Posted by: charlesdamschen | December 12, 2006

Extravaganza to Christmas: Catch-up

Wow! It’s amazing how quickly time has past, putting this update long overdue! Thanks for your patience-it seems it has been difficult to make time for our website. 2006 has been a year of less concerts (more personal/family/friends/jobs/obligations) and staying closer to home (expensive gas). Even so, concerts are a large part of what’s kept us busy.

As Naomi updated through the 21st of August I’ll pick up at the 27th of that month. We had a great time at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, ND, as we had a part in their 10:00 o’clock Sunday worship service. It’s fun to get better acquainted with people when we return to a church and fun to see old friends as well!

The afternoon of 8/27 found us traveling to Stanley, ND, to another Our Saviors Lutheran, an AFLC Church that has made an annual event of Special Delivery concerts for 12 years or longer. More familiar faces and old friends and back on the road home!

The Sunday of Labor Day weekend we had the privilege of being back at the Cooperstown Bible Camp leading worship at the morning and evening services. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed some outdoor activities. Charlie and Erika (Chuck & Alice’s son and daughter-in-law)were visiting for the weekend and were able to join us for the day at camp. Our friends at Cooperstown Camp are becoming more and more familiar with each visit. More blessings!

The next event I find on my calendar, which has also been neglected and could be as inaccurate as my memory, is on the 15th of October. The United Methodist Church in Devils Lake, ND, had invited us for their 8:45 and 11:oo a.m. services. Again we were amongst friends and enjoyed coffee and snacks besides fellowship and worship together.

November was Special D’s “international ministry month”! The Fellowship Community Church in Goodlands, MB, Canada, invited us to help celebrate their 15th anniversary with a coffee-house-setting concert on the 11th of November and a part in the Sunday morning worship service. Of course food and fellowship followed and once again we realized the blessing of the friendships that have been formed through our ministy of music!

On to the Spirit Lake Nation for Harvest Festival celebration at the Fort Totten Assembly of God Church on the morning of 11/19. This is another church that has become close to us since our first visit there just a little more than a year ago. Following a delicious harvest festival lunch were packed up and were back on the road to Melita, MB, Canada. The Melita United Church of Canada treated us to a wonderful supper after which we performed a concert to a very appreciative crowd. We had been in this church for a Sunday morning service many years ago, but we realized we were amongst dear friends as soon as we arrived!

December 10, 2:30 p.m. we did our fourteenth annual Christmas Concert at the Audi Theater in Cando, ND. We were joined by special guests Loretta Stensland and Paula Deckert who truly blessed us with their music and testimony. The weather was nice, which may have contributed to the sparse crowd. We had hoped the nice weather would bring out the crowd and I guess it did in terms of special people! We just would have liked to have had all of you there!

That’s a very brief update of the last few months. I know many details are missing but hopefully we can be more timely with updates and provide more detail in the future. For now, mark your calendars for 2:00 p.m., December 31, 2006, for our Christmas concert at Westminister Presbyterian Church in Devils Lake, ND. This will be a repeat of the Audi concert. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our prayer for you is that you & yours have a very Merry Christmas celebrating the reason for the season, the birth of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. CDD

Posted by: charlesdamschen | August 22, 2006

We’re still here!

Wow . . . thanks for your patience as we’ve been working through some techinical difficulties as well as a busy summer!! We’ve been singing . . . in the midst of the rest of life. Ron and Cathy’s youngest graduated from high school in May and is already starting classes at NDSU. Naomi worked all summer again at FaHoCha Bible Camp. Chuck has been busy with farming, meetings, and trips to Bismarck this summer. And yes, we have been singing, too!

The summer included singing at events such as the County Fair in Fessenden, ND, a Lutheran High School reunion in Minot, ND, the Gospel Fest at the International Peace Gardens on the border of Manitoba and North Dakota, church picnics, centennial celebrations, and the usual church services or evening concerts.

We also enjoyed again hosting the 6th Annual Gospel Music Extravaganza in Cando, ND on August 6. We were glad to hear music from friends Faithfulmen Quartet, Master’s Plan, Grace Notes, Jason Loraas, Loretta Stensland, Simply Kristi, Seth Mulder and the Goose River Boys (though only one ‘Goose River Boy’ was able to be there), and the Freund Family. The weather was perfect and we had a great turn out. Thanks to those of you who were able to be there!

Life continues here . . . always seems to be lots going on so we appreciate your prayers. Pray for Cathy and her family especially as Cathy’s mom passed away recently after fighting cancer for a couple years. We continue to look to the Lord and trust Him to meet our every need.

Blessings to each of you . . .

Posted by: charlesdamschen | April 30, 2006

A little update trouble.

We’ve been having some computer trouble posting updates . . .but I think we’re back in business. We apologize for the delay!

Posted by: charlesdamschen | April 18, 2006

April events

Sunday, April 2 we sang at the Lutheran Church in Starkweather, ND. The crowd was small, but full of special people. It seems like there is a certain intimacy with a small group and we enjoyed the more personal atmosphere. Among the few people were my grandparents from Minnesota who surprised us by driving up for the concert!

We spent April 8 and 9 in Sioux Falls, SD singing at a Gospel Sing on Saturday and Sunday and at the Sunday morning service–all at First Christian Church. We were especially blessed that weekend by fellowship with good friends who we don’t often get to see. We stayed with Joel and Bonita Juillard from Master’s Voice and enjoyed time with them. Also enjoyed time with a dear friend (Rachel, daughter of Dixie from Three Redeemed) from Floyd, IA who drove to Sioux Falls to see us. We continue to be amazed and so thankful for the friends the Lord has blessed us with through this ministry.

Check out our calendar for upcoming events!

Blessings . . .

NJD for Special Delivery

Posted by: charlesdamschen | February 21, 2006

Making up for time off . . .

Well we haven’t had much going on the past couple of weeks, but we’re making up for it between this past weekend and the upcoming week!

Saturday night we sang the National Anthem at Carl’s (Ron and Cathy’s youngest son) last home game in Cando. It was a real honor and we were glad that we were able to do that, although we were especially nervous! Cathy wore her “Canada” shirt so no one would forget that she’s actually Canadian. 🙂

We spent Sunday morning close to home, singing at the Lutheran church in Bisbee, ND. After Bisbee, we headed west to Towner, ND where they were having a homemade soup and bread supper. Ron has family in Towner, so besides the homemade chicken noodle soup and wheat bread, we enjoyed the company of family and some dear friends. After supper we sang for a very enthusiastic and supportive group . . . thanks for a great night!

This Thursday we are joining with the ladies group, Oasis, and Jim Vilandre to do a fundraiser concert for the upcoming mission trip to Venezuela. Nancy (from Oasis) and I are both on the team to Venezuela so we thought this would be a fun way to raise some support. A free-will offering will be taken and will go towards the cost of the mission trip to Venezuela. The concert is this Thursday, February 23 at 7:00pm at Bethel Evangelical Church in Devils Lake. All are welcome to join us!

Posted by: charlesdamschen | February 1, 2006

Venezuela and Martin guitars . . .

We had a very special concert this past Sunday evening . . . special for a few different reasons.

1) The concert was held at the Cando Church of the Brethren, Ron and Cathy’s home church and the place where Special Delivery was born 14 years ago. It was like having a concert right at home.

2) Pastor Bud arranged for half of the free-will offering from the concert to go towards the cost of my upcoming medical missions trip to Venezuela. What a blessing to have that support, not only in finances but also in prayer. The trip is March 3-14 and your prayers are much appreciated!

3) A dear friend suggested many months ago that we do a concert to help raise funds for Cathy to buy her “dream guitar” . . . a Martin. Cathy knew nothing about this little project so Pastor Bud announced that the other half of the free will offering would go towards Cathy’s Martin guitar fund. She was surprised to say the least. She’s spent countless hours ministering with her music at church, funerals, weddings, and other community events. The new Martin will hopefully ensure the continuation of her music ministry!

Thanks so much to each of you for your part in these fund-raising projects. We have been blessed.

–NJD

Posted by: charlesdamschen | January 26, 2006

Getting back into the swing . . .

The past couple of months have been a little out of the “norm” for us, but we’re slowly making our way back into the routine. After the Midwest Quartet Convention the first weekend of November, we concentrated our time on getting ready for Christmas concerts.

Our last Christmas concert of the season was on December 22 at Lighthouse Assembly of God in Fort Totten, ND. The church was decorated beautifully with lights, trees, and candles. We had lots of very special friends and family there, too, and it was definately a blessing for us to be there.

We’ve spent most of January trying to brush up on our usual selection of songs . . . funny how fast a person can forget those! Also trying to work on scheduling and bookings close to home . . . the gas prices have been hard on us, but we’re asking and trusting the Lord to provide.

We filled in this past Sunday for Pastor Gunderson at Cando Lutheran Church. Pastor Keith is in Louisiana for 6 weeks helping with some re-building projects. We were glad to be able to help with music and be close to home. Part of our filling-in was also doing afternoon church services at St. Francis Assisted Living and Towner County Living Center both in Cando, ND. We did both of those services “family-style” (no sound system–just Dad with his Martin guitar). I think everyone enjoys the living-room atmosphere that provides . . . we sure did.

Please keep the ministry of Special Delivery in your prayers. The Lord knows our needs and has promised to provide . . . and we trust Him to continue to do that. Thanks for your prayers.

Posted by: charlesdamschen | December 12, 2005

Christmas at the Audi

The day was gray and wet and the crowd was small, but the annual Christmas concert at the Audi Theatre went well. This year’s concert included more accapella numbers, “Winter Wonderland” featuring Gabrielle on the sleigh bells, and a first-time performance of “The Gift of Jesus” written by our good friend, Joni Haglin. It was a special time together and those that attended the concert were faithful friends and encouragers–thank you!

As we mentioned yesterday at the Audi, our prayer for each of you during the Christmas season is that in the midst of the decorations, gifts, parties, and programs your attention would be captivated by Christ and the miracle of His birth . . . our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 6:9).

. . . Merry Christmas.

Posted by: charlesdamschen | December 9, 2005

Christmas concert . . . Round One

Our first two Christmas concerts of the season took place this past weekend . . . Saturday night in Grafton and Sunday afternoon in Devils Lake.

Saturday night was held at the Free Lutheran church in Grafton, ND and was an evening event sponsored by the WMF Ladies from the church. We enjoyed a wonderful potluck supper and then shared about 45 minutes of Christmas music. Thanks to our friends, Pastor Tim and Rose for the invitation!

Sunday afternoon we set up at Westminister Presbyterian Church in Devils Lake, ND. Our sound equipment looked pretty good thanks to the 15 beautiful poinsettas that covered the platform! The concert at Westminister has become an annual event so we enjoy seeing familiar faces and dear friends each year . . . this year was no exception.

This Sunday, December 11 at 2:00pm is the annual Christmas concert at the Audi Theater in Cando sponsored by the Cando Arts Council. Tickets will be available at the door and a Christmas tree auction will immediately follow the concert. Hope to see you there!

Posted by: charlesdamschen | November 28, 2005

Upcoming Christmas Concert . . .

I looked at the website today and noticed that for some reason our calendar of upcoming events has disappeared! We’ll try to get that figured out and for now just let you know what’s coming up . . .

December 3, 2005–6:00pm
WMF Christmas Program
Grafton Free Lutheran Church
Grafton, ND

December 4, 2005–2:00pm
Christmas Concert
Presbyterian Church
501 5th Street
Devils Lake, ND
Everyone welcome–Free will offering will be taken

December 11, 2005–2:00pm
Christmas Concert
Audi Theatre
Main Street
Cando, ND
Tickets available at the door
Sponsored by the Cando Arts Council

December 22, 2005–7:00pm
Christmas Concert
Fort Totten Assembly of God
Fort Totten, ND

Hope to see you at one of these events!
Merry Christmas!!

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