Here it's almost middle March.....and I'm just now getting with it to posting my monthly blog/update. Things have been so crazy lately. With a surprise trip to central Illinois in February and then catching up back home with laundry, paperwork for hubby and taxes, kept me hopping!
I'm excited that I got the videos of my songs recorded for Eddie B. who will be my producer when I go to his studio recording at the end of May. Soooo..... I'm going to keep this short and sweet!
My trip down to Central Illinois was a blessing, especially when you get to see your friend and new friends you've made since the one friend moved there :) During this trip I also brought some NotesNBling Aroma Bracelets and Necklaces to The Mercantile store in Monticello, IL, who will also be carrying my jewelry. It's just a small display, but a great start sitting next to DoTerra Essential Oils. I love The Mercantile store! Cool stuff in there like unique decorating items, clothing, essential oils and jewelry. Love the people who work there and always look forward to visiting again!
While in Monticello I had the opportunity to play for a very neat group of women my friend teaches! They are eager to learn and grow in God's Word and they are a lot of fun. Discovered another artist in the group who also makes jewelry! We had a LOT to talk about!!
One big blessing was to meet up with my singer friend Erisa Rei again. She's so gifted and so real, I love that about her! I wish we had more time, because this time we didn't get to play music together.
Once back home Warren and I were booked to lead worship at South Santiago Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, MN. Our date got moved up one week due to a schedule conflict with the person who was originally scheduled, so it was a good thing that I got home 3 days earlier!!
The Wednesday night service began with a soup supper....and you guys, those soups were SO amazingly good! We had a couple bowls and I have to admit I wish they had carry out, because I would have packed in a few more samples for hubby and I during the week, haha! :D
The service was really fun as a lot of the youth group kids participated and we cracked up at their opening song. The song was so cool and fun! We played for about 30 minutes sharing all my original songs, as they totally fit into the theme of that night's service! Pretty cool!
Time: 7 pm
Event: Wednesday Night Worship Service
Place: South Santiago Lutheran Church
Town: Clear Lake, MN
Although this event is already over (it was supposed to happen on the 14th instead of the 7th but due to the schedule change it ended up being a week earlier). Still wanted to list it here.
Time: 7 pm
Place: Barnabas Christian Coffeehouse
Town: Chippewa Falls, WI
We are back again at the Barnabas!! We are so looking forward to seeing our friends from that area and....hope to make new ones! Always like coming home when we go there. Talk about people who get into the music! It'll be a fun night and a night of worship/fellowship as well. See you all there this weekend!
Time: 5-9 pm
Event: Art Crawl in Historic Downtown St. Cloud
Place: The Rusty Pick
707 W. St. Germain
Town: St. Cloud
I'm excited I made it in!! So I'll be set up at this cutest antiques & collectibles store downtown St. Cloud that day. So come on out, visit the stores, see the artists and hang out with me and browse the cool stuff at The Rusty Pick! See you there!s
Time: 2-3 pm (Event time 11 am - 7 pm)
Event: Empty Bowls (Annual Fundraiser for Place of Hope
Place: City Hope Church *NEW location this year
413 Franklin Ave NE
Town: St. Cloud, MN
This year the Empty Bowls Soup Feed Benefit for Place of Hope is at a new location: their second church location at City Hope Church. Also our music time slot has moved to a new time from 2-3 pm (so that Warren is able to join me as he will be volunteering with the soups at Place of Hope). I will also be set up with my table of jewelry, CDs and books. So come see me!
So mark your calendars to note the new month/date, location and time slots if you'd like to hear us play. See you there!
Well, that's about the news for this month, keeping it brief as I'm having to heavily dive into the paperwork. Once I get that done I can go on with more creative things like making jewelry, playing and writing music and getting ready for recording in New Mexico and all the activities/concerts on my trip/tour in May/June this year!
Also please check out hubby Warren's GoFundMe page as he continues to plan and work towards his goal of getting his Warren's BBQ Bus Cafe.
I'm excited about this dream and possibility to finally get off the ground so to speak and no longer deal with adverse weather conditions in tents. We are praying for God's provision and guidance with this project.....and some crowd funding to bring it into reality. Warren's Go-Fund-Me page has all the details of his plan laid out if you like to see.
We are thankful and grateful to each and everyone of you who support us with prayer, with words of encouragement, friendships, fellowship, get-together's, coming to our concerts or jewelry events or inviting us to come play at your location, church, group, event.....coffeehouses..... You guys all are amazing and we are tremendously blessed to have met so many wonderful folks!
You all have a great rest of March, hopefully spring will arrive in the northern regions here soon and - we will catch you in April!
The sum total of your life is your thoughts..... said a wise minister friend in one of her teachings! That stuck with me ever since. It's profound and extremely TRUE! I'm so grateful for her to impart this tidbit of wisdom unto me, because it made me more aware of that I was and also what I was thinking about, dwelling on, worrying and fretting over!
As I'm typing this the following scripture came to mind: Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
So what is your mind dwelling on this month? Are you worried about something? Are you down on yourself? What is your self-talk like? Is what you are thinking about leaving you disturbed, anxious, fretful, without hope, without trust in God? ...or is what you are thinking about giving you this deep peace of knowing that you can trust God with whatever it is that rose itself up against your faith to disturb your life, occupy your mind and capture your thoughts.
To live in constant anxiety is not how our heavenly Father wants His children to live. Romans 8:6 - For the mind set on the flesh is death but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. You know.....I'd rather have life and peace, that's for sure! But there are times where it seems all I can focus on are the issues in front of me. We so forget that God, through Christ's divine power, has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence (2 Peter 1:3). Key word is EVERYTHING. We already have what it takes to press in to Christ in trust and in faith. Exercise God's divine nature in you...you already got it! (Read on in 2 Peter 1:4-8)...when you apply moral excellence with knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love and these qualities are increasing, they don't render you useless nor unfruitful. Then you won't ask "should I do this?" or "should I not?".... It'll be either 'yes' or 'no' as you exercise spiritual intuition.
....and which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span? Luke 12:25. ... The sum total of your life....is ..... your thoughts.
Well, the above was the first thing I could think of to begin writing on this month's music notes update. Maybe it's for someone who needs to read this, be encouraged and know God's got this!
I know I need this reminder sometimes daily. I need to remember what I think about and how this affects the outcome of my life. What I think comes out of my mouth, what comes out of my mouth turns into action.....and my actions chart the course of my life..... unless I allow GOD to chart it all the way. We so often think we know best, but really we don't, we just sometimes don't know how to simply trust. We are doers, makers and shakers....in other words we like to control outcomes. Hard to give up control. However, do we know the character of God and do we truly trust Him?
NotesNBling is gaining some more popularity and I'm super excited! Past December I visited with a few store/boutique owners in Central Illinois. Three of them were excited to carry my jewelry. Two stores will just have one small display of RockNStone Aroma bracelets and LeatherNLink Aroma necklaces, while The General Store in Arthur, IL went all out carrying quite a bit of my jewelry. See the picture on the left of the NotesNBling jewelry display there!
Doesn't that look cool?! If you are ever in Arthur, please tell Timmy the store owner that you saw this picture on my website and how cool it looks!
Over the last month (January) I've been creating a lot of new jewelry pieces and expanding my essential oil aroma bracelet and necklaces line. Also Sterling Silver jewelry is making it's debut with "StoneNSterling" earrings. bracelets are next, followed by necklace designs.
To see some of the new jewelry, I now have a page on FaceBook dedicated to just NotesNBling. Just click the button below and it'll get you there!
What's also pretty cool is that hubby Warren made some awesome displays for me to go along with the new designs and this will make my table at events look so much more professional and less cluttered. Customers now can see the pieces better and it'll also take up less room than my self-made displays from before. Hubby knows what he's doing and I love the new look!
Time: 2 pm
Event: Daughters Of The King Women's Event
Place: Jo Jo's Rise & Wine Coffee Bar & Restaurant
Town: Burnsville, MN
Although this event just happened this past Saturday, I still wanted to list it under the February events. It was an amazing time with the ladies down in Burnsville, seeing good friends and re-connecting. Pictures to follow next month.
Dates: 2/7, 14, 21, 28/18
Time: 1 pm
Event: Ladies Bible-Gathering
Place: Liquid Assets
Town: Sartell, MN
Every week a few of us ladies from previous meetings/bible studies have gathered once again to encourage each other in the Word of God and in fellowship. I'm bringing the music as we share a few songs at the end.
Although January and February are not very busy concert wise, January was a super busy month for me in stocking up my NotesNBling inventory! I had left a lot of pieces behind at The General Store in Arthur, IL and some pieces at the Barnyard Boutique in Deland, IL. After sales and events I was pretty much depleted on items on hand. That's a good thing, right? February might still have some events coming up as I'm also looking into jewelry events. For the jewelry, be sure you 'like' my NotesNBling Facebook page.
For music events added later, check 'tour dates' here or on my Facebook Music Page (Sam Scales Music) which you can click through via the little emblem on the top left. If you have 'liked' the page you should get updates.
If you are signed up with "TRACK" (that's the button up top through BandsInTown) you will get notification via e-mail if I'm playing in your area. (on cell phones this all may be way on the bottom below - keep scrolling)
Hubby Warren continues to plan and work towards his goal of getting his Warren's BBQ Bus Cafe.
I'm excited about this dream and possibility to finally get off the ground so to speak and no longer deal with adverse weather conditions in tents. We are praying for God's provision and guidance to bring it into reality. Warren has a Go-Fund-Me page with all the details of his plan if you like to see.
May you have a wonderful February, stay warm if you are in MN. We are all looking forward to spring and some above 30's temperatures! Hopefully I will get to see you at one of our next events!
Grace and peace,
Happy New Year you guys!!
Hope everyone had an awesome Christmas and New Years holidays. Our prayer is that everyone is healthy, have a roof over their heads, warmth, food to eat and people around to call family and friends. Some of you had to work hard during the holidays, others could take it easy, go on vacation, spend time with family or friends.
We missed our family and being with friends during the holidays, but I got to do some visiting beforehand on my music trip, which was nice. So thankful for my hubby, his love, care and friendship, we hang out good together, haha.
It's so weird, every year we plan on being somewhere for Christmas and we always end up staying home... sigh. Since he does snow plowing and the threat of snowfall was looming, we needed to stay put pretty much. Well, maybe......next year....haha.
While we were home and hubby was on break from bus driving we did a few repairs around the house, including our basement toilet.... yeah, that was interesting to say the least. Instead of just being able to buy a kit to fix the leak in the tank, we had to buy a whole new one, because none of the repair kits fit the old toilet....we tried several... So off we went in -17 degrees to Menards.... burr!!
So, y'all, that pretty much was the excitement for us around the holidays :D
So now we are looking forward to see what the year brings us in personal, music and business adventures.
Warren's dream this year is to get his Bus Cafe going. This would not only make it much easier for setup, but also gives him more opportunity and versatility - and we could use it for ministry as well.
Here are his plans he drew up. Back of the bus would be the kitchen, front of the bus would be seating. He also felt led to start a GoFundMe account to raise funds for his Bus Cafe.
Event: Empty Bowls / Fundraiser for Place of Hope
Time: 11-6 (We will play at 1 pm)
Place: Calvary Community Church
Town: St. Cloud, MN
January/February are months that I'll be looking into booking events, but also for me events come my way on a short notice, so either sign up with the "Track" Button up top to receive updates when I'm in your area, or keep checking back on my FaceBook page....
December was another busy month for me, being in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.
It started off with a great ministry time in Wisconsin....although it was a NotesNBling Jewelry Christmas Show/Ladies Nite Out, which includes music, it ended up being a very cool ministry time LIVE via Facebook filmed at the Overflowing Cup in Beloit, WI where my friend and host Diana held the event. So here are a few photos I took off the live-feed from the concert/ladies nite. By the way the live-feed is on my FaceBook Music Page (Sam Scales Music) under the November 30, 2017 date.
Next, I headed down to Illinois to have some fellowship time with a friend and participate with music in her Christmas Ladies Event. We had an awesome lesson on 'Living With Joy' and WHO our joy is. We also talked about taking a different look at snow... especially for us who live in the colder regions of the States where we sometimes wish the snow would go away, it was really a great way to have more appreciation for the intricacy God created within each individual flake that falls. One of my favorite verses in the bible is Psalms 51:7 - Purify me with hyssop and I shall be clean. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. There is another scripture we talked about, but I'll have that at the end....
After the event I opened up my NotesNBling Jewelry Christmas Shoppe where the ladies were able to pick some cool Christmas gifts for loved ones.
Then came the "big" concert in Indianapolis, IN - sharing the stage with my songwriter friend from Green Bay, WI Steven Billings and Petra's Co-Founding Member, guitarist, singer and songwriter Greg Hough for the 2nd annual CCRPS (Classic Christian Rock Preservation Society) Christmas Party.
It was a blast! Not only did we have great food prepared by my friends June Pugh and Rob Pugh who hosted the event, we also had an amazing time meeting old and new friends, having fellowship and the most wonderful concert time. The music ranged from my style of Organic Folk & Christmas Songs to Contemporary/Christmas by Steven and highlighted by Greg Hough singing a mix of songs between genres of Rock, Jazz and Christmas! It was way cool!
My highlight of the event was getting to sing with Greg and Steven, using Greg's guitar amp and afterwards getting to spend time with my friends Rob, June and Sam at their house as I spent the night before heading back to Illinois.
So as you can see December was actually pretty full of exciting times. In Indy I had the chance to have a good talk with a friend who's going through a rough time, those moments are always precious when we can encourage someone.
On my way back it was cool to be able to visit with my daughter who lives in the Chicago area. This time I was so excited to be in the area when my grand-daughter Hannah had a concert with her choir from school! Yey! The kids were awesome and there were even some cool funny parts during their performances. Hannah has a really good voice! So cool to get to hear and discover that. She got a piano for Christmas and I'm excited to see and hear what develops as she discovers music and her voice!
I also got to meet my new grand-dog Jessie who's a new addition to the family. They are pretty excited to have a new puppy-girl after losing their two fur babies within this past year. My attention had to be equally divided between grand-cat Hobbes and now Jessie... however Hobbes knows how to get a better vantage point since he can get up on the desk.
After hanging with my daughter for almost a week I decided to go up north to visit my friend Sue since she couldn't make it to Indianapolis because she had a dog show with her dog Raji that same weekend. So us girls had a couple days to hang together with her mom and with our friend Elo from Mexico before I headed back to MN. Hubby sure was glad to see me!!
I want to leave you with one more thought. Earlier I had mentioned another one of my favorite bible verses. At my friend's event as we talked about God's design, even for snow, this scripture was a part of the message as well. Snow is mentioned in the bible for cleansing as well as here for bringing about sustenance. As the snow melts it waters and water brings life. but so does also the Word of God. Psalms 55:10-11. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
You know, we may not always understand what is happening, or understand and know why God does things a certain way, but we do know this for certain, He knows what He is doing. His Word is truth, it is deliverance, it is freedom, it is hope, encouragement, discipline, healing, strengthening, giving wisdom, giving guidance, pointing to Christ who is our Salvation and redemption, forgiveness and eternal life. As it says in John 1:1-5 & 14 - In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.
vs. 14 - and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father full of grace and truth.
Today I'm so grateful to reflect upon this truth and after our message in church this morning about the River of Life in Revelation 22:1-2: Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of it's street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.....
It just all ties together..... Jesus, our life-giver and healer of all....
Oh may we not reject Him, may we cling to Him and seek Him and walk with Him! He is life and life eternal. Therein is our hope and our destination. Thank You Jesus for Your offering so we might live....
Have a Happy New Year everyone and may you be blessed, nourished and filled with joy by the grace of God through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Road tripping..... yes, that's what I'm doing at the moment... and loving it! So great to connect with friends, seeing some family too, even getting ministry AND ministering to others! It's been great so far!
So this update is going to be short and sweet. I'm currently in Illinois, this weekend I'll be in Indiana, then back to Illinois and up to Wisconsin and back home...
So far I've been enjoying my visit with a ministry friend and being part of some events in the area, playing live Christmas music at a coffeehouse in Illinois and then playing "dinner music" at the CCRPS Christmas party in Indy! I'm excited that I get to visit with my daughter and grandkids for a few days on the way home and see my granddaughter perform in a choir presentation.
Weather has been great down here so far..... will get colder in the coming days and I'm hearing lots of snow up at home, so hoping for continued great road travel.
Here are some of the upcoming events so you know what's going on so far.
Keep in mind a couple more events might be added either as I travel or go home. So be sure to keep up with my Facebook Page (Sam Scales Music, link above) or keep checking back on my Tour Dates page.
Date: Friday, December 8, 2017
Time: 11am - 1 pm
Place: The Steeple Coffeehouse
102 E. Lafayette St.
Town: Monticello, IL
I'll be sharing Christmas songs and some of my original Organic Folk. Come join me for Live Music, enjoy latte or coffee and meet up with your friends.
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 6 pm
Event: CCRPS Christmas Party
Place: Lynhurst Baptist Church
1250 S. Lynhurst Dr.
Town: Indianapolis, IN
During the dinner time, I will be playing Christmas songs and some of my original Organic Folk songs. (I was not added to the poster as I didn't know my schedule quite yet and was not sure if I would be able to make it, but then the door opened and I'm excited to be there!)
At concert time Steven Billings will take the stage followed by the artist of the evening, Greg Hough, guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire who is one of the founding members of the Christian Rock Band Petra. Excited to be part of this event, meet friends and enjoy some great music myself!
Last month was quite busy for us! We had a LOT of events pretty much every weekend in November. If it wasn't a music/ministry event then it was me going to or holding a jewelry show.
Here are a few pictures from last month:
We were at the Gospel Christian Coffeehouse in Eau Claire the two first weekends of the month! They are a brand new coffeehouse and we helped them open the doors serving with our music and boy did we have fun fellowship with everyone! We are looking forward to returning soon!
We also were twice at the Lighthouse Center and Christian Coffeehouse night in Chippewa Falls, WI.
We played on November 18 and then again on November 24 for their free Chili Dinner. We had such a blast with everyone, it was an amazing time!
I also was set up for some jewelry events with my NotesNBling lines of jewelry in between playing music...
Again I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to so many of you who have prayed for us and who continue to support us with your attendance at concerts, making phone calls or writing notes to say "hi". We appreciate all of you!!
Oh, by the way, NotesNBling now has it's own Facebook page!! So be sure to 'like' that page as well!
Warren and I hope that you all are having a good season so far and hopefully you won't get too stressed out in this season of decorating, baking, cooking, shopping, wrapping gifts and getting ready for friends and family....(whew...looking at this list, that's a lot sometimes)...
...or you may even find yourself alone, in difficult circumstances that are anything else but joyful - and we get it and understand it, as we've had experienced a few of those seasons ourselves.
However I pray you will be filled with joy, the Lord's joy (something deep inside, which has nothing to do with outside effects of dire circumstance)
That despite the circumstances you can still give Him thanks for that which we celebrate this season, His birth and following sacrifice on the cross, shedding His blood for the forgiveness of our sins once and for all and thus reconciling us (linking us back) to the Father, forgiven, clean, whole, complete and yes, even full of life which this world can't comprehend, nor give with all the stuff we may desire. All that will go away, but the life He gives will never pass away.
May this season be a time of reflection of what's really important and who really matters and how important it is to live in a vital and living relationship with your Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ His Son!
In His loving grace,
On behalf of us at Sam Scales Music - that be Warren and I - we want to wish all of our friends, families, supporters, "fans", church family and everyone who has touched our lives at some point in time all over the place - a very blessed Thanksgiving! <3<3<3 (that's hearts y'all)
We want to let you know that we appreciate you, love and care about you and we want to say THANK YOU to all of you. Each individual one of you have blessed and touched our lives in one way or another. So many have given us words of encouragement, have sent prayers on our behalf and have cared about us and what took place in our sometimes crazy lives! You came to our concerts, you sang along, you worshiped with us.... THANK YOU for doing so! I can't express my gratitude in enough words to let you know how much that means to us! You all are so special!
Every place that I have been, or that Warren and I together were able to come to play or minister in music at, we have been deeply touched and have made so many friends and we SO look forward to seeing each one of you as you've become like family to us!
We want to encourage the little coffeehouse ministries, small churches, bible study groups we have visited all over the place, who sometimes struggle to make ends meet, or just getting started....
.....but you have a vision, you've heard from God and we THANK YOU for hearing from the Lord and fleshing it out and faithfully serving Him and loving people and giving folks a safe place to come to. A place where they can feel the presence of God and in turn desire more of Him and thus give their lives to Him! Thank you for all the hard work you put into your ministries, it's not an easy task sometimes, but it is an extremely rewarding one!!!
We hope you know how much you all mean to us and we are looking forward to serving all of you again in 2018!
Personally I also want to thank my daughters Cindy and Cheryl for their support, encouragement and love towards their entrepreneurial musician mom. Thanks for all you do! Love you both!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!! If you like, please email us what you are thankful for and - what your Thanksgiving plans are....
Love, Sam & Warren
Here are a couple UPCOMING EVENTS for the rest of NOVEMBER:
Date: Black Friday, November 24
and Small Business Saturday, November 25
Time: Black Friday: 10-4 & Small Business Saturday: 10-2
Event: Jewelry Open House - at Sam's place!
Place: Email to RSVP and for address (unless you know)
Town: Sauk Rapids, MN
I will have the Open House! Please note the NEW TIMES!
This weekend only: Discounts on Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets and Necklaces! (Items already on layaway excluded). All Glass Bead bracelets are going to be 50% off.
Draw your own sale!! Up to 25% off one REGULAR priced item of your choice to apply to!
Date: Saturday, November 25
Time: 7-9 pm
Place: Lighthouse Christian Coffeehouse
315 Main Street
Town: Rice Lake, WI
The Lighthouse is having a FREE Chili Dinner and asked us to come back for this event and provide music. Excited to be back and enjoy our time of music and fellowship with the folks at the Lighthouse Center!
Date: Thursday, November 30th
Time: 6 pm
Event: NotesNBling - Inspired Art Shop & Music
Short time of music. Then shop for
Christmas gifts or pick out a unique piece for
yourself out of Sam's handmade collections.
Hostess: Diana Fogderud
Place: The Overflowing Cup, 1175 Madison Ave.
Town: Beloit, WI
Join Diana in a fun evening for the ladies with refreshments, music and yes, shopping! I will be playing 5-6 songs, l share quickly about "A Tested Stone". I'm hoping to think of some kind of NotesNBling Bingo game to do, we will have the "Draw Your Own Sale" drawing (up to 25% off towards the purchase of one item) and then open it up for shopping. All jewelry is designed and handmade by me.
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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.