as you come in. The letters and numbers are right at the sign in the covered box. There can be 1, 2, 3 or 4 of you. It would be a fun project for you.
The last thing I want to share with you is that we will be starting at 5:30 PM on Saturday nights. As you know, if a group travels any distance, we give them both services. To make room for everyone, we will start at 5:30 to 7:00 and then take a 15 minute break for your ice cream and then we will have the last group. What that also means is that when we take the offering for the first group, they will only be getting one and not two offerings so it will need to be a good one. I know you can do it…you have done it before.
Lord willing, HE will supply your needs, so you can supply our needs at the Gospel Music Barn, so that the Ministry of music and preaching will continue and that all of you that come will encourage others to come and share in the blessings that you receive each week. We will be entering our 47th year of ministry and the Lord has never failed us yet. Keep praying, giving, inviting, and coming. We have great and wonderful things in store for you the summer of 2014.
See you there or in the air!
Doug Zwyghuizen, Director, President and CEO
Mailing Address:Doug Zwyghuizen/Gospel Music Barn
2829 New Holland Street
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Location Address:Gospel Music Barn at Chapel in the Pines
6881 64th Avenue
Hudsonville, MI 49426-9544