I hope the summer has been a good one for you so far and that it isn't coming to an end too quickly. August already, school stuff is in the stores and "back to school" is creeping into the talk of families across the country. The music and ministry has been busy with the inclusion of Awake and Alive our summer group series for the college age and young professionals in SE Wisconsin. It has also been a concert series that we are taking on the road this year and it has been met with an enthusiastic response. This summer we've had the chance to share music and ministry in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona and Virginia and later this month we'll be heading to Indiana and Michigan as well.
Kickstarter and CD update
YOU DID IT! Thanks to all of you who supported the kickstarter campaign, which was officially funded to help bring new songs to life. We had a good couple days in studio working on vocals for three songs. They aren't quite ready to go to the mix engineers, but we're confident that you're going to love these new songs. "Worthy", "My Own Best Friend" and "Safely Home" have all been worked on and are in various stages of completion. Once these are done I will be working on vocals for "Climb the Mountain" with the hopes that the August tour will raise funding to record one or two more songs to round out the album. Once we get back from our mid August tour, the vocal work and final recordings will go into full swing as we try to get the album done in September for release in late October or early November.
Awake and Alive
I am excited about what is happening with the Awake and Alive message and ministry. I care a lot about our 18-25 generation as God has seen fit to put me into a situation to work with college age young professionals on a daily basis. Whether in the band, in campus ministry or in my work at Innovative Weather, I've been given a crash course in working with this generation and within this culture. That's why I'm so excited about what we're seeing in Awake and Alive and the potential for it to be portable as well. We've been averaging about 50+ at our first to Awake and Alive summer series gatherings on the grounds of St. Paul's Muskego. You can check out the session one recap and session two recap pages to see what they look like. The last summer series one will happen Sunday evening August 10th at 6pm.
I'm also excited to see how the concert version of this has been received as well. I was able to share the concert version of this ministry in Phoenix and in Virginia and it has been well received. We will be taking the concert on the road with us to Indiana and Michigan later this month with the full band as well as a bible study share in between services in Bay City, MI.
Awake and Alive is a prayer over and for our college age and young professional generation in our midst, that God would continue to make them Awake to their truest identity as a child of God through Jesus and that he would make them Alive to living out that identity in their lives today, making the most of the opportunities to fearlessly declare the Gospel to their own generation and culture. But the prayer really doesn't start or stop with them. In order for others to serve this generation, it is ALL of us who need this daily prayer and reminder as we so often lose sight of our own identities in the midst of life. That we would all remember that Jesus himself calls us to "Life to the full" with an expectation that we will follow him as he reveals that Life to others by the Holy Spirit, often shared THROUGH us!
Please join us in praying with and for this generation and continue to pray that, living out this prayer, the "church" would set a new bar of excellence for walking with this age group as well. We hope that this will be one small piece of the puzzle in doing just that!
Emmanuel Has Come
It's going to come faster than we realize, but the Advent season isn't too far away. Now I'm not saying let's break out the Christmas music before the end of October, BUT... we want you to know that there are dates available for our Advent/Christmas concert called "Emmanuel Has Come". We'll have more information on it soon.
Enjoy the rest of your summer. We hope to see you on the road sometime soon, or perhaps join us for worship sometime at The Bridge at St. Paul's Muskego, 10:15am Sunday mornings. If you're looking to worship with us there, just check the schedule for the dates.
"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:17-19