July Update 2019

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July Update

I hope you are having an enjoyable Fouth of July weekend! It’s been great for me to work on new songs for new albums, writing out music for new music books, and organize songs for a new video series called Songs & Techniques. I’ll explain more in August. Personally, Sherri and I have been designing a new deck off the back of our house. The old one is falling apart and we need to fix it by the end of the summer.

Producing the seven concerts at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center is the biggest thing for me this summer. This Saturday, we’ll have Buddy Greene in concert at 7:30pm. Jeff Taylor will be joining him. Don’t miss the next four free concerts and come early to enjoy an amazing buffet dinner. See below for more details.

Your gracious prayers and support are so much appreciated! Thank you for being involved in bringing positive progress and eternal results for every event and effort. May you have a wonderful rest-of-the-summer. Hope to see you at the concerts.

 

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Phil Keaggy in Concert

As a part of the Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series, Phil Keaggy will be in concert Saturday, July 13, at 7:30pm in the main auditorium at the Mount Hermon Conference Center (37 Conference Drive, Mount Hermon. CA 95041). Phil Keaggy is one of the best guitar players in the world and perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. A master of both electric rock and acoustic finger style, he has been honing his craft for over 50 years. He continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions. He won his very first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album, “The Wind and the Wheat. Phil’s second Dove Award came in 1992 for his Celtic-influenced, “Beyond Nature”. Phil has won the “Instrumental Record” category at the Doves for many years with sons like, “Acoustic Sketches” and “Lights of Madrid”.

 

Aaron Shust in Concert

Aaron Shust will be in concert Saturday, July 20, at 7:30pm in the main auditorium at the Mount Hermon Conference Center (37 Conference Drive, Mount Hermon. CA 95041). Over the past decade, Aaron Shust has earned a reputation as one of Christian music’s most compelling songwriters and a vocalist of considerable depth and passion. He was named both New Artist and Songwriter of the Year at the 2007 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and the impact of his song, “My Savior My God” was recognized with the Song of the Year honor. He is well known for such hits as “My Hope is in You,” which spent 14 weeks at No. 1, “No One Higher,” which hit the summit on the Inspirational chart and “Ever Be,” which made its way to No. 3 on the NCA chart. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” has become a perennial holiday favorite, earning acclaim as the most played song each December for 10 years in a row.

 

Point of Grace in Concert

Point of Grace will be in concert Saturday, July 27, at 7:30pm in the main auditorium at the Mount Hermon Conference Center (37 Conference Drive, Mount Hermon. CA 95041). The multi-platinum trio Point of Grace will bring you to a heart of gratitude as they share their journey. With faith filled, and passionate lyrics, their memorable melodies and soaring harmonies have inspired generations to live boldly and keep Gods love as the foundation of their lives. Shelley Breen, Denise Jones and Leigh Cappillino, share stories about home and heaven with countless individuals around the world. As a group, it’s a journey that’s 21 years in and 13 albums deep, punctuated with 27 #1 songs, 13 Dove Awards, two GRAMMY nominations, career album sales in excess of 7 million with multiple Platinum and Gold certifications, making them one of the Top 10 best-selling artists in the history of Contemporary Christian music.

 

Upcoming Events

July 11, 18, 25 (Thursdays)
Summer private lessons in Los Altos, Mount Hermon, and through Skype.

July 7, 14, 21 (Sundays)
I’ll be regularly leading worship at the Gilroy Presbyterian Church services on Sundays, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020.

July 8-12 (Mon-Fri)
I’ll be leading worship at the Joni & Friends Retreat at Mission Springs in Scotts Valley, Monday through Friday. It’s a retreat for Special Needs families through Joni Erickson-Tada’s ministry. Visit their website for more information.

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An Awesome Summer

I hope you have had a wonderful summer! My summer has been awesome! Now, it’s full speed ahead into the fall with ministry at every corner. Valley Christian School has started, Gilroy Presbyterian Church has even more of my involvement, and Heartfelt Music will be taking on Mount Hermon’s Summer Concert Series for next summer (more information in the next eNewsletter).

Heartfelt Music is now registered with Pay Pal Giving Fund and is a Charity through eBay GivingWorks. When purchasing anything on eBay, if you list Heartfelt Music as your Charity, we receive a small donation. Every little bit helps. You can also donate through Pay Pal and now 100% goes to us. CLICK HERE to find out more. You can also donate when buying on Amazon.com by going through Amazon Smile.

Again, I want to express my appreciation for your generosity in contributions and prayers for Heartfelt Music Ministry. God is doing amazing things and continues to transform lives through us.

Back at Valley Christian Schools

It’s been a couple of weeks since Valley Christian Schools have started up for the fall. My classes are going well: Guitar I, Guitar II, Guitar III, HS Worship Team, JH Worship Team, and Music Technology. The Conservatory of the Arts began with a special alumni concert to kick-off the year.

 

Leading Worship in Gilroy

At Gilroy Presbyterian Church, I will be continuing this fall to lead Sunday worship and lead the choir. I have enjoyed working with this group so much, I will be ministering more long term with them as their Worship Director. This gives me weekly experience. If you’re in the area, come on by and say hi.

 

Sequoia Ropes Course

At Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, I did the Sequoia Ropes Course during Fun Day, August 19th. The Mount Hermon Community was invited to celebrate a day for the community to enjoy a BBQ lunch and many of the activities available at Mount Hermon.

 

Coming Events

September 3, 10, 17, 24 (Sundays)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

September 2, 3, 4 (Sat., Sun., & Mon.)
Playing and singing for Mount Hermon’s Labor Day Weekend Family Camp Pancake Breakfasts, 37 Conference Dr., Mount Hermon, CA 95041. From 7:45am to 8:30am, for Family Camp guests only.

 

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Summer Ministry

.I hope you are having a wonderful summer. It’s been such a blessing for me with a break from Valley Christian School. Sleeping in a little and spending extra time with family has been so refreshing. We didn’t have any huge trip for vacation, just day trips to Carmel and San Fransisco. I’m keeping in shape by doing Kick Boxing twice a week with Lightspeed Martial Arts Academy.

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I’ve also been working on Heartfelt Music, writing out my songs (fully transcribed through Sibelius music writing software), recording a new album, video recording a new training DVD in the Songs & Techniques series, which has the same songs as the new album. I’ve been playing music for Mount Hermon Family Camps’ Pancake Breakfast in the mornings and leading worship every Sunday at Gilroy Presbyterian Church.

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Heartfelt Music is now registered with Pay Pal Giving Fund and is a Charity through eBay GivingWorks. When purchasing anything on eBay, if you list Heartfelt Music as your Charity, we receive a small donation. Every little bit helps. You can also donate through Pay Pal and now 100% goes to us. CLICK HERE to find out more. You can also donate when buying on Amazon.com by going through Amazon Smile.

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Thank you so much for your prayers and support for Heartfelt Music Ministry and effectively leading others toward intimacy with God. Though this month has been somewhat of a break, August will include a full schedule of creating instructional materials, mentoring students, leading worship with various churches, and joining hands with other non-profit organizations to enliven God’s work in the Bay Area.

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July Events

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July 23 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

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July 25, 27, 28 (Tue, Thu, Fri)
Playing and singing for Mount Hermon’s Family Camp 6 Pancake Breakfast, 37 Conference Dr., Mount Hermon, CA 95041. From 7:45am to 8:30am, for Family Camp guests only.

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July 30 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

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In Everything Give Thanks

Heartfelt Music and I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you get time to give thanks for the many blessings god graciously brings our way. “Rejoice always, pray continually, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).

As you think about gifts for loved ones, consider my encouraging music. Three of my albums are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby: Heartfelt Celebration, Here & Now, and Instrumental Guitar-Volume I. Four other albums, my music book, free songs, and a worship report are available at Gumroad.com. Physical CDs can be purchased through CD Baby.

 

Guitar Training Workshop

I led a training workshop for the guitarists at River of Life Church in Santa Clara. Their ministry is refreshingly relevant and influential.

 

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Upcoming Events

November 27 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

December 4 & 18 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am. I will be directing the choir both Sundays.

 

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Merry Christmas!

The Heartfelt Music Ministry board and I wish you the best of holidays, a very Merry Christmas, and a meaningful New Year celebration! This past year has been filled with inspirational ministry opportunities and I’m looking forward to 2016 with even more ministry endeavors designed by God specifically for Heartfelt Music Ministry.

If you are thinking of gifts, I have a number of albums available for download at Gumroad.com and iTunes.com; plus physical CDs at cdbaby.com and our website at HeartfeltMusic.org (Gift certificates available). Look me up on Spotify.

 

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Support Heartfelt through any purchase on AmazonSmile

Many of you order products on Amazon. Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon only a percentage of what you buy goes toward Heartfelt Music Ministry. Most products purchased through Amazon can be purchased at the same discounted price through Amazon Smile, but you are also supporting us. CLICK HERE and try it out!

 

Financial Support

We would be honored and so grateful for you to choose us as your ministry/missions organization in giving an end-of-the-year gift or monthly financial support. Since we are a nonprofit 501(c)3 ministry, your tax-deductible gifts propel this ministry and open doors for us to give, local, national, and international support of other missions organizations. Thank you for your support!

 

Special Christmas Eve Service

Accenting the birth of Jesus, there will be a special Christmas Eve service on December 24th, 6:00pm, at San Jose Christian Reformed Church. I will be leading the music. We will be taking a look at the whole story of our history with a special look at Jesus’ birth. Culminate your Christmas advent with worship, singing carols, candle lighting and celebrating our Lord. He deserves all the glory, honor and praise!  You are welcome to join us.

 

Coming Events

December 13, 20, 27 (Sun), 10:00am
Leading worship with San Jose Christian Reformed Church, 5150 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124.

December 24 (Thu), 6:00pm

Leading worship for a special Christmas Eve service with San Jose Christian Reformed Church, 5150 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124.

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Evoking Excellence

During the last few months, I’ve been coming alongside various groups to inspire skillful and excellent music as well as to draw closer to Jesus. In September, I’ve continued to encourage the wonderful folks at San Jose Christian Reformed Church (SJCRC) as their Interim Worship Director. In October, I played instrumental music for the SonRise Equestrian Foundation fundraiser in Alamo during their silent auction; I led worship at the Tonto Rim Christian Camp’s Men’s Retreat in Arizona with a whole weekend of manly fun and fellowship; Earlier this month, I led worship for Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, amazed at how welcoming and enjoyable the people are; two separate Sunday’s, the two Valley Christian High School worship teams led worship at SJCRC which was good for them to get the experience outside of chapels; and I did an all day training with Tri-Valley Chinese Bible Church in Pleasanton. Next weekend, I’ll be leading a worship night Friday at Redwood Christian Park for a Men’s Retreat with the Home Church from Campbell; and on Sunday, I’ll continue directing the worship team and leading worship with SJCRC. With Thanksgiving approaching, I want you to know I am very grateful for you, your prayers, and continued support!
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Many of you order products on Amazon. Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon only a percentage of what you buy goes toward Heartfelt Music Ministry. Most products that you are buying through Amazon anyway can be purchased at the same discounted price through Amazon Smile, but you are also supporting us. CLICK HERE and try it out!

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Special Thanksgiving Service

There will be a special Thanksgiving service on Thanksgiving Day at San Jose Christian Reformed Church 10:00am. I will be leading the music. We will be celebrating the many reasons to have an attitude of gratitude! Start your holiday off right…by worshiping and giving thanks to the Lord. He does, after all, deserve all the glory, honor and praise!  You are welcome to join us.

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The Gift of Music

We’re quickly approaching a season of giving where we appreciate those who are significant to us. A very meaningful and affordable gift is music to encourage and inspire. I have a number of albums available for download at Gumroad.com and iTunes.com; plus physical CDs at cdbaby.com and our website at HeartfeltMusic.org (Gift certificates available).

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours from Heartfelt Music Ministry! We’ve had a full year of training, consulting, worship leading, sharing in concert, and encouraging others through quality music. May this holiday season be restful and renewing for you.

Take a look below at how Heartfelt Music is reaching across the nation and touching the world internationally. We have many products available for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Thank you for your prayers and support! We’d love to hear from you and find out how you became interested in Heartfelt Music Ministry.

 

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Touching the World

I want to thank all of you receiving this eNewsletter every month and for staying involved with us. There are over 1,000 people from all over the world getting these monthly updates. I thought you’d like to hear how far this ministry reaches. Internationally, folks are reading this letter in places where I’ve ministered like Albania, Netherlands, Canada, and Mexico. Others are receiving this letter in places I’ve never been like Japan, Hong Kong, Ecuador, China, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Macau, Philippines, Brazil, and Singapore. In the US, there are folks from over 25 states getting this. We are so thankful that through this eNewsletter we are actually touching the world!

 

Your Gifts Are So Appreciated

Making a donation to Heartfelt Music Ministry is a wise investment. Through quality training events, concerts/worship leading events, inspiring music products, and empowering consulting, we are effectively hitting our target of leading others toward intimacy with God. Your gift is tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)3. As Bruce Blake, President of Heartfelt Music Ministry, has said, “We are very grateful for your support through prayer, attending events, and purchasing our products.  Some of you have been contributing monthly for years which is an important reason for our success in touching people’s lives. We would greatly appreciate any financial contribution you could make at this time.” CLICK HERE to find out more about contributing.

 

Music Products & Lessons

My latest albums, Here & Now and Instrumental Guitar Volume 1, are available on our website, CDbaby, and iTunes. Some other projects of mine available are A Compilation of Compositions, Heartfelt Celebration, Intimacy, Take It To Heart, No Greater Love, and Living in Jesus.

You can purchase a Gift Certificate for a friend or loved one to spend on any item. The Gift Certificate can even be used for private lessons.

 

I am currently holding private lessons at Bridges Community Church in Los Altos, Valley Christian School in San Jose (VCS), my home in Mount Hermon, Let me know if you’d like to start in January.

 

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A Season of Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! We have reason to have thankful hearts at all times because of Jesus, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).  In addition, this Thanksgiving season inspires us to have an extra sense of gratitude which is the perfect preparation for Christmas right around the corner. May this be a most meaningful Thanksgiving for you, your family, and your friends.

I continue to teach about 20 guitar students, lead worship at various churches, and train through workshops and consulting. I’m setting up January events now, so let me know if I can join you or your church in some way. Wrapping up a semester at Valley Christian School which has been a rewarding ministry experience. My albums and music are available at our product page, You can also download them at iTunes, CD Baby, Rapsody, Amazon and hear excerpts as well.

 

What I’m thankful for

There are so many things to be thankful for! I’m so thankful for my family who continues to inspire me and bring me joy; my friends both new and old who hold me accountable and spur me on to greater things; my co-workers at Valley Christian who work so hard to teach and equip a new generation of musicians and artists; for neighbors who are there when you need them; for all that God has provided; and for Jesus who continually brings eternal life to make living such an amazing experience! What are you thankful for? Take time to reflect, thanking God for all he has done for us. There may be some pretty difficult situations you’re facing, but God will bring you through as you lean on His love.

 

A Joyful Inspiration

As a special gift for you, click on the middle picture above and enjoy my latest instrumental called Abundant Sunshine.  May it be a joyful inspiration for you! Looking for gifts for loved ones?  Visit our products page and give a gift certificate, digital music, CD, or music book.  I have two free MP3’s available at https://gumroad.com/reggie. You’ll find my albums available there as well. Thank you for your support in this way!

 

Be a Vital Part of this Ministry

Any donation would be a great help to propel Heartfelt Music Ministry forward. Your gift is tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)3. Heartfelt Music comes alongside other non-profit organization and many are not doing well financially right now. We want to work with them even if it means we receive less financially. This is where your gifts come in. We can encourage others because of your gifts! Alongside Ministries in Albania, Mexico Outreach through Azusa Pacific University, and many churches that can’t afford an honorarium are examples of how your gifts have helped make our ministry possible. Would you consider making a donation and be a support in this way?

 

Coming Events

March 6-7Reggie will be teaching training workshops at the Bay Area Church Workers Convention (BASS) at Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley, CA.

April 10-12Reggie will be leading worship at the Men’s Retreat with Tonto Rim Christian Camp in Payson, Arizona.

April 14Phil Keaggy Concert at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, CA (sponsored in part by Heartfelt Music Ministry) Details and ticket sales coming in January.

 

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A Season of Giving!

Christmas is coming and there are reminders everywhere, all over the world!  Jesus is the center of our celebration and relationships are what He’s about.  More than “loving things,” Jesus has demonstrated His deep “love for us” by becoming one of us, giving His very life, and making a way for us to be with Him forever.  This is a season of giving as we recognize and value the relationships God has brought into our lives.  May this be a most meaningful Christmas for you, your family, and your friends.

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As a special gift, we’d like you to enjoy a free MP3 Download of the song “Flame” from the new album Here & Now (CLICK HERE).

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We are holding a one-time opportunity for you to give to Heartfelt Music Ministry called Accelerate the Impact.  We have never done something like this before and will not be doing it again.  Unlike most non-profit ministries who hold yearly giving campaigns, we have not chosen to do that. People have volunteered one-time donations and some give monthly or bi-monthly. This is how we thrive.  The Accelerate the Impact opportunity is a way to help Heartfelt Music Ministry start fresh by paying off the $21,000 debt from the past Christian Guitar and Bass Conferences.  See details below and visit the Indiegogo site for more information.

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My new album, Here & Now, just came out last week!  You can hear excerpts at iTunes, CD Baby, Rapsody, Amazon, and you can order physical CDs at our product page or CD Baby.  I continue to teach about 30 guitar students, lead worship at various churches, and train through workshops.  I’m setting up January events now, so let me know if I can join you or your church in some way.  Wrapping up a semester at Valley Christian School which has been a rewarding ministry experience.  Our Christmas concerts will be all next week, Tuesday through Friday at the California Theatre in San Jose.

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People Matter!

People are what God cares about most (John 3:16).  Even though the schedule seems a bit hectic sometimes, valuing people the way God does makes it all worthwhile. Autumn is here and the pace has really picked up for me.  Waking up at 5:00am is something I may never get used to, but Valley Christian School is a tremendous ministry experience where I daily see God moving.  I have 20 private students in San Jose, Los Altos, and Mount Hermon which I look forward to mentoring each week.  I continue to lead worship at various churches and provide concerts and workshops throughout the Bay Area.  Let me know if you’d like me to come to your church.  For more information, go to the Heartfelt Music website.

 

My most recent album called Instrumental Guitar Volume 1 is available on iTunes, our product page, as well as other venues (like Rhapsody).  The stories behind the songs are on the Heartfelt Music Blog.

 

Heartfelt Music Ministry has been carrying a financial burden for a few years now primarily because of the Christian Guitar & Bass Conferences we held for 15 years.  We really can’t do some of the projects and conferences because of this burden and much of the time I spend is donated time.  We have been faithful to pay toward this burden each month and will have it completely paid off in 18 months.  For now we are greatly limited because of it.  The next eNewsletter will include an opportunity for you to help.  Thank you for your prayers!

 

New Here and Now Album

I’m still progressing on a new album called Here and Now.  Three songs can be viewed on my You Tube Channel (Similar versions that are on the album): Worthy & So Wonderful, You Are My God, and Here and Now. I’m writing a new song called Calm Down which is replacing the song He’s Alive.  The songs are developing very nicely. Six of them are completed, but I need to put the finishing touches on the other four.  I’m not sure when this new album will be released because of current financial limitations. All of the recording has been done on the Roland VS-1680 shown above.

 

Music Training at VCS

Ministry at Valley Christian Schools is thriving!  In the High School, I’m teaching two worship bands, a music technology course, a beginning guitar and bass course, and private guitar lessons.  In Junior High, I’m leading the worship band and teaching private guitar lessons.  In the Elementary school, I just began an after-school course for beginning guitarists called Guitar For Fun (As you can see in the picture above).  Mentoring and empowering these students to serve God through music is a passion of mine that is so fulfilling.

 

Music in the Mountains

Last Saturday, I did a concert for the community off of Summit Road in the Los Gatos mountains.  The view was beautiful as we had a BBQ dinner before I sang.  Many of the people had lost their homes in the fire a few years back and still are struggling to get back to normal.  I shared about God’s deep love for them and how I’ve experienced Jesus through a number of tough situations.  It was an encouraging evening as 30 of us were packed into the living room.

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