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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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Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I am “addicted” to feeling the presence of the Lord.  There is no place I would rather be than in His presence.  I love going to church.  I love good preaching.  I love conferences where I can gather with people of like precious Faith.  I LOVE to feel the presence of God.  Yesterday was one of those days that was phenomenol.  It started in choir practice as we were practicing the song,  “When I Speak Your Name”.  We were going along singing and making sure all the parts were right and the music together when all of a sudden the Holy Ghost came over me like a MIGHTY wave.  I could not help myself, hands went up, tears began to flow and I began to speak in a beautiful unknown tongue.  As I worshipped I was oblivious to what was going on with the choir.  Then all of sudden, there was no longer singing and I heard the most beautiful worship coming from their voices.  Praise and adoration to the one that bears that most beautiful name, Jesus.  Even though I have felt the Lord’s presence of late in a powerful way in different services and conference meetings, it’s been awhile since I was taken over by the presence of God in this manner.  It is more than wonderful.  When we had all finished worshipping I said, “THIS is what makes serving God so beautiful”.   He knows exactly what we need, when we need it.  We went on into Sunday School and then into our worship service, and as we began to sing that song, the same spirit we had felt in practice began to flow in the congregation.  Many were blessed and received what they needed to make it yet another day.  I always wonder during times of refreshing like this what eternity will reveal.  What did the Lord do in the few minutes that the congregation worshipped Him with all their heart, mind, soul and strenghth.  It will be interesting to find out.

Be Blessed!

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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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After we sang the first chorus, “Praise Awaits You In this Place” on Sunday, out of the corner of my eye I saw my husband walking to the platform with song book in hand. 🙂 Well, we all know what that means. “Everyone get a songbook and turn to page 306. I have a singing spirit on me today and I want to sing some of the old hymns. Let’s sing about Jesus taking our sins away.” And so, we sang “The Old Account”. Here’s some of my favorite words in this song, (I think it’s in the 4th or 5th verse)…”When at the judgment bar, I stand before my king and He the book will open, He cannot find a thing. Then will my heart be glad while tears of joy will flow because I had it settled and settled long ago. Cho. Long ago. Long ago. Yes the old account was settled long ago. And my records clear today for He washed my sins away. And the old account was settled long ago.” We even had an old fashioned victory march on this one. 🙂 Then we sang, “Thank God for the Blood” and a few other songs. The chorale sang, “Faith” and “Rain Lord”. The power of God was so strong. When I turned the service back to my husband, he had a sound track in hand. I just smiled. He had the sound man put on the track and Nathan began to sing, “Completely Sold Out”. Then he sang, “Happy Where I’m At”. Danelle and I joined him after this on the song, “It’s Closer Now” and then he ended it with the song with me playing the keyboard, “I’ve Never Been Disappointed In Jesus”. Of course all of this singing was interspersed with a little “preaching”. I cannot describe to you the power of God in the building. Two new men were praying in the altar. One of them is a man my husband and another man in our church is teaching a Home Bible Study to. The other man is another Bible Study who a young man in our church is teaching. They were both so moved by the Holy Ghost. The one man that my husband is teaching was baptized last Monday Night after the Bible Study. He is so excited about what God is doing in his life. To sum this day up…as I was leaving the church he said to me, “Thank You for the service. This is what I look forward to the most during the week. I enjoy so much coming to church.” Another person, a precious saint of God said to me, “Oh what a wonderful service. I feel so refreshed”. Isn’t that what it’s all about? I always tell our choir and praise team that our goal while we are singing is to reach for the lost person and to encourage the saint of God. You never know what God can do through anointed singing.

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As most of you know, we had our first Christmas Concert here in Hollister. I just want to tell you that it was really incredible. The chorale and musicians did an awesome job. We received so many compliments from our guests and also the church family. Needless to say, I am extremely proud of our music department for putting this one over the top. Also, all the ladies that helped Tina Evans and Brenda Pinnsonault put the reception on after the concert did an incredible job. From beginning to end this was a great success. I am already looking forward to next year.

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Vessels of Honor Chorale—The Pentecostal Church

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Whew!

Talk about “high energy”…..That song we started tonight is it!  I am so proud of our chorale.  They picked it up so quick.  Of course there is a lot more to work on.  It was so much fun being back at practice.  Yes, it’s work but it’s fun work. “Vessels of Honor”, if you read this, you guys are the BEST!  You all know how to have fun but when it’s time to settle down and work, you always do.    Love you all!

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Tonight at 7:00 we start chorale and music practices again.  We have been on a summer break.  It has been nice (I guess) but I am ready to get back into the groove.  I have been listening and listening some more to music and more music and going through sheet music etc. for days now.  I think I look like a music note.  Oh well, such is the life of the music minister.  Tonight we will start on Christmas.  Yes, Christmas.  We will be having a Christmas concert this year so now is the time to get it all together.  You sure can’t wait until 2 weeks before the event and expect it to turn out good.  We will also be working on a song for “All Nations Sunday” which is in October.  Well…..I might wait on that one until Sunday.  We’ll see tonight how it goes with Christmas.  We will be working on a medley of songs tonight:  Hallelujah to the Newborn King/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Angels we have Heard on High/I Came to Magnify.  This is from “Magnify, A Soulful Christmas Celebration”, arranged by J.Daniel Smith and Mark Condon.  If you don’t have this musical you should purchase it.  There is some really good songs on here and nice arrangements too.  Well, I better be off to finishing up with some music stuff.  God bless!

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