April Update 2020

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Jesus Is Alive!

We just celebrated Jesus’ resurrection on Easter, but I hope everyday is a celebration of our Lord being alive and in control of life itself! On Easter, I recorded me singing the song He’s Alive! CLICK HERE and hear the story of Peter as he witnesses Jesus being alive from the dead. I hope you are encouraged!

This is a very unique season with the COVID19 pandemic. Of course, we’re doing everything from home. I’m glad we’ve had some family at our home for a month playing games, watching movies, and eating well. May you stay healthy and spiritually strong!

On April 26, 5:00pm, I’ll be leading an informal worship hour from my home. This will be my first time offering an online music/worship experience! Join me in lifting up Jesus and giving glory to God’s character and presence. My Facebook account is at https://www.facebook.com/reggie.coates.1

Facebook LIVE Worship 4/26/20

April 26 (Sunday) – 5:00pm-6:00pm
Online music/worship experience with Facebook Live. This will be my first time offering an online music/worship experience! Join me in lifting up Jesus. My Facebook account is at https://www.facebook.com/reggie.coates.1

Training and Streaming Services

I’ve been producing a worship band training video using the Gilroy Presbyterian Church Worship Team. I also was involved with the Facebook LIVE streaming of our GPC Sunday services.

Online Lessons with Zoom

I’m teaching private lessons and classes with Valley Christian School through Zoom, which is going very well. If you are interested in private guitar lessons, email me at info@heartfeltmusic.org.

March Update 2020

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Hope You’re Doing Well!

What a crazy time. We at Heartfelt Music® hope you are doing well amidst this COVID19 pandemic. I was helping stream services at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, but now feel the necessity do something from home. Would you be interested in me streaming a music worship time some evening through Facebook Live? So many musicians are offering this as an option. Email me and let me know what you think would be encouraging for you. Since Heartfelt Music® has a streaming license, I can sing through some current songs and you can sing along at home.

March has been a fulfilling month with the BASS Conference (before the Shelter-in-Place order), performing two live concerts (Gilroy and Los Altos), and learning to teach through Zoom online. Quite a few changes, but we’re doing well.

 

Reggie’s Concert

I sure enjoyed the two live concerts at Gilroy Presbyterian Church and Bridges Community Church in Los Altos. This was before the Shelter-in-Place order was in place.

 

BASS Convention

I had over 75 enthusiastic people for my vocal workshop at the BASS Convention and around 30 for the guitar workshop. Over 1,000 attended the convention!

 

Zoom Lessons

I’m teaching classes with Valley Christian School through Zoom, which is surprisingly going very well. I’m also teaching private lessons through Zoom and have about 10 students.

 

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November Update 2019

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A Heart of Gratitude

I am grateful that God always makes it possible for Christ to lead us to victory. God also helps us spread the knowledge about Christ everywhere, and this knowledge is like the smell of perfume.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
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Happy Thanksgiving!
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As a high school and junior high teacher, I train and invest my time in the lives of these growing young men and women. One of the best resources I’ve found is a weekly eNewsletter called The Culture Translator by a ministry named Axis. Today they sent this encouragement on the Gift of Gratitude.
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“According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 out of every 3 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 will experience an anxiety disorder. Whether the culprit is social media, lack of sleep, increased scholastic pressure, or screen time, the verdict is simple: Our kids need help.
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“Thankfully, emerging evidence reveals an organic way to combat anxiety and depression: Gratitude. According to author Jerusha Clark, ‘Gratitude and anxiety are mutually exclusive neural pathways. You physiologically cannot be grateful and anxious at the same time.’ One way to foster gratitude is to simply pay attention to your life. Be fully present in every single tiny moment, and remember that life itself is a gift. So, in a world filled with darkness, we’re choosing to see the light, to be grateful for the good.” Let’s experience victory through Christ with hearts of gratitude and a joy that is like a sweet perfume in this world.
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Thank you for your prayers and continued encouragement toward Heartfelt Music@ Ministry. I hope you will consider one of the following avenues to help us touch the lives of thousands of people affected by our ministry. God has allowed me to have influence on 2300 students at Valley Christian School, hundreds of those who fellowship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, thousands of people coming to the Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series, and hundreds of folks who listen to my music and learn guitar through the resources Heartfelt Music® has created (See Gumroad.com). I feel honored to have these opportunities. Your donations to Heartfelt Music® greatly help this ministry make a powerful impact. Click here to learn more.

 

Contributions One-Time or Monthly

“I thank my God for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now” (Phil 1:3 & 5). Please consider a one-time gift or regular contribution to Heartfelt Music Ministry which is tax-deductible. Choose us as your ministry/missions organization in giving regular financial support.

 

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PayPal Giving Fund is another way to donate to Heartfelt Music® Ministry and receive a tax deduction, as we are an official non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

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Many people shop through Amazon.com, but don’t realize that it’s sister organization AmazonSmile helps non profit organizations earn money. At no extra cost to you, Amazon will donate a portion of whatever you spend at Smile.Amazon.com to our ministry. What a deal! Support us every time you shop!

 

Upcoming Events

~ December 1 (Sunday)
I am leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church as we celebrate Advent and the birth of Jesus, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The African Choir will be performing.

~ December 8 (Sunday)
I am leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church as we celebrate Advent and the birth of Jesus, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The children will be performing a short Christmas pageant.

~ December 15 (Sunday)
I am leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church as we celebrate Advent and the birth of Jesus, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The GPC Choir will be performing.

~ December 22 (Sunday)
I am leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church as we celebrate Advent and the birth of Jesus, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The African Choir and the GPC Choir will be performing.

~ December 24 (Tuesday)
I am leading the special Christmas Eve service at Gilroy Presbyterian Church as we celebrate Advent and the birth of Jesus, 5:00pm. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The GPC Choir will be performing and student brass players from the local high school will be performing.

 

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October Update

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The Unpredictability of Life

“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9
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So much life has happened since my last eNewsletter both personally and in ministry. Some things are planned, but other things just happen and surprisingly change our course. Nothing has been too drastic, but it’s the uncertainty of life that keeps us on our toes and keeps us turning to Jesus. I love Proverbs 16:9 because no matter how organized we are in looking ahead, it’s the Lord who guides us and creates our path.

 

The Summer Concerts at Mount Hermon went really well. Heartfelt Music® is in charge of organizing these and is setting up the summer of 2020 now. July 28th Sherri and I celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary. What a joy! In August, I started teaching again at Valley Christian Schools with a new junior high class called Video Fun. We are creating all kinds of videos using an iPad and iMovie and it has truly been fun. I’ve been the Worship Arts Director with Gilroy Presbyterian Church for three years through Heartfelt Music®. They have skillful and enjoyable musicians and we’ve just starting another season of choir. I’ve been rebuilding a deck in our back yard, which has taking much longer than anticipated. Just recently, PG&E turned off our power for no reason and we had to do without internet and sleep apnea machines for a couple of days. Life is unpredictable, but God is in control! We experience His love and faithfulness every day.

 

Thank you for your prayers and continued encouragement in Heartfelt Music@ ministry. May the gracious love of God fill you thoroughly as you “draw near to God, with a sincere heart, in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22a

 

Summer Concerts

Inspiring Summer Concerts

The Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series was a such a ministry success! We ended with Phil Keaggy, Aaron Shust, and Point of Grace in July. We are already working on next summer and have a phenomenal line up including Phillips, Craig, and Dean.

 

35th Wedding Anniversary

35th Wedding Anniversary

Sherri and I have been married for 35 years! Right after the Point of Grace concert in July, we took our boys and their wives to Shadowbrook restaurant to celebrate. It’s so fulfilling to reflect on all the wonderful experiences God has brought us through.

 

Guitar Lessons

Teaching & Private Guitar Lessons

I’m continuing to teach full time at Valley Christian School as well as teach private guitar lessons. There are about 55 guitar students in the music program at VCS and I am mentoring about eight private students in Los Altos as well as Skype/FaceTime.

 

Upcoming Events

October 27 (Sundays)
I am regularly leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church on Sundays, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020.

 

[I am not leading worship on Sunday, October 20, at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, and am open to leading at your church if needed.]

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Summer is here!

I hope your summer is off to a great start! During May, there’s been a lively amount of ministry events with Heartfelt Music® one-on-one lessons; weekly leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church; wrapping up the spring semester at Valley Christian Schools; teaching at the National Worship Leader Conference in Nashville; and gearing up for the free Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series.
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Producing the seven concerts at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center is the biggest thing for me this summer. We begin this Saturday night, 6/15, with Sanctus Real (see below). Visit the Summer Concert Page for all the details and register for the yummy buffet dinner just before the concert. Here’s a list of who is coming:

 

This summer, I am working on podcasts, new recordings, training workshops and videos, writing out my music, and setting up concerts. I’m using the summer to get ready for the Fall.
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I appreciate your faithful encouragement, continuing to uphold me and Heartfelt Music® in prayer. Also, I have to give a big “Thank You!” to those who are giving support financially. If you’d like to help in this way, visit our Support page at https://heartfeltmusic.org/about/support/. Also, you can turn your Father’s Day shopping into a force for good. As you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1987382, Amazon donates to Heartfelt Music and Ministry, Inc.

 

Sanctus Real in Concert

As a part of the Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series, Sanctus Real will be in concert this Saturday, June 15, at 7:30pm in the main auditorium at the Mount Hermon Conference Center (37 Conference Drive, Mount Hermon. CA 95041). After 20 years of touring, 24 radio hits and full album sales exceeding 750,000, Sanctus Real cemented itself as a trusted brand in Christian music. Songs like Lead Me have influenced many over the years. The original members Mark Graalman and Chris Rohman have added Dustin Lolli, as Sanctus Real’s new lead singer and creative influence. With their new album Changed, the band communicates that nothing’s ever a lost cause in the kingdom of heaven. Listen to their new song on YouTube.com Unstoppable God.

 

Private Lessons This Summer

I will be teaching guitar this summer in Los Altos and Mount Hermon, and through Skype every week on Thursdays. I will tailor the lessons for each student and the schedule is customizable as well. When I’m not in your area, you can take lessons through Skype (or FaceTime) in order to make it weekly. Let me know what you’d like to do so I can plan ahead. Let me also know what time would work for you and if you’d like a 30 minute or 45 minute lesson. I will also be giving lessons in voice, bass guitar, recording music (ProTools), writing out music (Sibelius), and music theory. I’ll be in Los Altos at Bridges Community Church June 13, 27, July 11, 25, and August 8. I’ll be in Mount Hermon June 20, July 18, and August 1. Call me to set up lessons at 925-206-9895.

 

Download Albums and Written Music

You can download my digital product at Gumroad.com/Reggie. I have seven CDs available, music written out, three free singles (There Is Room, Flame, and Remember), and the results of a survey I took with worship leaders from the Bay Area. With some of the albums, I have stories behind each song and inspiration as to why I wrote them.
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You can also purchase physical CDs or digital CDs at cdbaby.com.  I have three CDs available there: Here & Now, Instrumental Guitar Vol. I, and Heartfelt Celebration.
Another way to hear my music is on Spotify and other streaming services. The cool thing is that every time you stream my song on one of these platforms, I get paid a few cents for royalties. Thanks for listening to my music! That means a lot to me!

 

Upcoming Events

June 13 (Thursdays)
Summer private lessons starting up in Los Altos, Mount Hermon, and through Skype. Call 925-206-9895 for more info.
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June 16, 23, 30 (Sundays)
I’ll be regularly leading worship at the Gilroy Presbyterian Church services on Sundays, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020.
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June 23 (Sunday)
I’ll be doing music for a special private wedding in the afternoon.
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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 https://www.joniandfriends.org/ministries/family-retreats/

 

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April Update 2019

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Jesus is alive!

This is the season to celebrate what followers of Jesus enjoy everyday: The resurrected presence of Christ. May this Easter be filled with fun family times and rich reflection on the resurrection.

Heartfelt Music® has been equipping and training both young and old over the past months with the BASS Convention; one-on-one coaching in music, guitar, and voice; leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church; teaching high school music at Valley Christian Schools – worship leading, guitar, recording (ProTools) and writing out music (Sibelius). This weekend I’ll be leading singing at Mount Hermon’s Easter Sunrise Service at the Ponderosa Lodge Cross and then celebrating Easter with choir, brass and band at Gilroy Presbyterian Church. Heartfelt Music® is also preparing “to lead others toward intimacy with God and excellence in artistry” at the National Worship Leader Conference in Nashville on May 20-21 and gearing up for the Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series.

Thank you for your encouragement, prayers, and support, which inspires me and reinforces our ministry efforts.
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Upcoming Events

April 21 (Sunday)
I’ll be leading worship for the Mount Hermon Easter Sunrise Service at the Ponderosa Lodge cross, 6:30am.

April 21, 28, (Sundays)
I’ll be regularly leading worship at the main service on Sundays, 10:00am.  Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. Easter Sunday is a special celebration with the choir, brass, and band.

May 20 & 21 (Monday & Tuesday)
I’ll be teaching workshops at the National Worship Leader Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Use the code FRIENDS25 when registering to get a 25% discount

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March Update 2019

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BASS Convention 2019

The BASS Convention

March 9, I led 2 training sessions for the BASS Convention. The training workshops I taught were Dynamic Guitar in Worship (both acoustic and electric), and Dynamic Bass Guitar in Worship (both acoustic and electric). The sessions were hands-on, so people brought your instrument! There were three general sessions and over 300 workshops for everyone involved in ministry at churches, both professionally and voluntarily.

National Worship Leader Conference

Worship leaders, musicians, songwriters, movers and shakers, theologians and scholars, all connected at the National Worship Leader Conference in Nashville, TN, May 20-21. This will be the fourth year I’ll be leading workshops for NWLC. I’ll be teaching on How to Record Your Own Music (ProTools), How to Write Out Your Music (Sibelius), and How to Read Music (MusicTheory.net). If you would like to come, you can come as my friend and use my 25% discount code: FRIENDS25.

Thank you for your support!

I really appreciate your prayers and support! There’s been so many significant aspects of ministry that would not have been the same without your uplifting prayers and encouragement. You empower us to fulfill our Mission Statement to Lead others toward intimacy with God and toward excellence in artistry. If you would like to help Heartfelt Music® financially, go to our website for more information by clicking HERE. Thank you so much!

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Amazing Ministry for Fall

The summer wrapped up beautifully after 8 concerts at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center. I’ll be the Concert Coordinator again next summer and have an amazing line-up: Sanctus Real (6/15), The King’s Brass (6/22), Fernando Ortega (6/29), Buddy Greene (7/6), Phil Keaggy (7/13), Aaron Shust (7/20), and Point of Grace (7/27). Mark your calendar for these wonderful free concerts!
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We just finished our first quarter at Valley Christian School and it is so fulfilling to train and mentor these students. My Music Technology class is producing a free concert Friday with singer/songwriter Anja Kotar and guitarist Dimitri Morris. You can hear her songs on Apple Music HERE. We just finished our Spiritual Emphasis week where the faculty went to Mount Hermon for a day of spiritual renewal and the student body spent four days with inspiring chapels. Our worship team this year has students and adults playing on the same team, which has really raised the bar. I’m having fun with my four guitar classes. There is even a guitar club during lunch that I am advising.
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My oldest son, Brandon, got married in September to Kristin and went to Whales for their honeymoon. Now both of my boys are married and enjoying their new adventures with their spouses. Sherri and I are now empty-nesters with a 120-pound Bernese Mountain Dog…having fun!
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I’m still the Worship Arts Director with Gilroy Presbyterian Church and President of the Community Group at Mount Hermon. Life is full, but I’m doing what I love. Lots of ministry, lots of relational interconnection, and lots of teaching/training.
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I appreciate your continued prayers and support! You inspires the things I do to have eternal results. God is doing a great work! If you would like to help Heartfelt Music® financially, click HERE.

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Brandon & Kristin Are Married!

Brandon & Kristin had a wonderful wedding on September 20 in Berkeley. I was able to do the officiating and felt so honored to help tie the knot. They went to Whales for their honeymoon and are happily employed in great companies. Brandon is working at Facebook with concept design for 3D art with Oculus. Kristin is working with animation at Lucas Film. Needless to say, I’m very proud of them! Brandon continues to paint and draw on his own time.

Anja Kotar in Concert at VCS

Anja Kotar (professional vocal artist) will be performing with Dimitri Morris (professional guitarist) at Valley Christian High School in the Conservatory Hall this Friday, November 2, at 7:00pm. Both of them are Valley Christian alumni. My Music Technology class is putting on this concert to learn how to produce concerts. All the details can be found by clicking HERE. She will be sharing from her album called Nomad and having a Listening Party at 5:00pm.

I’m Selling My Taylor 815CE

I am selling my Taylor 815CE guitar. It’s been a beautiful one-of-a-kind instrument and is still in mint condition. It has unique inlay on the fretboard and the bridge and has ebony tuning keys. The Florentine cut-a-way is striking and the tone is prestine.  Click the picture above or HERE to watch a video of me playing the guitar on my song Abundant Sunshine. I’m putting it on eBay this weekend with more pictures. I’m selling it for $4,000. Let me know if you’re interested.

Coming Events

Nov 2 (Friday)
Anja Kotar will be doing a free concert with Dimitri Morris this Friday, 7:00pm, at Valley Christian High School in the Conservatory Hall (100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA 95111).

Nov 11, 18, 25 (Sundays)
I’ll be leading worship at the main service on Sundays, 10:00am, at  Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. Come worship with us!

May Ministry & Personal Update

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Relationships & Worship Matters

The book Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin covers many relevant issues on worship. On the Heartfelt Music website, under the category of Worship Matters book, I summarize the book in four parts. In Part 4, Bob reminds us that worship ministry is always about people. It is very important to keep in mind at all times that people are so important! God is all about relationships. Because of His deep love for us, God sent His Son to die for people, to heal relationships, and draw us all closer to Him. Relationships are messy and there are so many variables which make it hard to have a “cookie cutter” answer in solving problems. “But I know this,” says Bob, “the church doesn’t need leaders who love to lead people in worship but don’t love the people they’re serving.” It’s not just selecting the right songs that pleases God, but God is more interested in how we treat others. Take stock of your relationships and love them like Jesus would.

 

Phil Keaggy is Coming!

Saturday, June 23, guitar master and concert artist Phil Keaggy will be coming to Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, which begins the Summer Concert Series. Invite every guitar player you know!

 

Austin Coates is Getting Married!

Austin, my youngest son, is getting married this month to Lindsey Doran. Sherri and I are so excited for them and are full of joy in the midst of all the preparations. They met at George Fox University in Oregon.

 

Brandon Coates is Getting Married!

Brandon, my oldest son, is getting married in September to Kristin Campbell. Sherri and I are so blessed to know both Austin and Brandon have found wonderful and beautiful soul-mates. They also met at college, San Jose State University.

 

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March Ministry Update

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Worship Matters

I will be giving a concert at Gilroy Presbyterian Church this Sunday. It’s a musical three part series we’ve been having once a month to enhance our love for the Lord and express worship through music. The theme is Music in Faith and it starts at 6:30pm. I would love to see you!

The book Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin covers many relevant issues on worship. On the Heartfelt Music website, under the category of Worship Matters book, I summarize the book in four parts. Part 2 covers “The Task” of worship leading.  Bob beautifully gives a working definition of the purpose in worship leading with the following sentence:

A faithful worship leader
magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ
through the power of the Holy Spirit
by skillfully combining God’s Word with music,
thereby motivating the gathered church
to proclaim the gospel,
to cherish God’s presence,
and to live for God’s glory.

May you be reminded to magnify the greatness of God and live for His glory in all you do!

 

Reggie in Concert at Gilroy Pres.

I will be doing a concert at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020, Sunday, March 18, at 6:30pm. This is the third of three monthly Sunday Evening Worship Series. This Music of Faith concert begins at 6:30pm. It will be just me with guitar and vocal tapestry. I’d love to see you!

 

Easter Sunrise Service at Mount Hermon

An Easter sunrise service, open to the public, will be conduced at the summit of Mount Hermon on Easter Sunday, April 1, at 6:30am. Reggie Coates will be leading a time of worship and Randal Kay will share an Easter message. Breakfast is served immediately following the service.

 

Praise & Worship

Heartfelt Music has me involved in many things lately, which takes a lot of time and energy. But, everything works together and overlaps in the area of praising and worshiping God. Leading worship in churches; training others to sing praises through private lessons; teaching at conferences; organizing summer concerts at Mount Hermon…I love what I do!

 

Coming Events

March 18 (Sunday)
Music of Faith Concert with Reggie at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. It begins at 6:30pm. It will be just me with guitar and vocal tapestry.

March 30 (Friday)
Good Friday Service at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. It begins at 7:00pm. I’ll be leading music at this meaningful time of reflecting on the cross of Christ.

April 1 (Sunday)
I’ll be leading worship at Mount Hermon’s Easter Sunrise Service, at the cross near Ponderosa Lodge, 37 Conference Drive, Mount Hermon, CA 95041. Breakfast is served after the service.

April 1 (Sunday)
I’ll be leading worship at the main service on Sunday, 10:00am.  Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020.

 

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