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There are really no words in the English language to describe the Western District UPCI Ladies Conference of 2009.  We had record attendance and record Spirit.  As we entered into the first service, you could already feel the excitement. 

I was asked a few months back to be the Praise and Worship Leader for the conference.  I accepted and knew it would be a big task.  However, with much prayer and practice my team of musicians and singers graced the platform.  When we began to sing our first song, “Glorify His Name”,  I knew all the practices and prayers were going to pay off. 🙂  “Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving.  Enter His courts with praise.  This is the day He has given.  Come on and bless His Name.  From the platform to the door.  From the ceiling all the way down to the floor.  Come on Judah, sing Hallelujah.  Let everything with breath shout to the Lord”.  And from there we sang and worshipped our way into the presence of God.  Then we got to Friday Night and experienced “FREEDOM”  in the Holy Ghost.  WOW!

Debbie Saiz and Donna Linville were extra anointed it seemed.  God just has a way of ministering to so many different needs in one setting.  I am always in awe of how He works. 

I want to give a huge thank you to Laquita Mulling’s and all the ladies team for your incredible work for this conference.  You guys are phenomenal.  It is because of your hard work and working together like you do that we had such a great conference.  I love you all and am looking forward to working with you. 

Major kudos are going out to my praise team today,

Singers: Amanda Silveira, Cassandra Silveira, Teresa Sarria, Tena Valenti, Patricia Hurst, Mindy Ybarra. 

Musicians:  Luis Lenzi (keys), Nathaniel Hurst (drums), Todd Valenti (bass), Kyle Valenti (electric guitar), Omar Iboa (acoustic guitar). 

Thank you all so much for being faithful to extra practices and for your attitude of praise and worship to the King of kings as you played and sang for the conference. You guys are the BEST.  All your praying and fasting paid off.  I love you all.

Last, but definitely NOT Least:  Danelle Layne Silveira.  I really don’t know how to say thank you.  You was my right arm at this ladies conference.  The anointing that you sang with was unbelievable.  I was blessed to have you by my side at this conference.  I  am proud that you are my daughter.  I thank God that you serve Him with your whole heart, mind and strength.   I love you!

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Ladies Conf 2009 23 Whew!

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Yesterday was another incredible day of services at The Pentecostal Church.  It will be long remembered as one of the milestones in our church history.  When we are visited by God like this I find it very hard to write in words what happened and what it meant to me personally.  My husband has been under a special anointing here of late and it is just to hard to explain.  So many good things were accomplished in the Holy Ghost.  Nathan has always said, “God can do more in five minutes than I could ever do in a lifetime”.  So true.  When He shows up like He did yesterday….well, WOW!

I want to focus my post today on some incredible people; the musicians of The Pentecostal Church.  Kyle Valenti (electric guitar), Omar Iboa (acoustic guitar), Dominic Ingram (drums, bass), Nathaniel Hurst (drums), Danelle Silveira (keyboard, organ), Luis Lenzi (keys, organ, sax…),  Todd Valenti (keys, organ, bass…), This post is for you all.  I know that on our church web-site it has me listed on staff as the Minister of Music.  I don’t know how true that really is.  I guess someone had to take the title when our church was small. 🙂  Hopefully that will be changed one of these days.  The people that are named above and that I work with week in and week out are some of the most dedicated and talented people on the planet.  If you walk into The Pentecostal Church prayer room on any given service you will find these folks are some of the first to be there, seeking the face of God for that service and for the anointing of the Holy Ghost.  Sunday’s are hard to get into the prayer room before service because of our schedule, but you can feel the prayers of these people when the music begins.  It is not the beat or tempo of the song.  It is not just the excellence in which they play, but it is the anointing of the Holy Ghost that you feel.

Yesterday was no exception.  They gave and gave while the church received blessings. (I wonder how many times we sang, “Freedom”?)  That is okay.  That is our job description and our ministry.  However, after a long while in the altar service, I stopped them all from playing and singing and had them come stand behind the pulpit.  I told the church about how these folks play and sing so we can be in the presence of God to receive.  I asked the church, “However you can make music, do it.  With your voice or with your hands clapping and pray for these people so they can get lost in the spirit for awhile.”  WOW!  The church went to praying, praising and clapping.  Several of the men came to the platform and laid hands on them and the power of God came and blessed.  Our musicians received incredible blessings yesterday.  I am so thankful for what the Lord did for them.

Keep it up guys.  I just wanted to let you all know how thankful I am for you and your talent and dedication.  You are incredible.  Thank you for using your talent to glorify God and be a blessing to His kingdom.  I love and appreciate you more than you know.

P.S.  Danelle, when you read this don’t be discouraged.  I know you and Matt had to miss yesterday but your blessing is coming.  I appreciate and love you too for your dedicated life and talent.  🙂

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Can you believe we are already in Thanksgiving Week? 

There are many things to be thankful for.  I hope all of you have a blessed week.

 

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have
everything you desire.  If you did,
what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

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We had a great time last night in Delano at the Section 2 Youth Rally.  Brian and Jana Allard was a great host church.  We enjoyed meeting the Sectional Youth Director, Bro. and Sis. Steven McDaniel and enjoyed a good time of fellowship after service with them.  Nathan preached a great message on “Love’s Natural Enemy”.  The presence of God moved in a special way.  It is always good to worship with young people and ministers of like precious faith.

I was also able to visit just a little bit with Sis. Wilson, a lady I have always loved since I was a little girl.  This picture is of her with her two daughters, Paula and Jana, and their two daughters, Sara (Paula’s) and Bryn (Jana’s).  Click on photos to enlarge

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DSC_0213 Brian Allard, Steven McDaniel, Nathan Hurst (after he preached), Gaylen Cantrell, Michael Todd.

DSC_0217 Josh, Candace and Chloe Tredway and Bro. and Sis. Tredway.

DSC_0216 Blake couldn’t take anymore. 🙂  I wonder how many Pentecostal kids have slept on and under the pews. 🙂

Thanks, Section 2 Youth for a good rally. See you all soon.

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IMG_8946 Hope your birthday is just the beginning of a year full of happiness!

You have always been so special. I am so very proud of you. It’s easy to feel nostalgic about the little boy you used to be. However, it’s even easier to feel proud of the man you’ve become. You outgrew my lap long ago, but you will never outgrow my heart! You bring joy to the heart. You are a blessing. It is truly a gift to have a son like you who grows more precious with the years!

A son is:
the happy memories of the past,

the joyful moments of the present,

the hope and promise of the future.

Nathaniel, my pride and joy, as a boy and now as a friend.

Happy Birthday!

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This week we have been in Bakersfield for Western District Board Meetings.  Nathan is the Multicultural Ministries Director and works closely with the Home Missions Board under the leadership of Bro. Tim Flowers and Bro. Gordon Richardson.  It is long and tiring work but it has to be done. The fellowship that goes along with it makes it enjoyable.  I love being with the people of God in any setting, even board meetings. 🙂

I enjoyed dinners, lunches and late night crazy fun with some of my friends.  I laughed so hard with Amber Gilliam, Darla Young and Susan Hill until my sides ached.  I’m ready for another late night Wal-Mart run, girls. 🙂  I enjoyed dinner with Sis. O’Keefe, Sis. Abbey, Sis. Pat Keyes and Aunt Joyce (Sis. Baglin).  I don’t get to spend a lot of time with Aunt Joyce and I really enjoyed my time with her.  Someone asked me how we are related and I had to tell them that we are not blood kin.  However, before my Dad or Uncle Bill (Barnes) was ever married, they evangelized together.  When they got married…Murray to Lila (Daddy and Mother) and Bill to Joyce, Mother and Aunt Joyce became best of friends also.  So when we were all growing up we just started calling them Uncle Bill and Aunt Joyce and it has been that way ever since. Uncle Bill has since gone on to his reward and Aunt Joyce married a wonderful man, Bro. Bob Baglin.  Sometimes it’s kind of funny sounding when I say, “Hello, Bro. Baglin and Aunt Joyce.”  But now you will know why that is the case. 🙂  LIfe is good and I love them both.

I also enjoyed a little bit of fellowship with Sis. Mullings, Anita Harding, Gayla Baughmen (sorry, didn’t get a pic)  and Deana Krantz.  Love you all and I am already looking forward to Ladies Conference in March.  I know we will have a great time!  🙂

There was actually gasoline for under $3.00 in Bakersfield so I had to take a couple of pics.  The Chevron caught our attention, so I took the picture, and then on the way home it got better when I saw the 76.  Gas is still over $3.00 here in Hollister so that was awesome to me. 🙂  I did find gas today in Morgan Hill for $2.99. Yeah!  LOL I know it’s crazy of me to be excited about gasoline prices going down but I am.  Oh well, Thank God for small blessings! 🙂

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Where do I begin? The highly anticipated week-end has come and gone and we are ecstatic and a little in shock and very humbled for what God has done.  Yes, We prayed and fasted.  We planted and watered seed and GOD gave the increase.  Soul Winners Boot Camp was above and beyond what we could have thought.  On the first night, Thursday, the presence of God met with us in a powerful way.  We were off to a good start.  All day Friday the sessions with Bro. Matt Maddix, Bro. David Smith, Bro. Tim Downs and Bro. Travis Worthington were packed with superb information about soul winning and also the presence of God.  A huge shout out to this team.  You guys were great!  We had 91 boot campers registered.  I must say that I don’t think I have ever been around that many people at one time that the only reason we were together was to reach the lost.  Boot Campers, your attitudes were awesome.  I so enjoyed having you here in Hollister.  Your hard work in walking the streets of our city and witnessing to people paid off, BIG TIME!!!

Friday Night we had a downtown block party and I stood in amazement as people were so hungry for God that they got baptized in their street clothes in cold water.  And then watched as God miraculously filled them with the Holy Ghost.  On Saturday we had an event in one of the parks in town and even though the day was warmer than the night before, I once again stood in amazement as people so hungry for God was baptized in their street clothes in the cold water.  And, once again watched as God filled them with the Holy Ghost.  My husband said he was overwhelmed one time when he saw three young boys who had just been baptized, standing together and praying, as all three of them began to speak in tongues at the same time and received the Holy Ghost.  There are so many stories to tell, I cannot possibly put them all here.  Just know that God moved in a sovereign way in Hollister this last few days.  On Sunday, the Lord met with us again.  Many of the people that was at the block party and the park was in church on Sunday.  One lady and her daughter received the Holy Ghost while the chorale was singing, “Everybody Ought To Know (Who Jesus Is)”.  They were baptized on Friday Night downtown and received the Holy Ghost today. 10 people received the Holy Ghost in our Sunday Service.

After service on Sunday our family took my father-in-law out for his 76th birthday.  While we were eating we received a phone call from one of the saints…she had invited her neighbor and a couple in our church over for dinner.  While they were eating and talking about the good things of God the neighbor said that she wanted the Holy Ghost.  They stopped what they were doing and began to pray and she received the Holy Ghost right there in her living room.  Like I said, to many stories to tell.

So…All totaled for this week-end:  70 received the Holy Ghost and 61 Baptized.

To my awesome church family, “The Pentecostal Church”…I cannot describe my feelings for you today. Proud, thankful, in awe, amazed…I know how hard you have worked and how much you have prayed and fasted for revival.  I did not see one person that was not involved in some way or other in this past weekend.  That is not hyperbole.  That is the truth.  There are so many details that go into a meeting like this and you all pulled it off with class and efficiency.  Nathaniel you did a superb job in organizing everything.  I am proud. 🙂  Your immediate team that you worked with was unbelievably good too.  Please allow me to say, as great as this was,  THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING!!!  God has opened the flood-gates of heaven.  We must keep working until Jesus comes.  Let’s take many souls with us from Hollister to dance on streets of gold.  God bless you all mightily.  Read more here!  See report from Nathaniel here.

Go to our church web-site for photos in the Soul Winners Boot Camp photo category.

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