Here we are already entering the holiday season....time flies right? There are a lot of things coming up for me to do and I'm super excited about it. November brings 3 concerts in Wisconsin and some surprise events for my jewelry (NotesNBling) too! I'm thankful for those events, because that way I can introduce more and more people to my jewelry .....and thus in essence also to my music.
What are your holiday plans? What excites you about this time of year? Email me!
There's not too much to report from the home front. We didn't get all the yard work done we had hoped to do, the temperature drop kind of put a stop to being outdoors for longer periods. We are yet to finish raking up all the leaves, but we still have a tree with green leaves in the yard!! Crazy right?!! It's holding out every year. Love that tree, gives me green as long as it can! However the cleanup then drags into the colder temperatures which of course isn't a lot of fun. Soooo I do hope to get all that picked up before the snow flies!
For Thanksgiving we really don't have any plans. Most likely we will be home as family lives too far away. At least Warren and I are together and I'm thankful we aren't alone.
Date: Friday, November 3 (that's tomorrow)
Time: 5-9 pm
Event: ART CRAWL Downtown St. Cloud
Place: Fitzharris Ski & Sport (this is where I'll be set up at)
105 7th Ave. S
Town: St. Cloud, MN
This is a total suprise! I was looking on FaceBook this morning and just happened to see a post about the Art Crawl in St. Cloud. Curious I expanded the post to see when it was.... after contacting them via FB, got a reply back and Fitzharris Ski & Sport was still looking to host an artist! YEY! I was in! So come see me!
Date: Saturday, November 4
Time: 1-4 pm
Place: Gospel Christian Coffeehouse
1726 N. Clairemont Ave.
Town: Eau Claire, WI
Thank you Greg (from Barnabas Coffeehouse) for inviting us to your new ministry adventure and allow us to be part of the beginnings of your ministry coffeehouse!
We are so thrilled to see another Christian Coffeehouse being opened in the Eau Claire area....
now we need you guys to start heading towards MN :)
Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 1-4 pm
Place: Gospel Christian Coffeehouse
1726 N. Clairemont Ave.
Town: Eau Claire, WI
Second weekend with our friends from the new Coffeehouse ministry starting in Eau Claire, WI! If I think about all the music I need to play and if I were not to repeat songs from one weekend to another, I should be having 60 songs prepared! :0-O. Well, I'm sure we will have a good time, because there's lots of worship songs, my own songs and Warren has some saxophone music he will be sharing. So it'll be a good time not only in music, but also having fellowship time, which all of us believers need so that we might encourage one another.
Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 7-9 pm
Place: Lighthouse Christian Coffeehouse
315 Main Street
Town: Rice Lake, WI
We are excited to return to this ministry coffeehouse! We were there in September and truly connected with the Pastor and the folks who came. It is not only a coffeehouse but also a church holding Sunday services! Awesome!
Date: Sunday, November 19
Time: 12-4 pm
Event: Stop & Shop Giving Thanks (Vendor & Crafts Show)
Place: American Legion
2678 7th Avenue East
Town: St. Paul, MN
Found this event also via FB! Excited to be part of this event. This time in St. Paul, so I hope my friends from the Cities can come and shop at this event and visit me at my booth! Warren will be there too. I made him to have to come, haha!
Date: Black Friday, November 24
and Small Business Saturday, November 25
Time: Black Friday: 10-3 & Small Business Saturday: 10-4
Event: Jewelry Open House
Place: Email to RSVP and for address
Town: Sauk Rapids, MN
THIS IS TENTATIVE! I am still looking for a public vendor show/event to attend. However, so far I haven't connected with anyone for those dates above.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in this event, please E-MAIL ME so I can put you on the list to notify you if I will host my own show or attend one. In order to gain more customers, I need to get more public, so I hope you understand. That way I can let you know where I will be if I'm not going to host privately.
If I will be attending a vendor show, I'll replace this posting on my website with the new information. So a great suggestion would be, before you come out, check back on my website. If all is still the same, then come on out or contact me for location information. Thanks so much!
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 of shopping and music. I will be playing 5-6 songs, lshare quickly about "A Tested Stone" and then open it up for shopping. All jewelry is designed and handmade by me.
MUSIC / EVENTS RECAP:
Last month wasn't filled with a lot of music events, but we were able to take part of the BURN 24/7 Central Minnesota prayer/worship event. We always enjoy the presence of the Lord and the atmosphere of peace, worship and fellowship with the Lord.
My NotesNBling Open House was a lot of fun and I enjoyed having some time of fellowship with those who came out. Since it wasn't super busy it gave us time to visit, connect and share stories.
Here are a few pictures of some of my displays.
I also found a Fall Sale Vendor/Crafts Show in St. Augusta on the 29th of October that was a last minute discovery! So cool to meet new folks and some awesome vendor neighbors. Two hand knitted winter caps made their way into my booth - best purchase ever! So warm and soft! Let it snow!! LOL. I know right? Coming from me who doesn't like winter! Thanks to crafter Nettie....I'm gonna be warm! Here are some pix of my booth.
As you can see the month of November will be quite the busy month for me. I've been designing and creating new things to get ready for the concerts and the vendor shows.
One last thing I want to show you that I've recently added to my line of jewelry.
Our good friend Larry from the Barnabas Coffeehouse in Eau Claire has been coming to pretty much every one of our concerts and it's always so good to see him. He came to me with a very serious suggestion....."you need MAN jewelry!" To my reply that I have now a men's line of Essential Oil Diffuser Jewelry, he shook his head and said: "You need to make Perch-Talkers". ?????? What??
Yup that was my reaction. Upon seeing a picture I laughed.... it's fishing lures!!!
So guess what?! YUP, to give Larry a line of Fishing Lures, the Matt419 Lure line has been created!
Take a look:
In December I will be back in the Monticello, IL area. I'm working on a music date playing at The Vault, may be playing back at The Steeple, leading worship and playing a mini-Christmas Concert for a private event and if all goes well be heading to Indianapolis for the Pethead Christmas Party playing during dinner and sharing the stage for a couple songs with singer/songwriter Steven Billings and then enjoy the concert by Greg Hough, founding member of the Christian Rock Band Petra.
Lastly I want to share something that normally would have totally annoyed me, but ended up being quite interesting.
Have you ever gotten one of those annoying phone calls that begin with: ".....congratulations!!! You've been selected....blablabla"..... and they won't stop talking no matter what you say?
Well, I got one of those the other day. Normally I never answer phone calls from numbers I don't recognize, however with just having been at a vendor show a few days earlier and it being a local phone number I decided to pick it up..... only to get the above schpeel....
No matter what I said, this sweet voice of a young lady just wouldn't stop talking. I still have no idea if she was real on the phone or if it was a computer recording. But instead of hanging up I decided to do something different. See, she interrupted my bible reading.... so I just began reading to her where I had stopped off when the call came in. John Chapter 12 beginning in verse 30 and I got to verse 36. She kept talking the whole time and I kept reading the whole time. There was a pause....so I kept reading..... then she kept talking and I kept reading... then another pause and I kept reading....and she went on talking.... then all of a sudden "...I'm sorry I bothered you"...and the person hung up. Oh well, hopefully she was real and DID hear the Word of God being spoken. I could just feel the Spirit rising as I read God's Word..... it was a rising of joy inside as I was reading the scripture. Maybe....that's just what we should do to those annoying callers! :)
John 12:36. While you have the light, believe in the light; in order that you may become sons of light.
You all have a great November and a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
One thing I like about the fall is seeing all the pretty colors on the trees as the leaves are turning. October is a colorful month up here! ....however, I also know what follows and that's something I'm not looking forward to. How about you?
Right now I'm thankful that the temperatures are still nice and we can still do yardwork and sit outside in the afternoons. What are some of your favorite fall activities? E-mail me!
We've been doing a lot of work in our yard. It's become so overgrown that we can hardly keep up with it, so we decided to make some changes which some will happen this fall as long as we can work outside, other stuff will have to wait till the spring and throughout next year. The people before us were really into plants and flower gardens and I'm just more of a brown thumb than a green thumb, actually I could be considered a weed-thumb. Boy those sure grow bountifully and quickly!
So we are reducing the flower garden, expand a patio area with granite stones we were given (free is always great right?) and have other areas we will turn into stone areas with nice planters which I will be able to manage much better! I love flowers, don't get me wrong and I need some color outside, but they need to be manageable. So this will be pretty much my only "flower garden" other than the lawn. I can handle that. Then once the stone is in I'll add nice planters to the yard.
As I am transplanting some plants and throwing out the weeds, I thought about how God sometimes weeds out things or desires for us to weed out some things in our lives. Some good solid things that are built in Him in faith, trust and His Word are kept and nurtured and other things, like sin, gets thrown out. There are also things like prayer, time with God, that needs to be nurtured. We find growth, strength and sufficiency in that. While other things that seem to occupy our time, the "cares of this world" all too often choke out the good things God has planted in us, just like the weeds in my garden who begin to choke out the pretty flowers. If I don't spend time in the garden, the weeds take over, as in our lives, if we don't spend time with God....sin begins to take over. Sins like worry, disbelief, unfaithfulness, anxiety, outbursts of anger, being short with others and so on....
So interesting how a little yard work makes you think! These were the reflections I came away with this weekend and I want to make sure that I nurture my time with God and keep it sacred. Just like I will need to nurture the plants I transplanted so that they could breathe and live!
Time: 1-3 pm (whole event is 9-9)
Event: BURN 24/7 Central Minnesota
Place: Higher Ground Church Of God
523 2nd Street N.
Town: Waite Park, MN
Come join us for 12 hours of worship & prayer for our town, community, county, country and the world, including missionaries all over this planet.
We are honored to lead worship during our time slot (1-3) and join our fellow musicians, prayer partners and volunteers for a time of prayer and reflection.
Date: Friday 10/20 and Saturday 10/21/17
Time: Fri, 4-7 pm and Sat, 10am-4pm
Event: NotesNBling Jewelry Open House
Place: Private home (e-mail for directions/address: email@example.com)
Town: Sauk Rapids, MN
As many of you know, I design and create my own lines of jewelry. Like my Isaiah4031 line which is mainly made with materials of leather, chain, stone and glass beads. My newest addition is the Isaiah2816 line which includes my Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets (and necklaces including a men's line) and unique bracelets made with semi-precious and precious stones which will also feature some necklaces soon! Check out the scriptures too.....they are pretty cool!
So if you'd like to come, be sure to e-mail me for the address. Out of privacy reasons and the Open House not being in a public place please contact me so I can get you there!
....and YES you are welcome to bring a friend, or two....or three.... :)
I will have my guitar out - so if you'd like to hear a bit of music, I'll be glad to play for you. I have a couple new songs that some of you may not have heard yet!
Date: 10/29/17 - PERSONAL EVENT
Time: 3 pm
Event: Savvy Minerals Makeup Fun Day / Ladies Afternoon Get-together
Place: Private Home (email for address/directions) RSVP Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org
Town: Sauk Rapids, MN
Come join me for a fun afternoon, trying on makeup that's chemically free by Young Living Savvy Minerals and talking about beauty inside and out and getting encouragement to be all we can be, women of purpose and strength as God created us to be. My friend Amanda Meyer from Cornerstone Living Essentials will be teaching us (as I'm still learning about our new line of products with Young Living)
We are going to do Foundation Color Matching, we will try Application Techniques and get some Ingredient Education that's an eye opener! We will have a great time being together and one person will get a Savvy Makeover!
If you would like to be to join in, please RSVP me at: email@example.com (where you'll also get the address/directions)
We will be in Eau Claire, WI on November 4 & 11 at Gospel Christian Coffeehouse
in Rice Lake, WI on November 18th at Lighthouse Christian Coffeehouse.
Those dates are posted in "Bands In Town", so if you are not "tracking" me, there's a button on the top right side in light blue that says "TRACK". Click that for notifications in your e-mail when I'm playing in your area!
...or follow me on my music page on FaceBook: Sam Scales Music (link right under the "track" button).
Last month I had a blast in Monticello IL! First with a concert at The Steeple Coffeehouse right downtown Monticello. The Steeple is an old church that was converted into a coffeehouse with the coolest ever acoustics! No sound system needed there! Thank you to owner Marty for having me and my Monticello friends for coming out!
The other event was the Monticellobration FestiFall, an annual fall festival downtown Monticello, IL where there's vendors set up all throughout the town square and 30 light poles are decorated with scare crows. The scare crows are created by local businesses, individuals, groups or organizations and are entered into a contest of who has the best scarecrow which is voted for by the attendees of the festival. Each light pole is "purchased" by those who create the scarecrows to display on and the money goes towards a local charity, ministry, or organization. There were some pretty neat creations that I wish I had the time to take pictures of.
I was set up as a vendor with my NotesNBling jewelry booth right in front of the town's courthouse! It was a fun time, made new fans of my jewelry and even came home with a special order!
At the end of September we were also part of "Ride For Hope" an annual Fundraiser Event for Place of Hope in St. Cloud. We have served that event quite often in the last 10 years or so when we were available. It's a fun time for those participating with a motorbike ride out in the countryside, a bike ride and a walk around Lake George followed by free food for the participants and things to do for the kids.
We played with Nicole who began the afternoon of music and ended with more after our set. Nicole is one of the worship leaders at Place of Hope. She's an amazing singer and a fun person! Hope to see her more often!
I am excited and looking forward to leading worship at the BURN 24/7 Central Minnesota event and my NotesNBling Jewelry Open house, welcoming guests, having time to chat and see people I haven't seen in a long time.... some who I only get to see when I have the open house... We gotta change that! :)
Quick update on my daughter who had hurricane Harvey damage....they are getting their house put together slowly but surely. They finally got a contractor in to remove and replace all sheetrock in the house. Daughter is super ready to have life be back to normal soon in her home as it's affecting my 2 year old grandson with all the damage and chaos of stacked up furniture everywhere and an upstairs area that they haven't been able to use at all!
Also I'm extremely proud of her! Cheryl Breaker is a photographer in the Corpus Christi area, Bumble-B Photography. She offered a free session to parents who had a baby born during landfall of hurricane Harvey and had 3 responses. She heard some amazing stories, made new friends - and the babies and her photography are now being featured in the Refugio, TX paper and one baby is featured in the Victoria, TX paper (see picture on left). That's pretty cool!
Here is the link if you'd like see the story: http://www.kiiitv.com/news/local/photographer-captures-harvey-babies-first-moments/480040148
Here is the link to her photography website: http://bumblebphotography.net/
Enjoy the fall season and the Lord willing I will see some of you this month at the above events and next month in Wisconsin!
Cherish your time with the Lord and take care of those weeds in the garden of your heart! I know I need to pluck out a few! I'm thankful He is patient but after the message in church this morning a time is coming when His patience will end. We all need to get much more serious with our time with Him and share the gospel as much as we can!
So grateful for the reflections in my garden yesterday and the reminders through the sermon this morning!
Go forth in His grace and strength,
WOW.....so much is happening weatherwise in our country. Down in Texas with the aftermath of hurricane Harvey and in Montana with all the fires.... I'm grateful for all the prayers, as my daughter Cheryl and her family live in Woodsboro, TX and had some damage at their property.
Woodsboro is close to Refugio and Rockport, two towns which had a LOT of damage and other small communities who are also trying to climb up out of the damages. Then Houston of course where I also have friends who thankfully only had to deal with minor issues.
Daughter and family are ok, property lost most of the trees and their house has windows blown out and some roof problems and now they are dealing with mold forming (due to rain blowing in through the busted windows) and NO electricity to run the air conditioning to keep the house free of humidity and air moving until maybe this coming Friday ... They really need to dry things out....
Thank you for keeping them in your prayers as well as my friends in Houston who still have some repairs to do and of course all affected there and in Montana.
Photo: Courtesy of Bumble-B-Photography/Cheryl Breaker
Compared to the issues mentioned above, we are doing ok. We are healthy and are grateful for God's provisions for us. After our summer events which were tough physically and mentally (for some reason this year) and not productive as we had hoped, we are praying for provisions to climb out of the aftermath of a bad decision with the fireworks sales and weather related issues for the BBQs.
However....I'm just so thrilled for all the veggies I just picked up this morning (Labor Day) from a farmer friend where we also get our eggs. I got Eggplant, a Zucchini, yellow tomatoes, broccoli and brussel sprouts!!! Yummeeee.... I also have some mint steeping for fresh mint tea!!!
Just when we had need - God provided!
One thing I'm learning in all this....TRUST GOD and quit worrying!!!
Date: Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Time: 7-9 p
Place: Lighthouse Christian Coffeehouse
315 S. Main Street
Town: Rice Lake, WI
We are first time musical guests at the Lighthouse this coming weekend and are SO looking forward to meeting everyone and spending time together in God's presence and sharing our music and from our hearts! Hope to see you there!
Date: Friday, September 15th, 2017
Time: 1-3 pm
Place: The Steeple Coffee House
102 E. Lafayette
Town: Monticello, IL
Also a first time for me to be at this coffeehouse to play music. Enjoyed a frappe there twice when I went down to visit a friend and just love the atmosphere and the owner and - now I got a date there and I'm super excited to share my music with the folks stopping in!
That same day there will also be a Citywide Garage Sale, so come down to Monticello to find some treasures and then stop in at The Steeple Coffeehouse to refuel your energy with one or two of their awesome coffees, frappes or espressos and listen to live music from 1-3. Come join me!!
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
STREET VENDING - Jewelry, CDs, Book
Place: The Square - Downtown Monticello
Town: Monticello, IL
For this event I will actually just be a vendor, displaying my jewelry and I'm so thrilled I was able to still get into the festival. The Town Square has 30 light poles which will each be decorated with a different scarecrow, sponsored by a business or individuals who "buy" a light pole and then decorate their version of a scarecrow. Of course there will be food by local food businesses and vendors - and lots of arts/crafts vendors as well. So if you are in the area or live not too far away, or just want to make a daytrip, come on down!
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Place: Ride For Hope at Place Of Hope, 511 9th Ave. S
Town: St. Cloud, MN
Annual Motorbike Ride For Hope Fundraiser for Place Of Hope Ministries. 17th Annual Ride For Hope which was renamed Walk, Ride, Bike for Hope.
I've been invited to provide music for the event. It is open to the public.
Participants: Registration begins at 12:30 pm.
You can just come for the concert/music/food part beginning at 4:30 pm or you can participate in the fundraiser by entering the walk or you can ride your bicycle. You can also participate with your Motorcycle and join the biker group to go out on a ride. Hope to see you there!
For more info: www.placeofhopeministries.org. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last month I had a very light music/event schedule, due to every weekend pretty much being a BBQ event. So after all those were done, we both had a weekend with absolutely nothing scheduled and decided to take a breather by visiting my friend Sue in Sheboygan Falls, WI and enjoying some lake/beach time in Sheboygan, WI at Lake Michigan with her and her dog Raji. We took wonderful walks and it was nice to have some re-coup time!
Part of our time away also included playing music at the Upper Room Christian Community in Sheboygan with our longtime friends there who have been part of my music ministry for over 17 years now! It's always like coming home and the Lord is always there, so we enjoyed just singing together and visiting with everyone. We also were able to see a few folks we haven't seen in a LONG time who just happened to come in that day! WOW! That was so God! Love those divine appointments!
With all the events going on and especially with my daughter affected with Hurricane Harvey and seeing all those pictures and videos of people's struggles with this weather (including Montana), my heart has been heavy....plus adding the things we are also dealing with now....
So it's been interesting.... as I've been praying and reading the Word, I've been getting encouragement and reminders from the Lord.
First - it started with Psalm 34:7-10
Second - talking to a friend on the phone who said: "TRUST GOD, He will provide"
Third - I get a FaceBook Message from a church friend with a picture and inside the picture were the words: "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart". Psalm 37:4
Fourth - So this Sunday..... the message was so appropriate, especially towards the end. At our church we are going through the book of Revelation. We are in chapter 13 and this Sunday's topic was "The False Prophet" from verses 11-18.
At the end of the message Pastor Larry asked "What should we do?"
1. Avoid Greed. 1 Timothy 6:9
2. Trust God: Matthew 6:25-26.
Jesus said: "DO NOT WORRY" .... about ANYTHING! So, if you are prone to worry (like me), it actually is SIN and so we must ask God the help us with this! If Jesus said don't do something, well, then we must obey! Otherwise we have the sin of UNBELIEF! Gulp!! We have to believe that He is who He says He is and that He will take care of us!
So in light of what is happening in my daughter's life (and I shared that with her), my life and your life - or what may happen in the future, use your smarts. Hebrews 5:11-14. There are so many deceptions out there, so many things we hear even from pulpits or from other religions.... and FaceBook is a rumor mill... We must check everything in the light of God's Word.
Fall in love with the real Jesus and His Word and follow only Him.
We have entered the busy August BBQ season, where hubby is pleasing the taste buds of everyone and so enjoys when people let him know how much they like what he's prepared!
I'm of course major engaged in helping him.... at times trying to catch my breath when it gets super busy! :)
Last weekend (August 10-12) we were back for the 7th year at the Deerwood Summer Fest. This is an event we've always enjoyed. We love the people who host the event and they look forward to us coming.... so do the patrons of the event! Everyone has always been so patient with us when we get a bit behind on getting food out, especially when we get swamped and this year - boy did we ever!!! Wow!!
I had my guitar along as I thought it might be a neat idea to play while people were waiting for food (like cheese curds, mushroom fries which Warren fried up fresh for everyone)....however, I pretty much got only one complete song in and then it got crazy!
Maybe the song "Victory!" (which is the song we co-wrote at InspireSong this year) drew them in. I dunno, but it sure was b-u-s-y!!! Grateful to the Lord for the business He brought our way!
It's really funny how people came up and said that they been smelling the brisket all over town and especially the neighbors around our spot said it made them hungry for two days! We had a lot of repeat customers from last year, people who specifically look for us, which is really neat!
For the month of August it will be pretty much quiet music wise, as I will have to concentrate on helping hubby with his events. But there's a date in September already booked!
The Upper Room Christian Community
Date: Friday, August 25
Time: 7-9 pm
Town: Sheboygan, WI
Address: 1125 N. 8th Street
Lighthouse Christian Coffeehouse
Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 7-9 pm
Town: Rice Lake, WI
Address: 315 Main Street
So excited to be first time musical guests at the Lighthouse Coffeehouse! We will have a great time together with those folks - and I heard with a van load of people from Eau Claire!! Yey! Gonna be kind of a Family Reunion :)!!!!!
So far this is all what I have lined up musically.... Let me know if you'd like me to come to your bible study, women's group, coffeehouse or other event. I have car, I travel, haha!
In the beginning of this month (and the end of last one) I had the privilege to go to Monticello, IL on a trip with a friend and visiting another friend Erisa Rei who lives down that way. It was super exciting to finally get to hang with her again. The last time we met up was several years ago when I was down in Nashville!! So it was about time for a meet-up! What's really cool is that I got to play with Erisa, an award winning songwriter, who has songs on the radio. Her genre is more Roots/Americana which is a style I've come to truly enjoy listening to (thanks to her).
We spent some time together chatting and having coffee at The Steeple Gallery Coffeehouse, downtown Monticello and then headed to the park where we played some music for each other, which was so fun!
After my visit with Erisa, my other friend and I were invited to a wonderful couple's home for dessert and a time of fellowship - and of course music! Thank you Barb & Merv for having us!
So for two weekends in a row I got to spend time making new friends and being a blessing musically for them and their family. I'd post pictures of the house concert, however there are children in the photos who were looking over my shoulder at my lyric sheets, singing along. I do not want to post their images without the parents permission. The girls where just a blast and I think they had so much fun singing along! What a gift and privilege!
Middle of July Warren and I were back again at the Barnabas Christian Coffeehouse in Eau Claire, WI! Oh, it feels so much like seeing family when we go there! It was really fun to watch Randy Walker, who ministers at the coffeehouse, play along with Warren during his set! Thank you Randy & all the folks from Barnabas for being such an encouragement and support!
Remember that we will be in Brainerd at the Brainerd International Raceway, August 17-20 for the Lucas Oil Nationals Drag Race selling Warren's BBQ! So come out to see us and have a bite!
Keep up to date with what's happening via my Facebook Page: SamScalesMusic (use the "f" icon on the right on top to get there).
Hopefully we will see some of you at a concert or other event! Until next month....
Yours truly, Sam
P.S. Those of you who get updates via "Bands In Town" for my music/concerts, the Harvest Fellowship Block Party is not happening, as the church has decided to do other events instead. Sorry for the confusion, but I totally forgot to delete the event off Bands In Town earlier.
Happy Summer to all!
This is the first time I've had a chance to sit down and get caught up on all the music office things I've been needing to do - including this news update (which should have gone out July 1st in order to remind everyone (especially you locals) of some events happening AFTER the fireworks sales....
However, as you can tell, that didn't happen...my apologies guys! With the fireworks selling season it's been extremely busy, we were trying to save on labor costs and so I was at the tent 15 hours a day, then going home still try to clean up a bit, do laundry, etc. There just wasn't enough time to sit at the computer to intelligently formulate a news update :)
So, you might want to be connected to my FaceBook page (click link on the side) because I update there a lot on the fly as it's much easier to do on the phone versus writing an update on my website....
This time I will begin with the upcoming events first.
Barnabas Christian Coffeehouse
Date: Saturday, July 15
Time: 7-9:30 pm
Town: Chippewa Falls, WI
Address: 19 W. Spring Street.
We are so looking forward to coming back "home" to our new friends at the Barnabas Coffeehouse!
Arts In The Garden
Date: Thursday, July 20
Location: Munsinger Gardens, Riverside Drive SE
Town: St. Cloud, MN
I am very excited to have been accepted as an exhibitor at the Arts in the Garden event. Although I will not be doing music (as all that has been booked already) I will be there with my jewelry to sell.
This is the first time being an exhibitor at an event like this. Where I will be located I won't know until I get there, however a nice stroll through the park will be nice, so I hope you come out and visit me!
Last weekend we had our 3rd annual TENT REVIVAL, this time at our TNT Fireworks Tent location in Sauk Rapids in the Coborns Parking lot. Friday night was a special night of Word and worship, so amazing, deep, infilling, restoring......thank You Lord, as You know exactly what we need to hear! Thank you Warren for reading Psalm 119 and your testimony!
Although we did not have many people come, and a few had to leave earlier due to curfew being in a program (thank you Christine for bringing the ladies!), the Word had an impact and our music at the end just soared. It was so cool to play with Grant Erickson again, who is the worship leader at Place of Hope, so gifted.... The Holy Spirit took over.... it amazed us as musicians, it was so cool. Grant also brought his sound system and set it up for us! We are so grateful for his help! Thank you Grant for your service!!! Friday night seemed like a practice for Sunday night's revival, but we know that the music and Word went out as I've noticed a few people sitting in cars and listening for a while.
Sunday night's service we had a few more people come into the tent, either for the whole service or just for the music, or for a portion of the message. Warren was able to talk after the service to one couple that came. A big thank you goes out to our friends Sue, Sandy & Barb for coming out.
Saturday was extra special, because we had 12 hours of prayer and music at the Revival Tent!!
Burn 24/7 Central Minnesota team came out to hold their worship time and we were so thrilled and thankful to be able to host them!
We prayed for the city, the county, the state and our country and other countries as well, as folks had special ministries, oversees missions and people on their heart whom they prayed for. There was a table set up for painting, a poster of the globe where people could put stickers of the places they prayed for, we had the Word being read and lots and lots of music with exceptional worship leaders and musicians from the area! We will do this again next year's Revival!!
Thank you Burn 24/7 team for your service!
June 10th I was out in Royalton, MN for Arts In The Park. Joining me was musician/songwriter Sheldon Carlson who played a few tunes with me and his wife Lynda joined us later. It was such a fun time! Thank you to the Royalton Women's Study Club for having me at their event!
Our Fireworks selling season is now over! Although it was a lot of fun, we are glad it is done! After 10 days of non-stop being in the fireworks tent (as Warren has to sleep there for security reasons with all the fireworks staying displayed inside the tent) and for me 15 hours per day during that same time, you can imagine we were exhausted.
We had two tents again this year. One was located in Sauk Rapids at Coborns in the parking lot which was managed by Matthew and his family. Warren found them through an ad he put on Craigs List. They did SO good and "rocked" the sales! The Sauk Rapids tent did better than ours!
Warren and I were at our usual location for the last 5 years out in Waite Park at Westside Liquor in the parking lot. We had a great time, loved helping people and it was good to see former customers again as well. We will do it again - next year!
Just want to again say 'thank you' to a few people: Grant Erickson for his service with sound and music for the Revival Tent, Christine Erickson for bringing the ladies, Burn 24/7 team, Jim & Kim VanGilder for allowing us to host the Burn 24/7 event. Thank you also to Melissa, Sherri, Sue, Sandy and Barb for coming out to the Tent Revival.
A big thank you also to our Fireworks staff: Matthew and family, Melissa, Sherri, Christine, Dan & Ian. We could not have done it without you all!
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I will not be doing much music in August as most of that time will be occupied with helping hubby with upcoming BBQ Events.
August 5th he will be roasting a pig for a wedding. Weekend of August 10-12 we will be back in Deerwood for Deerwood Summer Fest and the following week/weekend August 16-20 we will be back in Brainderd at BIR (Brainerd International Raceway). So if you want some BBQ, come to Deerwood or find us at BIR!
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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.