Posted by: charlesdamschen | September 15, 2004

Fun in Floyd

We just got back from a beautiful weekend in Floyd, IA! They actually had summer down there, so we enjoyed the warmth and sun. That wasn’t all we enjoyed . . .

Our good friends, Pastor Paul and Dixie Philips (Dixie sings with “Three Redeemed”) host a gospel sing every year as a fundraiser for the Christian school they run in their hometown of Floyd. Over the years the event has really grown–this was the 10th anniversary of the Floyd Gospel Sing! Groups from all over (Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma . . . even North Dakota!) came to sing in the park over the course of 2 days–10am to 10pm each day! This year nearly 1000 people set up lawn chairs, blankets, and campers to take in the music and support the Floyd Gospel Sing and the Gospel Lighthouse.

Needless to say, we were privileged to be a part of this event. It’s always fun to sing–especially when you have a message to share and a good cause to support. We sang on Friday afternoon and again on Friday evening. Those of you who attended the Gospel Music Extravaganza at the park in Cando probably remember our very dear friend and guitar extraordinaire, Ivan Gunn. He and Connie came up to Floyd on Friday evening so we put him to work on the guitar! He played with us on one song–the one written by the talented “Simply Kristi” (We refer to it as “Kristi’s Song”). Everyone really enjoyed hearing Ivan play Kristi‘s song–especially us!

Singing twice on Friday meant that Saturday was our day to relax, visit, and listen to the other groups. We set up our canopy next to the guys from “Higher Power,” bought a dish of homegrown cantaloupe complete with ice cream on top (sold out of a pickup truck for only $1.00), and settled in for the day. Charlie and Erika also drove up from their home in Albia, IA to join us–it always means so much to us to have support from our families and it’s special to see them since they live farther away.

As I mentioned, there were a lot of groups involved in this sing and many of them are friends from the Midwest Quartet Association . . . Three Redeemed, The Gates Family, Higher Power, the Gospelmen, Crimson River, Living Sacrifice, and Gospel Truth–just to name a few. Remember, the MWQA Convention is coming up in November if you’re interested in hearing these groups and more! Register here on our website or contact us ASAP–we’d love to have you!!

If Friday and Saturday in Floyd wasn’t enough, we were blessed again on Sunday morning when we got to be a part of the service at New Covenant Church in Osage, IA. The church there was full of smiles, hugs, and “Amen!”’s. We had actually met the pastor on Friday night in Floyd. Like Dad said, “I knew when I met your pastor that this would be a fun morning.” We felt at home with them right away and were thankful to be there.

During the weekend, Erika commented on something that I had thought about several times, too–about what a neat little world this gospel music thing is . . . a very special “sub-culture“ I guess. It’s always a little sad to say goodbye and head back to the everyday grind, but it’s well worth it to experience the fellowship of fellow gospel singers and gospel music lovers. Hope you’ll join us sometime soon, too!


PS–The MWQA Convention bus trip is a great way to experience the fun and fellowship of the gospel music world!


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