The year is heading towards it's end and a new year will begin. We have had another year full of strange things in this world - but these are all things to be expected as we can learn through the study of scripture.
Despite it all we still had a good year, trusting the Lord in all that we had to do and we hope you did too. It's certainly a time of great lessons in developing trust in our Savior and hearing/listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, that's for sure.
Throughout the year we participated in different activities. Warren did a lot of Kayak Bass Fishing and through attending a few tournaments he had qualified for the KBF (Kayak Bass Fishing) Nationals in Shreveport, Louisiana! Although he didn't place in the top 100, he still was 233 out of 400 fishermen who participated in the Nationals.
He had sponsors to help him get to the Nationals: Miller Auto & Miller Marine, Trobec's Bus Service, KR-Digital, Kwik Trip, Batteries Plus, Warren's BBQ and NotesNBling. A big thank you to all his sponsors!
Warren is planning to participate in more tournaments next year and who knows maybe he will qualify for another Nationals event.
We also had our BBQ season with the biggest event being in Deerwood MN for their Summerfest. We have been there for 8 years now participating there with food.
We also continued with managing the TNT Fireworks Tent in the Coborn's Parking Lot in Sauk Rapids in July.
I was busy with lots of jewelry creations, custom orders, shows, art fairs, my annual Open House and newly added in December a "Sip-N-Shop" for my loyal customers and friends! I'm grateful to all who have visited my booth at the various shows around town, county, out of town and even in Illinois! Thank you for purchasing my creations!
Next year, mark your calendars for February, March & April: FIRST Saturday each of these months for the Sartell Farmers Winter Market at the Sartell Community Center back to the normal time from 10-1.
July: Art in the Gardens at Munsinger Gardens THIRD Thursday of that month (21st), my booth will be in the usual space at the Lower Gardens.
October: My Annual Open House, Saturday the 8th at my house.
December: Sip-N-Shop, planned for December 10 (unless the date changes due to being at a Craft Show), but I'll have that announced once December gets closer.
Of course I'll plan to be at other Art & Craft shows in the area and maybe also in the Chicago area again and I'll have the announcements either via here and certainly on my NotesNBling Facebook page as those dates get booked!
After almost a year of not singing anywhere, we were invited to come back for playing a concert at the Barnabas Christian Coffeehouse in Chippewa Falls, WI this past weekend.
What a WELCOME we had!! The house was FULL and the greeting was warm and enthusiastic as soon as we walked in the door!! Sure made us feel so welcome! This little coffeehouse in Chippewa Falls (and another one in Sheboygan WI, the Upper Room) are two places we absolutely love and feel we have family there in the folks who attend there. What a blessing to play music again, sing with people as they join in and just worship, invite the Lord to move in the room and touch our lives and be encouragement to one another. Thank you Barnabas Coffeehouse friends! We love you!
Depending on how the year goes, we hope to have more music dates again, but that's up to the Lord and I'm contend with His plans.
Well, this is pretty much our year in a nutshell.
We hope that everyone continues to stay strong in these uncertain days.... however we do have one certainty and this is that Jesus Christ is Lord and He is always with us. We can invite Him or reject Him.
But how could we not invite Him to guide our lives, as He continues to be the constant, the peace and the wisdom for living today.
We wish you all a very blessed Holiday Season, good health, strong and unwavering faith in our Savior!
Blessed Christmas, Happy New Year! Peace On Earth!
Sam & Warren
Christian Organic Folk Singer/Songwriter & Author
based in Minnesota
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Psalm 100 Scripture
1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.